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Misc English Proverbs 12
A bad penny always turns up.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the

bush.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A man is known by the company he

keeps.
A man's home is his castle.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Actions speak louder than words.
After a storm comes a calm.
All good things must come to an end.
It never rains, but it pours.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Keep your mouth shut and your ears

open.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same

place.
Like father, like son.
Love is blind.
Love sees no faults.

One father is more than a hundred
schoolmasters.
One father is more than a hundred
schoolmasters.
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English Proverb (17th century)
One good turn deserves another.
One of these day is none of these days.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe

pinches
Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
Poor men seek meat for their stomach,

rich men stomach for their meat.
Practice makes perfect.
Prevention is better than cure.
Rats desert a sinking ship.

The early bird catches the worm.
The first step is the hardest.
The grass is always greener on the other

side of the fence.
The last straw breaks the camel's back.
The older the fiddler, the sweeter the

tune.
The pot calls the kettle black.
There's a black sheep in every flock.
There's no fool like an old fool.
There's no place like home.
Things are not always what they seem.

A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
The first faults are theirs that commit them,

the second theirs that permit them.
As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
If you want a thing done, go. If not, send.

The shortest answer is doing.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Be not deceived with the first appearance of
things, for show is not substance.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
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Children suck the mother when they are

young and the father when they are old.
Use soft words and hard arguments.
A poor beauty finds more lovers than

husbands.
A good beginning makes a good end.
A blind man will not thank you for a

looking-glass.

An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
Cheat me in the price, but not in the goods.
While the doctors consult, the patient dies.
'Tis money that begets money.
Death always comes too early or too late.

Death is a shadow that always follows the
body.
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to
pay them.
The difference is wide that sheets will not
decide.

He that seeks trouble never misses.
Never step over one duty to perform another.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A small family is soon provided for.

Don't dig your grave with your knife and

fork.
Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.
He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he

may kiss the mistress.
Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not
be screwed too tight.
You may poke a man's fire after you've
known him for seven years.
The best throw of the dice is to throw them
away.
Education begins a gentleman, conversation
completes him.
Take heed you do not find what you do not
seek.
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