Alphabetical list of proverbs - A - Z Proverb A Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Explanation / Meaning

When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more. Some unfortunate events must be Accidents will happen. accepted as inevitable. Actions speak louder What a person actually does is more than words. important that what they say they will do. Advice is cheap. It doesn't cost anything to offer advice. Advice is least heeded When a problem is serious, people when most needed. often do not follow the advice given. Advisers run no risks. It's easier to give advice than to act. All cats are grey in the People are undistinguished until they

dark. have made a name. All good things come to Patience brings rewards. those who wait. All that glitters is not Appearances can be deceptive. gold. All days are short to Time goes by slowly when you have Industry and long to nothing to do. Idleness. All is fair in love and Things that are done in love or war can war often be excused. There is a solution to everything even All's well that ends well though there are doubts. All that glitters is not What look good on the outside may not gold. be so in reality. All things grow with As time goes by, grief subsides little by

time - except grief. All things are difficult before they are easy.

little. With practice things become easier.

Everybody needs a certain amount of All work and no play relaxation. It is not good to work all makes Jack a dull boy. the time. Eating an apple every day can help to An apple a day keeps keep you healthy. the doctor away.* Other interpretation : A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems. An empty purse When one's financial situation frightens away friends. deteriorates, friends tend to disappear. An Englishman's home is a place where An Englishman's home he feels safe, enjoys privacy is his castle. and can do as he wishes.

An idle brain is the devil's workshop. An onion a day keeps everyone away.*

When you work you avoid temptation.

*A humoristic version of "an apple a day..." It is easier to prevent something from An ounce of prevention happening than to repair the damage or is worth a pound of cure. cure the disease later. Anger is the one thing When you are angry, it is best not to made better by delay. speak or act immediately. Any time means no If the date of an event remains vague, it time. will never happen. April showers bring May Something bad or unpleasant today may flowers. bring good things in the future. A bad tree does not A bad parent does not raise good

yield good apples. A cat has nine lives. 1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without . better. away from certain things. It's better to keep what you have than to A bird in hand is worth risk losing it by searching for something two in a bush. A burden of one's own Something difficult seems easier when it choice is not felt. A burnt child dreads A bad experience will make people stay the fire. is done voluntarily. is an excuse for lack of skill. before. A broken friendship Friendships can be rebuilt after a may be soldered but will dispute but will never be as strong as never be sound. children. A bad workman blames Blaming the tools for bad workmanship his tools.

3 years to stay. A chain is no stronger The strength of a group depends on than its weakest link.injury. of it at another time. you can avail than once. bring much hay. a wet April and a cool May Harvest predictions according to the fill barn and cellar and weather. . 2) Three lives = 3 years to play. A change is as good as A change in routine is often as a rest. A flower blooms more If you miss an occasion. refreshing as a break or a holiday. A dry March. forgiveness. A fault confessed is half Confession is the beginning of redressed. each individual member. 3 years to stray.

A good conscience is a You sleep well when you have nothing . carelessly. advice. A good beginning If a task is carefully planned.A fool and his money A foolish person usually spends money are soon (easily) parted. A good example is the Giving an example is better than giving best sermon. they never will. mirror. A friend in need is a Someone who helps you when you are friend indeed. A fool at forty is a fool If a person hasn't matured by the age of forever. A friend's eye is a good A real friend will tell you the truth. makes none of them feel special. in trouble is a real friend. there's a makes a good end. A friend to all is a friend Someone who is a friend to everyone to none. better chance that it will be done well. 40.

their time. person to become good or pleasant. no noise. to feel guilty about.soft pillow. . A loaded wagon makes Really wealthy don't talk about money. A leopard cannot It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant change its spots. A loveless life is a living death. A man can die but once. A man is as old as he feels himself to be. A person's character is judged by the A man is known by the type of people with whom they spend company he keeps. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

A monkey in silk is a monkey no less. A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically. . no moss. A new broom sweeps clean.No matter how someone dresses. A problem shared is a problem halved. have a bad influence on a group. It will be easier to deal with a problem if you discuss it with someone. one avoids being tied down! A rotten apple spoils A dishonest or immoral person can the barrel. If a person keeps moving from place to place. it's the same person underneath. by moving often. Another interpretation is that. Describes something that will be helpful to all. they gain neither friends nor A rolling stone gathers possessions. A rising tide lifts all boats.

A stumble may prevent Correcting a small mistake may help a fall. A tree is known by its A man is judged by his actions. A young idler. .A smooth sea never Overcoming adversity leads to made a skilled mariner. to prevent it from getting nine. money when you're old. it boils seems to take a long time. everything is alright. competence. It's better to deal with a problem at an A stitch in time saves early stage. A watched pot never If you wait anxiously for something. an old If you don't work. A swallow does not One good event does not mean that make the summer. you to avoid making a bigger one. fruit. worse. you won't have any beggar.

Today 'dinner' is usually called 'lunch'. I'll tell you no lies. As you sow. There are subjects I'd rather not discuss. A person's character is more important than their appearance. after supper walk a mile.) very quickly. Beauty is only skin deep. so shall you reap Ask me no questions. B Bad news travels fast. the beholder. and 'supper' more often called 'dinner'. People tend to circulate bad news (accidents. Beauty is the wisdom of . illness etc.After dinner rest a while. Beauty is in the eye of Different people have different tastes. You have to accept the consequences of your actions.

It's better to deal with somebody difficult Better the devil you but familiar.women. lion. speak. slow to Listen carefully before speaking. . Better be the head of a It's better to be the leader of a small dog then the tail of a group than a subordinate in a bigger one. Better be alone than in Be careful in the choice of the people bad company. you associate with. than change and risk dealing know than the devil you don't know with somebody worse. Wisdom is the beauty of men. Be swift to hear. Better flatter a fool than It's better to avoid disputes with stupid fight him. people.

everything. than not do it at all. late. bearing gifts. Birds of a feather flock People of the same sort are usually together. even if it's Better late than never. rather than continue and risk losing than the horse. Better to drink the milk Be careful not to destroy the source of than to eat the cow. It's better to be too careful than to be Better safe than sorry careless and regret it later. Beware of Greeks Don't trust your enemies. . Better untaught than ill.It's better to do something. It's better to stop and accept a small Better lose the saddle loss.It's better not to be taught at all than to taught be taught badly. found together. your income or welfare.

If the atmosphere is clear. . A person's background or education will eventually show. form. man. Children and fools tell the truth. frost soon. A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family.Blood is thicker than water Blood will out. frost may Clear moon. A clean body is just as important as a pure soul. Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people. Clothes don't make the Appearances can be deceiving. Cleanliness is next to godliness. C Charity begins at home.

A dead person cannot cause difficulties D Dead men tell no tales by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal. Discretion is the better It is useless to take unnecessary risks. When you work you avoid temptation. Diligence is the mother Hard work brings rewards. of good fortune. Refers to two people equally matched in Diamond cuts diamond. wit or cunning. . part of valour Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than those of the body.Constant occupation prevents temptation.

Don't bark if you can't Don't complain if you can't enforce your bite. Don't judge a book by Don't judge by appearances. the same behaviour. your feelings are even heart grow fonder. stronger. its cover. Don't count your You must not be too confident that chickens before they're something will be successful. hatched. .When you are separated from the Distance makes the person you love. fork. Dogs of the same street People from the same background have bark alike. point of view. Don't dig your grave Don't do something yourself which with your own knife and causes your own downfall.

best polish. Empty vessels make the The least intelligent people are often the most noise. . Elbow grease is the Hard work gives the best results. wealthy and wise. Every cloud has a silver There is a positive or hopeful side to lining every unpleasant situation. Easier said than done. Every ass likes to hear People like to listen to themselves himself bray. most talkative or noisy.Early to bed and early to rise makes a man E healthy. What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it. talking.

fortune. Everything in the Everything is satisfactory. Every rose has its Every good thing has an unpleasant thorn. price. garden is rosy. side. . puddle. Every man is the architect of his own Life is what you make it. Every why has a There is an explanation for everything. wherefore. Every man has his Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price. before the interests of others.You must think of your own interests Every man for himself. Every path has its Progress is rarely without difficulty.

False friends are worse than open enemies. first served. Familiarity breeds Knowing somebody very well may lead contempt to a lack of respect for them. parsnips. they say. rather than by what words.Experience is the father Experience and knowledge result in of wisdom. Failure teaches success. First come. The first person in the line will be . People show what they are really like by Facts speak louder than F what they do. better judgement. Fine words butter no No amount of talking can replace action.

One should learn from one's mistakes.some people are never satisfied. shame on me. . Gardens are not made G by sitting in the shade.attended to first. shame on you. Nothing is achieved without effort. Give someone a little and they will want more . Fools rush in where Inexperienced people act in situations angels fear to tread that more intelligent people would avoid Friendship is love with understanding. Give someone an inch and they will take a mile (or yard). Fool me once. fool me twice.

Said when you express the same Great minds think alike. Good accounting makes You will keep your friends if you avoid good friends. .Give someone enough Give someone enough time and rope and they will hang freedom and they will get into trouble. opinion as another person at the same time. themselves. disputes over money. seldom meet. God helps those who help themselves. Good and quickly A well-done job takes time. Good management is better than good income.

even if it's not as much as you wanted. Half a loaf is better than You should be grateful for something. Hatred is a blind as A person who feels hatred does not see love. Hard words break no bones. . He can who believes he If you believe you can do something. If you share your grief it is easier to bear.Great oaks grow from little acorns. be done carelessly and need to be redone. If something is done too quickly. any qualities in the person he/she hates. Grief divided is made lighter H Large successful operations can begin in a small way. none. it may Haste makes waste.

you will find a way. . may miss a good opportunity. Knowledge leads us to make choices. If you delay your decision too long. He who wills the end If you are determined to do something wills the means. He who knows nothing. you will be able to do it. He who is everywhere is It's not good to do too many things at nowhere. the same time. A happy person needs nothing more. He who pays the piper The person who provides the money for calls the tune. doubts nothing. you He who hesitates is lost.can. likely to have problems. He has enough who is content. something should control how it is spent He who plays with fire If you behave in a risky way. you are gets burnt.

However long the night. Honey catches more You can obtain more cooperation from flies than vinegar. . people you love are. laughs last. hungry. the dawn will break All food tastes good when you are Hunger is a good sauce. policy.He laughs best who Don't express your joy. Home is where the heart You call home the place where the is. be rich. Bad things don't last forever. others by being nice. Honesty is the best It's always better to be honest. or your triumph. too soon! Health is better than It's better to be in good health than to wealth.

If you let something intrusive enter your life. you will not catch either one. Plants and crops will grow badly if there is no rain in early spring.In times of prosperity I friends are plentiful. you won't succeed in doing either of them. You have many friends when you have no difficulties. If in February there be no rain. . If you chase two rabbits. If a camel gets his nose in a tent. Avoid regrets by taking time to think before speaking or acting angrily. If you are patient in one moment of anger. your life will become difficult . If you try to do two things at the same time. his body will follow. 'tis neither good for hay nor grain. you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.

know causes no worry or sadness. be a friend.When two people do something If two ride a horse. Wishing alone is of no use. in for a spend the time or money necessary to pound. one will be the leader must ride behind. complete it. In the land of the blind. it's better to In for a penny. If you start something. king. Possible interpretation: What you do not Ignorance is bliss. you must then beggars would ride. If you want a friend. A man of even limited ability has an the one-eyed man is advantage over a person who is less able. If wishes were horses. . and the other will be the subordinate. act as well. one together.

Knowledge is power. a world. numbers. What you learn when you are young will be invaluable when you grow old. It's no use crying over Don't express regret for something that spilt milk. Justice delayed is J justice denied. and this is a good thing. has happened and cannot be remedied.It never rains but it Misfortunes usually come in large pours. Knowledge makes it possible for you to . It takes all sorts to make People vary in character and abilities. It is always darkest The most difficult time is just before a before the dawn problem is solved. there is no justice. If the law is applied too late. Knowledge in youth is K wisdom in age.

Warn many by punishing a few.act. Explanation / Meaning Don't rush into doing something until you know how to do it. Kill one to warn a hundred. Kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Kindness begets kindness. Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. Education is something you keep forever. If you are kind to people. Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success. they will be kind to you. Learn to walk before you run. . Proverb Laughter is the best L medicine.

A son's character can be expected to Like father. damage you cause. Let the chips fall where We should not try to control our destiny. they may. Liars need good People who do not tell the truth must be memories. Let not the sun go down Do not stay angry for more than one on your wrath. it . resemble his father's.Least said soonest The more discreet you are. the less mended. Let bygones be Let's forgive and forget past quarrels. bygones. like son. careful to remember what they say. day. Little strokes fell great If you divide a task into small parts. Lightning never strikes An unusual event is not likely to occur in the same place twice again in exactly the same circumstances.

find something you keep it. large losses. taking action. if you keepers. finders If you lose something you weep. of the person he/she loves.becomes easier to do. A person in love does not see the faults Love is blind. Losers weepers. oaks. Disclosing important information ( to the enemy or a competitor) could result in Loose lips sink ships. Make a silk purse out of Manage to produce something good M a sow's ear using poor material. Consider possible consequences before Look before you leap. Man is the head of the .

you may leisure. Marry in haste. disposes. women make homes. work. repent at If you get married too quickly. God Our destiny depends on God's will. their origins. Memory is the treasure of the mind. . Men make houses.family. Possibly: a person's manners show Manners make the man. Man proposes. woman is the neck that turns the head. spend all your life regretting it. Many hands make light Sharing work makes work easier.

for a sheep as (for) a you might as well commit the greater lamb offence. Money is the root of all Money is the main cause of wrongdoing evil. Money doesn't grow on You shouldn't waste money because it is trees. Don't postpone something you can do now.Might as well be hanged If the penalty is going to be the same. Never put off till tomorrow what can be The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it. . Necessity will make you find a solution. If you have money you can make more Money begets money. not plentiful. and problems. money. Necessity is the mother N of invention. Need teaches a plan.

Nobody is perfect. You cannot expect to achieve anything nothing gained. if you don't take risks. we would hear of No news is good news. Similar to : 'no smoke without fire'. No man can serve two masters. no waves. No man is an island. rumour. There could be some truth in the No smoke without fire.done today Never say die.. Never give up. Nothing ventured. . we can assume that all is well. No wind. It's impossible to follow instructions from two different sources.. Since we have heard nothing. it. If the news was bad. We all need other people.

One today is worth two What you have today is better than tomorrow.After an unpleasant experience. One man's trash is What is useless to one person could be another man's treasure. helps you. people O Once bitten. . One good turn deserves You should be helpful to someone who another. none of these days. One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. One of these days is 'One of these days' remains vague. what is promised or hoped for. twice shy. One man's meat is People don't always like the same another man's poison things. are careful to avoid something similar. valuable to another.

Opportunity seldom Don't miss opportunities that come knocks twice. P Patience is a virtue Penny wise.One swallow doesn't A single satisfactory event does not make a summer. mean that all the others will be as good. Out of the mouths of Children often speak wisely. Only real friends will tell you when your face is Only a real friend will tell you the truth. along. dirty. pound foolish. Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money. but . It is good to be patient. babes and sucklings Out of sight. out of We tend to forget people or things that mind. we do not see.

stones. .not careful about spending large amounts of money. People who live in glass One should not criticize others for faults houses should not throw similar to one's own. Doing something repeatedly is the only Practice makes perfect. money. Poverty waits at the If you do not work you will not make gates of idleness. Practise what you Do yourself what you advise others to preach do. It is easier to prevent something from Prevention is better happening than to repair the damage or than cure cure the disease later. way to become good at it.

injury. Pride comes before a something may happen to make you look fall. You should not expect to do it quickly. Rome was not built in a It takes a long time to do a job properly. .Don't be too self-confident or proud. Punctuality is the soul You should always be on time for your of business business appointments. There is satisfaction in returning an R Revenge is sweet. day. Procrastination is the Delaying an action for too long is a thief of time waste of time. Risk everything by relying on one plan Put all your eggs in one (by putting all one's money in one basket business). foolish.

you will spoil his character. People don't always do what they announce. Short reckonings make long friends. Debts paid quickly encourage friendship. Feeling very comfortable.Save me from my S friends. assumed that you agree with it. doing is another. Friends can be more dangerous than enemies. . If you don't object to something it can be Silence gives consent. Saying is one thing. Spare the rod and spoil If you don't punish a child when he does the child wrong. Snug as a bug in a rug. Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.

Great things may come from small beginnings. because if you don't. it will get worse. Physical attacks may harm me. T Tall oaks grow from little acorns. What is forbidden is the most tempting. but cruel words will not. It's better to deal with a problem in its early stages.Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me Still waters run deep. . A stitch in time saves nine Stolen fruit is the sweetest. A quiet person can have much knowledge or wisdom.

good health. After a good night's sleep we may find an answer to our problem. The best advice is found on the pillow. impossible to change it. friendship.The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. least . or are idle. You don't have to pay for what is important : happiness. The darkest hour is just There is hope even in the worst of times. before dawn. for idle hands often get into or make trouble. The devil makes work People who have no work. Children resemble their parents. The best things in life are free. A decision has been made and it's The die is cast. The devil looks after his Success comes to those who deserve it own. .

The early bird catches the worm. The first step is the The most difficult thing is to begin. and it one hole is quickly fails you. hardest. The pen is mightier than Words and communication have greater If you want to do something successfully. The mouse that has but If you depend on just one thing. do things less quickly. The more you have. you will have no alternatives. you should do it as soon as you can. taken. Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good. the People have a constant desire to more you want. . The end justifies the means. The more haste. possess more. the A person makes more progress if they less speed.

you must actually do it. The tongue wounds Insults can be more hurtful than more than a lance. intentions. People speak more freely under the The truth is in the wine. stomach. The wish is father to the You think that something is true the sword . physical injuries.effect than war and fighting. The way to a man's heart is through his Feed a man well and he will love you. tested. The real value of something can be The proof of the judged only after it has been tried or pudding is in the eating. influence of alcohol. The road to hell is It's not enough to intend to do paved with good something.

A older person is expected to behave more sensibly. . There is an established way of doing things. There is always one who doesn't behave or perform like the others. Time is valuable and should not be wasted. There is a trick in every trade. To err is human. There is safety in numbers Time and tide wait for no man. Time has wings. Time goes by quickly. There is no fool like an old fool. Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident. to because you want it to be so.thought. Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place. Time is money. It is human nature to make mistakes. There is a black sheep in every flock.

forgive divine Too many cooks spoil the broth. Truth has no answer. You cannot argue against facts or refute what is true. True friends are tested in adversity. Be careful of the reaction of animals. Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's tooth. If you sleep too much. Events in real life are sometimes . Truth is stranger than therefore one should forgive. it will not be done properly. It's when you have problems that you realize who your real friends are. If too many people are involved in something. (Humoristic version : Too many clicks spoil the browse!) Too much bed makes a dull head. you are not able to think clearly.

U Union is strength. Variety is the spice of life. A person who doesn't want to do something always finds a reason to avoid it. Two wrongs don't make It is wrong to harm someone because a right they have harmed you. Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.fiction. . You should not expect praise for acting Virtue is its own reward. V Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting. in a correct or moral way. stranger than in fiction. A group has more force than an individual.

When the cat's away. What soberness People are less discreet under the conceals. People could be listening. Waste not. over. What a man says drunk. or the mice play. it cannot hurt them. the heart doesn't If a person doesn't know about grieve something. do as You should adopt the customs of the . What the eye doesn't see. reveals. you will have it when you need it. drunkenness influence of alcohol. want not. is absent. the person in authority. People speak more freely under the he thinks sober.W Walls have ears. If you never waste anything. influence of alcohol. People misbehave when their boss. Be careful. When in Rome.

people or country you are visiting. way of doing something. Who makes himself a Possible interpretation: an easily sheep will be eaten by influenced person can be mislead. . love goes out the window. and behave in the same way. Where there's a will. When poverty come in the door. A person with determination will find a there's a way. Where there's life there's hope.the Romans do. Wisdom is better than strength. the wolves.

. You can lead a horse to You can offer someone an opportunity water but you can't to do something but you can't force them. You can't teach an old A person who is used to doing things a dog new tricks.Wonders will never cease! Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event (ironic). Y You are what you eat. Worrying over small details can make them seem worse. What you eat has an effect on your wellbeing. You are never too old to learn. make it drink. certain way cannot change.

and I'll scratch yours. something. . You scratch my back You help me and I'll help you.You never know what Try first before deciding not to do you can do until you try.

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