great oaks from little acorns grow

c 1385 CHAUCER Troilus & Criseyde II. 1335 As an ook comth of a litel spir [shoot], So thorugh this letter..Encressen gan desir.

1579 S. GOSSON School of Abuse 20v But Tall Cedars from little graynes shoote high: great Oakes, from slender rootes spread wide.

1584 J. WITHALS Dict. (rev. ed.) D4 Of a nut springes an hasill, and of an Akorn an hie or tall oke.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 4576 The greatest Oaks have been little Acorns.

1777 D. EVERETT in Columbian Orator (1797) 58 Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow.

1923 Times 13 Oct. 7 Here in England, as nowhere else in the world, ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’. The oak, as the emblem of British strength, has been symbolic in many ways.

2002 Times 28 Mar. 27 One shouldn’t sneer. From little acorns do mighty oak trees grow.


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