Dates given are generally for the first written appearance
of the form of the proverb in English; the proverb may have been in spoken
use, in England or orther countries, much earlier and in some cases referred
to as "an old saying" prior to that time.
You can take a horse to the water,
but you cant make him drink.
All that glitters is not gold.
Big fish eat little fish.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
The cat would eat fish, but would
not wet her feet.
Constant dropping wears away
-mid 13th; earlier in Greek
Every cock will crow upon his
-mid 13th; 1st century AD in Latin
Fields have eyes and woods have
Good wine needs no bush.
If it were not for hope, the
heart would break.
Its an ill bird that fouls
its own nest.
Many a little makes a mickle.
One nail drives out another.
Opportunity makes a thief.
Out of sight, out of mind.
NOTE: Some of this information can be found in The Oxford
Dictionary of Quotations