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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 counsels. ~English proverb


Gratitude is the mother of the virtues. ~Cicero


Ingratitude is the daughter of pride. ~Spanish proverb, 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. ~French proverb


Industry is the parent of fortune. ~German proverb


Trade is the mother of money. ~English proverb


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. ~Spanish proverb, 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


Despair is the offspring of fear and impatience. ~Proverb


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


Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which... ~Algernon Charles Swinburne, "The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell," 1880


The heart and the gut are siblings. ~Terri Guillemets


Peace is the father of friendship. ~African proverb


Contentment is the more serene brother of Happiness. ~Terri Guillemets


Fear is the parent of cruelty. ~James Anthony Froude


Cruelty and fear are brothers. ~William Hardcastle Browne's Proverbs, 1900


Fear, indeed, 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 of the Man... ~William Wordsworth, 1804


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


Can and Will are cousins, dear,
      Who never trust to luck;
Can is the child of Energy
      And Will the child of Pluck.
Can't and Won't are cousins, too,
      They are always out of work;
For Can't is son of Never Try
      And Won't is son of Shirk.
In choosing your companions, dear,
      Select both Will and Can;
But turn aside from Can't and Won't,
      If you would be a man.
~Rufus C. Landon, "Family History," 1898


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, as quoted by Edward Parsons Day


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, c.1590  [V, 2, Young Clifford]


The sword is brother to the olive wreath. ~Hindustan proverb



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