the best things come in small packages

the best things come in small packages
Parcels sometimes replaces packages. Cf. 13th-cent. Fr. menue[s] parceles ensemble sunt beles, small packages considered together are beautiful; 1659 J. HOWELL Proverbs (French) 10 The best ointments are put in little boxes.

1877 B. FARJEON Letter 22 Jan. in E. Farjeon Nursery in Nineties (1935) V. As the best things are (said to be) wrapped in small parcels (proverb), I select the smallest sheet of paper I can find..to make you acquainted with the..state of affairs.

1979 R. THOMAS Eighth Dwarf xviii. ‘The little gentleman.’.. ‘The best things sometimes come in small packages,’ Jackson said, wincing at his own banality.

2002 Country Life 15 Aug. 61 Back at the lodge, the scales turn at 18 pounds, four ounces—my personal best, and an über-trout by any standards... Sometimes good things come in big packages.


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