English Proverbs & Sayings Part 1

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1. A bad beginning makes a bad ending. 2. A bad corn promise is better than a good lawsuit. 3. A bad workman quarrels with his tools. 4. A bargain is a bargain. 5. A beggar can never be bankrupt. 6. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 7. A bird may be known by its song. 8. A black hen lays a white egg. 9. A blind leader of the blind. 10. A blind man would be glad to see. 11. A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound. 12. A burden of one's own choice is not felt. 13. A burnt child dreads the fire. 14. A cat in gloves catches no mice. 15. A city that parleys is half gotten. 16. A civil denial is better than a rude grant. 17. A clean fast is better than a dirty breakfast. 18. A clean hand wants no washing. 19. A clear conscience laughs at false accusations. 20. A close mouth catches no flies. 21. A cock is valiant on his own dunghill. 22. A cracked bell can never sound well. 23. A creaking door hangs long on its hinges. 24. A curst cow has short horns. 25. A danger foreseen is half avoided. 26. A drop in the bucket. 27. A drowning man will catch at a straw. 28. A fair face may hide a foul heart. 29. A fault confessed is half redressed. 30. A fly in the ointment. 31. A fool always rushes to the fore. 32. A fool and his money are soon parted. 33. A fool at forty is a fool indeed. 34. A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years. 35. A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out. 36. A fool's tongue runs before his wit. 37. A forced kindness deserves no thanks. 38. A foul morn may turn to a fair day. 39. A fox is not taken twice in the same snare. 40. A friend in need is a friend indeed. 41. A friend is never known till needed. 42. A friend to all is a friend to none. 43. A friend's frown is better than a foe's smile. 44. A good anvil does not fear the hammer.

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A miss is as good as a mile. A great ship asks deep waters. A miserly father makes a prodigal son. 89. A good face is a letter of recommendation. 72. 81. 58. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. 76. 97. 74. A stitch in time saves nine. A light purse is a heavy curse. A round peg in a square hole. A hard nut to crack. 90. A small leak will sink a great ship. a heart of gall. A good marksman may miss. 77. 80. A good dog deserves a good bone. 70. 59. 46. A man can do no more than he can. A good Jack makes a good Jill. 85. A heavy purse makes a light heart. 68. 73. A little fire is quickly trodden out. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. A guilty conscience needs no accuser. A shy cat makes a proud mouse. A good example is the best sermon. A man can die but once. 62. A good beginning makes a good ending. A penny saved is a penny gained. 55. 78. 83. Page 2/4 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . 69. A penny soul never came to two pence. A sound mind in a sound body. 66. A new broom sweeps clean. 63. 64. 94. A good beginning is half the battle. 92.45. 79. 91. A storm in a teacup. A rolling stone gathers no moss. A Jack of all trades is master of none. 61. A hungry man is an angry man. 96. A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool. 93. 71. 84. 56. 87. A honey tongue. A good name is sooner lost than won. 48. A lie begets a lie. A tattler is worse than a thief. 65. A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy. 47. 53. 88. 60. 49. A good deed is never lost. 82. A good name keeps its luster in the dark. 50. A good wife makes a good husband. A light purse makes a heavy heart. 52. 67. 95. 86. A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth. A lawyer never goes to law himself. A great dowry is a bed full of brambles. A little body often harbours a great soul. 54. A hungry belly has no ears. A soft answer turns away wrath. A hedge between keeps friendship green. A man is known by the company he keeps. A silent fool is counted wise. A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend. 75. A great fortune is a great slavery. A good name is better than riches. 57. 51.

147. An empty vessel gives a greater sound than a full barrel. though laden with gold. An empty hand is no lure for a hawk. All lay load on the willing horse. 112. All are not hunters that blow the horn. 126. 141. All promises are either broken or kept. 110. 136. An empty sack cannot stand upright. All truths are not to be told. a fool never will. After dinner sit (sleep) a while. 135. After us the deluge. An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle. but whence come the bad wives? 119. A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich. 139. 109. 116. all lose. 113. A threatened blow is seldom given. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. All covet. 125. 128. All men can't be first. 120. All are not merry that dance lightly. A watched pot never boils. All things are difficult before they are easy. 100. A wolf in sheep's clothing. 106. An ass in a lion's skin. An ass is but an ass. 111. 146. 144. All is not lost that is in peril. 131. 133. 145. Page 3/4 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . 99. 103. Actions speak louder than words. 149. 101. All doors open to courtesy. A word is enough to the wise. 138. but go away on foot. All men can't be masters. 130. All sugar and honey. 123. 122. 121. 124. All is well that ends well. 118. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 129. 140. 115. 142. A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf. Adversity makes strange bedfellows. A word spoken is past recalling. 148. All asses wag their ears. All are not friends that speak us fair. 150. All are not saints that go to church. All cats are grey in the dark (in the night). 114. 143. A wager is a fool's argument. All is fish that comes to his net. 107. All that glitters is not gold. Adversity is a great schoolmaster. All are good lasses. 132. 104. 105. 117. "Almost" never killed a fly (was never hanged). 134. after supper walk a mile.98. After dinner comes the reckoning. 108. Agues come on horseback. An evil chance seldom comes alone. A tree is known by its fruit. 127. All bread is not baked in one oven. All roads lead to Rome. After a storm comes a calm. A wise man changes his mind. 102. After rain comes fair weather. Among the blind the one-eyed man is king. A wonder lasts but nine days. 137.

being plainly told. 153. Beggars cannot be choosers. As you make your bed. As you sow. 196. Beauty lies in lover's eyes. 193. Better a glorious death than a shameful life. 160. 186. 157. 168. As the old cock crows. 167. As plain as the nose on a man's face. 178. so shall it lie. 189. Appearances are deceitful. so does the young. Ask no questions and you will be told no lies. 192. As old as the hills. Be slow to promise and quick to perform. not an ill name. As like as an apple to an oyster. 156. 171. Barking does seldom bite. An old dog barks not in vain.151. 191. As plain as two and two make four. 198. 177. Before one can say Jack Robinson. 154. so must you lie on it. As you brew. Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune. Appetite comes with eating. so the bell clinks. As the fool thinks. 187. so the echo. 174. 152. 200. 179. 159. 173. As sure as eggs is eggs. 197. At the ends of the earth. As welcome as flowers in May. so shall you reap. An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup. 175. Anger and haste hinder good counsel. An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning. As the call. As like as two peas. slow to speak. 180. 169. 176. As innocent as a babe unborn. so must you drink. An ill wound is cured. 170. 185. As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. An idle brain is the devil's workshop. 182. An honest tale speeds best. As drunk as a lord. An oak is not felled at one stroke. An ox is taken by the horns and a man by the tongue. Beauty is but skin-deep. An open door may tempt a saint. 184. 190. 158. 155. Best defense is offence. 172. As welcome as water in one's shoes. Be swift to hear. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. so the fruit. 163. Page 4/4 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . 199. 164. Better a lean peace than a fat victory. 194. 161. Any port in a storm. Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him. 183. As the tree falls. As the tree. 188. Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear. 165. 162. 166. Bad news has wings. 195. As snug as a bug in a rug . 181.

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