fair and softly goes far in a day

c 1350 Douce MS 52 no. 50 Fayre and softe me [one] ferre gose.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 87 Fair and softly goes far in a day... He that spurs on too fast at first setting out, tires before he comes to his journeys end. Festina lente.

1818 SCOTT Heart of Midlothian IV. viii. Reuben Butler isna the man I take him to be, if he disna learn the Captain to fuff [puff] his pipe some other gate [place] than in God’s house, or [before] the quarter be ower. ‘Fair and softly gangs far,’ said Meiklehose.

1914 K. F. PURDON Folk of Furry Farm ii. Maybe I’m like the singed cat, better than I look! I’m slow, but fair and easy goes far in a day.


Proverbs new dictionary.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • fair — see fair and softly goes far in a day all’s fair in love and war fair play’s a jewel none but the brave deserve the fair a fair exchange is no robbery faint heart never won fair lady …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • softly — see softly, softly, catchee monkey fair and softly goes far in a day speak softly and carry a big stick …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • day — see as the day lengthens, so the cold strengthens be the day weary or be the day long, at last it ringeth to evensong one day honey, one day onion another day, another dollar an apple a day keeps the doctor away …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • far — see blue are the hills that are far away fair and softly goes far in a day God is high above, and the tsar is far away the mountains are high, and the emperor is far away far fetched and dear bought is good for ladies …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Schön — 1. Allzu schön kann nicht lang bestehn. 2. Allzu schön wird bald vergehn. Holl.: Al te schoon komt tot hoon. (Harrebomée, II, 257a.) 3. Auch schön im Haar und jung von Jahr ist nicht sicher vor der Bahr. – Parömiakon, 1838. 4. Aussen schön, innen …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • painting, Western — ▪ art Introduction       history of Western painting from its beginnings in prehistoric times to the present.       Painting, the execution of forms and shapes on a surface by means of pigment (but see also drawing for discussion of depictions in …   Universalium

  • The Idler (1758–1760) — This article is about the 18th century series of essays. For other publications called The Idler, see The Idler (disambiguation). The Idler was a series of 103 essays, all but twelve of them by Samuel Johnson, published in the London weekly the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.