Climb Not Too High, Lest the Fall be Greater

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“While treading on our course this earthly ball, / We often stumble, and we sometimes fall: / ‘Get above others.’ says human nature, / But if we get too high, the fall is greater. / He that would ‘scape great dangers far and nigh, / Will lowly walk, and will not climb too high."—Barber, 1857


Barber, John W. The Handbook of Illustrated Proverbs (New York, NY: George F. Tuttle, 1857)


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