everyone speaks well of the bridge which carries him over
1678 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 2) 106 Let every man praise the bridge he goes over. i.e. Speak not ill of him who hath done you a courtesie, or whom you have made use of to your benefit; or do commonly make use of.
1797 F. BAILY Journal 11 May (1856) 279 Let every one speak well of the bridge which carries him safe over.
1850 C. KINGSLEY Alton Locke I. x. Every one speaks well of the bridge which carries him over. Every one fancies the laws which fill his pockets to be God’s laws.
1886 G. DAWSON Biographical Lectures i. Our love of compromise..has also been our great strength... We speak well of the bridge that carries us over.
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