Excerpt from The Wisdom of the World, in Proverbs of All Nations
The Wisdom of the World, the golden fruit of knowledge and experience.
Twenty years ago the writer began collecting these proverbs. From many thousands of those of all nations and all times, those which contain the statement of a truth have been carefully selected. Many thousands have purposely been omitted be cause they contained but half a truth or were not such as should be offered to the refined reader. Under this class came thousands of Spanish, French, German and Italian proverbs.
To make them more readable they have been grouped under more than six hundred topics, which were then arranged alphabetically so that it might be easy to refer to any subject.
The effort to give the authorities was abandoned, for the reason that it seemed impossible to do so with any degree of accuracy. Nearly all are credited to several persons or nations. Many sup posed to be original with modern writers can be traced back to the time of Aristotle or earlier. Since the authorities could not be given, the writer has not hesitated to change a great many, that they might the better suit the present time and system of morality.
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