Rome was not built in a day

Cf. medieval Fr. Rome ne fut pas faite toute en un jour, Rome was not made in one day.

1545 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages (ed. 2) D1v Rome was not buylt in one daye.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. xi. D4 Rome was not bylt on a daie (quoth he) and yet stood Tyll it was fynysht.

1646 in Publications of Prince Society (1865) I. 236 Rome was not built in a day... Let them produce any colonie..where more hath been done in 16 yeares.

1849 C. BRONTE Shirley I. vi. As Rome..had not been built in a day, so neither had Mademoiselle Gerard Moore’s education been completed in a week.

2001 Times 2 6 Nov. 15 Even then, £14 million must still be found from private sources. Not easy... Still, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


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