Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A court is an assemblage of noble and distinguished beggars.Talleyrand.

A petitioner at court that spares his purse angles without bait.

A place at court is a continual bribe.

At court every one for himself.

At court there are many hands but few hearts.German.

At court they sell a good deal of smoke without fire.

Courts keep no almanacs.

Far from court, free from care.

He who would succeed at court must lie sometimes low, sometimes high.German.

It is at courts as it is in ponds, some fish, some frogs.

Leave the court ere the court leaves thee.

Like King Petard’s court where every one is master.French.

The steps at court are slippery.Danish.

There are nine holidays out of seven days.(Hindu description of a luxurious court.)

Who serves at court dies on straw.Italian.