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A wilful man must have his way proverbial saying, early 19th century, meaning that a person set on their own ends will disregard advice in pursuing their chosen course.

wilful waste makes woeful want proverbial saying, early 18th century, meaning that deliberate misuse of resources is likely to lead to severe shortage. (An earlier related saying of the late 16th century runs, ‘For want is nexte to waste, and shame does synne ensue.’ Compare waste not, want not.)


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