Thursday, July 3, 2014

Many Hands Make Light Work

Never say that I don't provide entertainment for my guests.  Today we have a family project:  washing all the windows, inside and out!  Actually, it's much more fun with all of us working together....well, at least it's much more fun for me since I don't have to tackle it alone!

But everyone is game, and many hands make light work.  (The promise of going to the beach afterwards also helps.) So who coined the phrase "many hands make light work"? I always thought it was Shakespeare, but I was wrong.

 John Heywood (c. 1497 – c. 1580) was an English writer known for his playspoems, and collection of proverbs. Although he is best known as a playwright, he was also active as a musician and composer, though no works survive.

Famous epigrams
  • What you have, hold.
  • Haste maketh waste. (1546)
  • Out of sight out of mind. (1542)
  • When the sun shineth, make hay. (1546)
  • Look ere ye leap. (1546)
  • Two heads are better than one. (1546)
  • Love me, love my dog. (1546)
  • Beggars should be no choosers. (1546)
  • All is well that ends well. (1546)
  • The fat is in the fire. (1546)
  • I know on which side my bread is buttered. (1546)
  • One good turn asketh another. (1546)
  • A penny for your thought. (1546)
  • Rome was not built in one day. (1546)
  • Better late than never. (1546)
  • An ill wind that bloweth no man to good. (1546)
  • The more the merrier. (1546)
  • You cannot see the wood for the trees. (1546)
  • This hitteth the nail on the head. (1546)
  • No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth. (1546)
  • Tread a woorme on the tayle and it must turne agayne. (1546)
  • Many hands make light work. (1546)
  • Wolde ye bothe eate your cake and haue your cake? (1562)
  • When he should get aught, each finger is a thumb. (1546)

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