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LIFE

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME BECAUSE THIS IS THE BASIC ELEMENT OF
LIFE, AS YOU KNOW LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT, IF YOU
WASTE ALL YOUR TIME, THINK...WHAT YOU HAVE GAINED IN LIFE.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SAYING CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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WHAT YOU SEE

WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU GET.

Submitter comment: SHE USED A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE TOLD THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE
ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS ACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
Z210

Date learned: 00001960S

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APPEAL

JACK FELL DOWN AND BROKE HIS CROWN,
WHAT YOU THINK OF YOURSELF IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT
OTHERS THINK OF YOU.

Submitter comment: SHE USED PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE TOLD THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE
ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS ACTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): MORALE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001960S

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POLISH PROVERB

GOSC W DOMU; BOG W DOMU. TRANSLATION: GUEST IN THE HOUSE; GOD IN
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; HOSPITALITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

IT IS BETTER TO STAY QUIET AND THOUGHT A FOOL,
THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND PROVE IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGAM MAXIM STATED DIRECTLY

FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; NEW YORK ; ALBANY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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SAYING

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A KID. THESE SAYINGS JUST WENT AROUND IN A JEWISH
HOME. I COULD FIND NO ORIGIN FOR THIS SAYING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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PROVERB

A FRIEND IS A PRESENT YOU GIVE YOURSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

GOOD MANNERS ARE MADE UP OF SMALL SACRIFICES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

THE BEST TEACHER A MAN CAN HAVE IS NECESSITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

A MERRY HEART DOETH GOOD LIKE MEDICINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD HUMOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

LOST TIME IS NEVER FOUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PROVERB

PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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YOU SHOULD LET OTHERS RUN THEIR MOUTH WHILE YOU RUN YOUR OWN
BUSINESS.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMANT'S FORMER EMPLOYER USED TO SAY THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IT IS ONE THING TO BE SMART AND KNOW IT AND ANOTHER TO BE SMART AND
LET EVERYBODY ELSE KNOW IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BRAGGING EGOTISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PROVERB

ACT ENTHUSIASTIC AND YOU'LL BE ENTHUSIASTIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

IT IS BETTER TO KEEP THY MOUTH SHUT AND HAVE OTHERS THINK THAT YOU
ARE AN IMBECILE THAN TO OPEN IT AND ERASE ALL DOUBT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER TEACHER AT SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Fool ; HUMOR ; Mouth ; PROVERB ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): PROVERB

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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PROVERB

WHY STATE THE OBVIOUS? THE TRUTH COMES OUT IN THE END.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

NEVER LAUGH ON FRIDAY; YOU'LL CRY ON SATURDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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