the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small

Quoted in SEXTUS EMPIRICUS Against Professors I. 287 ὀψὲ θεῶν ἀλέουσι μύλοι, ἀλέουσι δὲ λεπτά, the mills of the gods are late to grind, but they grind small.

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 747 Gods Mill grinds slow, but sure.

1870 LONGFELLOW Poems (1960) 331 Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.

1942 ‘F. BEEDING’ Twelve Disguises i. That’s my business... The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small.

1989 R. HART Remains to be Seen vii. Military record keepers were like the mills of God. They ground slow, and exceeding small, but only at their own pace.


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