P. 1
1000 English Proverbs and Sayings

1000 English Proverbs and Sayings

|Views: 683|Likes:
Published by stommy07

More info:

Published by: stommy07 on Dec 01, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





1000 English Proverbs and Sayings 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. 43. 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. 45. A good beginning is half the battle. 46. A good beginning makes a good ending. 47. A good deed is never lost. 48. A good dog deserves a good bone. 49. A good example is the best sermon. 50. A good face is a letter of recommendation. 51. A good Jack makes a good Jill. 52. A good marksman may miss. 53. A good name is better than riches. 54. A good name is sooner lost than won. 55. A good name keeps its lustre in the dark. 56. A good wife makes a good husband. 57. A great dowry is a bed full of brambles. 58. A great fortune is a great slavery. 59. A great ship asks deep waters. 60. A guilty conscience needs no accuser. 61. A hard nut to crack. 62. A heavy purse makes a light heart. 63. A hedge between keeps friendship green. 64. A honey tongue, a heart of gall. 65. A hungry belly has no ears. 66. A hungry man is an angry man. 67. A Jack of all trades is master of none. 68. A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend. 69. A lawyer never goes to law himself. 70. A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy. 71. A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth. 72. A lie begets a lie. 73. A light purse is a heavy curse. 74. A light purse makes a heavy heart. 75. A little body often harbours a great soul. 76. A little fire is quickly trodden out. 77. A man can die but once. 78. A man can do no more than he can.

117. A storm in a teacup. 102. A silent fool is counted wise. 95. a fool never will. 84. Agues come on horseback. A tree is known by its fruit. A word spoken is past recalling. 87. All are good lasses. 90. After us the deluge. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.79. 80. A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich. A wonder lasts but nine days. A penny saved is a penny gained. 111. 96. 88. A soft answer turns away wrath. A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool. 86. A new broom sweeps clean. 109. A threatened blow is seldom given. 104. After rain comes fair weather. A word is enough to the wise. 94. 106. A wager is a fool's argument. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. 113. A man is known by the company he keeps. 107. A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf. After a storm comes a calm. A penny soul never came to twopence. Adversity is a great schoolmaster. A shy cat makes a proud mouse. 112. 116. 97. A small leak will sink a great ship. A wise man changes his mind. after supper walk a mile. A round peg in a square hole. 81. 110. 118. 103. 82. 99. 92. A wolf in sheep's clothing. A rolling stone gathers no moss. A miss is as good as a mile. A watched pot never boils. After dinner comes the reckoning. 101. 105. 85. 98. 91. Actions speak louder than words. 115. A miserly father makes a prodigal son. After dinner sit (sleep) a while. A tattler is worse than a thief. 114. but whence come the bad wives? . 89. 93. Adversity makes strange bedfellows. A sound mind in a sound body. 83. but go away on foot. 108. 100. A stitch in time saves nine.

All cats are grey in the dark (in the night). An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle. An empty sack cannot stand upright. All lay load on the willing horse. 135. 146. and a man by the tongue. 151. All men can't be first. All covet. 129. All are not saints that go to church. All doors open to courtesy. All sugar and honey. Among the blind the one-eyed man is king. 136. 154. All asses wag their ears. 130. 153. . An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An ass in a lion's skin. 159. 124. An empty vessel gives a greater sound than a full barrel. All are not friends that speak us fair. 131. 133. All promises are either broken or kept. 147. An ass is but an ass. "Almost" never killed a fly (was never hanged). 138. All that glitters is not gold. All are not merry that dance lightly. An ill wound is cured. All is not lost that is in peril. 149. 126. An empty hand is no lure for a hawk. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 142. 123. All bread is not baked in one oven. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. 152. 157. 127. 143. though laden with gold. 144. All roads lead to Rome . An open door may tempt a saint.119. 134. 128. All men can't be masters. 156. All are not hunters that blow the horn. An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning. An idle brain is the devil's workshop. 141. 155. All things are difficult before they are easy. An honest tale speeds best. not an ill name. All is fish that comes to his net. 120. 148. 132. An ox is taken by the horns. An evil chance seldom comes alone. 139. 158. all lose. 150. 145. 125. All is well that ends well. 137. 122. All truths are not to be told. 121. being plainly told. An oak is not felled at one stroke. 140. An old dog barks not in vain.

Anger and haste hinder good counsel. As you make your bed. 179. 174. As the tree falls. 178. As the old cock crows. 182.160. 200. As plain as two and two make four. An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup. 191. As the tree. 183. As like as an apple to an oyster. Bad news has wings. 192. Appearances are deceitful. Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune . 176. 199. 164. Beggars cannot be choosers. 175. 172. . 168. 190. slow to speak. Better a glorious death than a shameful life. 171. 180. 193. so must you lie on it. Be slow to promise and quick to perform. Best defence is offence. so shall you reap. 169. 189. so does the young. As welcome as water in one's shoes. Beauty is but skin-deep. As plain as the nose on a man's face. Ask no questions and you will be told no lies. 166. 187. 185. 184. 161. Better a lean peace than a fat victory. so must you drink. so shall it lie. so the echo. so the bell clinks. 170. 177. 188. 162. 163. Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him. As you sow. Beauty lies in lover's eyes. As snug as a bug in a rug . As the fool thinks. As innocent as a babe unborn. As you brew. so the fruit. 181. Any port in a storm. 186. 196. Appetite comes with eating. As the call. 198. Before one can say Jack Robinson. 165. As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. As sure as eggs is eggs. As welcome as flowers in May. As like as two peas. 173. At the ends of the earth. As old as the hills. 167. As drunk as a lord. 194. Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear. 195. 197. Be swift to hear. Barking does seldom bite.

Between the upper and nether millstone. Between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip. Beware of a silent dog and still water. 233. 234. Better deny at once than promise long. Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse. 237. Betwixt and between. 224. 213. Better lose a jest than a friend. 206. 228. 235. Business before pleasure. Calamity is man's true touchstone. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow. 240. Between two evils 'tis not worth choosing. By the street of 'by-and-bye' one arrives at the house of 'Never'. Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt. Better die standing than live kneeling. By doing nothing we learn to do ill. 209. Borrowed garments never fit well. Brevity is the soul of wit. Birds of a feather flock together. Better the foot slip than the tongue. 205. 227. 219. 216. Better be envied than pitied. 222. Better be born lucky than rich. 220. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. 215. Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown. By hook or by crook. 221. than a great one to burn us. Better early than late. than serve in heaven. Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea. 238. 214. 218. Better be alone than in bad company. 236. Better an open enemy than a false friend. 229. Better one-eyed than stone-blind. Better late than never. 212. Bind the sack before it be full.201. 204. 231. . 230. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. Blind men can judge no colours. 217. Blood is thicker than water. 207. Better to reign in hell. Better to do well than to say well. 210. Between two stools one goes (falls) to the ground. Better a little fire to warm us. 211. 208. 202. Better untaught than ill-taught. 232. 203. Better unborn than untaught. 226. 239. 223. 225.

Cut your coat according to your cloth. 258. Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. 246. Death is the grand leveller. Delays are dangerous. Deeds. 242. not words. 278. 271. Claw me. 273. Curses like chickens come home to roost. Death pays all debts. 268. 249. 269. 250. 243. 253. Debt is the worst poverty. Cheapest is the dearest. Catch the bear before you sell his skin. 267. 274. 262. Dog eats dog. Care killed the cat. Choose an author as you choose a friend. 275. 260. 247. Crows do not pick crow's eyes. Diseases are the interests of pleasures. 277. 257. 279. 255. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Charity begins at home. 263. Cheek brings success. (but when it comes it brings good cheer). 248. 280. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Cross the stream where it is shallowest. 254. and I will claw thee. 261. Children and fools must not play with edged tools. 264. Dogs that put up many hares kill none. Diligence is the mother of success (good luck). Dog does not eat dog. Doing is better than saying. Children are poor men's riches. 251. Circumstances alter cases. Curiosity killed a cat. Christmas comes but once a year. 244. Creditors have better memories than debtors. 276.241. Divide and rule. 270. Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies. 256. 259. Counsel is no command. 245. Caution is the parent of safety. 265. 266. . Do as you would be done by. Death when it comes will have no denial. Confession is the first step to repentance. Company in distress makes trouble less. Custom is a second nature. 252. 272.

Every barber knows that. Every man is the architect of his own fortunes. 299. 316. 306. 317. Every Jack has his Jill. 307. 305. Every ass loves to hear himself bray. 282. Envy shoots at others and wounds herself. Drive the nail that will go. Every man has his faults. 290. 313. Even reckoning makes long friends. 311. 285. Every bird likes its own nest.281. 303. Every bullet has its billet. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. 288. . Empty vessels make the greatest (the most) sound. 283. Each bird loves to hear himself sing. Don't keep a dog and bark yourself. Dot your i's and cross your t's. Don't sell the bear's skin before you've caught it. 319. Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals. Every man has a fool in his sleeve. Easy come. 297. Enough is as good as a feast. Every dog has his day. 304. Don't have thy cloak to make when it begins to rain. 310. 308. 291. 293. 320. 284. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. 314. Dumb dogs are dangerous. 286. 315. 301. 318. 312. Don't whistle (halloo) until you are out of the wood. Every dog is a lion at home. Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. 298. 287. 300. Every man has his hobby-horse. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. East or West � home is best. Easier said than done. easy go. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. drink with measure. 289. wealthy and wise. 294. Eat at pleasure. Every country has its customs. Drunken days have all their tomorrow. Every bean has its black. Every day is not Sunday. Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. Don't cross the bridges before you come to them. Every dog is valiant at his own door. 295. 302. 296. 292. 309.

Fish begins to stink at the head. 349. Faults are thick where love is thin. Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose. Fools and madmen speak the truth. 336. 345. Fools grow without watering. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Evil communications corrupt good manners. 334. Fine words butter no parsnips. Facts are stubborn things. 339. Fasting comes after feasting. 343. Every one's faults are not written in their foreheads. Fish and company stink in three days. 329. Extremes meet.321. 332. Every tub must stand on its own bottom. Fools never know when they are well. 326. Fool's haste is no speed. Fair without. Far from eye. First deserve and then desire. 360. 340. First catch your hare. Fair words break no bones. 344. 350. 346. Everybody's business is nobody's business. Experience is the mother of wisdom. 354. 356. 359. First think. False friends are worse than open enemies. . 333. Fine feathers make fine birds. 347. Faint heart never won fair lady. 337. foul (false) within. 348. 355. 322. 323. 342. 327. 330. 353. 335. 352. she teaches her pupils singly. and every sweet its sour. 357. Experience keeps no school. 331. Experience keeps a dear school. 325. 361. first served. For the love of the game. Every why has a wherefore. 351. Every white has its black. Every miller draws water to his own mill. Everything comes to him who waits. 338. Everything is good in its season. Every man to his taste. far from heart. Familiarity breeds contempt. First come. then speak. 341. Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan. Follow the river and you'll get to the sea. 324. but fools learn in no other. Feast today and fast tomorrow. 328. 358.

364. Great cry and little wool. 385. 367. and he will hang himself. 366. Gluttony kills more men than the sword. Grasp all. 373. Good clothes open all doors. but hard to be kept. 390. Friends are thieves of time. Fortune favours the brave (the bold). Habit cures habit. 398. 388. Forbearance is no acquittance. 376. Get a name to rise early. 379.362. Great barkers are no biters. 381. 384. 391. 375. 396. Hares may pull dead lions by the beard. 393. 383. Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary. "Hamlet" without the Prince of Denmark. 369. Gossiping and lying go hand in hand. Great talkers are little doers. 397. Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds. Half a loaf is better than no bread. 380. Good masters make good servants. 368. Happy is he that is happy in his children. and you may lie all day. Happiness takes no account of time. Give him an inch and he'll take an ell. Give every man thy ear. Handsome is that handsome does. 402. Give never the wolf the wether to keep. Good health is above wealth. 377. but few thy voice. 386. Gifts from enemies are dangerous. . From bad to worse. 401. From pillar to post. Great talkers are great liars. 374. Hard words break no bones. 378. 382. small roast. Four eyes see more (better) than two. 387. lose all. Great spenders are bad lenders. Good counsel does no harm. Greedy folk have long arms. 395. 399. Give a fool rope enough. Forbidden fruit is sweet. Great boast. 372. 392. 371. Go to bed with the lamb and rise with the lark. 389. 365. 363. 400. 394. 370. Fortune is easily found. Good words and no deeds. Forewarned is forearmed.

440. He is lifeless that is faultless. .403. 408. 425. He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it. 406. 429. He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue. as well as love. 405. 438. 431. 411. 436. 424. He must needs swim that is held up by the chin. He carries fire in one hand and water in the other. He that does you an i!i turn will never forgive you. He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself. He that goes a borrowing. 437. 439. 410. He that has He head needs no hat. He gives twice who gives in a trice. He laughs best who laughs last. but he that desires much. 412. He goes long barefoot that waits for dead man's shoes. 419. harm catch. 416. 415. Hatred is blind. 413. He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue. He that has a full purse never wanted a friend. 418. 430. Hasty climbers have sudden falls. He dances well to whom fortune pipes. 441. He that has no children knows not what love is. 409. He that has an ill name is half hanged. 421. 433. Haste makes waste. He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns. He jests at scars that never felt a wound. 427. He that fears you present wiil hate you absent. Hawks will not pick hawks' eyes. 407. Hate not at the first harm. 420. He lives long that lives well. 404. He is happy that thinks himself so. 426. He knows best what good is that has endured evil. 414. He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will. He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs. Harm watch. 442. He should have a long spoon that sups with the devil. He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it. He is not poor that has little. 434. 422. He that fears every bush must never go a-birding. He is a fool that forgets himself. goes a sorrowing. 432. 428. He smells best that smells of nothing. 435. 423. He begins to die that quits his desires. 417. He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first. He knows how many beans make five.

He who would search for pearls must dive below. 464. 447. 469. 452. He who pleased everybody died before he was born. 462. He that will thrive.443. 473. He that will steal an egg will steal an ox. He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut. 446. 482. 461. He who would eat the nut must first crack the shell. He that will not when he may. 453. He who hesitates is lost. 455. 458. 466. He that talks much errs much. . He that promises too much means nothing. 479. Honesty is the best policy. 478. He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet. He works best who knows his trade. Head cook and bottle-washer. 481. 470. 448. He that is warm thinks all so. 450. 474. He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages. 454. He who says what he likes. 463. He who is born a fool is never cured. 460. 456. He that respects not is not respected. Health is not valued till sickness comes. 445. He that is full of himself is very empty. He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody. He that has no money needs no purse. He that once deceives is ever suspected. 468. He that lives with cripples learns to limp. He who makes no mistakes. He will never set the Thames on fire. He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas. 480. makes nothing. 457. must rise at five. He that spares the bad injures the good. 451. 472. when he will he shall have nay. 467. 449. His money burns a hole in his pocket. He that seeks trouble never misses. 475. He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree. He who likes borrowing dislikes paying. He that knows nothing doubts nothing. He that serves everybody is paid by nobody. shall hear what he doesn't like. He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens. 476. He that talks much lies much. 477. He that never climbed never fell. 465. 459. He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. mischief catches. 471. 444. He that mischief hatches.

495. If an ass (donkey) bray at you. If we can't as we would. 510. but the bee stings. Idleness is the mother of all evil. 487. It is a good horse that never stumbles. 486. Hope is the poor man's bread. 493. Honour and profit lie not in one sack. If ifs and ans were pots and pans. 496. Hope is a good breakfast. she'd have been my uncle. but a bad supper. 489. 505. 502. you sell her milk too. 503. If there were no clouds. 504. If you agree to carry the calf. 515. 499. Honours change manners. Iron hand (fist) in a velvet glove. 520. 507. beggars might ride. Honey is sweet. 519. 497. Hunger is the best sauce. Hunger finds no fault with cookery. 512. 516. in for a pound. If the blind lead the blind.. 513. 509. In every beginning think of the end. If the sky falls. Honey is not for the ass's mouth. 498. 522. both shall fall into the ditch. Ill-gotten. Idle folks lack no excuses. If you try to please all you will please none. make the best of what you have. If you sell the cow. we must do as we can. 494. If you throw mud enough. If you run after two hares. 521. 508. In the evening one may praise the day. ill-spent. we shall catch larks. In the end things will mend. 500.483. don't bray at him. 506. Idleness rusts the mind. If you cannot bite. they'll make you carry the cow. 514. If you laugh before breakfast you'll cry before supper.. 491. some of it will stick. 492. 518. 484. 501. If wishes were horses. we should not enjoy the sun. If you want a thing well done. 511. Hunger breaks stone walls. you will catch neither. 523. Ill-gotten gains never prosper. If you cannot have the best. In for a penny. If things were to be done twice all would be wise. 517. do it yourself. If you dance you must pay the fiddler. . 490. never show your teeth. If my aunt had been a man. 488. 485. In the country of the blind one-eyed man is a king. Hungry bellies have no ears.

Life is but a span. 556. 533. Learn wisdom by the follies of others. 527. 561. It is a silly fish. 552. but not least. 535. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. 534. It is good fishing in troubled waters. It is a poor mouse that has only one hole. soonest mended. It's no use pumping a dry well. 563. Jackdaw in peacock's feathers. 548. Leaves without figs. 538. 549. Like a needle in a haystack. Last. 550. 544. 532. 555. 537. Learn to say before you sing. 539. It is no use crying over spilt milk. 529. It is easy to swim if another hoids up your chin (head). 525. Judge not of men and things at first sight. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. Learn to creep before you leap. that is caught twice with the same bait. 559. Least said. It's one thing to flourish and another to fight. 541. 531. 553. 528. 546. Life is not all cakes and ale (beer and skittles). It is the first step that costs. Let bygones be bygones. 530. Life is not a bed of roses.524. 558. . It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. 540. Jest with an ass and he will flap you in the face with his tail. 545. but let hornets go free. Just as the twig is bent. Like a cat on hot bricks. Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it. 551. 560. Laws catch flies. It is enough to make a cat laugh. 543. Liars need good memories. 526. 536. Let sleeping dogs lie. It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest. 564. Let well (enough) alone. 542. 547. It never rains but it pours. It's as broad as it's long. 557. 562. 554. Lies have short legs. It takes all sorts to make a world. It is a long lane that has no turning. It is never too late to learn. the tree is inclined. Let every man praise the bridge he goes over.

Like begets like. Little things amuse little minds. 591. Many a good cow has a bad calf. Live and learn. 598. Many a fine dish has nothing on it. 578. 586. Many men.565. 595. as well as hatred. Little pigeons can carry great messages. Many a true word is spoken in jest. Love me. Little pitchers have long ears. Little chips light great fires. 570. Lost time is never found again. Love cannot be forced. Like mother. 583. 603. Make or mar. Lord (God. Make hay while the sun shines. Many hands make light work. like people. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Look before you leap. many minds. Love in a cottage. Like father. Like priest. 571. 568. 575. but great ones escape. . 584. Love is blind. 592. 589. but eat to live. Long absent. like pupil. Make haste slowly. Live and let live. 597. like man. 600. 573. 581. Like teacher. 599. 576. 567. soon forgotten. Like draws to like. Heaven) helps those (them) who help themselves. Many a good father has but a bad son. 574. like son. 587. 582. 585. Like cures like. love my dog. Live not to eat. Like master. 566. Little strokes fell great oaks. 605. like daughter. 593. 588. 604. 579. Love will creep where it may not go. 577. 580. Man proposes but God disposes. Little thieves are hanged. 596. 602. 572. but having leapt never look back. 601. Like parents. 590. Lookers-on see more than players. 569. 594. Look before you leap. like children. Many a little makes a mickle.

Neither here nor there. Much ado about nothing. Murder will out. Necessity knows no law. Mend or end (end or mend). 634. Many words hurt more than swords. 642. Money begets money. . Need makes the old wife trot. Men may meet but mountains never. 607. 639. Never do things by halves. 611. Might goes before right. Never cast dirt into that fountain of which you have sometime drunk. Many words will not fill a bushel. 625. Necessity is the mother of invention. Money has no smell. 617. 637. less speed. 632. 631. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do (can be done) today. Much will have more. 618. Never quit certainty for hope. 621. Measure for measure. Measure thrice and cut once. 613. 636. 641. 633. 608. 622. Misfortunes tell us what fortune is. Never try to prove what nobody doubts. 644. Neither fish nor flesh. 638. 626. 635. Never offer to teach fish to swim. Never fry a fish till it's caught. Name not a rope in his house that was hanged. Muck and money go together. Marriages are made in heaven. 614. 630. Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain. Neither rhyme nor reason. 610. Money is a good servant but a bad master. 612. My house is my castle. Money often unmakes the men who make it. More haste. 627. Neck or nothing. 624. Never too much of a good thing. 616. 643. 620. Needs must when the devil drives. 628. 615. 609. 640. Never cackle till your egg is laid. Misfortunes never come alone (singly).606. 619. 629. 623.

new laws. Nothing so bad. 647. 666. 657. None so blind as those who won't see. and another for the poor. No joy without alloy. No garden without its weeds. One beats the bush. 675. 682. Never write what you dare not sign. On Shank's mare. No herb will cure love. Nothing venture. 679. 648. 678. One law for the rich. One chick keeps a hen busy. No song. 651. 674. Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm. Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas. Nightingales will not sing in a cage. No sweet without (some) sweat. 656. No living man all things can. no gains. No great loss without some small gain. 680. New lords. 652. 685. 653. 673. Once is no rule (custom). Old birds are not caught with chaff. 658. Old friends and old wine are best. 683. 650. 668. 654. No man loves his fetters. 663. 664. No news (is) good news. Once bitten. No man is wise at all times. Of two evils choose the least. 660. One good turn deserves another. No pains. 661. No longer pipe. One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine. New brooms sweep clean. One lie makes many. 684. 681. 662. 672. . 671. 676.645. no longer dance. None but the brave deserve the fair. 659. 667. as not to be good for something. Nothing succeeds like success. 677. be they made of gold. and another catches the bird. No wisdom like silence. Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it. One fire drives out another. 655. No flying from fate. 669. 665. nothing have. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. 649. 646. None so deaf as those that won't hear. twice shy. no supper. 670.

Promise is debt. 705. Poverty is no sin. Roll my log and I will roll yours. 726. 716. 712. but do much. Politeness costs little (nothing). 707. Open not your door when the devil knocks. Pleasure has a sting in its tail. One swallow does not make a summer. 717. fine at eleven. 725. 720. 694. Praise is not pudding. 690.686. Rats desert a sinking ship. Pride goes before a fall. Poverty is not a shame. Penny-wise and pound-foolish. Score twice before you cut once. out of mind. One link broken. 713. Rome was not built in a day. 698. Self is a bad counsellor. 699. 692. 703. Patience is a plaster for all sores. Opportunity makes the thief. Respect yourself. 689. or no one else will respect you. Salt water and absence wash away love. Procrastination is the thief of time. Self done is soon done. Prosperity makes friends. . 688. 695. 711. but innocence is better. 696. Plenty is no plague. 708. 709. 701. 710. 724. 687. One today is worth two tomorrow. 722. Repentance is good. 697. Promise little. Saying and doing are two things. Out of the frying-pan into the fire. 723. One man's meat is another man's poison. Out of sight. the whole chain is broken. Practise what you preach. Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings. 704. but yields much. Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. 706. 715. 700. Opinions differ. 691. 719. and adversity tries them. 693. Rain at seven. no man. 721. One man. but the being ashamed of it is. 702. One scabby sheep will mar a whole flock. 718. Put not your hand between the bark and the tree. Self done is well done. 714. Packed like herrings.

740. Such carpenters. 752. 754. Sweep before your own door. Speech is silver but silence is gold. 746.727. 750. Soon learnt. Short debts (accounts) make long friends. 761. . Soft fire makes sweet malt. Stolen pleasures are sweetest. 732. 742. soon forgotten. Self-praise is no recommendation. 736. Strike while the iron is hot. so many minds. Tastes differ. 749. 759. 739. Success is never blamed. 764. 748. 729. 747. Sink or swim! 735. 745. That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass. Slow and steady wins the race. That's a horse of another colour. The beggar may sing before the thief (before a footpad). That cock won't fight. So many men. Slow but sure. 755. Silence gives consent. 737. 762. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Set a thief to catch a thief. 741. 738. so many customs. Since Adam was a boy. Set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the devil. 731. Still waters run deep. Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves. So many countries. 744. 763. Stretch your legs according to the coverlet. 760. Stuff today and starve tomorrow. soon rotten. Speak (talk) of the devil and he will appear (is sure to appear). Small rain lays great dust. Tarred with the same brush. 758. such chips. Shallow streams make most din. 743. 733. Standers-by see more than gamesters. 765. Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach. 751. Six of one and half a dozen of the other. 730. 734. Soon ripe. 756. Take us as you find us. That's where the shoe pinches! 766. Tell that to the marines. 753. 757. 728.

The camel going to seek horns lost his ears. 789. The leopard cannot change its spots. 801. 792. 794. The busiest man finds the most leisure. The last straw breaks the camel's back. 798. The cobbler's wife is the worst shod. 782. . The cobbler should stick to his last. The devil lurks behind the cross. The furthest way about is the nearest way home. 772. The cask savours of the first fill. The devil rebuking sin. 776. 805.767. 768. 785. The darkest hour is that before the dawn. The moon does not heed the barking of dogs. The evils we bring on ourselves are hardest to bear. The last drop makes the cup run over. 800. The end justifies the means. The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love. the more he shows his tail. 778. 795. The first blow is half the battle. The best fish smell when they are three days old. The exception proves the rule. 791. The chain is no stronger than its weakest link. 806. 803. 770. The game is not worth the candle. 788. 797. The Dutch have taken Holland ! 787. The fat is in the fire. 784. The mill cannot grind with the water that is past. The cat would eat fish and would not wet her paws. 799. 775. 796. The darkest place is under the candlestick. The early bird catches the worm. The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream. The more haste. 779. The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good. 793. 802. the less speed. The cap fits. The dogs bark. 807. The end crowns the work. 780. 769. The more the merrier. 790. 783. The heart that once truly loves never forgets. 774. The longest day has an end. The devil is not so black as he is painted. 773. 804. The best fish swim near the bottom. but the caravan goes on. 786. The devil knows many things because he is old. 781. The face is the index of the mind. The higher the ape goes. 771. 777.

To angle with a silver hook. 836. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. There is a place for everything. Things past cannot be recalled. 829. There is no smoke without fire. Time works wonders. The tailor makes the man. The mountain has brought forth a mouse. 811. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. 819. The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last. 822. The tongue of idle persons is never idle. 825. The morning sun never lasts a day. 832. There is no fire without smoke. 848. 826. The work shows the workman. The wind cannot be caught in a net. 839. 815. To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth. There's no use crying over spilt milk. The pot calls the kettle black. 821. 846. 837. There is no rose without a thorn. To add fuel (oil) to the fire (flames). 814. The remedy is worse than the disease. They must hunger in winter that will not work in summer. There are more ways to the wood than one. 830. They are hand and glove. 833. 843. The way (the road) to hell is paved with good intentions. 831. The scalded dog fears cold water. 820. 841. Time is money. 816. 840. 827. The nearer the bone. 844. There is more than one way to kill a cat. 845. The receiver is as bad as the thief. There are lees to every wine. There's many a slip 'tween (== between) the cup and the lip. There is no rule without an exception. 834. There is no place like home. . 809. Time and tide wait for no man. 842. Time is the great healer. Think today and speak tomorrow. Time cures all things. 812. and everything in its place. The voice of one man is the voice of no one. 835. The rotten apple injures its neighbours.808. 828. the sweeter the flesh. 817. 838. 810. 824. 813. To be head over ears in debt. 818. 823. 847.

885. To fit like a glove. To cry with one eye and laugh with the other. To beat the air. To come off cheap. To come off with flying colours. 855. 862. To fiddle while Rome is burning. 850. To come out with clean hands. 858. To fish in troubled waters. To err is human. 882. To come away none the wiser. 888. 884. To be up to the ears in love. 866. 857. 860. To have rats in the attic. To eat the calf in the cow's belly. To come out dry. To buy a pig in a poke. To hit the nail on the head. To build a fire under oneself. To find a mare's nest. 878. To flog a dead horse. 870. To call a spade a spade. 853. 883. 859. 875. To cast prudence to the winds. 852.849. 863. To get out of bed on the wrong side. To draw (pull) in one's horns. 854. 864. 865. To be wise behind the hand. 881. 886. 869. To draw water in a sieve. 856. To go for wool and come home shorn. To fight with one's own shadow. To cut one's throat with a feather. 889. To go through fire and water (through thick and thin). To carry coals to Newcastle. To drop a bucket into an empty well. 861. To cast pearls before swine. To kick against the pricks. 879. 880. . 873. To have a finger in the pie. 851. To be in one's birthday suit. 887. 871. 874. 867. 876. 868. To give a lark to catch a kite. 877. To cook a hare before catching him. To come off with a whole skin. 872. To bring grist to somebody's mill. To beat about the bush. To call off the dogs.

To throw a stone in one's own garden.890. 914. . To make both ends meet. To lay by for a rainy day. To make (to turn) the air blue. 899. To put (set) the cart before the horse. 921. 897. 925. 905. To rob one's belly to cover one's back. To pull the devil by the tail. 901. To make a mountain out of a molehill. To make the cup run over. To know everything is to know nothing. To lock the stable-door after the horse is stolen. To pay one back in one's own coin. 908. To throw straws against the wind. To know on which side one's bread is buttered. To love somebody (something) as the devil loves holy water. To put a spoke in somebody's wheel. 913. 928. 923. 924. 915. 926. To wash one's dirty linen in public. To pull the chestnuts out of the fire for somebody. 896. To stick to somebody like a leech. 919. 898. To measure other people's corn by one's own bushel. To put off till Doomsday. To take counsel of one's pillow. 891. To take the bull by the horns. 903. To plough the sand. To throw dust in somebody's eyes. 907. 930. To roll in money. 894. 909. To teach the dog to bark. 916. To send (carry) owls to Athens. 904. To measure another man's foot by one's own last. 912. 893. 906. To use a steam-hammer to crack nuts. 918. 895. To pour water into a sieve. To save one's bacon. To know what's what. 900. To treat somebody with a dose of his own medicine. 920. 929. To live from hand to mouth. 902. 892. 910. To tell tales out of school. To run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. 922. 911. To set the wolf to keep the sheep. To look for a needle in a haystack. 917. To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. To kill two birds with one stone. 927.

953. 946. Two blacks do not make a white. 966. True blue will never stain. 941. Virtue is its own reward. Tomorrow come never. 948. Too much water drowned the miller . What is worth doing at alt is worth doing well. Wealth is nothing without health. Truth comes out of the mouths of babes and sucklings. When angry. 960. Too much of a good thing is good for nothing. 943. 956. Walls have ears. 939. 967. 940. 933. What is lost is lost. want not. What can't be cured. 954. Too much knowledge makes the head bald. Two heads are better than one. We know not what is good until we have lost it. must be endured. 947. Wait for the cat to jump. 952. 942. We shall see what we shall see. 936. 932. 971. 950. 970. What is done by night appears by day. 959. 955. What is got over the devil's back is spent under his belly. 957. We soon believe what we desire. Too many cooks spoil the broth. 937. 961. 964. To weep over an onion. Well begun is half done. Wash your dirty linen at home. What we do willingly is easy. 958. 969. 938. 963. .931. Velvet paws hide sharp claws. To wear one's heart upon one's sleeve. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. 949. 935. We never know the value of water till the well is dry. Waste not. must be. Truth lies at the bottom of a well. What is bred in the bone will not go out of the flesh. 934. What the heart thinks the tongue speaks. To work with the left hand. 951. 945. True coral needs no painter's brush. Truth is stranger than fiction. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. 962. but three is none. What is done cannot be undone. count a hundred. 968. 965. Two is company. What must be. 944.

You cannot teach old dogs new tricks. pays. the devil goes to dinner. 995. 988. Wise after the event. When pigs fly. Who breaks. 983. you remember the old shoe. 996. 985. 979. 974. While there is life there is hope. alt know it. Where there's a will. 992. When wine is in wit is out. 980. When the pinch comes. 997. 977.972. Who has never tasted bitter. When flatterers meet. 973. You made your bed. 999. You cannot wash charcoal white. When at Rome. Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse . With time and patience the leaf of the mulberry becomes satin. now lie in it. 998. they have done some harm. 989. When Queen Anne was alive. take care of your geese. While the grass grows the horse starves. 987. 986. When guns speak it is too late to argue. When children stand quiet. 984. Who keeps company with the wolf. You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink. the mice will play. 976. Words pay no debts. will learn to howl. When the fox preaches. 990. 993. 978. When three know it. 1000. 981. You cannot eat your cake and have it. 994. knows not what is sweet. When the devil is blind. You cannot judge a tree by it bark. do as the Romans do. there's a way. 975. You cannot flay the same ox twice. 982. 991. When the cat is away.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->