"Patience, perseverance and sweet oil" (1854)
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"Patience, perseverance and sweet oil" is not in the Yale Book of
Quotations. Who said it? Is the second line ("agreeable to Hoyle") an early "according
The name of Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), author of several works on card-games
(the earliest, on whist, dated 1742): often cited typically for an authority
on card-playing. Phr. according to Hoyle, according to the highest authority,
in accordance with strict rules.
1906 _‘O. HENRY’_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-h2.html#o-henry)
Four Million (1916) 14 The financial loss of a dollar sixty-five, all so
far fulfilled according to Hoyle. 1945 A. A. OSTROW Compl. Card Player p.
vii, It has been the custom to call books of rules on card and board games ‘
Hoyles’, so that ‘according to Hoyle’ has come to mean ‘according to accepted
rules’. 1962 R. BARKER Clue for Murder v. 38 This one [sc. murder]'s right
out of the . mustrictly according to Hoyle. 1965 _J. M. CAIN_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-c.html#j-m-cain) Magician's Wife (1966) xix. 147,
I want our marriage to be strictly on the I wathe way it is in the books,
absolutely according to Hoyle. 1971 Melody Maker 21 Aug. 34/7 If everything
goes according to Hoyle, I'll go into semi-retirement there.
“Perseverance and sweet oil”
"Perseverance and sweet oil” seems like a Texas way of doing things, but this
phrase dates from at least the mid-19th century.
History of the Express Business
by Alexander Lovett Stimson
New York: Baker & Godwin
“But patience, perseverance and sweet oil,
Make all things work agreeably to Hoyle.”
_Making of America_
March 1854, Putnam’s Monthly Magazine, pg. 302:
...nevertheless, “patience, perseverance, and sweet oil” will, in time, cure
this and all other absurdities and evils in Missouri, or under the sun.
29 April 1859, Daily Columbus Enquirer (Columbus, GA), pg. 3:
A little time and lubrication—perseverance and sweet oil, will overcome all
7 December 1952, Dallas Morning News, part 1, pg. 23:
For many months, perseverance and sweet oil, to use an old Texas phrase,
have been used with manufacturers of tubular goods.
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