Wherever there are industrious people, wealth is produced. where bees are, there is honey Does this count as a proverb for the above phrase? If not, what are the equivalent English proverbs or idioms for the same?

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    I'm sorely tempted to respond with "There's a sucker born every minute," since that sentence is most often sent from the rich and powerful to the poor and overworked. Sep 7, 2017 at 17:36
  • I think British English, anyway, dropped that concept a long, long time ago. Sep 8, 2017 at 19:42

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It's in the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, so you're probably OK!

It comes from the Latin: ubi mel, ibi apes.

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A relevant entry in the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs* is

Where there’s muck there’s brass

In the original agricultural context of this saying, farming, which involves muck (manure) and mud, was a route to wealth. Brass is a slang and dialectal word for ‘money’ here.

1678 J. Ray English Proverbs (ed. 2) 179 Muck and money go together.
1855 H. G. Bohn Hand‐Book of Proverbs 564 Where there is muck there is money.
1943 J. W. Day Farming Adventure xii. ‘Where there’s muck there’s money’ is as true now as then. But farms today lack the mud.
1967 Punch 13 Sept. 396 ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass’ synopsised for many a North‐country businessman the value of dirt in the profit‐making process.
2001 Spectator 15/22 Dec. 28 Where there’s muck, there’s brass, and it was the job of the stercorarius to empty the cesspits and sell on the contents to farmers on city outskirts.

Although the original context was agricultural, use has broadened to any hard work — not necessarily manual labour, although some element of grime is usually required.

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