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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
House
 
A house built by a man’s father and a vineyard planted by his grandfather.  1
A house built by the wayside is either too high or too low.  2
A house divided against itself cannot stand.  3
A house ready built never sells for so much as it cost.  4
A man’s house is his castle.  5
A wee house has a wide throat.  6
An Englishman’s house is his castle.  7
After the house is finished he deserts it.  Spanish.  8
Better an empty house than an ill tenant.  9
Better one’s house be little one day than too big all the year after.  10
Every man is master in his own house.  Dutch.  11
God hath often a great share in a little house.  12
Half a house is half a hell.  German.  13
He does not a little who burns his house: he frightens the rats and warms himself.  Spanish.  14
He that buys a house ready wrought
Hath many a pin and nail for naught.
  15
His house stands on my lady’s ground.  16
How can one pole build a great house.  Chinese.  17
In my own house I am a king.  Spanish.  18
In old houses many mice, in old furs many lice.  German.  19
It is a bad house that hath not a poor man in it.  20
It is a sad thing when one must warm by his burning house.  21
My house is my castle.  22
Set not your house on fire to be revenged of the moon.  23
Since my house must be burned I will warm myself at it.  24
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.  Italian, Spanish.  25
Sour wine, old bacon, and rye bread keep a house rich.  Spanish.  26
The house completed, possession defeated.  Italian.  27
The house of laughter makes a house of woe.  Young.  28
There is a fault in the house, but would you have it built without any?  29
Were every one to sweep before his own house every street would be clean.  Dutch.  30
Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in? Such may rail against high buildings.  Shakespeare.  31
Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field.  Bible.  32
 
 
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