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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

131 John Heywood 1497?-1580? John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Heywood (1497?–1580?)
QUOTATION:The rolling stone never gathereth mosse. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.
Note 1.
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.—Thomas Tusser: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 524. Gosson: Ephemerides of Phialo. Marston: The Fawn.

Pierre volage ne queult mousse (A rolling stone gathers no moss).—De l’hermite qui se désespéra pour le larron que ala en paradis avant que lui, 13th century. [back]