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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Labor (Loss of)
 
It is all preaching in the desert and hammering cold iron.  Don Quixote.  1
It is lost labor to sow where there is no soil.  2
That which burns thee not cools not.  Dutch.  3
The swallow’s plastering of her nest is labor lost.  Chinese.  4
To look for a needle in a bundle (or bottle) of hay.  French, German.  5
To make a hole in the water.  6
To make a long harvest of a little corn.  7
To make one hole by way of stopping up another.  French.  8
To pour water into a sieve.  9
To wash an ass’s head is but loss of time and soap (or of suds); i.e., to reprove a fool is but lost labor.  French.  10
To wipe up the sea with a sponge.  Dutch.  11
We all labor with one ox (are in the same boat).  Modern Greek.  12
We plough the sand on the sea-shore.  Juvenal.  13
You are lighting a fire in the wind.  African.  14
You are looking for wings on a wolf.  Latin.  15
You are teaching iron to swim.  Latin.  16
You are washing an unburnt brick.  Latin.  17
You count the waves.  18
You do but water a dead stake.  19
You may knock a long while against an alder bush before you get a swarm of bees out of it.  Danish.  20
You must walk a long time behind a wild goose before you find an ostrich feather.  21
You put it together with a hot needle and burnt thread.  22
You teach the dolphin to swim.  Latin.  23
 
 
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