A rolling stone gathers no moss. Greek: (Erasmus: Proverbs; Assiduitas.) Latin: Saxum volutum non obducitur
musco (or Saxum volubile etc.) Planta quae saepius transfertus
non coalescit. (Fabius.) Saepius plantata arbor fructum profert
exiguum. French: Pierre qui roule n'amasse jamais mousse. La
pierre souvent remuée n'amasse pas volontiers mousse. Pierre souvent
remuée n'attire pas mousse. Italian: Pietra mossa non fa
muschio. “Three removes are as bad as a fire.”
I never saw an oft-removed tree,
Nor yet an oft-removed family.
That throve so well as those that settled be.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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