he that lives in hope dances to an ill tune

1591 J. FLORIO Second Fruits 149 This argument of yours is lame and halting, but doo not you knowe that. He that dooth liue in hope, dooth dance in narrowe scope.

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 1006 Hee that lives in hope danceth without musick.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 2224 He that liveth in Hope, danceth without a Fiddle.

1977 J. AIKEN Five Minute Marriage ii. ‘He that lives in hope danceth to an ill tune,’ remarked Mrs. Andrews, who was full of proverbs.


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