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Proverbial Relations

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

Our Vices and Virtues couple with one another, and get Children that resemble both their Parents. ~George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax

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

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. ~Roger von Oech,

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

The thrift habit is a sister to a good many other beautiful habits. ~Elbert Hubbard, Loyalty in Business, 1921

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

Gratitude and Faith are brothers, and their children — optimism and enthusiasm — are first cousins. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

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

Joy is the child of service.
Friendship is the heir of concern.
Improvement is the son of discontent.
Achievement is the progeny of effort.
Success is the offspring of preparation.
~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

Humour and disillusionment are twin sisters. ~Stephen Leacock, The Garden of Folly, 1924

Solitude is the mother of anxieties. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

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 is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Proverb

Reality is always the dowdy sister to Fancy. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer

Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust. ~Author unknown

Beauty and folly are sisters. ~German proverb

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. ~Proverb, quoted by Robert Christy, 1800s

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the foolish daughter of a wise mother. ~Voltaire (1694–1778), translated from the French by T. Smollett, T. Franklin, et al., 1764

Ignorance is not only the mother of superstition, but the foster-parent of knavery. ~T. C. Henley

Superstition is the child of fear, and fear is the child of ignorance. ~Charles Kingsley

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

"Where little is done, little is said," observed Sheikh Hassan, "and Silence is the mother of Truth..." ~Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred, 1847

Truth and dreams are twins. ~Austin O'Malley, Keystones of Thought, 1914

...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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