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

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John Heywood. (1497?–1580?) (continued)
    An ill winde that bloweth no man to good. 1
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. ix.
    For when I gave you an inch, you tooke an ell. 2
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. ix.
    Would yee both eat your cake and have your cake? 3
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. ix.
    Every man for himselfe and God for us all. 4
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. ix.
    Though he love not to buy the pig in the poke. 5
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. ix.
    This hitteth the naile on the hed. 6
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. xi.
    Enough is as good as a feast. 7
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. xi.
Thomas Tusser. (c. 1515–1580)
    God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat. 8
          Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
    Except wind stands as never it stood,
It is an ill wind turns none to good.
          A Description of the Properties of Wind.
    At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
          The Farmer’s Daily Diet.
Note 1.
Falstaff. What wind blew you hither, Pistol?
Pistol. Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.
William Shakespeare: 2 Henry IV. act v. sc. 3. [back]
Note 2.
Give an inch, he ’ll take an ell.—John Webster: Sir Thomas Wyatt. [back]
Note 3.
Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?—George Herbert: The Size. [back]
Note 4.
Every man for himself, his own ends, the devil for all.—Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. i. mem. iii. [back]
Note 5.
For buying or selling of pig in a poke.—Thomas Tusser: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. September Abstract. [back]
Note 6.
You have there hit the nail on the head.—Francis Rabelais: bk. iii. ch. xxxi. [back]
Note 7.
Dives and Pauper, 1493. Gascoigne: Poesies, 1575. Alexander Pope: Horace, book i. Ep. vii. line 24. Henry Fielding: Covent Garden Tragedy, act v. sc. 1. Isaac Bickerstaff: Love in a Village, act iii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 8.
God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.—John Taylor: Works, vol. ii. p. 85 (1630). Ray: Proverbs. David Garrick: Epigram on Goldsmith’s Retaliation. [back]