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  1. "There is method to my madness."
  2. "Love is strong as death."
  3. "In the twinkling of an eye."
  4. "A plague on both your houses."
  5. "Gave up the ghost."
  6. "We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
  7. "The wisdom of Solomon."
  8. "As pure as the driven snow."
  9. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
  10. "O ye of little faith."
  11. "A cloud of witnesses."
  12. "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
  13. "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
  14. "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
  15. "When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."
  16. "Seek, and ye shall find."
  17. "Go, and do thou likewise."
  18. "God helps those who help themselves."
  19. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
  20. "Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it."
  21. "What goes around, comes around."
  22. "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
  23. "It is easy to despise what you cannot get." (The origin of the idiom "sour grapes.")
  24. "There is no new thing under the sun."
  25. "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

Answers

  1. This phrase is actually inspired by the words of the character Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it."
  2. Song of Solomon 8:6
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:52
  4. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  5. John 19:30
  6. Emily Dickinson
  7. Matthew 12:42
  8. Shakespeare again. His writings are probably second to the KJV in sources for popular English idioms, including "hobnob" and "wear my heart upon my sleeve." This one is a combination of two different quotations: "as white as driven snow," from The Winter's Tale, and "black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow," in Macbeth.
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