Vanity will prove vexation. [ Proverb ]

Vows of love prove its inconstancy. [ Marmontel ]

One common fate we both must prove;

You die with envy, I with love. [ Gay ]

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,

Whom we that have not seen Thy face,

By faith, and faith alone, embrace,

Believing where we cannot prove. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

'Tis said that absence conquers love;

But oh! believe it not.

I've tried, alas! its power to prove,

But thou art not forgot. [ Frederick W. Thomas ]

What makes all doctrines plain and clear?

About two hundred pounds a year.

And that which was proved true before,

Prove false again? two hundred more. [ Butler ]

Did Charity prevail, the press would prove

A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love. [ Cowper ]

May that soldier a mere recreant prove

That means not, hath not, or is not in love! [ William Shakespeare ]

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

A man at sixteen will prove a child at sixty. [ Proverb ]

To the noble mind

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour. [ William Shakespeare ]

Sweet, good night!

This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,

May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. [ William Shakespeare ]

He who tries to prove too much, proves nothing. [ Proverb ]

One mad action is not enough to prove a man mad. [ Proverb ]

Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazon'd round,

And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown'd?

No: the dead know it not, nor profit gain;

It only serves to prove the living vain. [ Gay ]

No friend a friend until he shall prove a friend. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

No friend's a friend till he shall prove a friend. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance. [ Samuel Johnson ]

Words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them. [ William Shakespeare ]

Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit. [ Plutarch ]

If you make your wife a goldfinch, she may prove in time a wagtail. [ Proverb ]

Bear and endure; this sorrow will one day prove to be for your good. [ Ovid ]

A good principle not rightly understood may prove as hurtful as a bad. [ Milton ]

In war, hunting, and love, men for one pleasure a thousand griefs prove. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

That ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [ Bible ]

Similes prove nothing, but yet greatly lighten and relieve the tedium of argument. [ South ]

In argument similes are like songs in love; they much describe; they nothing prove. [ Prior ]

Even the best things ill used become evils; and, contrarily, the worst things used well prove good. [ Bishop Hall ]

Rivals who blow out each other's brains for the eyes of a coquette, prove that they have no brains. [ A. Ricard ]

Good counsels observed are chains to grace, which neglected, prove halters to strange undutiful children. [ Fuller ]

To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to deprecate the value of freedom itself. [ Burke ]

We do not believe immortality because we have proved it, but we forever try to prove it because we believe it. [ James Martineau ]

We do not think it necessary to prove that a quack medicine is poison; let the vender prove it to be sanative. [ Macaulay ]

Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself. [ Izaak Walton ]

Our moral impressions invariably prove strongest in those moments when we are most driven back upon ourselves. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Prosperity, in regard of our corrupt inclination to abuse the blessings of Almighty God, doth prove a thing dangerous to the soul of man. [ Hooker ]

The shortest and surest way to prove a work possible is strenuously to set about it; and no wonder if that proves it possible that for the most part makes it so. [ South ]

To see each other, to profess to love each other, to prove it, to quarrel, to hate, then to separate, that one may seek a new love: this is the history of a moment, and of every day in the comedy of the world. [ De Varennes ]

Diligence is the mistress of learning, without which nothing can either be spoken or done in this life with commendation, and without which it is altogether impossible to prove learned, much less excellent in any science. [ Madeleine Guerchois ]

Eloquence, to produce her full effect, should start from the head of the orator, as Pallas from the brain of Jove, completely armed and equipped. Diffidence, therefore, which is so able a mentor to the writer, would prove a dangerous counsellor for the orator. [ Colton ]

There would not be any absolute necessity for reserve if the world were honest; yet even then it would prove expedient. For, in order to attain any degree of deference, it seems necessary that people should imagine you have more accomplishments than you discover. [ Shenstone ]

With a clear sky, a bright sun, and a gentle breeze, you have friends in plenty; but let fortune frown, and the firmament be overcast, and then your friends will prove like the strings of the lute, of which you tighten ten before you find one that will bear the stretch and keep the pitch. [ Gotthold ]

Let every mother consider herself as an instrument in the hands of Providence - let her reflect on the immense importance the proper education of one single family may eventually prove; and that, while the fruit of her labors may descend to generations yet unborn, she will herself reap a glorious reward. [ Miss Hamilton ]

Neither can we admit that definition of genius that some would propose - a power to accomplish all that we undertake;

for we might multiply examples to prove that this definition of genius contains more than the thing defined. Cicero failed in poetry. Pope in painting. Addison in oratory; yet it would be harsh to deny genius to these men. [ Colton ]

Oceans of ink, reams of paper, and disputes infinite, might have been spared, if wranglers had avoided lighting the torch of strife at the wrong end; since a tenth part of the pains expended in attempting to prove the why, the where, and the when, certain events have happened, would have been more than sufficient to prove that they never happened at all. [ Colton ]

Man is so great that his greatness appears even in the consciousness of his misery. A tree does not know itself to be miserable. It is true that it is misery indeed to know one's self to be miserable; but then it is greatness also. In this way, all man's miseries go. to prove his greatness. They are the miseries of a mighty potentate, of a dethroned monarch. [ Pascal ]