THE LAMP OF XPERIENCE

ACOLLECTION OF ENGLISH
PROVERBS

BY
AEJAZ AHMED

M.Sc., L.L.B

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

{A}
1.

A bad (or an ill) workman quarrels (or
blames) his tools.

2.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush.

3.

A burnt child dreads the fire.

4.

A cat has nine lives.

5.

A woman had nine lives like a cat.

6.

A cock crows on his own dunghill.

7.

A drowning man will clutch ( or catch ) at
a straw.

8.

A fox is not taken twice in the same
snare.

9.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

10. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
11. A hungry man is an angry man.

12. A jack–of–all–trade is master of none.
13. A little learning ( or knowledge ) is
dangerous thing.
14. A living dog is better than a dead lion.

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15. A man can do no more than he can.
16. A man cannot serve two masters.
17. A man is known by the company he
keeps.
18. A man’s ( or an Englishman’s ) house is
his castle.
19. A penny saved is penny gained.
20. A people are born, not made.
21. A prophet is not without honor save in
his country.
22. A secret between more than two is no
secret.
23. A soft answer turn away wrath.

24. A stitch in time saves nine.
25. A tree is known by its fruit.
26. A word to a wise man is enough.
27. Absence makes the heart grow faster.
28. Actions speak louder than words.
29. All is not gold that glitters.
30. All’s well that ends well.
31. Any port in a storm.
32. As you sow, so will you reap?

{B}
33. Barking dogs seldom bite.
34. Beggars cannot be choosers.
35. Believe not all that you see or half
what you hear.
36. Better an open enemy than a false
friend.

37. Better a devil you know than a devil
you don’t know.
38. Better be sure than sorry.
39. Birds of a feather flock together.
40. Blood is thicker than water.
41. By their fruits we shall know them.

{C}
42. Call no man happy until he is dead
( or dies ).
43. Care killed the cat.
44. Catch not at the shadow and lose
the substance.

45. Charity begins at home.
46. Cherchez la femme.
47. Christmas comes but ones a year.
48. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
49. Constant

dropping

wears

away

stones.
50. Corruption of the best becomes the
worst.
51. Cowards die often.

{D}
52. Dead men tell no tales.
53. Death is the grand leveler.
54. Deeds, not words.

55. Desperate diseases need desperate
remedies.
56. Diamonds cut diamonds.
57. Discretion is the better part of valor.
58. Do as you would be done by.
59. Dog does not eat dog.
60. Do not count your chickens before
they are hatched.
61. Do not cross the bridge before you
come ( or go ) to it.

{E}
62. Early to bed and early to rise makes
man a healthy, wealthy and wise.
63. East or west, home is best.
64. Easy come, easy go.

65. Even However sometimes nods.
66. Everybody’s

business

is

nobody’s

business.
67. Every cloud has a silver lining.
68. Every dog has his days.
69. Every man is the architect of his own
fortunes.
70. Every medal has its reverse.
71. Everything comes to him who waits.
72. Every why has a ( or hath its )
whereof.
73. Evil

communication

corrupt

manners.
74. Example is better than precept.

good

{F}
75. Fair ( or Fine ) words butter no
parsnips.
76. Familiarity breeds contempt.
77. First catch your hare.
78. Forbidden fruit is sweet.
79. For every evil under the sun, there is
a remedy or there is none. If there is
one, try to find it; if there is none,
never mid it.
80. Four eyes more ( or better ) than
two.

{G}
81. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
82. God

defend

(

or

deliver,

or

preserve ) me from my friends.
83. God (or Heaven) help them who help
themselves.
84. God’s mill grind ( or mills grind )
slow but sure.
85. Grapes all lose all.

{H}
86. Half a loaf is better than no bread.
87. Handsome

is

that

(

or

who

)

handsome does.
88. He laughs best who laughs last.
89. He who makes no mistakes makes
nothing.
90. He who pays the piper can call the
tune.
91. History repeats itself.
92. Hitch your wagon to a star.
93. Honesty is the best policy.

94. Hope deferred makes (or make) the
heart sick.
95. Hope springs eternal.
96. Hunger is the best sauce.

{I}
97.

If it were not for hope, the heart
would break.

98.

If the blind lead the blind, both
shall fall into

the ditch.

If you sing before breakfast, you’ll

99.

cry before night.

100.

If you want a thing well done, do

it yourself.

101.

If you want peace, be prepared

for war.
102. Ill–gotten gains never prosper.
103. Ill news travels fast.
104. Ill weeds grow apace ( or fast ).
105.

It is better to be safe than sorry.

106.

It is no use crying over split milk.

107.

It is too late to shut ( or lock )
the stable – door when the horse
is stolen.

108.

It never ( or seldom ) rains but it
pours.

{J}

109.

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

{K}
110.

Know thyself.

111.

Knowledge is power.

{L}

112.

Laugh, and the world laughs with
you;

weep, and you weep

alone.
113.

Let bygones be bygones.

114.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

115.

Life is not all beer and skittles.

116.

Life is sweet.

117.

Like father, like son.

118.

Little drops of water, little grains
of sand, Make the ocean and
pleasant.

119.

Look before you leap.

120.

Love is blind.

121.

Love me, love my dog.

{M}
122.

Make haste slowly.

123.

Make hay while the sun shines,

124.

Manners make the man.

125.

Man proposes and God disposes.

126.

Many hands make light work.

127.

Many heads are better than one.

128.

Misfortunes

(

or

Troubles

)

seldom (or never) come singly
( or alone ).
129.

Money begets money.

130.

More haste, less speed.

{N}
131.

Necessity has ( or knows ) no
law.

132.

Necessity

is

the

mother

of

invention.
133.

Never put of till tomorrow what
can be done.

134.

Never too old to learn.

135.

Never trouble trouble till trouble
troubles you.

136.

None are as blind as those who
will not see.

137.

None are as deaf as those who
will not hear.

{O}
138.

Of two evils choose the less ( or
the least ).

139.

One

cannot

get

water ) from a stone.

blood

(

or

140.

One crowded hour of glorious life
is worth an age without a name.

141.

One man’s meat is another man’s
poison.

142.

Out of sight, out of mind.

{P}
143.

People who live in glass houses
should not throw stones.

144.

Poverty is sin.

145.

Practice what you preach.

146.

Prevention is better than cure.

147.

Procrastination is the thief of
time.

148.

Providence is always on the side
of the strongest battalions.

149.

Put your trust in God, but keep
your powder dry.

{Q}
150.

Quickly come, quickly go.

{R}
151.

Rome was not built in a day.

{S}
152.

Self–preservation is the first law
of nature.

153.

Short debts make long friends.

154.

Silence gives consent.

155.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

156.

Speech is silver, but silence is
gold.

157.

Still waters run deep.

158.

Stolen waters ( or pleasures ) are
sweet ( or Sweetest ).

159.

Strike while the iron is hot.

{T}
160.

Take things as they come ( or as
you find them ).

161.

Talk of the devil, and he is sure
to appear.

162.

The burnt child dreads the fire.

163.

The darkest hour is that before
the drawn.

164.

The early bird catches the worm.

165.

The leopard cannot change its
spot.

166.

The longest day has ( or must
have ) an end.

167.

The love of money is the root of
all evil.

168.

The mills of God grind slowly, but
they grind exceeding small.

169.

The Proof of pudding is in the
eating.

170.

The sprit is willing, but the flesh
is weak.

171.

The voice of the people is the
voice of God.

172.

The

way

to

an

Englishman’s

heart is through his stomach.
173.

There is many a slip between the
cup and the lip.

174.

There is no rose without a thorn.

175.

There is nothing new under the
sun.

176.

Those who live in glass houses
should not throw stones.

177.

Time is money

178.

Truth will prevail.

179.

Two heads are better than one.

{U}
180.

Union is strength.

{ W}
181.

Walls have ears.

182.

What can’t be cured must be
endured.

183.

What the eye does not see the
heart does not grieve.

184.

When poverty comes in at the
door, love flies

( or goes, jump,

or leaps ) out of the window.

185.

When the cat is away the mice
play.

186.

When you are at Rome do as
Romans do.

187.

Where

ignorance

folly to be wise.

is

bliss,

’tis

188.

Without hope ( or if it were not
for hope ) the heart would break.

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