`The mill grinds slow but exceedingly fine.'
"Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small." [Friedrich von Logau]; "God's mill grinds slow, but sure." [George Herbert] (来源：专业英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)
`My lips are sealed.'
"I have seldom spoken with greater regret, for my lips are not yet unsealed."
`A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.'
"He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still."
`Do your own thing.'
"Ye been oure lord; dooth with youre owene thyng." [Geoffrey Chaucer]; "But do your thing, and I shall know you." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]
`A poor thing, but my own.'; 'Tis an unlovely thing, but mine own.'
"An ill-favored thing, sir, but mine own."
`the whirligig of taste'
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges."
`Alas, Yorick, I knew him well.'
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."
`to the manor born'
"But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honored in the breach than the observance." [William Shakespeare, "Hamlet" act 1 sc 4 ln 14-6]
`Ignorance is bliss.'
"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." [Thomas Gray]
`Ignorance is innocence.'
"Ignorance is not innocence but sin."
`A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.'
"A little learning is a dangerous thing."
`Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.'
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, ...."
`the peace [serenity] that surpasseth all understanding'
"The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." [Philippians 4:7 Bible; Book of Common Prayer, Holy Communion (1662)] [nb: passage used by King James I as ironic allusion to John Donne's poetry: "Doctor Donne's verses are like the peace of God: they pass all understanding."]
`May my Higher-Power grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.'
"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other." [The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (1934)]; "May God grant us the serenity to accept the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish between them."; "May God grant me the serenity to accept whatever I cannot change, the courage to alter whatever I need to change, and the wisdom to know the difference."; "May the Supreme Being grant me the serenity to know that I am a reasonable animal, who is self-regulated by logic. May the Supreme Being grant me the courage to control whatever I can, while trying to understand the rest. And may the Supreme Being grant me the wisdom to seek intellectual reinforcement for my emotional and psychic weaknesses."; "Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it." [Reinhold Niebuhr (1928)]
`Let the dead bury the dead.'
"... let the dead bury their own dead." [Matthew 8:22]; "Let the dead Past bury its dead!" [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]
`Anyone's death makes us all poorer.'
"Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in Mankind."
`not lost but gone'
"Not lost, but gone before." [Mathew Henry commentary on Seneca; also, "Not dead, but gone before." Samuel Rogers]
`A plain unvarnished tale I will relate.'
"I will a round unvarnished tale deliver."
`I'll make assurance doubly sure'
"But yet I'll make assurance double sure ...."
`to fresh woods and fields anew'
"Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new."
`a voice crying in the wilderness'; `to cry out in the woods'
"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness ...."; "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness ...." [Matthew 3:3]
`the last infirmity of noble minds'
"... (That last infirmity of noble mind) ...."
`Fine by degrees and beautifully small.'
"Fine by degrees, and beautifully less." [Matthew Prior]; "Fine by defect, and delicately weak." [Alexander Pope]
`I took the road less traveled.'
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, ..." [Robert Lee Frost]; "Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take ..." [T.S. Eliot]
`They kept the even tenor of their way.'
"They kept the noiseless tenor of their way."
`Only death and taxes are unavoidable.'
"... an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." [Benjamin Franklin]; "Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them!" [Margaret Mitchell]
`Everyone is born naked, ....'; `We came into this world naked, and shall leave it the same way.'
"As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labor." [Ecclesiastes 5:15; "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21]