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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Purse
 
A dainty stomach beggars the purse.  1
A full purse has many friends.  German.  2
A full purse is better than ten friends.  German.  3
A full purse makes the heart light.  German.  4
A full purse makes the mouth run over.  5
A full purse never lacks friends.  6
A handsome hostess is bad for the purse.  7
A handsome landlady is bad for the purse.  8
A light purse makes a heavy heart.  9
A poor spirit is poorer than a poor purse.  10
A purse without money is but a piece of leather.  11
All is not gain that is put in the purse.  12
All is not won that is put in the purse.  13
An empty purse causes a full heart.  Fielding.  14
An empty purse damps a bargain.  Gaelic.  15
An empty purse frightens away friends.  16
An empty purse and a new house make a man wise, but too late.  Portuguese.  17
An empty purse fills the face with wrinkles.  18
An empty purse frights away friends.  19
An empty purse is heavy but sickness presses heavier.  Romanian.  20
An empty purse makes a man wise too late.  Portuguese.  21
Ask thy purse what thou shouldst buy.  22
Be it for better or be it for worse,
Be ruled by him that beareth the purse.
  23
Better an empty purse than an empty head.  German.  24
Better an empty purse than gold saved.  German.  25
But for all that the honest man has not got his purse.  French.  26
Give every man good words, but keep your purse strings close.  27
Gold and silver are a good provision in the purse.  28
Gold is gold though it be in a rogue’s purse.  Danish.  29
He hath left his purse in his other breeches.  30
He that buys and lies shall feel it in his purse.  31
He that has but four and spends five has no need of a purse.  32
He that hath money in his purse cannot want a head for his shoulders.  33
He that hath no money needeth no purse.  34
He that in his purse lacks money,
Hath in his mouth much need of honey.
  35
He that shows his purse longs to be rid of it.  36
He who does not open his eyes must open his purse.  German.  37
He who has his purse full preaches to the poor man.  French.  38
Heavy purses and light hearts can sustain much.  Dutch.  39
His purse and his palate are ill met.  40
His purse is made of toad-skin; i.e., he is a covetous person.  41
If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him.  Franklin.  42
If you put nothing in your purse you can take nothing out.  43
It is petty expenses that empty the purse.  Italian.  44
Keep your purse and your mouth closed.  45
Let your purse be your master.  46
Little winnings make a heavy purse.  47
My son, put money in thy purse and there keep it.  48
One pin for your mouth and two for your purse.  49
Open thy purse (viz., receive thy money) and then open thy sack (viz., deliver the goods).  50
 
 
Open your purse and I will open my mouth.  Portuguese.  51
Out of an empty purse the most expert thief cannot steal.  German.  52
Please the eye and pick the purse.  53
Put money in thy purse.  Shakespeare.  54
Put your hand quickly to your hat and slowly to your purse and you will take no harm.  Danish.  55
So it goes in the world: one has the purse, the other the gold.  German.  56
That is but an empty purse that is full of other men’s money.  57
The epicure puts his purse into his belly, the miser his belly into his purse.  58
The man who has lost his purse will go wherever you wish.  Horace.  59
The purse strings are the most common ties of friendship.  60
There is nothing agrees worse,
Than a proud mind and a beggar’s purse.
  61
Who has an empty purse must have a sweet tongue.  German.  62
Who has little money needs only a small purse.  German.  63
Who has no money in his purse must have honey in his mouth.  Italian.  64
Wrinkled purses make wrinkled faces.  65
Yes, ready money is Aladdin’s lamp.  Byron.  66
 
 
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