English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - A
(page 1 : a bad excuse → a hungry wolf)

A bad excuse is better than none. Always give an excuse, even if it's
a poor one.

A bad penny always turns up. An unwanted or disreputable
person constantly comes back.

A bad tree does not yield good apples. A bad parent does not raise good
children.

A bad workman blames his tools. Blaming the tools for bad
workmanship is an excuse for lack
of skill.

A barking dog seldom bites. Someone who constantly makes
threats rarely carries them out.

A bird in hand is worth two in It is better to keep what you have
a bush. rather than to risk losing it by
searching for something better.

A black plum is as sweet as a white. People should not be judged by
their appearance.

A book holds a house of gold. There is a wealth of knowledge in
books.

A broken friendship may be soldered Friendships can be rebuilt after a
but will never be sound. dispute but will never be as strong
as before.

A burden of one's own choice is not Something difficult seems easier
felt. when it is done voluntarily.

A burnt child dreads the fire. A bad experience will make people
stay away from certain things.

A calm sea does not make a skilled A person shows their competence
sailor. or ability when difficulties arise.

A cat has nine lives. 1) Cats can survive many
accidents because they land on
their feet without injury.
2) Nine lives = 3 years to play, 3

years to stray, 3 years to stay.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest The strength of a group depends
link. on each individual member.

A change is as good as a rest. A change in routine is often as
refreshing as a break or a holiday.

A constant guest is never welcome. If you come to visit too often, your
host will be less pleased to see
you.

A danger foreseen is half avoided. If you are prepared to face a
problem or difficulty, it will be
easier to deal with.

A day of sorrow is longer than a month Times goes by very quickly when
of joy. you are happy
and very slowly when you are sad.

A drop of ink may make a million think. A thought expressed in writing
(perhaps published in a
newspaper) can influence a large
number of people.

A dry March, a wet April and a cool May Harvest predictions are made
fill barn and cellar and bring much hay. according to the weather.

Confession is the beginning of
A fault confessed is half redressed.
forgiveness.

A flower blooms more than once. If you miss an occasion, you can
avail yourself of it another time.

A fly will not get into a closed mouth. If you learn when to keep silent
A closed mouth catches no flies. you will avoid trouble.

A fool and his money are (soon) easily A foolish person usually spends
parted. money carelessly.

A fool at forty is a fool forever. If a person hasn't matured by the
age of 40, they never will.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Someone who helps you when you
are in trouble is a real friend.

A friend to all is a friend to none. Someone who is a friend to
everyone makes none of them feel
special.

A friend's eye is a good mirror. A real friend will tell you the truth.

A good beginning makes a good end. If a task is carefully planned,
there's a better chance that it will
be well done.

A good conscience is a soft pillow. You sleep well when you have
nothing to be guilty about.

A good example is the best sermon. Giving a good example is better
than giving advice.

A good mind possesses a kingdom. Intellectual assets are more
valuable than material ones.

A good name is better than a good A good reputation is better than a
face. good appearance.

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly. Young boys eat a lot / are often
hungry.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser. If you know that you have done
something wrong, you don't need
anyone to tell you that you're
guilty.

A handful of patience is worth more Patience is more precious than
than a bushel of brains. intelligence.

A happy heart is better than a full Happiness is better than wealth.
purse.

A heavy purse gives to a light heart. When you have money you feel
more cheerful
and secure.

A hedge between keeps friendship It is important to respect the
green. privacy of others.

A hungry belly has no ears. A hungry person is totally
concentrated on their need for
food and nothing else interests
them.

A hungry wolf is fixed to no place. A desperate person will go from
place to place when they need to
satisfy their needs.
A lender nor borrower be. Do not lend or borrow money.

A leopard cannot change its It is impossible for a bad or unpleasant

people with whom they spend their time. A person is judged on what he/she not by his words. A man is as old as he feels Your age doesn't matter as long as you are fit himself to be. A man is judged by his deeds. it out. it's the no less.) A rising tide lifts all boats. not on what they say they will do. life is difficult. discuss it with someone. A lie begets a lie. A loaded wagon makes no Really wealthy people do not talk about noise. actually does.) A nod is as good as a wink (to A hint or a subtle signal is enough to convey a blind horse/man). A man is known by the A person's character is judged by the type of company he keeps.. same person underneath. If death comes now. A little fire is quickly trodden If you deal with a minor problem quickly. you will not have to experience it later. A monkey in silk is a monkey No matter how someone dresses. Another interpretation is that. Without affection. Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one. money. A little of what you fancy does It's ok to give into a little temptation you good. they gain neither friends nor possessions. A problem shared is a problem It is easier to deal with a problem when you halved. by moving often. A new broom sweeps clean (but A newly-appointed person often makes the old brush knows all the changes quickly . (Also : A worry shared is a worry halved. A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group. words. will not become a major issue. occasionally. A rolling stone gathers no If a person keeps moving from place to moss place. meaning to someone who is ready to understand. A picture paints a thousand A picture is better than a long description. corners. and healthy. .spots. Refers to something that will be helpful to all. A loveless life is living death. one avoids being tied down! A rotten apple spoils the barrel. person to become good or pleasant. A man can die but once..

A wise head keeps a still An intelligent person knows when to stay tongue silent. people often do most needed. A swallow does not make the One good event does not mean that summer. life goes on as before. Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one. Actions speak louder than What a person actually does is more words important than what they say they will do. it seems to take a long time. A wonder lasts but nine days The effects of an amazing or stirring event last only nine days. A stumble may prevent a fall.A smooth sea never made a Overcoming adversity leads to competence. fonder you love them even more. Advice is cheap It doesn't cost anything to offer advice. A watched pot never boils. A tidy house holds a bored If a house is always tidy. after that. A young idler. misfortune are drawn together. after Dinner is called 'lunch' nowadays. If you wait anxiously for something to happen. If you deal with a problem at an early stage you will save time and prevent it from getting worse. an old beggar. Advisors run no risks. If you don't work. A stitch in time saves nine. the owner (woman) woman has nothing but housework to occupy her time. Accidents will happen Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable. Absence makes the heart grow When you are away from someone you love. It's easier to give advice than to act. A soft answer turneth away If your reply is polite and tactful you will avoid wrath. Advice is least heeded when When a problem is serious. everything is alright. After dinner rest a while. supper has become 'dinner'. Adversity makes strange People of all origins who share the same bedfellows. anger. skilled mariner. Age before beauty Older people should be given precedence over the younger (who are thought to be . and supper walk a while. not follow the advice given. you won't have any money when you're old.

All things are difficult before With practice everything becomes easier. for the law is costly. All covet. relaxation. away friends. All cats are grey in the dark. of harm. all lose If you try to obtain everything. except grief. All is fair in love and war. All things grow with time - As time goes by. grief subsides little by little. All work and no play makes Everybody needs a certain amount of Jack a dull boy. who wait. Other interpretation: A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems. People are undistinguished until they have made a name for themselves. Things that are done in love or war can often be excused. All that glitters is not gold. more beautiful). they are easy. All days are short to industry Time goes by slowly when you have nothing and long to idleness. Agree. An apple a day keeps the Eating an apple every day can help to keep doctor away. It is not good to work all the time. enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes. friends tend to disappear. There is a solution to everything even if there are doubts. An ant may well destroy a A small problem can sometimes cause a lot whole dam. Things will happen when the time is right. An idle brain is the devil's When you are busy working. Appearances can be deceptive. An old fox is not easily A person of experience is difficult to fool or . you avoid workshop temptation. A compromise is better than an expensive lawsuit. An Englishman's home is his An Englishman's home is a place where he castle feels safe. All roads lead to Rome There are many different ways to reach an objective. Be patient. All's well that ends well. All good things come to those If you are patient you will be rewarded. you healthy. All in good time. An empty purse frightens When one's financial situation deteriorates. you risk losing everything. to do.

discuss." everyone away.. Another day. As you sow. April showers bring May Something bad or unpleasant today may flowers. even if it's a poor one. (A) bad tree does not A bad parent does not raise good children. I'll tell There are subjects one would rather not you no lies. Bad news travels fast. Anger is the one thing made When you are angry. back. bring good things in the future. People tend to circulate bad news very quickly (accidents..B (bad news travels fast → a burnt child dreads the fire) (A) bad excuse is better Always give an excuse. them out. etc. An ounce of discretion is It is better to be cautious and discreet than worth a pound of wit. illness. A job may be hard or tedious but at least there is some financial reward. (A) bad workman Blaming tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for blames his tools. . (A) barking dog seldom Someone who constantly makes threats rarely carries bites. You have to accept the consequences of your actions. it is best not to speak better by delay. Ask me no questions. If the date of an event remains vague. than none. or act immediately. lack of skill. yield good apples. (The) apple doesn't fall far Children resemble their parents. from the tree. (A) bad penny always An unwanted or disreputable person constantly comes turns up. so shall you reap.). to try to be funny. An ounce of prevention is It is easier to prevent something from worth a pound of cure. it will never happen. Any time means no time. happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . another dollar. manipulate. An onion a day keeps A humoristic version of "an apple a day.snared.

It's better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later. than not do it at all. Better be alone than in Be careful in the choice of the people you associate bad company. Better safe than sorry. Beauty is in the eye of Different people have different tastes. friendship. your sleeve. It's better to do something. problem. with. possibility of something better later. .Be just before you are Make sure all your debts are paid before you start generous. Better flatter a fool than It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people. fight him. (The) best things in life You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness. Be swift to hear. are free. welfare. speak. (The) best advice is A good night's sleep may help us find an answer to our found on the pillow. Better be the head of a It's better to be the leader of a small group than a dog than the tail of a subordinate in a bigger one. Better be untaught than It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly. even if it's late. Better late than never. lion. slow to Listen carefully before speaking. the beholder. No comment! Wisdom is the beauty of men. good health. ill-taught. appearance. and risk losing everything. (The) best helping hand is at the end of The best way to get something done is to do it yourself. Beauty is only skin A person's character is more important than their deep. Better the devil you It's better to deal with someone difficult but familiar know than the devil you than change and risk dealing with somebody worse. Better to drink the milk Be careful not to destroy the source of your income or than to eat the cow. Beauty is the wisdom of women. Better an egg today It is preferable to have something sure now than the than a hen tomorrow. don't know. Better lose the saddle It's better to stop and accept a small loss than continue than the horse. offering help to others.

together. (A) change is as good as a rest. sweet as a white. A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday. (A) book holds a There is a wealth of knowledge in books. A person's background or education will eventually show. (A) broken friendship Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never may be soldered but it be as strong as before. (A) black plum is as People should not be judged by their appearance. Blood will out. . A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family. 1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury. (A) burnt child dreads A bad experience will make people stay away from the fire. Charity begins at home. by searching for something else. voluntarily. 3 years to stay. sailor. 3 years to stray. with other people. Blood is thicker than Family relationships are stronger than relationships water. (A) chain is no stronger than The strength of a group depends on its weakest link. (A) bird in hand is worth It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it two in a bush.C (A) calm sea does not make a A person shows their competence or skilled ability when difficulties arise. bearing gifts.Beware of Greeks Don't trust your enemies. each individual member. will never be sound. Birds of a feather flock People of the same sort are usually found together. house of gold. (A) cat has nine lives. 2) Nine lives = 3 years to play. certain things. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . (A) burden of one's Something difficult seems easier when it is done own choice is not felt.

(A) closed mouth catches no flies. often get into trouble. Death is the great leveller. A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal. before a problem is solved. or are idle. Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning. Dead men tell no lies. your host welcome. All people are equal when they die. People who have no work. you avoid temptation. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Appearances can be deceiving. are happy and very slowly when you are sad. If the atmosphere is clear. . (The) devil looks after his own. (The) devil makes work for idle hands. temptation. Diamonds cut diamonds. frost may form. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . If you learn when to keep silent you will avoid trouble. Neither children nor fools know that it is sometimes advantageous to lie. Clothes don't make the man. Success comes to those who deserve it least. If you are prepared to face a problem or difficulty.D (A) danger foreseen is half avoided. Constant occupation prevents When you are busy working.Children and fools tell the truth. it will be easier to deal with. (A) day of sorrow is longer than a Times goes by very quickly when you month of joy. (The) darkest hour is just before The most difficult moment is just dawn. frost soon. (A) constant guest is never If you come to visit too often. Clear moon. A clean body is just as important as a pure soul. will be less pleased to see you.

A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.(The) die is cast. or before anyone else. something will be successful.E Early to bed. Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view. much hay. Don't judge a book by its cover. Don't judge by appearances. as opposed to bodily pain. fortune. (A) dry March. Discretion is the better part of valour. if you want to . Don't dig your grave with our own Don't do something yourself that knife and fork. Don't bark if you can't bite. (perhaps published in a newspaper) can influence a large number of people. person you love. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . Dogs of the same street bark alike. and early to rise. makes It is much better for you to go to bed early and to a man healthy. (The) early bird catches the Act early. Distance makes the heart grow When you are separated from the fonder. It is useless to take unnecessary risks. Diligence is the mother of good Hard work brings rewards. a wet April and a cool May Harvest predictions according to the may fill barn and cellar and bring weather. wealthy and get up early in the morning. (A) drop of ink may make a million A thought expressed in writing think. causes your own downfall. wise. Don't count your chickens before You must not be too confident that they're hatched. your feelings are even stronger. People of the same background have the same behaviour. Diseases of the soul are more Thought to refer to mental and dangerous emotional disorder or spiritual torment than those of the body.

Every rose has its thorn. Elbow grease is the best Hard work gives the best results. Progress is rarely without difficulty. rosy. talkative or noisy. (An) Englishman's home is An Englishman's home is a place where he feels his castle. Empty vessels make the The least intelligent people are often the most most noise. (An) empty purse frightens When one's financial situation deteriorates. situation. himself bray. Experience is the father of Experience and knowledge result in better wisdom. There is an explanation for everything. Every man is the architect of Life is what you make it. Everything in the garden is Everything is satisfactory. Every why has a wherefore. judgement. his own fortune. You must think of your own interests before the interests of others. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price. Every man has his price. Every path has its puddle. away friends. Failure teaches success. friends tend to disappear. (The) end justifies the Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the means.worm. People can learn from their failures and be . polish. safe. Easier said than done. Every man for himself. rather than by what they say. enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes. result of the action is good. What is suggested sounds easy. Every cloud has a silver There is a positive or hopeful side to every lining.F Facts speak louder than words People show what they are really like by what they do. have an advantage or be successful. Every good thing has an unpleasant side. but it is more difficult to actually do it. Every ass likes to hear People like to listen to themselves talking.

are rather than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back. makes none of them feel special. avoid trouble. you can avail once. If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40. (A) friend to all is a friend to Someone who is a friend to everyone none. (A) flower blooms more than If you miss an occasion. Fools rush in where angels fear Inexperienced people become involved in to tread. carelessly. they never will. Fair exchange is no robbery Swapping two items of equal value is an honest deal. (A) fault confessed is half Confession is the beginning of forgiveness. (A) friend in need is a friend Someone who helps you when you are in indeed. (A) friend's eye is a good mirror. One should learn from one's mistakes. Familiarity breeds contempt Knowing someone very well can lead to a lack of respect for them. The most difficult part of an action is the beginning. A real friend will tell you the truth. False friends are worse than It's better to know who your real enemies open enemies. The first person in the line will be attended to first. shame on me. (A) fool and his money are A foolish person usually spends money (soon) easily parted. Fine words butter no parsnips No amount of talking can replace action. trouble is a real friend. (The) first step is the hardest. situations that more intelligent people would avoid. . Fool me once. first served. shame on you. (A) fool at forty is a fool forever. First come. redressed. successful later on. yourself of it another time. (A) fly will not get into a closed If you learn when to keep silent you will mouth. fool me twice.

disputes over money. . Friendship is love with A friend is more tolerant than a understanding. easier Effort is necessary to keep a friendship made than kept. Give someone an inch and they Give someone a little and they will will take a mile (or yard) want more . (A) good name is better than a A good reputation is better than a good good face. (A) good conscience is a soft You sleep well when you have nothing pillow. Grasp all. Give someone enough rope and Give someone enough time and they will hang themselves. (A) good beginning makes a good If a task is carefully planned. to feel guilty about. appearance. God helps those who help Success comes to those who make a themselves. Trying to obtain everything will often result in gaining nothing. lover/partner/spouse? English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . Good management is better than Income can be lost if it is used good income. the shade. alive. Intelligent people very often have the same idea at the same time.some people are never satisfied. freedom and they will get into trouble. lose all. than material ones. (A) good mind possesses a Intellectual assets are more valuable kingdom.G Gardens are not made by sitting in Nothing is achieved without effort. carelessly. real effort to achieve it. Great minds think alike.Friendship is like money. better chance that it will be well done. there's a end. A well-done job takes time. Good accounting makes good You will keep your friends if you avoid friends. Good and quickly seldom meet.

He can who believes he If you believe you can do something. Grief divided is made lighter. be able to do it. (A) handful of patience is Patience is more precious than intelligence. in a small way. you don't need anyone to tell you that you're guilty. even if it none is not as much as you wanted. If you share your grief. (A) guilty conscience needs no If you know that you have done accuser. (A) growing youth has a wolf in his Young boys eat a lot / are often belly. you will can. Haste makes waste If something is done too quickly. friendship green. hungry. it may be done carelessly and need to be redone. A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates. and secure. than a full purse.Great oaks grow from small Large successful operations can begin acorns. (A) happy heart is better Happiness is better than wealth. . but will not kill anyone. it will be easier to bear. handsome does. Hatred is as blind as love. something wrong. Hard words breaks no Criticism or verbal attacks may be unpleasant bones. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . worth more than a bushel of brains. (A) hedge between keeps It is important to respect the privacy of others. (A) heavy purse gives to a When you have money you feel more cheerful light heart. Handsome is what Behaviour is more important than appearance.H Half a loaf is better than You should be grateful for something.

have problems. Hunger is a good sauce. However long the night. English Proverbs & Sayings . (A) hungry wolf is fixed to A desperate person will go from place to place no place. All food tastes good when you are hungry. wealth. Health is better than It's better to be in good health than to be rich. laughs last. He who pays the piper The person who provides the money for calls the tune. you are likely to gets burnt. love are. He who hesitates is lost. He laughs best who Don't express your joy. you may miss a good opportunity. Home is where the heart You call home the place where the people you is. doubts nothing. too soon. find a way. Honey catches more flies You can obtain more cooperation from others than vinegar. If you delay your decision too long. He who know nothing Knowledge leads us to make choices. He who plays with fire If you behave in a risky way. (The best) helping hand is The best way to get something done is to do it at the end of your sleeve. something should control how it is spent. yourself. time. by being nice. or triumph.He has enough who is A happy person needs nothing more. content. It's always better to be honest. Bad things don't last forever. He who is everywhere is It's not good to do too many things at the same nowhere. He who wills the end wills If you are determined to do something you will the means. when they need to satisfy their needs. need for food and nothing else interests them. (A) hungry belly has no A hungry person is totally concentrated on their ears. the dawn will break. Honesty is the best policy.

in for a pound. 'tis Plants and grains will grow badly if neither good for hay nor grain. the problem is solved. If in February there be no rain. Misfortune usually comes in large numbers. Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be . Ignorance is bliss. you will If you try to do two things at the same not catch either one. temptation. It is always darkest before the The most difficult time is just before dawn. If wishes were horses. Friendship must be reciprocal. In the land of the blind the one-eyed A man of even limited ability has an man is king. together. you must would ride. time. If you chase two rabbits. no difficulties. one will be the leader and the other will be the subordinate. If you are patient in one moment of Avoid regrets by taking the time to anger. Possible interpretation: what you do not know causes no worry or sadness.I (An) idle brain is the devil's When you are busy working you avoid workshop. If you start something. sorrow. If you want a friend. If two ride a horse. If you let something intrusive enter his body will follow. one must ride When two people do something behind. your life will become difficult. act as well. In for a penny. In times of prosperity friends are You have many friends when you have plentiful. you will not succeed in doing either of them. Alphabetical List . there is no rain in early spring. It's no use crying over spilt milk. it is better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it. If a camel gets his nose in a tent. be a friend. then beggars Wishing alone is of no use. advantage over a person who is less able. you will avoid 100 days of think before speaking or acting angrily. your life. It never rains but it pours.

Learn to walk before you Don't rush into doing something before you run. It takes all sorts to make a world. If the law is applied too late. Kindle not a fire you cannot put Do not start something that you out. few. will be invaluable when your grow old. People vary in character and abilities. Knowledge in youth is wisdom in What you learn when you are young age. If you are kind to someone. Learning is a treasure that Education is something that you keep forever. It is easier to make progress or be successful if you are educated or possess a lot of information. will follow its owner . English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List .J-K Justice delayed is justice denied. cannot control. good fortune. Kindness begets kindness. they will return your kindness. remedied. know how to do it. and this is a good thing. you may fail or cause damage. Kill not the goose that lays the Do not destroy the source of your golden egg. Warn many people by punishing a Kill one to warn a hundred. there is no justice. medicine.L Laughter is the best Laughter makes people feel good. Knowledge is power. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List .

his father's. finders If you lose something you lament. A lie begets a lie. The less you talk about an incident. . to become good or pleasant. action. something you keep it. (A) leopard cannot change It is impossible for a bad or unpleasant person its spots. careful to remember what they say. if you find keepers.everywhere. exactly the same circumstances. Consider possible consequences before taking Look before you leap. If you divide a task into small parts. Let's forgive and forget past quarrels. Losers weepers. may. Love is blind. like son. it become Little strokes fell good oaks. Lightning never strikes in An unusual event is not likely to occur again in the same place twice. Loose lips sink ships. money. Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one. soonest mended. (A) loaded wagon makes no Really wealthy people do not talk about noise. Disclosing important information (to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large losses. the more Least said. (A) lender nor borrower be. occasionally. Let the chips fall where they We should not try to control our destiny. not become a major issue. A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves. Do not lend or borrow money. People who do not tell the truth must be Liars need good memories. A son's character can be expected to resemble Like father. (A) little of what you fancy It's ok to give into a little temptation does you good. (A) little fire is quickly If you deal with a minor problem quickly. easily it will be forgotten. it will trodden out. Let bygones be bygones. easier to do.

(A) man is known by the A person's character is judged by the type of company he keeps. repent as If you get married too quickly. Manners make the man.M Make a silk purse out of a Manage to product something good using poor sow's ear. Possibly: a person's manners show their origins. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . Many hands make light Sharing work makes the task easier. March winds and April The storms and rain in March and April produce showers bring forth May flowers in the month of May. not on what they say they will do. thoroughly assimilate it. people with whom they spend their time. true. March comes in like a lion The weather at the beginning of March is stormy and goes out like a lamb. Many a true word is Even if something is said as a joke it can still be spoken in jest. work. God Our destiny depends on God's will. Mark. (A) man is as old as he Your age doesn't matter as long as you are fit feels himself to be. and healthy. flowers. not by his words. learn and inwardly Note and reflect upon something in order to digest. disposes. material. life is difficult. (A) man can die but once. death. you will not have to experience it later. Man is the head of the No comment! family and woman is the neck that turns the head. you may spend . (A) man is judged by his A person is judged on what he/she deeds. Man proposes.(A) loveless life is a living Without affection. If death comes now. and at the end is mild. actually does. Marry in haste.

your whole life regretting it. and it fails. person underneath. Needs must when the devil Sometimes you are compelled to do something drives. . quickly taken. lamb. (A) monkey in silk is a No matter how someone dresses. that you would rather not do. make homes. to do things carefully. (The) mouse that has but If you depend on just one thing. the less A person makes more progress if they take time speed. women Women give a house its comfort and character. the People have a constant desire to possess more. (The) more you have.N Necessity is the mother of The need for something forces people to find a invention. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . you might as for a sheep as (for) a well commit the greater offence. Necessity will make you find a solution. it's the same monkey no less. If you have money you can make more money. (The) more haste. way of obtaining it. Misery loves company When people are sad they often like others to feel sad too. Might as well be hanged If the penalty is going to be same. Memory is the treasure of A good memory is very precious. Money doesn't grow on You should not waste money because it is not trees. you one hole is have no alternatives. plentiful or obtained easily. more you want. the mind. Money begets money.leisure. Men make houses. Need teaches a plan.

No rain.. trouble you. Similar to 'no smoke without fire'. No smoke without fire. It is understandable not to be perfect or to make occasional mistakes. If the news was bad. No pain. no grain.. Without rain the harvest will be poor. them intimately and are aware of their failings. Never say die. Nothing ventured nothing You cannot expect to achieve anything if you gained. No man is a hero to his Few people are admired by those who know valet... There could be some truth in the rumour . No man can serve two It's impossible to follow instructions from two masters. We are all interdependent and need other people.) (A) nod is as good as a wink A hint or a subtle signal is enough to convey (to a blind horse/man). (A) new broom sweeps A newly-appointed person often makes changes clean quickly . Never give up. No man is an island. we would hear of it. no gain.Never put off till tomorrow Don't postpone until later something you can do what can now. Nobody is perfect. deal with troubles them when they arise. meaning to someone who is ready to understand. we can assume that all is well. No wind. No joy without annoy There is no happiness without clouds. Since we have heard nothing. no winners. Nothing is achieved without effort. (but the old brush knows all the corners. no waves. be done today. there could be no winners. . different sources. take no risks. No losers. If there were no losers. Never trouble troubles until Don't look for problems in advance. No news is good news.

Only real friends will tell you Only a real friend will tell you the truth. man's poison. One of these days is none of Until a date is set. 'one of these days' these days. One father is (worth) more A teacher cannot replace a father. One man's trash is another What is useless to one person could be man's treasure. people are careful to avoid something similar. the disease later. twice shy.. than a hundred A child is raised by a father and taught by a schoolmasters.O (An) old fox is not easily A person of experience is difficult to fool or snared.. sucklings. (An) ounce of prevention is It is easier to prevent something from worth a pound happening than to repair the damage or cure of cure. One man's meat is another People don't always like the same things. when your face is dirty. (An) onion a day keeps A humoristic version of "an apple a day. you. Once bitten. valuable to another. . One swallow doesn't make a A single satisfactory event does not mean summer." everyone away. remains a vague promise. that all the others will be as good. (An) ounce of discretion is It is better to be cautious and discreet than to worth a pound of wit. manipulate. Opportunity seldom knocks Don't miss opportunities that come along. One today is worth two What you have today is better than what is tomorrows. try to be funny. Out of the mouth of babes and Children often speak wisely. teacher. After an unpleasant experience. promised or hoped for. One good turn deserves You should be helpful to someone who helps another. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . twice.

you may start to love them. (The) proof of the pudding The real value of something can be judged only after is in the eating. thousand words. pound foolish. Pride comes before a fall. Do yourself what you advise others to do. of time. Practice makes perfect. Procrastination is the thief Delaying an ction for too long is a waste of time. We tend to forget people or things that we do not see. but not careful about spending large amounts. Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money. If you begin to feel sorry for someone. out of mind. Pity is akin to love. stones. (A) picture paints a A picture is better than a long description. to repair the damage or cure the disease later. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . it has been tried or tested. (A) problem shared is a It is easier to deal with a problem when you discuss it problem halved. People who live in glass One should not criticize others for faults similar to houses should not throw one's own and risk retaliation. Prevention is better than It is easier to prevent something from happening than cure.P-Q (The) pen is mightier than Words and communication have a greater effect than the sword. something may happen to make you look foolish. war and fighting. with someone. Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it. Don't be too self-confident or proud. of idleness. you will not earn any money. Poverty waits at the gates If you do not work. Penny wise. Practice what you preach. Punctuality is the soul of You should always be on time for your business .Out of sight.

announce. You should not expect to do it quickly. (A) rotten apple spoils the A dishonest or immoral person can have a barrel. one avoids being tied down! Rome was not built in a day. (A) rolling stone gathers no If a person keeps moving from place to moss place. Another interpretation is that. they gain neither friends nor possessions.business. Short reckonings make long Debts paid quickly encourage friends. doing is People don't always do what they another. Saying is one thing. by moving often. with good intentions. There is satisfaction in returning an injury. (The) road to hell is paved It is not enough to intend to do something. by basket. It takes time to a job properly. appointments. putting all one's money into one business). . Refers to something that will be helpful to all. you must actually do it. Put all your eggs in one Risk everything by relying on one plan (e. bad influence on a group. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . (A) rising tide lifts all boats.S Save me from my friends. Friends can be more dangerous than enemies. friendship.R Revenge is sweet. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List .g.

silence is golden. Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one. It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage so as to prevent it from getting worse. A quiet person with a calm outward appearance can have much knowledge or wisdom. Feeling very comfortable. me.Sickness in the body brings Physical suffering can lead to sadness sadness to the mind. Sticks and stones will break my Physical attacks may harm me. tempting. (A) swallow does not make the One good event does not mean that summer. competence. everything is alright. If you don't punish a child when he does wrong. (A) stitch in time saves nine. Snug as a bug in a rug. Silence gives consent. Still waters run deep. (A) smooth sea never made a Overcoming adversity leads to skilled mariner. you will spoil his character.T . Spare the rod and spoil the child. (A) stumble may prevent a fall. but bones but names will never hurt cruel words will not. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . If you don't object something. Stolen fruit is sweet / the sweetest What is forbidden is the most Stolen pleasures are the sweetest. it is assumed that you agree with it. (A) soft answer turneth away wrath. If your reply is polite and tactful you will avoid anger. Speaking is good. or depression. but discretion can Speech is silver. be better.

The devil makes work for People who have no work. The mouse that has but one If you depend on just one thing. A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it. have an advantage or be successful. or before anyone else. quickly taken. The most difficult part of an action is the beginning. answer to our problem. you . happiness. often get idle hands. The darkest hour is just The most difficult moment is just before a before dawn. friendship. The devil looks after his Success comes to those who deserve it least. The end justifies the means. only after it has been tried or tested.Tall oaks grow from little Great things may come from small beginnings. effect than war and fighting. The die is cast. own. Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good. you hole is have no alternatives. The best things in life are You don't have to pay for what is important: free. or are idle. good health. if you want to worm. The road to hell is paved It is not enough to intend to do something. The first step is the hardest. The more haste. The more you have. problem is solved. from the tree. The apple doesn't fall far Children resemble their parents. the People have a constant desire to possess more you want. into trouble. time to do things carefully. more. The pen is mightier than the Words and communication have a greater sword. the less A person makes more progress if they take speed. and it fails. acorns. The best advice is found on A good night's sleep may help us find an the pillow. The early bird catches the Act early. The proof of the pudding is The real value of something can be judged in the eating.

There is no fool like an old An older person is expected to behave more fool. will not be done properly. Time is money. one should forgive them. The truth is in the wine. from taking place. and the lip. injuries. it broth. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol. To err is human. (A) tidy house holds a bored If a house is always tidy. or perform like the others. Time goes by quickly. must actually do it. The wish is father to the You think that something is true because you thought. therefore divine. trade. There is a trick in every There is an established way of doing things. through his stomach. want it to be so. the owner (woman) woman. Time heals all wounds. The way to a man's heart is Feed a man well and he will love you. There is a black sheep in There is always someone who doesn't behave every flock. sensibly.with good intentions. The tongue wounds more Insults can be more hurtful than physical than a lance. Time has wings. Too much bed makes a dull When you sleep too much. has nothing but housework to occupy her time. to forgive It is human nature to make mistakes. you are not able to . Too many cooks spoil the If too many people are involved in something. Time is valuable and should not be wasted. There's many a slip between We do not own something until we actually get the cup it. There is safety in numbers. Time and tide wait for no Delaying a decision will not prevent events man. Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident. The passage of time lessens the impact of bad events.

injuries. think clearly. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . Truth is stranger than Events in real life are often stranger than in fiction. Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting. (The) tongue wounds more Insults can be more hurtful than physical than a lance. Be careful. . something always finds a reason to avoid it.head. You cannot argue against facts or refute what is true. Variety is the spice of life. have harmed you. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . fiction. You should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way. a dog attacks with a dog's its teeth. (The) truth is in the wine. Virtue is its own reward. A tree is known by its fruit. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol. Truth has no answer. tooth. People could be listening. A person is judged by their actions. Two wrongs don't make a It is wrong to harm someone because they right.W Walls have ears. Unwillingness easily finds an A person who doesn't want to do excuse. Trust not a horse's heel nor A horse kicks from behind.U-V Union is strength A group has more force than an individual.

person can be mislead. it heart doesn't grieve over. Where there's life there's As long as a person is breathing. (A) wise head keeps a still An intelligent person knows when to stay tongue silent. for recovery. he People speak more freely under the influence thinks sober. If you wait anxiously for something to happen. life goes on as before. or country you are visiting and behave in the same way. love goes out the relationship becomes difficult. (A) wonder lasts but nine The effects of an amazing or stirring event last days only nine days. it seems to take a long time. you will have is when you need it. (The) way to a man's heart is Feed a man well and he will love you. Wisdom is better than It is preferable to use one's intelligence than strength. When the cat's away. . you way. after that. alcohol. there is hope hope. person in authority. What soberness conceals. want not. through his stomach.Waste not. What a man says drunk. People are less discreet under the influence of drunkenness reveals. want it to be so. (The) wish is father to the You think that something is true because you thought. Where there's a will there's a If you are determined to do something. (A) watched pot never boils. If you never waste anything. the If a person doesn't know about something. their door. When poverty comes in the When a couple loses everything. is absent. When in Rome. do as the You should adopt the customs of the people Romans do. What the eye doesn't see. the People sometimes misbehave when the mice play. of alcohol. will find a way to do it. Who makes himself a sheep Possible interpretation: an easily influenced will be eaten by the wolves. cannot hurt them. one's physical strength. window.

seem worse. well-being. certain way cannot change. You can lead a horse to water but You can offer somebody an you can't make it drink. something. an old beggar. (Two) wrongs don't make a It is wrong to harm someone because they right.X-Y-Z What you eat has an effect on your You are what you eat. You never know what you can do Try first before deciding not to do until you try. . (A) young idler. opportunity to do something but you can't force them to do it. You can always learn something new. English Proverbs & Sayings Alphabetical List . no matter how old you are. Worry often gives a small Worrying over small details can make them thing a big shadow. If you don't work. have harmed you. You are never too old to learn. yours. You can't teach an old dog new A person who is used to doing things a tricks. You scratch my back and I'll scratch You help me and I'll help you. you won't have any money when you're old.Wonders will never cease! Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event.