little leaks sink the ship

little leaks sink the ship

1616 T. ADAMS Taming of Tongue 28 in Sacrifice of Thankefulnesse It is a little leake that drowneth a shippe.

1642 T. FULLER Holy State I. viii. If servants presume to dispose small things without their masters allowance (besides that many little leaks may sink a ship) this will widen their consciences to give away greater.

1745 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jan.) Beware of little Expences; a small leak will sink a great ship.

1809 L. DOW Chain of Lorenzo 60 Methinks none will make that reply, but those who love and plead for a little sin; one leak will sink a ship.

1927 M. P. SHIEL How Old Woman got Home II. xiii. ‘Don’t mind spending a few pounds for me: you won’t miss it.’.. ‘Won’t miss it... I don’t know so much about that: it’s the little leaks sink the ship.’

2002 Washington Post 17 March H9 I sweat the small stuff. Ben Franklin wrote: ‘Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.’

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