night brings counsel

Cf. MENANDER Sententiae no. 222 Ἐν νυκτὶ βουλὴ τοῖς σοφοῖσι γίγνεται, at night comes counsel to the wise; L. in nocte consilium, in night is counsel.

1590 SPENSER Faerie Queene I. i. 291 Vntroubled night..giues counsell best.

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 746 Night is the mother of Councels.

1660 DRYDEN Astrœa Redux 1. 93 Well might the Ancient Poets then confer On Night the honour’d name of Counseller.

1928 L. THAYER Darkest Spot xviii. The saying that night brings counsel is often true... Peter..woke next morning with a plan of campaign fully developed.

1967 N. FREELING Strike out where not Applicable 184 ‘Home you go, boy. Night brings counsel.’ Night did bring counsel. Or rather Verbiest, the young inspector, brought it.


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