English Proverbs & Sayings Part 2

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1. Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us. 2. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow. 3. Better an open enemy than a false friend. 4. Better be alone than in bad company. 5. Better be born lucky than rich. 6. Better be envied than pitied. 7. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. 8. Better deny at once than promise long. 9. Better die standing than live kneeling. 10. Better early than late. 11. Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown. 12. Better go to bed supper-less than rise in debt. 13. Better late than never. 14. Better lose a jest than a friend. 15. Better one-eyed than stone-blind. 16. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. 17. Better the foot slip than the tongue. 18. Better to do well than to say well. 19. Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven. 20. Better unborn than untaught. 21. Better untaught than ill-taught. 22. Between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip. 23. Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea. 24. Between two evils 'tis not worth choosing. 25. Between two stools one goes (falls) to the ground. 26. Between the upper and nether millstone. 27. Betwixt and between. 28. Beware of a silent dog and still water. 29. Bind the sack before it be full. 30. Birds of a feather flock together. 31. Blind men can judge no colours. 32. Blood is thicker than water. 33. Borrowed garments never fit well. 34. Brevity is the soul of wit. 35. Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse. 36. Business before pleasure. 37. By doing nothing we learn to do ill. 38. By hook or by crook. 39. By the street of 'by-and-bye' one arrives at the house of 'Never'. 40. Calamity is man's true touchstone. 41. Care killed the cat. 42. Catch the bear before you sell his skin. 43. Caution is the parent of safety. 44. Charity begins at home.

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56. Easier said than done. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. not words. Doing is better than saying. 82. 63.45. Death is the grand leveller. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. Each bird loves to hear himself sing. 72. Diseases are the interests of pleasures. 70. Confession is the first step to repentance. 51. Debt is the worst poverty. 85. Christmas comes but once a year. 76. Delays are dangerous. Dog does not eat dog. Divide and rule. Curses like chickens come home to roost. Death pays all debts. 73. Cross the stream where it is shallowest. 64. Do as you would be done by. 93. 67. 81. Choose an author as you choose a friend. 62. 88. 74. 61. Crows do not pick crow's eyes. 59. Dogs that put up many hares kill none. Curiosity killed a cat. Dog eats dog. Dot your i's and cross your t's. 65. Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. Counsel is no command. Drive the nail that will go. 79. 87. 96. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Children are poor men's riches. 48. 90. Diligence is the mother of success (good luck). 97. Page 2/6 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . 54. 49. and I will claw thee. Don't have thy cloak to make when it begins to rain. Dumb dogs are dangerous. Cleanliness is next to godliness. 83. Death when it comes will have no denial. 55. Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. Claw me. 92. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. 84. Circumstances alter cases. 86. Children and fools must not play with edged tools. 52. Cheapest is the dearest. 47. 78. Deeds. Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals. Don't whistle (halloo) until you are out of the wood. 80. Cheek brings success. Company in distress makes trouble less. 58. 66. 57. 91. Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. 75. Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies. (but when it comes it brings good cheer). wealthy and wise. 94. Don't keep a dog and bark yourself. 69. Don't cross the bridges before you come to them. 71. Cut your coat according to your cloth. 53. 68. Creditors have better memories than debtors. 46. 60. 50. Custom is a second nature. 89. 77. 95. Don't sell the bear's skin before you've caught it. Drunken days have all their tomorrow.

138. 132. 99. Page 3/6 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . Every white has its black. Every miller draws water to his own mill. 134. foul (false) within. 131. Every bean has its black. Everything comes to him who waits. Fair without. Facts are stubborn things. Every dog is valiant at his own door. 146. 111. Familiarity breeds contempt. 107. Every country has its customs. Fine words butter no parsnips. 137. False friends are worse than open enemies. 106. Eat at pleasure. Every bullet has its billet. 128. Every bird likes its own nest. far from heart. Empty vessels make the greatest (the most) sound. 142. 130. Every dog is a lion at home. 143. Faint heart never won fair lady. 102. Every man to his taste. 110. Every ass loves to hear himself bray. and every sweet its sour. Far from eye.98. Fasting comes after feasting. Every dog has his day. 103. 124. 129. 145. Fine feathers make fine birds. 115. 135. 123. 113. Every barber knows that. Every one's faults are not written in their foreheads. 112. Faults are thick where love is thin. 140. 141. Every Jack has his Jill. Everything is good in its season. Enough is as good as a feast. 147. 126. Every man is the architect of his own fortunes. 105. 114. 136. Fair words break no bones. Even reckoning makes long friends. but fools learn in no other. 127. 121. easy go. First deserve and then desire. 133. Every why has a wherefore. drink with measure. Envy shoots at others and wounds herself. Experience keeps no school. Every man has a fool in his sleeve. 122. Experience keeps a dear school. Experience is the mother of wisdom. Every tub must stand on its own bottom. Evil communications corrupt good manners. Feast today and fast tomorrow. Every man has his faults. 108. 119. 118. first served. 148. 120. Easy come. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan. Everybody's business is nobody's business. 144. Extremes meet. 104. 139. 150. 149. First catch your hare. First come. 100. 117. Every day is not Sunday. 109. 116. Every man has his hobby-horse. East or West ? home is best. she teaches her pupils singly. 125. 101.

Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose. Gifts from enemies are dangerous. 191. 181. Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds. 189. Hares may pull dead lions by the beard. 190. For the love of the game. 203. and you may lie all day. Great boast. Fool's haste is no speed. 152. 154. Fools grow without watering. Get a name to rise early. 163. 159. Handsome is that handsome does. Great cry and little wool. 167. 182. then speak. 168. Fish begins to stink at the head. but hard to be kept. Fortune favours the brave (the bold). Good counsel does no harm. Great barkers are no biters. 184. 186. 188. Fools and madmen speak the truth. Fish and company stink in three days. 173. Fools never know when they are well. 175. 170. Good words and no deeds. 187. Hard words break no bones. 199. Give him an inch and he'll take an ell. Gluttony kills more men than the sword. 160. Good clothes open all doors. 156. 166. 171. 196. 200. 195. Greedy folk have long arms. Forewarned is forearmed.151. harm catch. Follow the river and you'll get to the sea. Half a loaf is better than no bread. 201. 165. Great talkers are little doers. 158. 164. and he will hang himself. Happy is he that is happy in his children. 194. "Hamlet" without the Prince of Denmark . 177. Great talkers are great liars. From pillar to post. Page 4/6 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . Four eyes see more (better) than two. Fortune is easily found. 192. Grasp all. 157. 172. 202. 162. Give never the wolf the wether to keep. Give a fool rope enough. 155. Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary. 174. 161. Great spenders are bad lenders. lose all. but few thy voice. Go to bed with the lamb and rise with the lark. Good masters make good servants. Habit cures habit. Forbearance is no acquittance. 198. First think. 197. small roast. 169. 176. 179. 193. 178. Forbidden fruit is sweet. Happiness takes no account of time. Good health is above wealth. Gossiping and lying go hand in hand. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. 183. Friends are thieves of time. 153. 185. From bad to worse. 180. Give every man thy ear. Harm watch.

206. 245. He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue. 247. 225. 219. He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it. He dances well to whom fortune pipes. 236. He that has a full purse never wanted a friend. 213. goes a sorrowing. 246. 223. He must needs swim that is held up by the chin. He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas. 233. He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. He is not poor that has little. 224. 227. 218. 228. He that has no money needs no purse. Haste makes waste. He that respects not is not respected. Hate not at the first harm. He that goes a borrowing. 253. He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first. He that knows nothing doubts nothing. 222. He knows best what good is that has endured evil. 238. He that is full of himself is very empty. He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will. He that does you an i!i turn will never forgive you. 209. He lives long that lives well. 210. 220. He smells best that smells of nothing. but he that desires much. 241. He that has no children knows not what love is. He that has an ill name is half hanged. 205. He that once deceives is ever suspected. He is happy that thinks himself so. He knows how many beans make five. 229. He is a fool that forgets himself. He that never climbed never fell. Page 5/6 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue.204. Hatred is blind. Hawks will not pick hawks' eyes. 217. 255. He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody. He that promises too much means nothing. He that fears every bush must never go a-birding. 215. He that mischief hatches. 242. He begins to die that quits his desires. He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it. 248. He that is warm thinks all so. 231. mischief catches. as well as love. He that lives with cripples learns to limp. He jests at scars that never felt a wound. 230. 237. 250. 249. 243. He laughs best who laughs last. He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns. He carries fire in one hand and water in the other. He is lifeless that is faultless. He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself. 207. He should have a long spoon that sups with the devil. 234. 239. 212. 221. 240. 226. 256. He that has He head needs no hat. He goes long barefoot that waits for dead man's shoes. He that fears you present wiil hate you absent. 251. He gives twice who gives in a trice. Hasty climbers have sudden falls. 252. 235. 232. 214. 208. 211. 254. 216. He that seeks trouble never misses. 244. He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.

He that spares the bad injures the good. If ifs and ans were pots and pans. we shall catch larks. 277. 265. 264. Hungry bellies have no ears. must rise at five. Idleness rusts the mind. 287. 261. 280. He that will thrive. He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet. 279. 296. Honour and profit lie not in one sack. He who pleased everybody died before he was born. both shall fall into the ditch. 295. Honey is not for the ass's mouth. Hope is a good breakfast. but a bad supper. 262. He who would search for pearls must dive below.257. Health is not valued till sickness comes. If the blind lead the blind. Page 6/6 PDF generated by PHPKB Knowledge Base Script . He that will not when he may. Idleness is the mother of all evil. Hunger breaks stone walls. He who likes borrowing dislikes paying. 266. Honesty is the best policy. Head cook and bottle-washer. He will never set the Thames on fire. He that talks much errs much. 276. If an ass (donkey) bray at you. Idle folks lack no excuses. don't bray at him. 299. He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages. but the bee stings. 291. 293. He works best who knows his trade. 288. 282. He who is born a fool is never cured. He who hesitates is lost. 285. Honours change manners. 289. 268. 273. Hunger is the best sauce. 270. He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens. 272. 269. His money burns a hole in his pocket. 260. Honey is sweet. He who says what he likes. 267. He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree. Hunger finds no fault with cookery. He who makes no mistakes. 259. 278. 298. He that will steal an egg will steal an ox. when he will he shall have nay. shall hear what he doesn't like. 283. 274. 294. 292. If the sky falls. 281. 275. 297. 284. makes nothing. 263. He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut. 286. 300. 290. 258. If my aunt had been a man. she'd have been my uncle. 271. He that talks much lies much. He who would eat the nut must first crack the shell. He that serves everybody is paid by nobody. Hope is the poor man's bread.