Thursday, July 27, 2006

John Heywood

Have you ever heard of John Heywood? (1497-1580)

He may not be a household name, but his words have been household phrases for 500 years. In 1562 this English poet published a collection of poems and proverbs-some he wrote, some were popular sayings that he first put down on paper. Here is a sampling of Heywood’s words.

  • “Haste maketh waste.”
  • “Good to be merie and wise.”
  • “Look ere ye leape.”
  • “The fat is in the fire.”
  • “When the sunne shineth, make hay.”
  • “No man ought to looke a given horse in the mouth.”
  • “We both be at our wittes end.”
  • “Two heads are better then one.”
  • “All is well that endes well.”
  • “Better late than never.”
  • “Beggars should be no choosers.”
  • “The rolling stone never gathered mosse.”
  • “I pray thee let me and my fellow have a haire of the dog that bit us last night.”
  • “To robbe Peter and pay Poule.”
  • “A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drinke without he will.”
  • “Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.”
  • “Rome was not built in one day.”
  • “Children learne to creepe ere they can learne to goe.” (Learn to crawl before you learn to walk.)
  • “One good turne asketh another.”
  • “By hooke or crooke.”
  • “But in deede, a friend is never known till a man have neede.”
  • “A penny for your thought.”
  • “Many hands make light warke.”
  • “A hard beginning maketh a good ending.”
  • “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”
  • “Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake?”

I was raised by these sayings, my mother knew them by heart. There are more, can you think of any?

N Posted by Rain at 7/27/2006 12:08:00 AM


  • Blogger glenda posted at 11:37 AM  
    Don't know if this was one he collected or not, but birds of a feather flock together? A watched pot never boils. A stitch in time saves nine. etc.
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