if every man would sweep his own doorstep the city would soon be clean

if every man would sweep his own doorstep the city would soon be clean

1624 T. ADAMS Temple 65 When we would haue the street cleansed, let euery man sweep his owne doore, and it is quickly done.

1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 41 If every one will sweep his own house, the City will be clean.

1930 Times 25 Mar. 10 It appears to be hard to draw a clear distinction between deciding a question of right and wrong for one’s self and deciding it for others... ‘If every man would sweep his own doorstep the city would soon be clean.’

2002 Washington Times 14 Aug. B5 You’re right—and if everyone swept his own doorstep, this world would be a cleaner place.


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