Proverb Collections

by Wolfgang Mieder


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As Strong as a Moose: New England Expressions

As Strong As a Moose: New England Expressions

Internationally renowned proverb expert Wolfgang Mieder is back with a collection of proverbial expressions that capture the essence of New England life. The expressions capture the wry humor--"He is so thin he can drink a glass of tomato juice and look like a thermometer"--thriftiness--"He is so tight, his eyelids squeak when he winks"--and home-spun wisdom--"Worse than eating bread and milk out of a jug with a knitting needle"--of Yankee Lore.

88 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 1-881535-24-X
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As Sweet as Apple Cider: Vermont Expressions

As Sweet as Apple Cider: Vermont Expressions

As Sweet as Apple Cider contans more than five hundred Vermont proverbial expressions. Read what Vermonters have to say about virtue, beauty, money, and many other topics.

72 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-58-5
Paper $6.95

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Garden of Wisdom: Collection of Plant Proverbs

Garden of Wisdom: Collection of Plant Proverbs

This garden of proverbial wisdom offers sage advice about plants, their thorns, blossoms, and fruit—and about human nature.

96 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 1-881535-38-X
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Howl Like A Wolf: Animal Proverbs

Howl Like A Wolf: Animal Proverbs

Howl Like A Wolf shows the universal impact animals have had on our speech and thought. It contains familiar proverbs such as "The early bird gets the worm" and exotic nuggets of wisdom like "A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction" from China. Nearly six hundred proverbs offer concise comments about animals--and about ourselves.

96 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 1-881535-08-8
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Love: Proverbs of the Heart

Love: Proverbs of the Heart

These international proverbs explore love in all its splendor--and with all its pitfalls.

80 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-63-1
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Not By Bread Alone: Proverbs of the Bible

Not By Bread Alone: Proverbs of the Bible

These proverbs contain common sense that has endured for centuries.

80 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-86-0
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Salty Wisdom: Proverbs of the Sea

Salty Wisdom: Proverbs of the Sea

Enjoy this treasure trove of sea wit and wisdom.

72 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-82-8
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Talk Less and Say More: Vermont Proverbs

Talk Less and Say More: Vermont Proverbs

Nearly five hundred proverbs deal with all aspects of life in Vermont. You'll find advice on business, love and marriage, farming, and a host of other subjects. You can "talk less and say more" with the distilled wisdom and values of many generations of Vermonters.

64 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-42-9
Paper $6.95

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Wisecracks! Fractured Proverbs

Wisecracks! Fractured Proverbs


In his tenth book with The New England Press, Wolfgang Mieder takes the proverbs we all know and use everyday and presents them along with "fractured" versions that put a modern, often humorous spin on the originals; for example:

"To err is human, but it takes a computer to completely screw things up."

With quips such as this, Wisecracks! is off and running. Mieder gathers over 150 traditional proverbs and over 1000 fractured versions drawn from a wide variety of contemporary sources, including dozens of books and articles on puns, one-liners, toasts, quotations, aphorisms, and graffiti as well as advertisements, caricatures, cartoons, comic strips, and headlines from magazines and newspapers.

Mieder writes, "Readers will encounter many familiar sayings as well as many new ones, reflecting our human ability for endless creativity with language - an inclination that produces sayings that are sometimes wise, and other times just wisecracks:

"Clothes make the man; naked people have little or no influence in society."

96 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
22 illustrations
ISBN 1-881535-45-2
Paper $6.95

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Yankee Wisdom: New England Proverbs

Yankee Wisdom: New England Proverbs

Delight in the wisdom of our New England forebears and discover how present-day Yankees view such topics as the weather, men and women, money, ignorance, laziness, friends, reputation, and many others.

72 pages, 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Illustrated
ISBN 0-933050-73-9
Paper $6.95

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