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PROVERB

COURTSHIP IS BLISS;
MATRIMONY IS BLISTER

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HER FATHER USED THIS SAYING WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE
IN 1904.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

DEFICIENT:
WHAT YOU'VE GOT WHEN YOU HAVEN'T GOT AS MUCH AS YOU HAD
WHEN YOU HAD NOTHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): VERBAL PLAY?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB

THE BIGGEST TALKERS ARE THE LEAST DOERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB

THE CAULIFLOWER IS A CABBAGE WITH A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT REMEMBER

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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PROVERB

CENSORSHIP IS LIKE AN APPENDIX. WHEN INERT IT IS USELESS, WHEN
ACTIVE IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; EPIGRAM

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GREMLINS

GREMLINS ARE INVISIBLE DEMONS WHO CAUSE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
TO OPERATE ERRATICALLY FOR NO REASON

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR SAYS THIS IS NOT BELIEVED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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PEN AND ERASER

AN ERASER IS SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR WHILE THE INK DRIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUSTRATION ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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PROVERB

EXPECTATION IS BETTER THAN REALIZATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Highland

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DISAPPOINTMENT ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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BLASON POPULAIRE

AN OPTIMIST LOOKS AT A DONUT AND SEES THE DONUT, A PESSIMIST
SEES THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: I WAS REMINDED OF THIS MANY TIMES AS A YOUNG GIRL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1951

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PROVERB

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE SELDOM FOUND IN WOMEN AND NEVER FOUND IN MEN

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; DEFINITION ; OBSERVATION ; SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-21-1970

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PATIENCE

PATIENCE IS THE QUALITY OF THE GODS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION

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

Date learned: 03-09-1968

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A PEDESTRIAN IS A MAN WHO DIDN'T THINK THE FAMILY NEEDED TWO CARS

Submitter comment: THIS WAS MENTIONED IN A CONVERSATION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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A PHILOSOPHER IS A BLIND MAN IN A DARK ROOM LOOKING FOR A BLACK
CAT... THAT ISN'T THERE.

Submitter comment: HEARD ON RADIO.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; INSULT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERB

A PICTURE IS A MUTE POEM.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT REMEMBER

Where learned: HOME ; BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PLAYING BOTH ENDS AGAINST THE MIDDLE IS A FAT MAN
TRYING TO BUCKLE HIS BELT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUTILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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PROCRASTINATION IS A ROBBER OF VALUABLE TIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT EXPRESSED THE FEELING THAT SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE
THIS SAYING BECAUSE ALL MAJOR DECISIONS SHOULD BE
THOUGHT OVER CAREFULLY. CANNOT RECALL WHERE SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PROMPTNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

PROPERTY IS THEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; YOU CAN'T LOSE WHAT YOU DON'T OWN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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PROVERB

PUNCTUALITY IS THE POLITENESS OF KINGS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONSIDERATION ; DEFINITION? ; PROMPTNESS ; ROYALTY

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

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PROVERB

HELL IS HEAVEN ENJOYING ITSELF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BLASON POPULAIRE

AN OPTIMIST LOOKS AT A DONUT AND SEES THE DONUT, A PESSIMIST
SEES THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: I WAS REMINDED OF THIS MANY TIMES AS A YOUNG GIRL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1951

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