A Dictionary of American Proverbs

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Sabbath The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Rec. dist.: N.C. 1st cit.:US1948 Stevenson, Home Book of Proverbs. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2021:2.

sable Sables feel proud in the absence of ermine. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

sack1. A broken sack won't hold corn. Rec. dist.: Ind.1st cit.: 1573 Sanford, Garden of Pleasure. 20c. coll.: ODEP88, Stevenson 2021:4.

2. A sack is best tied before it is full. Rec. dist.: Ill.1st cit.: 1580 Munday, Zelauto; US1811 Port Folio20c. coll.: ODEP59, Whiting375, Stevenson 1912:1.

3. An empty sack won't stand alone. vars.: (a) An empty sack cannot stand upright. (b) An empty sack is hard to stand up direct. (c) An empty sack will never stand upright. (d) An empty sack won't stand up. (e) Empty sacks cannot stand straight. (f) It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright. (g) It's hard for an empty sack to stand alone. Rec. dist.: U.S., Can.1st cit.: 1642 Torriano, Select Italian Proverbs; US1740 Franklin, PRAlmanac. 20c. coll.: ODEP220, Whiting18, CODP64, Stevenson 2021:14, T&W 14.

4. Everyone thinks his sack heaviest. Rec. dist.: Ont.1st cit.: 1573 Gascoigne, Hundreth Sundrie Flowres. 20c. coll.: ODEP231, Stevenson 256:7.

5. The standing sack fills quicker. Rec. dist.: Ont.

6. There comes nothing out of the sack but what was in it. Rec. dist.: Okla.1st cit.: 1581 Cartigny, Voyage of Wandering Knight; US1869 Spurgeon, John Ploughman's Talks. 20c. coll.: ODEP136, Stevenson 2021:6.

7. You can't overfill fortune's sacks. Rec. dist.: Ont.

SEE ALSO You may know by the HANDFUL the whole sack. / Every PEA helps to fill the sack.

sacrificeSEE As often as we do GOOD, we sacrifice. / OBEDIENCE is better than sacrifice.

sadSEE A sad SAINT is a sorry saint. / The sweetest SONGS are those that tell of saddest thoughts. / Of all the WORDS of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.

saddle1. Always put the saddle on the right horse. Rec. dist.: Ill., Ont., Tex.1st cit.: 1607 Dekker and Webster, Westward Hoe; US1692 Bulkeley, Will and Doom, ed. Hoadly, Conn.Hist.Soc. Collections ( 1895). 20c. coll.: ODEP690, Whiting375, Stevenson 2022:2, T&W 315, Whiting( MP) 543.

2. High-powered saddles ain't half as rare as high-powered hombres in 'em. Rec. dist.: N.Mex.

3. If the saddle squeaks, it ain't bought. Rec. dist.: Okla.

SEE ALSO The losing HORSE blames the saddle.

sadnessSEE In HAPPINESS, iron is bright; in sadness, gold is dull.

safe1. It is better to be safe than sorry. Var.: Better safe than sorry. Rec. dist.: U.S., Can. 1st cit.: 1837 Lover, Rory O'More; US1932 Plum, Murder at the Hunting Club. 20c. coll.: CODP15, Stevenson 2022:9, Whiting( MP) 543.

2. The way to be safe is never to feel secure. Rec. dist.: U.S.1st cit.: 1641 Quarles, Enchiridion; US1732 Franklin, PRAlmanac. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2055:7.

SEE ALSO BLAME is safer than praise. / It is easy to be BRAVE from a safe distance. / He who rings the CHURCH bells is safe. / GOD promises a safe landing, but not a calm passage. / The safest HELMET is virtue. / It's safer to be a HOUND than a rabbit. / The beaten ROAD is the safest. / He that is too SECURE is not safe. / It is better to be on the safe SIDE. / Be SILENT and safe: silence never betrays you. / The little STATION is the safest. / The safe WAY is the right way.

safelySEE ANTS live safely till they have gotten wings. / By FALLING we learn to go

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