a blind man’s wife needs no paint

a blind man’s wife needs no paint

1659 J. HOWELL Proverbs (Spanish) 4 The blind mans wife needs no painting.

1736 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (June) God helps them that help themselves. Why does the blind man’s wife paint her self?

1892 C. M. YONGE Old Woman’s Outlook in Hampshire Village 166 His [the schoolmaster’s] copies too were remarkable. One was ‘A blind man’s wife needs no paint.’ ‘Proverbs, sir, Proverbs,’ he answered, when asked where it came from.


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