A Dictionary of American Proverbs

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quack Quacks use their skill to make sound men sick and ill men dead. Rec. dist.: Ill.

quackery Quackery has no such friend as credulity. Rec. dist.: Ill.

quality1. Don't value a man for the quality he is of, but for the qualities he possesses. Rec. dist.: Ill., N.Y.1st cit.:US 1724 Franklin , PRAlmanac. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1923:1.

2. It is better to believe that a man possesses good qualities than to assert that he does not. Rec. dist.: Ind.

3. Men of great qualities do not always succeed in life. Rec. dist.: Mich.

4. Quality is better than quantity. Var.: It is quality rather than quantity which counts. Rec. dist.: Okla., Ont.1st cit.: 1604 Grymeston , Miscellanea. 20c. coll.: ODEP658, Stevenson 1923:2.

5. Quality shows. Rec. dist.: N.C.

SEE ALSO The quality of MERCY is not strained.

quantitySEE QUALITY is better than quantity.

quarrel(n.)1. Adjusting quarrels proves goodwill; preventing them is nobler still. Rec. dist.: Ind.

2. An old quarrel is easily renewed. Rec. dist.: Ill.

3. Deep as are the quarrels, deep becomes the love. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

4. From one quarrel come a hundred sins. Rec. dist.: Ill.

5. He that can make a fire well can end a quarrel. Rec. dist.: Ont.

6. He who forgives ends the quarrel. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

7. He who returns the first blow is the man who begins the quarrel. Rec. dist.: Ohio.

8. If you don't have the first quarrel, you will never have the second. Rec. dist.: Utah.

9. It takes two to make a quarrel. Vars.:(a) It takes two to have a quarrel but only one to start it. (b) It takes two to make a quarrel, but one can end it. Rec. dist.: U.S., Can.1st cit.: 1706 Stevens , New Spanish and English Dictionary; US 1845 Judd, Margaret , A Tale of the Real and Ideal. 20c. coll.: ODEP852, T&W 389, CODP234, Stevenson 1924:1, Whiting ( MP) 653.

10. Never interfere with family quarrels. Rec. dist.: N.C.

11. Never let the sun go down on a quarrel. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

12. Never pick a quarrel, even when it's right. Var.: Never pick a quarrel, even when it's ripe. Rec. dist.: Ill.

13. No quarrel ever stirred before the second word. Var.: The second word makes the quarrel. Rec. dist.: N.Y., Ohio, Ont.1st cit.: US 1924 Guiterman , Poet's Proverbs. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1923:14.

14. Quarrels are easily begun but with difficulty ended. Rec. dist.: Ill.

15. Quarrels never could last long if on one side only lay the wrong. Var.: Quarrels do not last long if the wrong is only on one side. Rec. dist.: Calif., N.Y.1st cit.:US 1741 Franklin , PRAlmanac. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1923:15.

16. The quarrel of friends is the opportunity of their foes. Rec. dist.: Ont.

17. There is no quarrel between the good and the bad, but only between the bad and the bad. Rec. dist.: N.Y.

18. There is nothing so foolish as an idle quarrel. Rec. dist.: Ont.

19. Those who in quarrels interpose must often wipe a bloody nose. Rec. dist.: Colo.1st cit.: 1727 Gay , "Mastiff" in Fables; US 1740 Franklin , PRAlmanac. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 1923: 12, Whiting353.

20. Who seeks a quarrel finds it near at hand. Rec. dist.: Ind.

quarrel(v.)1. Be not the first to quarrel nor the last to make up. Rec. dist.: Ont.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Abbreviations xvii
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