A Dictionary of American Proverbs

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zeal 1. Zeal is blind when it encroaches on the rights of others. Rec. dist.: Mich., N.Y.

2. Zeal is like fire: it needs both feeding and watching. Var.: Zeal is like fire: it needs feeding and watching. Rec. dist.: N.Y.1st cit.: 1732 Fuller, Gnomologia. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2666:5.

3. Zeal is only for wise men but is mostly found in fools. Rec. dist.: Calif., N.Y., Wis. 1st cit.: 1732 Fuller, Gnomologia. 20c. coll.: Stevenson 2665:10.

4. Zeal without knowledge is a fire without light. Rec. dist.: N. Y., N. C., S. C.1st cit.: 1732 Fuller, Gnomologia. 20c. coll.: ODEP 930, Stevenson 2666:5.

5. Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. Rec. dist.: N.Y. 1st cit.: 1611 Davies of Hereford , Scourge of Folly. 20c. coll.: ODEP 930, Stevenson 2666:5.

zebra You can tell a zebra by its stripes. Var.: You know a zebra by its stripes. Rec. dist.: Calif., Mich., N.Y.

zero Zero times zero is equal to zero. Rec. dist.: Calif., Mich.

SEE ALSO FAME one day, zero the next.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • A 3
  • B 33
  • C 79
  • D 133
  • E 173
  • F 193
  • G 245
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  • K 345
  • L 357
  • M 395
  • N 423
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  • Q 493
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  • S 521
  • T 579
  • U 623
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  • Bibliography 691
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