English expressions from ancient times

MG1962a

Ad Honorem
Mar 2019
2,193
Kansas
The phrase "Silence is Golden" I believe dates back to somewhere around 3000BC
 

Moros

Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
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Beware Greeks bearing gifts (referring to the Trojan Horse).
The face that launched a thousand ships (referring to Helen of Sparta).
The writing's on the wall (referring to Belshazzer's feast).
 
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stevev

Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
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Las Vegas, NV USA
It is what it is. (At the end of the day).

You can't lose what you never had. (But you can have what you never lose.)

Better late than never. (But before the cows come home.)
 
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Jun 2017
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maine
That's a bold claim, it would make it as old as anything ever written. I'd love to know your source for that
Could be. Although Thomas Carlyle phrased it in the familiar way, as an adage I've read that it goes back to ancient Egypt.
 
Feb 2019
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California
It is what it is. (At the end of the day).

You can't lose what you never had. (But you can have what you never lose.)

Better late than never. (But before the cows come home.)
I thought it was "Better late than never, better never late." :)