I was looking for the origin of a well known saying and ran across a web site that had the answer.
Here are a few more I found that surprised me. I had no idea who first said them, nor that they were so old.
Take John Haywood (c.1497-1580) for example. He was a musician, composer, and playwright and while none of his works have survived, just about everyone has either quoted or heard his sayings.
Of course I am taking on faith the attributions of many of these.
You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back. -- Horace (65-8 BC)
You drink out of the broad end of the funnel, but hold the little one to me. Fuller 1732
Easy come, easy go. -- Chaucer (c.1343-1400)
He who hesitates is lost. -- Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Dead men tell no tales. -- J. Wilson (1664)
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Leave no stone unturned. -- Euripides (480-406 BC)
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. -- Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Willing is not enough, we must do. -- Johann Von Goethe (1749-1832)
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. -- Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
Good things come in small packages. -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC
A penny for your thoughts. -- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Beggars can't be choosers. -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
A rolling stone gathers no moss. -- John Heywood (c. 1497-1580)
Look before you leap. -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own. -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
And one of my favorites:
Wit is the only wall between us and the dark. Mark Van Doren (1894-1972)
Wit that I wish you all a Happy New Year.