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Still waters run deep

Posted by ESC on December 19, 2000

In Reply to: Still waters run deep posted by Lea on December 18, 2000

: Anyone know the origin of this phrase??? Help!! (Extra credit on a final exam if I can get it! :)

STILL WATERS RUN DEEP - "Don't be fooled by appearances. Quiet people are likely to be passionate or complex, even though they don't show it. The proverb has been traced back to 'Cato's Morals' (about 1400) in 'Cursor Mundi' . In 1721, it was included in James Kelly's collection of proverbs. It was first attested in the United States in the 1768 'Works of William Smith,' ." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).