one half of the world does not know how the other half lives
- Cf. 1532 RABELAIS Pantagruel II. xxxii. la moytié du monde ne sçait comment l’autre vit, one half of the world knows not how the other lives.
1607 J. HALL Holy Observations xvii. One half of the world knowes not how the other liues: and therefore the better sort pitty not the distressed..because they knowe it not.
1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 907 Halfe the world knowes not how the other halfe lives.
1755 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Preface) It is a common saying, that One Half of the World does not know how the other Half lives.
1830 MARRYAT King’s Own I. x. It is an old proverb that ‘one half the world do not know how the other half live’. Add to it, nor where they live.
1945 C. S. LEWIS That Hideous Strength i. ‘I didn’t even know this was Bracton property.’ ‘There you are!.. One half of the world doesn’t know how the other half lives.’
1979 A. MORICE Murder in Outline vi. It just proved how true that saying is about one half knowing so little of the other, even when both halves are living under the same roof.
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