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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Heywood. (1497?–1580?) (continued)
    She is nether fish nor flesh, nor good red herring. 1
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    All is well that endes well. 2
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    Of a good beginning cometh a good end. 3
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    Shee had seene far in a milstone. 4
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    Better late than never. 5
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    When the steede is stolne, shut the stable durre. 6
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    Pryde will have a fall;
For pryde goeth before and shame commeth after. 7
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    She looketh as butter would not melt in her mouth. 8
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    The still sowe eats up all the draffe. 9
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
    Ill weede growth fast. 10
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.
Note 1.
Neither fish nor flesh, nor good red herring.—Sir H. Sheres: Satyr on the Sea Officers. Tom Brown: Æneas Sylvius’s Letter. John Dryden: Epilogue to the Duke of Guise. [back]
Note 2.
Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit (If the end be well, all will be well).—Gestæ Romanorum. Tale lxvii. [back]
Note 3.
Who that well his warke beginneth,
The rather a good ende he winneth.
Gower: Confessio Amantis. [back]
Note 4.
John Lyly: Euphues (Arber’s reprint), p. 288. [back]
Note 5.
Thomas Tusser: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, An Habitation Enforced. John Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress. Mathew Henry: Commentaries, Matthew xxi. Murphy: The School for Guardians.

Potius sero quam nunquam (Rather late than never).—Livy: iv. ii. 11. [back]
Note 6.
Quant le cheval est emblé dounke ferme fols l’estable (When the horse has been stolen, the fool shuts the stable).—Les Proverbes del Vilain. [back]
Note 7.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.—Proverbs xvi. 18.

Pryde goeth before, and shame cometh behynde.—Treatise of a Gallant. Circa 1510. [back]
Note 8.
She looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth.—Jonathan Swift: Polite Conversation.  [back]
Note 9.
’T is old, but true, still swine eat all the draff.—William Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, act iv. sc. 2. [back]
Note 10.
Ewyl weed ys sone y-growe.—MS. Harleian, circa 1490.

An ill weed grows apace.—George Chapman: An Humorous Day’s Mirth.

Great weeds do grow apace.—William Shakespeare: Richard III. act ii. sc. 4. Beaumont and Fletcher: The Coxcomb, act iv. sc. 4. [back]