Modern Proverbs Appeal

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 23 03:17:09 UTC 2007

"I hate little people, because they always want to be big people."

"Everybody wants to be a nigger, unless he is one."

"Everybody's black, till the police come."

"The world is full of assholes."

"I've always lived by this golden rule:
 Whatever you do, don't blow your cool!
 You got to have nerves of steel
 And never let folks know how you actually feel."
-by Oscar Brown, Jr.


On 5/20/07, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> Poster:       Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Modern Proverbs Appeal
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> I would welcome suggestions of "modern proverbs" (defined for this purpose
> as proverbs whose earliest evidence is post-1900) other than those listed
> in The Yale Book of Quotations and Dictionary of American Proverbs.
> Suggestions made without checking those two reference works are fine too.
> Fred Shapiro
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> Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
> Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS
>    Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press
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