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CHINESE PROVERB

ALL THE FLOWERS OF ALL THE TOMORROWS ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST SENECA

Keyword(s): PLANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; DESTINY ; HEREDITY? ; ITERATION ; POTENTIAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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PROVERB

ANYONE WHO HAS IVY GROWING IN THEIR HOMES, HARBORS THE EVIL SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH SAYING.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; TORONTO

Keyword(s): PLANT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE.

Submitter comment:

FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): HEREDITY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

AN APPLE NEVER FALLS FAR FROM THE TREE.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): HEREDITY ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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OAK

AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO IS THE OAK INCLINED.

Submitter comment: REFERS TO CHILD RAISING, THE TWIG BEING THE CHILD, THE OAK, THE
ADULT.

Where learned: SENT BY LETTER

Keyword(s): PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; ENVIRONMENT ; EXAMPLE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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PROVERB

AS THE TWIG IS BENT SO IS THE TREE INCLINED.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXAMPLE ; OBSERVATION COMPARISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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PROVERB

AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; HOMEOPHONE: SOW SO ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN EXPRESSION

A BAMBOO FISH TRAP
IN INDIA, A WORLDLY MAN WOULD BE COMPARED TO 'A BAMBOO FISH TRAP.'

Submitter comment: THE IDEA IS THAT TO MAKE A BAMBOO FISH TRAP THE BAMBOO
MUST BE CARVED TO ADMIT
THE FISH AND PREVENT HIS ESCAPE. WHEN APPLIED TO A MAN,
THIS MEANS HE IS BENT TO THE WORLD AND ITS PLEASURES, RATHER THAN
STRAIGHT AND SEEKING THE INFINITE.

Data entry tech comment: BUDDHA WEEPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISH ; HUMAN CREATION ; PLANT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

DON'T PROMISE PEARS ON A WEEPING WILLOW TREE. (TRANSLATION)
GRUSZKI NA UREIZBIE OBIECYWAI. (POLISH)

Where learned: COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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GERMAN PROVERB

THE DUMBEST FARMER HAS THE BIGGEST POTATOES. (TRANSLATION)
DIE DUMMSTER BAURN HAM DIE GROPTEN KARTOFEL. (GERMAN)

Submitter comment: MORE LUCK THAN BRAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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DEFINITION

A BUCCANEER IS A HELL OF A PRICE TO PAY FOR CORN.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT AT WORK.

Where learned: ON A FISHING TRIP

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS ; FOOD ; PLANT ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PUN ; SLANG: BUCK FOR DOLLAR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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PROVERB

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): IRONY ; PLANTS ; SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): MINUTE DETAILS OBSCURE GOAL ; SHORTSIGHTEDNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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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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MOON BELIEF

IF THE MOON IS FULL THE CROPS GROW TALL.
THIS WAS NOT GOOD FOR POTATOES BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANTING BELIEF

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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LEAF BELIEF

IF THE LEAVES TURN UP, AND UNDER, IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Submitter comment:

IT USUALLY DOES RAIN IF THIS HAPPENS. IT IS A VERY GOOD
SIGN FOR PREDICTING RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; PLANT

Subject headings: 46O
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

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HOME STORM PROTECTION

WHENEVER A STORM WOULD ARISE MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD PUT
A BLESSED PALM IN THE WINDOW TO PREVENT LIGHTNING FROM STRIKING
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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HAZELWOOD TREE LEGEND.

THERE IS A LEGEND ABOUT THE HAZELWOOD TREE.
WHEN MARY AND JOSEPH AND JESUS WERE FLEEING TO EGYPT, THEY CAME
TO A POPLAR TREE THAT WAS BIG AND TALL AND STRAIGHT. MARY
ASKED THE POPLAR TREE TO COVER HER UP AND PROTECT HER FROM
THE RAIN. THE POPLAR TREE WOULD NOT. MARY SAID,'MAY YOU NEVER
HAVE YOUR LIMBS DOWN AND MAY YOUR LEAVES NEVER REST.
THIS IS WHY THE POPLAR TREE IS ALWAYS TREMBLING, IN WIND OR NOT.
THE NEXT TREE THAT MARY CAME TO, WAS THE HAZELWOOD TREE.
THEY DO NOT GROW VERY HIGH, ARE SQUATTY, AND ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF
BRANCHES ON THEM. MARY ASKED THE HAZELWOOD TREE TO COVER HER AND
IT DID. SHE BLESSED THE TREE IN RETURN, SAYING? 'MAY YOU BE BLESSED
FOR ETERNITY BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHELTERED ME. MAY YOUR LEAVES BE A
MEDICINE TO PEOPLE THAT NEED YOU. HEAL THEM OF DISEASES, AND MAY
YOU GROW FRUIT FOR MANKIND AND BEASTS.' SINCE THEN THE HAZELWOOD
TREE HAS PRODUCED LOTS OF NUTS CALLED FILBERTS.

James Callow comment:

POPLAR BRANCHES REACH UP, AS IF ARMS EXTENDED IN PRAYER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

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GARLIC BELIEF

GARLIC BUILDS UP THE BLOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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FLOWER BELIEF

IF YOU RECEIVE FLOWERS FROM SOMEONE, DON'T THANK THEM.
OTHERWISE, THEY WON'T GROW. GOD SHOULD BE THANKED FOR
CREATING FLOWERS AND MAKING THEM GROW.

Where learned: WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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