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Quotes of proverbially

  1. A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road. – Alexander Smith

Usage examples for proverbially

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. But I am proverbially tender- hearted. – Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  8. Love is proverbially blind, but few normal persons would be rash enough knowingly to join fortunes with a neuropathic or degenerate family stock. – Eugenics as a Factor in the Prevention of Mental Disease by Horatio Milo Pollock
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. " Misfortunes are proverbially sociable," Juliet had remarked, in reference to her adopted uncle. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  13. 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
  14. " Which means nothing, I suspect," said the Dutchman, " for Jack- of- all- trades is proverbially master of none." – The Settler and the Savage by R.M. Ballantyne
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The interference of a mother- in- law is proverbially never very felicitous. – The Infernal Marriage by Benjamin Disraeli
  18. My child, this world is proverbially an uncertain and changing thing. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  19. But fortune is proverbially fickle. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  20. In their excitement they forgot that their voices might attract attention, and ladies' maids are proverbially inquisitive. – A Mysterious Disappearance by Gordon Holmes