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Of all the ingenuous declarations I have ever heard, this one copped the proverbial bun.
The Englishman's proverbial lack of bragging is a subtler form of brag after all.
His gratitude caught at those words, as the drowning man is said to catch at the proverbial straw.
One could have eaten a meal off the ground without overbrimming the proverbial peck of dirt.
2) A proverbial saying meaning, `why enlarge on irrelevant topics?
This is a nearer approximation than he has yet made to a complete definition, and, regarded as a piece of proverbial or popular morality, is not far from the truth.
Making every allowance for the proverbial deceitfulness of appearances, impossible!
Ingratitude was condemned in it, the sinfulness of pride was pointed out--together with the proverbial fact that it "goes before a fall.
The argument of the Republic is the search after Justice, the nature of which is first hinted at by Cephalus, the just and blameless old man-- then discussed on the basis of proverbial morality by Socrates and Polemarchus--then caricatured by Thrasymachus and partially explained by Socrates--reduced to an abstraction by Glaucon and Adeimantus, and having become invisible in the individual reappears at length in the ideal State which is constructed by Socrates.
Among the Greeks, barbers' news was a proverbial expression; and Horace, in one of his epistles, makes honourable mention of the Roman barbers in the same light.
Had there been any scandal in the dead man's family, or had his sons been wild or undutiful, then there might have been a glimmering of reason in this most unusual action; but Eben Hale's domestic happiness had been proverbial in the community, and one would have to travel far and wide to discover a cleaner, saner, wholesomer progeny of sons and daughters.
Besides, you are a Fentolin, and our love of truth is proverbial.