Man bites dog: an adage used to illustrate that the media only reports the extraordinary.
But as the adage goes, joyful is the man with nothing left to lose.
And the word “revenge” in this adage is understood to be other-than-literal.
Reversing Von Clausewitz's adage, policy becomes an extension of war.
After all, the old Indian adage is that love comes after marriage.
He was perfectly contented to bide his time, remembering that adage: "All things come to him who waits."
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' like the poor cat i' the adage.
He was one of the fools who devote their lives to disproving the adage that experience teaches them.
We also hear on all sides the adage that money is the sinews of war.
This perfectly agrees with the above passage from Bonduca, and is doubtless the original sense and original form of the adage.
1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."