Little Strokes Fell Great Oaks

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“The oak that lifts its stately head on high, / The tempest blast, and whirlwind will defy; / But a small ax, within the woodman’s hand, / More powerful proves - its force it cannot stand; / By little strokes, quickly, and often made, / The giant monarch oak is lowly laid: / By feeble means, great wonders meet our eyes, / The forest falls, and splendid cities rise."—Barber, 1857


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


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