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Beggar

A beggar may sing before a pickpocket. (In Latin, “Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.”) A beggar may sing before a highwayman because he has nothing in his pocket to lose.

Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll ride to the de'il.
There is no one so proud and arrogant as a beggar who has suddenly grown rich.

Such is the sad effect of wealth- rank pride-
Mount but a beggar, how the rogue will ride!

Peter Pindar: Epistle to Lord Lonsdale.

Latin: “Asperius nihil est humili cum surgit in altum.”

French: “Il n'est orgueil que de pauvre enrichi.”

Italian: “Il vilan nobilitado non connosce il parentado” (A beggar ennobled does not know his own kinsmen).

Spanish: “Quando el villano estáen el mulo, non conoze a dios, ni al mundo” (when a beggar is mounted on a mule, he knows neither gods nor men).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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