Proverbial Relations

Experience is the father, and memory the mother of wisdom. ~Proverb

Health and cheerfulness are brothers. ~Proverbs, William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

Take-it-easy and Live-long are brothers. ~German proverb

Jealousy and love are sisters. ~Russian proverb

Night is the mother of Councels. ~George Herbert

Gratitude is the mother of the virtues. ~Cicero

Ingratitude is the daughter of pride. ~Miguel de Cervantes

Innocence and ignorance are sisters. ~Proverb

Be father to virtue, but father-in-law to vice. ~Proverb

Patience is sister to meekness, and humility is its mother. ~Proverb

Death and Sleepe have both one mother,
Sleepe makes Death a younger brother…
~Witts New Dyall: or, A Schollers Prize, 1604

Want is the mother of industry. ~Henry Timberlake

Industry is the parent of fortune. ~German proverb

Trade is the mother of money. ~Thomas Draxe

Sloth is the mother of poverty. ~American proverb

Poverty is the sister of a sound mind. ~German proverb

Borrowing is the mother of trouble. ~Hebrew proverb

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. ~Samuel Johnson

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. ~Miguel de Cervantes

God has use for Reason but He has not made her the sister of Charity… ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d’un enfant du siècle, 1836, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Here’s to Hope! — the child of Care,
And pretty sister of Despair,
Here’s hoping that Hope’s children shan’t
Take after their Grandma or Aunt!
~Oliver Herford, c. 1903

Faith is brother to despair. ~Proverbs, William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. ~Khalil Gibran

Peace is the father of friendship. ~African proverb

Fear is the parent of cruelty. ~James Anthony Froude

Fear is the mother of foresight… ~Henry Taylor

Fear and courage are brothers. ~Terri Guillemets

Reality is always the dowdy sister to Fancy. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer

Beauty and folly are sisters. ~German proverb

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. ~Proverb, quoted by Robert Christy, 1800s

Fanaticism is the offspring of false zeal and superstition, the father of intolerance and persecution… ~Proverbs, William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

The printing press is the mother of errors. ~Italian proverb

Gaming is the son of avarice and the father of despair. ~French proverb

The child is father to the man. ~William Wordsworth

Every man is the son of his actions. ~Spanish proverb

Variety is the mother of enjoyment. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Trust is the mother of deceit. ~English proverb

Idleness is the mother of vice. ~Spanish proverb

So runs the genealogy of many another sin:  idleness is usually the grandfather of the crime, whatever the father might be. ~C. H. Spurgeon

A boaster and a liar are cousins. ~German proverb

Flattery is the prolific parent of falsehood. ~Edward Gibbon

Indolence is the mother of misery. ~Galen

Gluttony is the parent of disease. ~Proverbs, William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

Truth is the daughter of Time. ~Aulus Gellius

Silence is the parent of wise thoughts, — the mark of a well composed mind. ~John Hunt, 1771

…O war, thou son of hell,
Whom angry heavens do make their minister
Throw in the frozen bosoms of our part
Hot coals of vengeance!…
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, 1591  [V, 2, Young Clifford]

Proverbial Relations
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