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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Courtier
 
A courtier should be without feeling and without honor.  French.  1
An old courtier, a young beggar.  2
Better a field with the birds than hanging on lords.  Dutch.  3
Eye-service is the courtier’s art.  Danish.  4
He has a veil upon a veil. (The Italians say, to make a mask with a natural face on the outside.)  Arabian.  5
Marble polished is neither less hard or less cold; so with courtiers.  Chinese.  6
The courtier is cringing and servile in adversity.  Chinese.  7
To be a perfect courtier it is necessary to be without honor and without temper.  Duke of Orleans.  8
 
 
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