Usage examples for proverbially

  1. It is proverbially safe to prophesy when one knows; and it is but this safe prediction which we make every day of child or bud, where we can hardly fail to see the growing man, the coming flower. – Civics: as Applied Sociology by Patrick Geddes
  2. My child, this world is proverbially an uncertain and changing thing. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  3. Proverbially inquisitive, the people of the good old town of Barnstable were on tip- toe, to see the man of whose curious figure they had heard so much. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  4. But I am proverbially tender- hearted. – Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  5. The interference of a mother- in- law is proverbially never very felicitous. – The Infernal Marriage by Benjamin Disraeli
  6. The country gentlemen, the lawyer, the petit maitre of England, are proverbially inane and ill- informed. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  7. My companion expressed his inability to trust himself with so large an amount of property, especially as the servants at his hotel were proverbially inclined to take liberties with other people's goods. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  8. Peasants are proverbially stingy with their money, but will be liberal enough with their provisions; and though our purse will not be replenished, our larder will, which is equally important, since our very lives depend upon it. – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  9. " Misfortunes are proverbially sociable," Juliet had remarked, in reference to her adopted uncle. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  10. No letter from The Manor had reached her for some weeks past, but letters were proverbially scarce at Christmas- time, so that it would be foolish to argue ill from that fact alone. – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. In their excitement they forgot that their voices might attract attention, and ladies' maids are proverbially inquisitive. – A Mysterious Disappearance by Gordon Holmes
  12. But fortune is proverbially fickle. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  13. The Roman road ran proverbially direct; even its few curves were not seldom formed by straight lines joined together. – Ancient Town-Planning by F. Haverfield
  14. Capital is exceptionally conservative when there is a question of investing in inventions that it does not understand, for inventors are proverbially optimistic and not infrequently cost capital a good deal of money. – The Best Policy by Elliott Flower
  15. It was far past the witching hour of midnight, when graveyards proverbially yawn, before Craig returned in the car. – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  16. They tell us, also, that the slaveholders of the South are proverbially hospitable, kind, and generous, and it is incredible that they can perpetrate such enormities upon human beings; further, that it is absurd to suppose that they would thus injure their own property, that self- interest would prompt them to treat their slaves with kindness, as none but fools and madmen wantonly destroy their own property; further, that Northern visitors at the South come back testifying to the kind treatment of the slaves, and that the slaves themselves corroborate such representations. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  17. But as youth is proverbially over- confident it might also be well to point out, without danger of discouraging our sanguine youngsters, that for one who has succeeded, about ten million confident American youths, full of ambition and lofty aims, have been obliged to content themselves with being honest men in humble positions, even as their fathers before them. – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  18. Credit, began the judge, is proverbially shy; still it may sometimes be increased, like the muscles of the body and the mental faculties, by judicious use. – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester