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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Asking
 
A gude asker should hae a good nay—say.  1
Ask for an inch and take an ell.  2
Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no fibs.  Goldsmith.  3
Ask my chum if I am a thief.  4
Ask my comrade who is as great a liar as myself.  French.  5
Ask not after a good man’s pedigree.  Spanish.  6
Ask the host if he have good wine.  Italian.  7
Ask the mother if the child be like the father.  8
Ask the seller if the ware be bad.  9
Ask the sick man if he wishes for a bed.  Turkish.  10
Ask which was born first the hen or the egg.  Italian.  11
Asking costs little.  Italian.  12
Better ask than go astray.  Italian.  13
Better ask twice than lose your way once.  Danish, German.  14
Do not ask which is the right way from a blind man.  German.  15
He denies himself who asks what it is impossible to grant.  16
He that asketh faintly beggeth a denial.  17
He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.  Danish.  18
He’ll never get a pennyworth that is afraid to ask the price.  19
Lose nothing for asking.  20
Never ask of him who has, but of him who wishes you well.  Spanish.  21
 
 
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