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All roads lead to Rome.

Prov. There are many different routes to the same goal. Mary was criticizing the way that Jane was planting the flowers. John said, "Never mind, Mary, all roads lead to Rome." Some people learn by doing. Others have to be taught. In the long run, all roads lead to Rome.
See also: all, lead, road, Rome

fiddle while Rome burns

Fig. to do nothing or something trivial while knowing that something disastrous is happening. (From a legend that the Roman emperor Nero played the lyre while Rome was burning.) The lobbyists don't seem to be doing anything to stop this tax bill. They're fiddling while Rome burns.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome

Rome was not built in a day.

Prov. It takes a lot of time to achieve something important. Professor: When will you finish your research project? Student: It'll take me a while. Rome wasn't built in a day, you know.
See also: built, not, Rome

When in Rome(, do as the Romans do).

Prov. Behave however the people around you behave. Adapt yourself to the customs of the places you visit. Jill: Everyone in my new office dresses so casually. Should I dress that way, too? Jane: By all means. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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fiddle while Rome burns

to spend time enjoying yourself or doing things that are not important when you should be dealing with a serious problem
Usage notes: This phrase comes from a story about the Roman emperor Nero, who fiddled (= played the violin) while the city of Rome was burning.
Environmentalists claim that the government is fiddling while Rome burns.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day.

something that you say which means that it takes a long time to do an important job 'Sometimes it feels like we've spent all our lives decorating this house.' 'Well, Rome wasn't built in a day.'
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When in Rome (do as the Romans do).

something that you say which means when you are visiting another country, you should behave like the people in that country I don't drink wine when I'm at home but on holiday, well, when in Rome...
See fiddle while Rome burns
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all roads lead to Rome

Many different methods will produce the same result. For example, So long as you meet the deadline, I don't care how much help you get-all roads lead to Rome . Based on the fact that the Roman Empire's excellent road system radiated from the capital like the spokes of a wheel, this metaphor was already being used in the 1100s.
See also: all, lead, road, Rome

fiddle while Rome burns

Occupy oneself with unimportant matters and neglect important ones during a crisis. For example, The account was falling through, but he was more worried about missing his golf game-talk about fiddling while Rome burns! This expression alludes to the legend that the Emperor Nero played his fiddle while watching the conflagration of Rome. [Mid-1600s]
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day

Important work takes time. This expression functions as an injunction or plea for someone to be patient. For example, You can't expect her to finish this project in the time allotted; Rome wasn't built in a day . This phrase was a French proverb in the late 1100s but was not recorded in English until 1545.
See also: built, Rome

when in Rome do as the Romans do

Follow local custom, as in Kate said they'd all be wearing shorts or blue jeans to the outdoor wedding, so when in Rome-we'll do the same . This advice allegedly was Saint Ambrose's answer to Saint Augustine when asked whether they should fast on Saturday as Romans did, or not, as in Milan. It appeared in English by about 1530 and remains so well known that it is often shortened, as in the example.
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References in classic literature ?
magnificence which old Coliseum frequenters tell us Rome was so
See Rome and die:' but in your case I would propose an emendation and say, See Rome as a bride, and live henceforth as a happy wife.
We are dedicated to the continuous growth and development of the city's economy and look forward to serving community members for another 100 years," says Gary Rome, President of the Gary Rome Auto Group.
The city of Rome will use a grant of up to $8,500,000 for a portion of the cost of installation and expansion of public water and sewer infrastructure to serve West Rome and the South Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area.
Situated in between the coast and the ancient city of Rome the site is also great for culture vultures.
One of the new features coming in "Total War: Rome 2" is the Province system, which helps the player manage the territories within his or her empire.
citalia, the leading Italian specialist for over 85 years, is offering its customers a complimentary tour on all of its Rome holidays booked between 29 May and 11 June 2013.
Reflecting on Rome and Mekka, the hip hop maestro had this to say: "I was creating Mekka the same time I was creating Rome & Jewels.
But the work he does will help create the architecture for which Rome wilt become famous.
Unlike much of Protestantism, Rome is innately suspicious of feelings and enthusiasms; still, I can report that my predominant feeling was of a homecoming, of responding to a bell I had long heard toll, of taking my place at a table that had long been set, of finding spiritual companionship among those unashamed to profess the faith of the fathers.
Olsen notes that parts of central Rome that experienced large ground motions during the simulations were locations that had been heavily damaged in actual quakes.
Mason, a music professor at Birmingham-Southern, will spend 11 months in Rome composing.
These are 'accumulated knowledge', 'evident need', 'economic possibility' and 'cultural/social/political acceptability'--and Rome had them all.
However, my hopes were somewhat raised when I read that Trautman is not afraid to express his disappointment with Rome or to challenge Rome.
The Nero Prediction is a novel about the religious political intrigue surrounding Nero, in an era when Rome ruled the world and astrology allegedly ruled Rome.