A cow in a parlour does best when it makes for the door.
A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden. Johnson
A cow is not ashamed because it cannot fly.
A cow that moos too often is not a dairy cow.
A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.
A coward is the kindest animal; 'Tis the most forgiving creature in a fight. Dryden
A coward never forgives. Sterne
A coward's fear can make a coward valiant. Owen Feltham, Resolves: Of Cowardice (1623)
A coward's fear may make a coward valiant.
A coward; a most devout coward; religious in it. Shakespeare
A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites. Quintus Curtius Rufus
A coxcomb begins, by determining that his own profession is the first; and he finishes by deciding that he is the first of his profession. Colton
A coxcomb is four-fifths affectation and one-fifth vanity. Haliburton
A coxcomb is the blockhead's man of merit. La Bruyère
A coxcomb is ugly all over with affectation of a fine gentleman. Johnson
A cracked bell can never sound well.
A cracked bell should not be rung.
A cracked bell can never sound well.
A crafty fellow never has any peace.
A crafty innkeeper at Ravenna lately cheated me. I asked him for wine and water; he sold me pure wine. Martial
A crafty knave needs no broker.
A crafty knave needs no broker. Quoted in Hen. VI.
A cramp in his body / in his stomach / in his guts / in his bowels / in his finger. Yiddish] A kramp im in layb / in boyakh / in di kishkes / in di gederem / in di finger.
A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
A creaking door hangs longest.
A creaking gate hangs longest.
A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence. Emerson
A creature undefiled by the taint of the world, unvexed by its injustice, unwearied by its hollow pleasures; a being fresh from the source of light, with something of its universal lustre in it. If childhood be this, how holy the duty to see that in its onward growth it shall be no other! Douglas Jerrold
A credulidade dos tolos é o patrimônio dos velhacos.
A crença nos médicos, que falta nos sãos, sobeja nos doentes.
A Cresole - non v' è nè pan nè fregole (= briccioli).
A criação e disciplina fazem costume.
A criado novo, pão e ovo; depois de velho, pau e demo.
A cripple in the right road is better than a racer in the wrong.
A critic is never too severe when he only detects the faults of an author. But he is worse than too severe when, in consequence of this detection, he presumes to place himself on a level with genius. Landor
A critic must accept what is best in a poet, and thus become his best encourager. Stedman
A critic should be a pair of snuffers. He is oftener an extinguisher, and not seldom a thief. J. C. and A. W. Hare
A critic was of old a glorious name, Whose sanction handed merit up to fame; Beauties as well as faults he brought to view, His judgment great, and great his candor too. No servile rules drew sickly taste aside; Secure he walked, for nature was his guide. But now, O strange reverse! our critics bawl In praise of candor with a heart of gall, Conscious of guilt, and fearful of the light; They lurk enshrouded in the veil of night; Safe from destruction, seize th' unwary prey, And stab like bravoes, all who come that way. Churchill
A crítica é fácil, a arte é difícil.
A criticare son tutti bravi.
A crooked log makes a straight fire.
A crooked log makes a strait fire.
A crooked stick will have a crooked shadow.
A crooked tree will have a crooked shadow.
A cross borne in simplicity, without the interference of self-love to augment it, is only half a cross. Suffering in this simplicity of love, we are not only happy in spite of the cross, but because of it; for love is pleased in suffering for the Well Beloved, and the cross which forms us into His image is a consoling bond of love. Fénelon
A crow is never the whiter for ever washing.
A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often.