1000 English Proverbs & Sayings

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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.

51. 47. A hard nut to crack. A friend is never known till needed. A good deed is never lost. A good beginning makes a good ending. A lawyer never goes to law himself. A hungry man is an angry man. A guilty conscience needs no accuser. 70. 65. 63. A great ship asks deep waters. 57. A good name is sooner lost than won. 37. A friend to all is a friend to none. 66. A honey tongue. 59. A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out. A good wife makes a good husband. 64. A great dowry is a bed full of brambles. 45. a heart of gall. A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend. A Jack of all trades is master of none. 69. 68. 38. 39. 43. 36. A good beginning is half the battle. 46. 50. A good face is a letter of recommendation. 58. 40. 52. A great fortune is a great slavery. A hedge between keeps friendship green. A friend in need is a friend indeed. 60. 62. A friend's frown is better than a foe's smile. 54. 56. A fox is not taken twice in the same snare. A good name keeps its lustre in the dark. A good Jack makes a good Jill. 44. 49. A fool's tongue runs before his wit. 61. 53. A foul morn may turn to a fair day. A good name is better than riches. A hungry belly has no ears. A good marksman may miss. A forced kindness deserves no thanks. 67. A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy. A good example is the best sermon. A heavy purse makes a light heart. 43. . A good anvil does not fear the hammer. 55. 42. A good dog deserves a good bone. 48.35.

A round peg in a square hole. 104. 106. 88. 102. 85. A man is known by the company he keeps. A shy cat makes a proud mouse. a fool never will. 90. 89. A little fire is quickly trodden out. A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.71. A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool. 94. 77. 81. 98. A miss is as good as a mile. 80. A silent fool is counted wise. A stitch in time saves nine. 100. A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf. . 82. A watched pot never boils. A sound mind in a sound body. 74. 86. 79. A new broom sweeps clean. A wonder lasts but nine days. 73. A rolling stone gathers no moss. 97. A lie begets a lie. 75. 83. 91. A penny saved is a penny gained. 87. A man can do no more than he can. A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich. A little body often harbours a great soul. A wager is a fool's argument. 105. 95. A penny soul never came to twopence. A light purse makes a heavy heart. 76. 103. A threatened blow is seldom given. 101. 78. A light purse is a heavy curse. A tattler is worse than a thief. A wise man changes his mind. A small leak will sink a great ship. 84. A wolf in sheep's clothing. 92. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. A tree is known by its fruit. A man can die but once. A miserly father makes a prodigal son. 96. 72. 93. A storm in a teacup. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. 99. A soft answer turns away wrath.

139. All are not friends that speak us fair. Among the blind the one-eyed man is king. 128. After a storm comes a calm. "Almost" never killed a fly (was never hanged). All men can't be masters. 126. All bread is not baked in one oven. 137. A word spoken is past recalling. 116. Adversity is a great schoolmaster. but whence come the bad wives? 119. 134. Actions speak louder than words. Adversity makes strange bedfellows. 130. 118. 141. All things are difficult before they are easy. After us the deluge. 135. . 125. All truths are not to be told. 111. All roads lead to Rome . A word is enough to the wise. 124. 108. After dinner sit (sleep) a while. all lose. After rain comes fair weather. 117. All doors open to courtesy. All are not hunters that blow the horn. All is well that ends well. After dinner comes the reckoning. 120. 132. 140. 133. All men can't be first. 113. All cats are grey in the dark (in the night). All lay load on the willing horse. All are not saints that go to church. All asses wag their ears. 109. 115. 138. 110. 131. 127. 112. 121. All that glitters is not gold. All is not lost that is in peril.107. but go away on foot. 123. 114. All are not merry that dance lightly. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Agues come on horseback. All sugar and honey. 136. All is fish that comes to his net. 122. All promises are either broken or kept. 129. 142. All covet. after supper walk a mile. All are good lasses.

As like as two peas. 160. 156. An open door may tempt a saint. 177. 144. 172. An empty vessel gives a greater sound than a full barrel. 159. As drunk as a lord. 169. 162. 165. An old dog barks not in vain. 155. 173. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. 145. An honest tale speeds best. and a man by the tongue. An oak is not felled at one stroke. 167. 149. As the old cock crows. 157. An ass in a lion's skin. As plain as the nose on a man's face. An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning. 175. so shall it lie. being plainly told. so the bell clinks. An empty hand is no lure for a hawk. so does the young. Appearances are deceitful. An ox is taken by the horns. Any port in a storm. . though laden with gold. 178. An ill wound is cured. so the echo. An idle brain is the devil's workshop. As the fool thinks. 158. An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle. As like as an apple to an oyster. 163. As old as the hills. 168. An evil chance seldom comes alone. 166.143. Appetite comes with eating. As the call. As snug as a bug in a rug . 147. 153. 171. As sure as eggs is eggs. As the tree. 150. 170. not an ill name. As plain as two and two make four. An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup. 164. 151. 146. 148. Anger and haste hinder good counsel. so the fruit. As innocent as a babe unborn. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An empty sack cannot stand upright. 152. 176. 154. 161. 174. As the tree falls. An ass is but an ass.

181. As you make your bed. 192. 200. Better an open enemy than a false friend. 211. Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him. Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown. 197. Better early than late. 183. Ask no questions and you will be told no lies. 195. 199. Better lose a jest than a friend. 202. Better be envied than pitied. 208. 188. 194. Be swift to hear. 189. As welcome as flowers in May. 193. 184. Beauty is but skin-deep. 206. 210. Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear. Better deny at once than promise long. Better die standing than live kneeling. 213. Beauty lies in lover's eyes. 191. 207. so shall you reap. 209. so must you lie on it. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. 186. Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune. Better be born lucky than rich. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow. Bad news has wings.179. Better late than never. As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. Better a little fire to warm us. 205. 204. 212. Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt. . As you brew. Better a glorious death than a shameful life. so must you drink. Better a lean peace than a fat victory. than a great one to burn us. Barking does seldom bite. 196. 180. 201. 182. Best defence is offence. Before one can say Jack Robinson. Be slow to promise and quick to perform. Beggars cannot be choosers. At the ends of the earth. 187. As you sow. 190. As welcome as water in one's shoes. 203. Better be alone than in bad company. slow to speak. 214. 185. 198.

Between two evils 'tis not worth choosing. 220. Calamity is man's true touchstone. Betwixt and between. Better to do well than to say well. 247. Brevity is the soul of wit. 224. 248. 227. 226. (but when it comes it brings good cheer). Better one-eyed than stone-blind. Better untaught than ill-taught. 230. 236. 221. Blood is thicker than water. Charity begins at home.215. 250. Bind the sack before it be full. Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse. Christmas comes but once a year. 239. 222. Birds of a feather flock together. Children are poor men's riches. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. 217. 218. Borrowed garments never fit well. 232. 228. 233. Choose an author as you choose a friend. Cheapest is the dearest. 234. Business before pleasure. By the street of 'by-and-bye' one arrives at the house of 'Never'. 219. 249. 223. 229. . 246. Beware of a silent dog and still water. Catch the bear before you sell his skin. 231. Better the foot slip than the tongue. 237. 241. Blind men can judge no colours. 225. than serve in heaven. By doing nothing we learn to do ill. Care killed the cat. 242. By hook or by crook. Children and fools must not play with edged tools. 238. 245. Cheek brings success. 244. 243. 216. Better unborn than untaught. Between the upper and nether millstone. Caution is the parent of safety. Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea. 240. Better to reign in hell. Between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip. 235. Between two stools one goes (falls) to the ground.

and I will claw thee. Don't keep a dog and bark yourself. Custom is a second nature. Dogs that put up many hares kill none. 284. 286. Don't sell the bear's skin before you've caught it. 253. 252. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. 258. Dog does not eat dog. Company in distress makes trouble less. 257. Diseases are the interests of pleasures. Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. Claw me. Cross the stream where it is shallowest. 254. Don't have thy cloak to make when it begins to rain. 285. 265. 260. Crows do not pick crow's eyes.251. 281. 279. Deeds. 264. 282. 280. 272. Don't cross the bridges before you come to them. Divide and rule. 262. 268. 278. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. 270. Curses like chickens come home to roost. 263. 276. 275. Delays are dangerous. 269. Diligence is the mother of success (good luck). 283. 261. 266. Cut your coat according to your cloth. 256. Confession is the first step to repentance. Counsel is no command. not words. 274. Death is the grand leveller. Debt is the worst poverty. 273. 271. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Curiosity killed a cat. Doing is better than saying. Creditors have better memories than debtors. . Death when it comes will have no denial. 255. Do as you would be done by. 259. Dog eats dog. Death pays all debts. 267. 277. Circumstances alter cases.

Every miller draws water to his own mill. Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals. Every Jack has his Jill. 319. 321. 304. 307. Every dog is a lion at home. 301. 290. Every man has his faults. Every man to his taste. Every ass loves to hear himself bray. Every day is not Sunday. Dot your i's and cross your t's. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Drunken days have all their tomorrow. Even reckoning makes long friends. 294. 302. 295. 306. Every country has its customs. 297. 312. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. 311.287. 305. Eat at pleasure. 313. Enough is as good as a feast. wealthy and wise. Every man is the architect of his own fortunes. 288. 300. 298. 309. Easy come. 322. 318. 299. Every man has his hobby-horse. drink with measure. Each bird loves to hear himself sing. 292. Every bird likes its own nest. Envy shoots at others and wounds herself. Every bullet has its billet. Every dog has his day. Every dog is valiant at his own door. . 296. Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. 291. 315. 320. 314. Empty vessels make the greatest (the most) sound. East or West ? home is best. Drive the nail that will go. 317. Every man has a fool in his sleeve. Every bean has its black. easy go. Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. 293. Every barber knows that. Don't whistle (halloo) until you are out of the wood. Easier said than done. 316. 289. Dumb dogs are dangerous. 308. 303. 310.

First come. far from heart. Everything comes to him who waits. 333. 331. 353. but fools learn in no other. Evil communications corrupt good manners. 340. Far from eye. Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan. Everything is good in its season. Experience is the mother of wisdom. 341. Fair without. False friends are worse than open enemies. 355. 351. Fine words butter no parsnips. Fine feathers make fine birds. 334. Fools and madmen speak the truth. Everybody's business is nobody's business. 332. Experience keeps a dear school. 346.323. Fair words break no bones. Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose. then speak. Every tub must stand on its own bottom. 324. . 356. Feast today and fast tomorrow. 326. Fasting comes after feasting. 344. 348. Faults are thick where love is thin. 336. Fish and company stink in three days. Every one's faults are not written in their foreheads. Extremes meet. 349. 328. 329. 343. Fish begins to stink at the head. Fools grow without watering. First deserve and then desire. 337. 347. Fool's haste is no speed. 342. 357. 358. and every sweet its sour. Familiarity breeds contempt. 327. she teaches her pupils singly. 345. Every white has its black. Every why has a wherefore. Facts are stubborn things. Follow the river and you'll get to the sea. 339. First catch your hare. first served. foul (false) within. 354. 335. 325. Faint heart never won fair lady. 338. 352. 330. 350. First think. Experience keeps no school.

371. 373. Friends are thieves of time. 394. 366. . 381. 369. Greedy folk have long arms. Good masters make good servants. small roast. and he will hang himself. Four eyes see more (better) than two. Give a fool rope enough. 391. Good health is above wealth. 363. 387. 374. but hard to be kept. 389. 392. Forbidden fruit is sweet. Fortune favours the brave (the bold). Go to bed with the lamb and rise with the lark. but few thy voice. 384. 379. For the love of the game. Grasp all. 385. lose all. Give never the wolf the wether to keep. 368. Great talkers are great liars. 361. Get a name to rise early. 388. 380. 375. From pillar to post.359. 377. Gluttony kills more men than the sword. 370. Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds. 372. 362. Great cry and little wool. 386. Good clothes open all doors. Fortune is easily found. 360. Good words and no deeds. 365. Give every man thy ear. 383. 393. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Great barkers are no biters. Great boast. 367. Good counsel does no harm. 376. Forewarned is forearmed. Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary. Great spenders are bad lenders. 390. Forbearance is no acquittance. 364. and you may lie all day. Gifts from enemies are dangerous. Great talkers are little doers. 378. Fools never know when they are well. From bad to worse. Gossiping and lying go hand in hand. Give him an inch and he'll take an ell. 382.

421. 413. 425. 412. He lives long that lives well. harm catch. 401. 408. Hasty climbers have sudden falls. 426. Half a loaf is better than no bread. 422. 415. but he that desires much. He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue. He is not poor that has little. He jests at scars that never felt a wound. 398. 430. Hatred is blind. Haste makes waste. He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue. 411. Habit cures habit. "Hamlet" without the Prince of Denmark . Happiness takes no account of time. Hawks will not pick hawks' eyes. Harm watch. He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself. He carries fire in one hand and water in the other. 407. He gives twice who gives in a trice. He knows how many beans make five. He is a fool that forgets himself. 417. He smells best that smells of nothing. He is happy that thinks himself so. 405. He laughs best who laughs last. 409. He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first. 400. 418. He goes long barefoot that waits for dead man's shoes. He must needs swim that is held up by the chin. Happy is he that is happy in his children. 429. 404. 424. 416. Hares may pull dead lions by the beard. 414. Handsome is that handsome does. He dances well to whom fortune pipes. . 423.395. 399. 397. 396. He is lifeless that is faultless. 427. He begins to die that quits his desires. 420. 406. He should have a long spoon that sups with the devil. 402. 428. Hate not at the first harm. 419. He knows best what good is that has endured evil. 403. 410. Hard words break no bones. He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs. as well as love.

433. He that is full of himself is very empty. 446. He that serves everybody is paid by nobody. 449. 463. He that talks much lies much. He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas. 464. 466. 465. 438. He that will thrive. He that has an ill name is half hanged. He that fears every bush must never go a-birding. 457. 454. 450. He that has a full purse never wanted a friend. 453. He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it. 448. when he will he shall have nay. 441. He that will steal an egg will steal an ox. 436. 442. He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut. 440. He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages. He that will not when he may. 462. 447. 458. 460. He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns. He that has no money needs no purse. He that knows nothing doubts nothing. He that never climbed never fell. 432. He that lives with cripples learns to limp. 434. He that has no children knows not what love is. 445. He that fears you present wiil hate you absent. He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree. He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. . He that promises too much means nothing. He that mischief hatches. He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody. 451. He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it. 444. 435. 452. 455. goes a sorrowing. He that does you an i!i turn will never forgive you. 459. He that seeks trouble never misses. 461. mischief catches. He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will. 439. 443. He that talks much errs much.431. 456. He that spares the bad injures the good. He that is warm thinks all so. He that goes a borrowing. He that has He head needs no hat. must rise at five. 437. He that once deceives is ever suspected. He that respects not is not respected.

Hunger is the best sauce. If the blind lead the blind. 480. If things were to be done twice all would be wise. 468. Health is not valued till sickness comes. He who hesitates is lost. shall hear what he doesn't like. 484. Hunger breaks stone walls. Head cook and bottle-washer. we shall catch larks. Honey is not for the ass's mouth. He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens. He who is born a fool is never cured. Idleness rusts the mind. He who says what he likes. 483. 470. 487. 501. don't bray at him. . If ifs and ans were pots and pans. but a bad supper. 502.467.. we should not enjoy the sun.. 500. 485. makes nothing. He works best who knows his trade. Hunger finds no fault with cookery. He who would eat the nut must first crack the shell. 481. He will never set the Thames on fire. Idle folks lack no excuses. both shall fall into the ditch. 494. He who makes no mistakes. 495. 472. 499. Honey is sweet. she'd have been my uncle. 497. If an ass (donkey) bray at you. He who would search for pearls must dive below. 493. Honours change manners. Hungry bellies have no ears. If there were no clouds. Honesty is the best policy. 469. 482. 498. Hope is a good breakfast. 489. Hope is the poor man's bread. If my aunt had been a man. Honour and profit lie not in one sack. Idleness is the mother of all evil. 486. 475. 479. He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet. 471. 488. He who likes borrowing dislikes paying. 476. 490. 477. 491. 474. 492. 496. but the bee stings. 478. His money burns a hole in his pocket. He who pleased everybody died before he was born. 473. If the sky falls.

If you dance you must pay the fiddler. In every beginning think of the end. 516. 524. It is a poor mouse that has only one hole. beggars might ride. they'll make you carry the cow. If you want a thing well done. It is the first step that costs. 538. In the end things will mend. If wishes were horses. Ill-gotten gains never prosper. 525. 537. 513. 515. ill-spent. 535. 507. never show your teeth. 511. It's as broad as it's long. It is a long lane that has no turning. 505. 520. 519.503. 512. 521. in for a pound. In for a penny. 504. 509. If we can't as we would. Ill-gotten. It is enough to make a cat laugh. 510. It is a good horse that never stumbles. Iron hand (fist) in a velvet glove. do it yourself. 531. some of it will stick. 533. you will catch neither. 526. In the country of the blind one-eyed man is a king. 534. 508. 529. It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. If you cannot have the best. If you laugh before breakfast you'll cry before supper. It's one thing to flourish and another to fight. If you agree to carry the calf. It is easy to swim if another hoids up your chin (head). If you throw mud enough. 528. It is good fishing in troubled waters. It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest. 514. that is caught twice with the same bait. In the evening one may praise the day. If you try to please all you will please none. It is never too late to learn. It's no use pumping a dry well. It is no use crying over spilt milk. If you cannot bite. 517. It is a silly fish. 536. 518. . 527. make the best of what you have. It never rains but it pours. 530. 532. If you sell the cow. we must do as we can. 523. 522. you sell her milk too. If you run after two hares. 506.

550. but not least. Learn to creep before you leap. 569. Jackdaw in peacock's feathers. Last. 570. Like priest. 558. Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it. Liars need good memories. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. 566. 547. 552. Like master. Let well (enough) alone. Judge not of men and things at first sight. Like a needle in a haystack. 568.539. 564. Jest with an ass and he will flap you in the face with his tail. 571. Learn wisdom by the follies of others. Like a cat on hot bricks. like pupil. like children. 557. 562. like man. Life is but a span. like daughter. Laws catch flies. Like draws to like. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. 553. 541. 542. 572. 574. 559. It takes all sorts to make a world. 546. 548. Let sleeping dogs lie. Like father. but let hornets go free. Lies have short legs. Let every man praise the bridge he goes over. Leaves without figs. Learn to say before you sing. like son. Just as the twig is bent. 555. 556. 563. Let bygones be bygones. Like mother. . 565. Like cures like. 561. Life is not a bed of roses. the tree is inclined. Like teacher. 540. 545. Little chips light great fires. like people. 560. 549. soonest mended. 554. Life is not all cakes and ale (beer and skittles). Like parents. Least said. 567. 573. Like begets like. 551. 543. 544.

581. 602. 609. 592. 584. Measure for measure. Many hands make light work. 601. 580. Lookers-on see more than players. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Little strokes fell great oaks. 595. 585. as well as hatred. 591. 579. Many a good father has but a bad son. 600. Heaven) helps those (them) who help themselves. 583. 606. Many words will not fill a bushel. 594. Live and learn. 587. but great ones escape. 590. Many a good cow has a bad calf. Many a true word is spoken in jest. Many a fine dish has nothing on it. Lost time is never found again. 608. Make haste slowly. 596. 588. Many a little makes a mickle. 577. 598. many minds. Measure thrice and cut once. Love in a cottage. Love is blind. Live and let live. Long absent. but eat to live. Many words hurt more than swords. but having leapt never look back. Man proposes but God disposes. Little pitchers have long ears. Love me. Love cannot be forced. Look before you leap. 576. 597. love my dog. 607. Little thieves are hanged. Look before you leap. Love will creep where it may not go. 599. soon forgotten. 605. Lord (God.575. Little pigeons can carry great messages. 604. . Make hay while the sun shines. 586. 610. Many men. Live not to eat. Marriages are made in heaven. 578. 582. Little things amuse little minds. 593. 589. 603. Make or mar.

Murder will out. 626. 616. Never do things by halves. 630. Never write what you dare not sign. Never offer to teach fish to swim. 644. 632. Neither here nor there. More haste. 641. 638. Necessity knows no law. Never cast dirt into that fountain of which you have sometime drunk. 612. 614. 636. Money begets money. Needs must when the devil drives. Need makes the old wife trot. 623. Money has no smell. 615. 621. Muck and money go together. 613. 617. Never quit certainty for hope. Mend or end (end or mend). Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain. Neck or nothing. Neither rhyme nor reason. 618. Necessity is the mother of invention. 640. Misfortunes never come alone (singly). less speed. Name not a rope in his house that was hanged. 627. 639. 634. Never cackle till your egg is laid. Never try to prove what nobody doubts. 625. 624. Neither fish nor flesh. My house is my castle. Men may meet but mountains never. New brooms sweep clean. 645. 629. Might goes before right. 620. Money is a good servant but a bad master. 643. Misfortunes tell us what fortune is. 633. Money often unmakes the men who make it. 619. Never fry a fish till it's caught. 637. 622. 635. 642. 628. .611. 646. Much will have more. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do (can be done) today. Never too much of a good thing. 631. Much ado about nothing.

651. Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it. 665. 655. None so blind as those who won't see. 681. 660. 669. One beats the bush. twice shy. and another catches the bird. 649. 653. No garden without its weeds. 664. 652. 654. 662. No man loves his fetters. as not to be good for something. Nightingales will not sing in a cage. No living man all things can. 675.647. Once bitten. 680. 679. One chick keeps a hen busy. 666. no gains. Nothing venture. No flying from fate. 676. Nothing succeeds like success. . Old friends and old wine are best. 672. Once is no rule (custom). 677. No longer pipe. 663. No sweet without (some) sweat. 668. 673. None so deaf as those that won't hear. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. None but the brave deserve the fair. 659. No wisdom like silence. No joy without alloy. No pains. No great loss without some small gain. No song. New lords. no supper. nothing have. Nothing so bad. 656. no longer dance. 674. 661. 648. On Shank's mare. Of two evils choose the least. 658. 657. Old birds are not caught with chaff. 670. No news (is) good news. No man is wise at all times. 682. Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas. 650. 671. One fire drives out another. Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm. 667. One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine. new laws. No herb will cure love. be they made of gold. 678.

691. 707. Rain at seven. 709. 704. but the being ashamed of it is. Procrastination is the thief of time. One man's meat is another man's poison. 701. the whole chain is broken. Pride goes before a fall. no man. 715. Promise little. One scabby sheep will mar a whole flock. 687. 688. Poverty is no sin. 696. Practise what you preach. 695. but do much. Out of sight. One man.683. 690. 689. 694. Pleasure has a sting in its tail. Respect yourself. Poverty is not a shame. Roll my log and I will roll yours. 706. Promise is debt. and adversity tries them. Penny-wise and pound-foolish. 708. Patience is a plaster for all sores. 697. 684. Open not your door when the devil knocks. Repentance is good. 710. One today is worth two tomorrow. 705. Rats desert a sinking ship. 700. 699. out of mind. 686. or no one else will respect you. Prosperity makes friends. 702. Plenty is no plague. 685. 716. Rome was not built in a day. 713. One law for the rich. Politeness costs little (nothing). One link broken. Put not your hand between the bark and the tree. One lie makes many. but yields much. Praise is not pudding. One swallow does not make a summer. One good turn deserves another. 711. 717. 692. . Out of the frying-pan into the fire. fine at eleven. 703. Packed like herrings. and another for the poor. 718. 714. 693. 698. 712. Opinions differ. but innocence is better. Opportunity makes the thief.

Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings. Stuff today and starve tomorrow. Slow and steady wins the race. 736. So many countries. 729. 727. 732. Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach. 742. Set a thief to catch a thief. 730. Speak (talk) of the devil and he will appear (is sure to appear). 754. so many customs. Salt water and absence wash away love. 731. Standers-by see more than gamesters.719. So many men. 747. soon rotten. Six of one and half a dozen of the other. Slow but sure. Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. 726. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark . Soft fire makes sweet malt. Strike while the iron is hot. Self done is well done. 743. 740. 734. Short debts (accounts) make long friends. Silence gives consent. Soon learnt. 720. 737. Success is never blamed. soon forgotten. 723. 722. Since Adam was a boy. Shallow streams make most din. 744. Set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the devil. 741. Small rain lays great dust. Sink or swim! 735. 753. 752. 745. Self done is soon done. 748. 738. 750. so many minds. Self is a bad counsellor. 724. Still waters run deep. Self-praise is no recommendation. Speech is silver but silence is gold. 749. Soon ripe. Score twice before you cut once. 739. Stretch your legs according to the coverlet. 721. Saying and doing are two things. 751. 728. Stolen pleasures are sweetest. 746. 725. 733. .

776. 767. 764.755. The dogs bark. The Dutch have taken Holland ! 787. The cat would eat fish and would not wet her paws. 774. 758. such chips. The camel going to seek horns lost his ears. The end justifies the means. Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves. The best fish swim near the bottom. 771. 770. 765. 781. The darkest hour is that before the dawn. 757. The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream. 759. 761. The cobbler should stick to his last. . 786. The devil knows many things because he is old. 782. Tarred with the same brush. The cobbler's wife is the worst shod. That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass. The cap fits. 784. The devil lurks behind the cross. That's where the shoe pinches! 766. Take us as you find us. The busiest man finds the most leisure. Tell that to the marines. The darkest place is under the candlestick. 790. 762. Tastes differ. 777. 769. 785. That cock won't fight. Sweep before your own door. 779. 763. The chain is no stronger than its weakest link. 788. The beggar may sing before the thief (before a footpad). That's a horse of another colour. 772. The best fish smell when they are three days old. The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good. 773. 768. The devil is not so black as he is painted. The end crowns the work. The devil rebuking sin. 756. but the caravan goes on. The early bird catches the worm. 783. The evils we bring on ourselves are hardest to bear. 775. 780. 789. 778. 760. Such carpenters. The cask savours of the first fill.

791. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. There are more ways to the wood than one. the sweeter the flesh. 799. The last drop makes the cup run over. 823. The last straw breaks the camel's back. The first blow is half the battle. The remedy is worse than the disease. The mountain has brought forth a mouse. The leopard cannot change its spots. 822. and everything in its place. 820. The work shows the workman. The way (the road) to hell is paved with good intentions. The wind cannot be caught in a net. 805. 819. 806. 826. 809. 807. There are lees to every wine. The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last. 803. The exception proves the rule. The longest day has an end. 811. The face is the index of the mind. . The tailor makes the man. 792. The furthest way about is the nearest way home. 798. The moon does not heed the barking of dogs. The rotten apple injures its neighbours. 814. 794. 795. 825. 810. 796. 800. 821. The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love. 808. The fat is in the fire. The voice of one man is the voice of no one. 802. 797. The receiver is as bad as the thief. 818. The more the merrier. There is a place for everything. 816. The scalded dog fears cold water. 793. The nearer the bone. The game is not worth the candle. 801. the less speed. The heart that once truly loves never forgets. 815. The mill cannot grind with the water that is past. 813. The pot calls the kettle black. The higher the ape goes. the more he shows his tail. 824. The more haste. 817. The tongue of idle persons is never idle. 812. 804. The morning sun never lasts a day.

To bring grist to somebody's mill. To be in one's birthday suit. There's many a slip 'tween (== between) the cup and the lip. To beat about the bush. To beat the air. Time works wonders. 856. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Time is the great healer. 829. To call off the dogs. 845. 830. To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth. 854. 843.827. 842. 862. 858. 838. 860. 834. Think today and speak tomorrow. To be head over ears in debt. There is more than one way to kill a cat. 832. Time cures all things. They must hunger in winter that will not work in summer. 861. 853. To add fuel (oil) to the fire (flames). They are hand and glove. 850. 839. To cast pearls before swine. 828. Time and tide wait for no man. 859. 835. Things past cannot be recalled. 857. To cast prudence to the winds. To build a fire under oneself. There is no place like home. 833. 855. 844. 841. To carry coals to Newcastle. To come away none the wiser. There is no smoke without fire. To call a spade a spade. 848. To angle with a silver hook. 851. 840. To buy a pig in a poke. 852. 847. 849. 846. To be up to the ears in love. 831. There is no rule without an exception. There is no rose without a thorn. . 836. There is no fire without smoke. Time is money. 837. To be wise behind the hand. There's no use crying over spilt milk.

891. 898. 874. To come off with a whole skin. To give a lark to catch a kite. 872. 868. To cry with one eye and laugh with the other. 885. To kill two birds with one stone. To come off cheap. To love somebody (something) as the devil loves holy water. To eat the calf in the cow's belly. 883. To cut one's throat with a feather. To come off with flying colours. 875. 878. 895. 896. 873. To look for a needle in a haystack. . 871. To have rats in the attic. 890. To fit like a glove. To have a finger in the pie. To come out dry. 880. 877. To err is human. To come out with clean hands. To drop a bucket into an empty well. 892.863. To cook a hare before catching him. 886. 887. 882. To find a mare's nest. 867. 881. To lay by for a rainy day. 866. 864. 865. 888. 893. 889. 879. To go for wool and come home shorn. To fight with one's own shadow. To fiddle while Rome is burning. To know everything is to know nothing. To get out of bed on the wrong side. 870. To kick against the pricks. To hit the nail on the head. To know on which side one's bread is buttered. 897. 884. To fish in troubled waters. 876. 894. To flog a dead horse. To draw water in a sieve. To draw (pull) in one's horns. To go through fire and water (through thick and thin). 869. To live from hand to mouth. To know what's what. To lock the stable-door after the horse is stolen.

921. To put off till Doomsday. To pay one back in one's own coin. 919. 918. To save one's bacon. To work with the left hand. To put a spoke in somebody's wheel. . To rob one's belly to cover one's back. To pull the devil by the tail.899. 933. To put (set) the cart before the horse. Tomorrow come never. 932. To throw a stone in one's own garden. 929. 934. 910. To make a mountain out of a molehill. To roll in money. 905. 925. 908. 930. 920. 915. 923. 903. 911. To throw dust in somebody's eyes. To make (to turn) the air blue. 900. 909. To run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. To measure another man's foot by one's own last. To treat somebody with a dose of his own medicine. To wash one's dirty linen in public. To use a steam-hammer to crack nuts. To weep over an onion. To send (carry) owls to Athens . 912. 901. 931. 907. 927. 913. To take the bull by the horns. To teach the dog to bark. 916. To wear one's heart upon one's sleeve. To stick to somebody like a leech. 928. To set the wolf to keep the sheep. 926. 906. 924. 914. To tell tales out of school. To plough the sand. To take counsel of one's pillow. 922. To throw straws against the wind. 904. 902. To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. To pour water into a sieve. To make both ends meet. To measure other people's corn by one's own bushel. To make the cup run over. To pull the chestnuts out of the fire for somebody. 917.

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

When angry. 979. you remember the old shoe. When the fox preaches. 978. When the devil is blind. Where there's a will. You cannot judge a tree by it bark. When flatterers meet. alt know it. Who keeps company with the wolf. there's a way. 987. When the cat is away. 983. When children stand quiet. 975. When guns speak it is too late to argue. Wise after the event. 992. 996. 972. While there is life there is hope. 982. 981. You made your bed. 998. now lie in it. When the pinch comes. With time and patience the leaf of the mulberry becomes satin. 985. You cannot flay the same ox twice. 989. the mice will play. count a hundred. 973. will learn to howl. 976. When pigs fly. Who has never tasted bitter. knows not what is sweet. You cannot wash charcoal white. When Queen Anne was alive. they have done some harm. Words pay no debts. 984. 991. 986. pays. 974. 1000. While the grass grows the horse starves. When at Rome. Who breaks. You cannot teach old dogs new tricks. do as the Romans do. 980. You cannot eat your cake and have it. 997. take care of your geese. When wine is in wit is out. 977.971. 990. When three know it. 994. 993. 988. You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink. 999. 995. the devil goes to dinner. Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse .

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