Proverbs

1)      A bad beginning makes a good ending

2)      A bad excuse is better than none at all

3)      A bad husband cannot be a good man

4)      A beggar can never be bankrupt

5)      A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

6)      A burnt child dreads fire

7)      A cat may look at a king

8)      A cheerful look makes a dish a feast

9)      A cheerful wife is the joy of life

10)  A clear conscience is a coat of mail

11)  A drowning man will catch at a straw

12)  A drunkard’s purse is a bottle

13)  A fault confessed is half redressed

14)  A fool and his money are soon parted

15)  A fool may give a wise man counsel

16)  A fool may make money, but it takes a wise man to spend it

17)  A friend in need is a friend indeed

18)  A friend is easier lost than found

19)  A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile

20)  A full purse makes the mouth to speak

21)  A good dog deserves a good bone

22)  A good husband makes a good wife

23)  A good name is better than riches

24)  A good name is sooner lost than won

25)  A great talker is a great liar

26)  A guilty conscience needs no accuser

27)  A hungry man is an angry man

28)  A heavy purse makes a light heart

29)  A man in debt is caught in a net

30)  A man is as old as he feels

31)  A man’s house is his castle

32)  A miss is as good as a mile

33)  A penny for your thoughts

34)  A penny saved is a penny gained

35)  A pound of care won’t pay an ounce of debt

36)  A rolling stone gathers no moss

37)  A rose between two thorns

38)  A short cut is often a wrong cut

39)  A stitch in time saves nine

40)  A thing begun is half done

41)  A wise man changes his mind sometimes, a fool never

42)  A wonder lasts nine days

43)  A word to the wise is enough

44)  Absence makes the heart grow fonder

45)  Action speaks louder than words

46)  Advice when most needed is least heeded

47)  After a storm comes calm

48)  All covet, all lose

49)  All that glitters is not gold

50)  All work and no play make a Jack a dull boy

51)  All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy

52)  All’s fair in love and war

53)  All’s fish that comes to his net

54)  All’s well that ends well

55)  Among the blind the one-eyed man is king

56)  An apple a day keeps the doctor away

57)  An army marches on its stomach

58)  An empty bag will not stand upright

59)  An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

60)  An old bird is not to be caught with chaff

61)  An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit

62)  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

63)  Any port in a storm is shaken a little

64)  Appetite comes with eating

65)  As a man lives so shall he die

66)  As well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb

67)  As you make your bed so you must lie on it

68)  As you sow, so you shall reap

69)  Ask much to get little

70)  Avoid evil and it will avoid thee

71)  Back again, like a bad penny

72)  Barking dogs seldom bite

73)  Be just before you are generous

74)  Be not the first to quarrel, nor the last to make it up

75)  Be sure before you marry, of a house wherein to tarry

76)  Beggars must not be choosers

77)  Better be alone than in ill company

78)  Better late than never

79)  Better be happy than wise

80)  Between the devil and the deep blue sea

81)  Birds of a feather flock together

82)  Blood is thicker than water

83)  Books and friends should be few and good

84)  Borrowing thrives but once

85)  Boys will be boys

86)  Brevity is the soul of wit

87)  Bullies are generally cowards

88)  By other’s faults wise men correct their own

89)  By timely mending save much spending

90)  Call a spade a spade

91)  Care killed the cat

92)  Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance

93)  Catch the bear before you sell his skin

94)  Catch who catch can

95)  Charity begins at home but should not end there

96)  Cheapest is dearest

97)  Children are what you make them

98)  Christmas comes but once a year

99)  Comparisons are odious

100)                      Courtesy costs nothing

101)                      Curses are like chickens, they come home to roost

102)                      Cut you coat according to your cloth

103)                      Dead men tell no tales

104)                      Delays are dangerous

105)                      Devil takes the hindmost

106)                      Diligence is a great teacher

107)                      Discretion is the better part of valor

108)                      Distance lends enchantment to the view

109)                      Do as I say, not as I do

110)                      Do not cut off you nose to spite your face

111)                      Do not put all your eggs in one basket

112)                      Do not count your chickens before they are hatched

113)                      Do not spur a willing horse

114)                      Do not tell tales out of school

115)                      Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

116)                      Easier said than done

117)                      Eat to live, but do not live to eat

118)                      Employment brings enjoyment

119)                      Empty vessels make the most noise

120)                      Enough is as good as a feast (to one that’s not a beast)

121)                      Enough is better than too much

122)                      Every ass loves to hear itself bray

123)                      Every cloud has a silver lining

124)                      Every dog has his day

125)                      Every little helps

126)                      Every man for himself and God for us all

127)                      Every man must carry his own cross

128)                      Every why has a wherefore

129)                      Everyone can find fault, few can do better

130)                      Everyone knows best where the shoe pinches

131)                      Everyone thinks his own burden the heaviest

132)                      Everything comes to those who wait

133)                      Example is better than precept

134)                      Exchange is no robbery

135)                      Experience teaches

136)                      Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other

137)                      Extremes are dangerous

138)                      Facts are stubborn things

139)                      Failure teaches success

140)                      Faint heart never won a fair lady

141)                      Fall out with a friend for a trifle

142)                      Familiarity breeds contempt

143)                      Fancy kills and fancy cures

144)                      Fine feathers made before forks

145)                      Fire is a good servant but a bad master

146)                      First come first served

147)                      Flattery brings friends, truth enemies

148)                      Flies are easier caught with honey than with vinegar

149)                      Follow the river and you will find the sea

150)                      Fools build houses and wise men buy them

151)                      Forewarned is forearmed

152)                      Fortune favors the brave

153)                      Fortune favors fools

154)                      Genius is a capacity for taking trouble

155)                      Give a dog a bad name and hang him

156)                      Give a fool rope enough and he will hang himself

157)                      Give and spend and God will send

158)                      Give everyone his due

159)                      Give him an inch and he’ll take and tell

160)                      Give the devil his due

161)                      God helps those who help themselves

162)                      God never shuts one door but he opens another

163)                      Good beginning makes good endings

164)                      Good to begin well, better to end well

165)                      Good wine needs no bush

166)                      Grasp all, lose all

167)                      Gratitude is the least of virtues, ingratitude the worst of vices

168)                      Great haste makes great waste

169)                      Great minds think alike

170)                      Great profits, great risk

171)                      Great talkers are little doers

172)                      Habit is second nature

173)                      Hail fellow, well met

174)                      Half a loaf is better than no bread

175)                      Hasty climbers have sudden falls

176)                      He gives twice that gives in a trice

177)                      He is idle that might be better employed

178)                      He is richest that has fewest wants

179)                      He knows most who speaks least

180)                      He knows which way the wind blows

181)                      He laughs best that laughs last

182)                      He runs with the hounds and hunts with the hare, himself must either hold or drive

183)                      He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will

184)                      He that doth lend doth lose his friend

185)                      He that goes borrowing goes sorrowing

186)                      He who knows little soon repents it

187)                      He who knows nothing doubts noting

188)                      He that loves glass without G takes away L, and that is he

189)                      He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut

190)                      He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have any

191)                      He that will thrive must rise at five; He that hath thriven may lie till seven

192)                      He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper

193)                      He who likes borrowing dislikes paying

194)                      He’s no man who cannot say “No",

195)                      His bark is worse than his bite

196)                      His heart is in his boots

197)                      Home is home, though it never be so homely

198)                      Honest men marry soon, wise men not at all

199)                      Honesty is the best policy

200)                      Hope is the last thing that we lose

201)                      Hope springs eternal in the human breast

202)                      Hunger is the best sauce

203)                      If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if twice, snare on me

204)                      If fools went not to market bad wares would not be sold

205)                      If the cap fits, wear it

206)                      If the mountain will not go to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain

207)                      If wishes were horses, beggars might ride

208)                      If you cannot make a man thing as you do, make him do as you think

209)                      If you wish for peace, prepare for war

210)                      Ill got, ill spent

211)                      In for a penny, in for a pound

212)                      It is a good horse that never stumbles, and a good wife that never grumbles

213)                      It is a long lane that has not turning

214)                      It is always time to do good

215)                      It is an ill wind that blows nobody good

216)                      It is easier to get money than to keep it

217)                      It is easier to pull down than to build

218)                      It is folly to live in Rome, and strive with the Pope

219)                      It is never too late to mend

220)                      It is no use crying over spilt milk

221)                      It never rains but it pours

222)                      It takes two to make a quarrel

223)                      Jack of all trades and master of none

224)                      Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs

225)                      Kill two birds with one stone

226)                      Kind words are worth much and cost little

227)                      Kindle not a fire that you cannot put out

228)                      Kindness begets kindness

229)                      Kissing goes by favor

230)                      Knowledge is power

231)                      Lazy people take the most pains

232)                      Learning makes the wise wiser, but the fool more foolish

233)                      Least said, soonest mended

234)                      Lend only what you can afford to lose

235)                      Let bygones by bygones

236)                      Let sleeping dogs lie

237)                      Let the cobbler stick to his last

238)                      Liars should have good memories

239)                      Like father, like son Like mother, like daughter

240)                      Little boats must keep the shore, larger boats may venture more

241)                      Little strokes fall great oaks

242)                      Live and let live

243)                      Live not to eat, but eat to live

244)                      Loans and debts make worries and frets

245)                      Look before you leap

246)                      Lost time is never found

247)                      Love is blind

248)                      Make every bargain clear and plain, that none may afterwards complain

249)                      Make hay while the sun shines

250)                      Make short the miles, with talk and smiles

251)                      Man proposes, god disposes

252)                      Manners make a man

253)                      Many find fault without an end, any yet do nothing at all to mend

254)                      Many hands make light work

255)                      Many straws may bind and elephant

256)                      Marry in haste, repent at leisure

257)                      Masters two, will not do

258)                      Men are as old as they feel; women as old as they look

259)                      Men make houses, women make homes

260)                      Misfortunes never (seldom) come singly

261)                      Money makes the mare to go

262)                      More haste, less speed

263)                      Much cry, little wool (Great cry, little wool)

264)                      Murder will out

265)                      Nature abhors a vacuum

266)                      Nearest is dearest

267)                      Necessity hath no law

268)                      Necessity is the mother of invention

269)                      Needles and pins, when a man is married then trouble begins

270)                      Neither wise men nor fools can work without tools

271)                      Never a rose without thorns

272)                      Never cross the bridge until you have come to it

273)                      Never damn the bridge that you have crossed

274)                      Never do things by halves

275)                      Never hit a man when he’s down

276)                      Never look a gift horse in the mouth

277)                      Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today

278)                      Never say die! Up man, and try

279)                      Never spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar

280)                      Never too old to learn; never too late to turn

281)                      Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you

282)                      New brooms sweep clean

283)                      No gains without pains

284)                      No living man, all things

285)                      No man is indispensable

286)                      No man is without enemies

287)                      No news is good news

288)                      No-one knows where the shoe pinches but he who wears it

289)                      None as blind as those who will not see

290)                      None as deaf as those who will no hear

291)                      Nothing succeeds like success

292)                      Noting venture, nothing have-win

293)                      Oaks fall when reeds stand

294)                      Of one ill come many

295)                      Of two evils choose the less

296)                      Old age is a heavy burden

297)                      Old birds are not caught with chaff

298)                      Old wounds soon bleed

299)                      On a long journey even a straw is heavy

300)                      One can live on a little, but not on nothing

301)                      One cannot die twice

302)                      One fool makes many

303)                      One good turn deserves another

304)                      One may lead a horse to water, but twenty cannot make him drink

305)                      One man’s meat is another man’s poison

306)                      One may sooner fall than rise

307)                      One swallow does not make a summer

308)                      One today is worth two tomorrows

309)                      Other fish to fry

310)                      Out of debt, out of danger

311)                      Out of sight, out of mind

312)                      Out of the frying pan into the fire

313)                      Penny wise, pound foolish

314)                      Pigs grow fat where lambs would starve

315)                      Plaster thick, some will stick

316)                      Practice makes perfect

317)                      Practice thrift or else you’ll drift

318)                      Praise makes good men better and bad men worse

319)                      Presents keep friendships warm

320)                      Prevention is better than cure

321)                      Pride and poverty are ill, yet often dwell together

322)                      Pride must (or will) have a fall

323)                      Pride goes before a fall

324)                      Procrastination is a thief of time

325)                      Punctuality is the soul of business

326)                      Punctuality is the politeness of princes

327)                      Put not your trust in money; put you money in trust

328)                      Put your own shoulder to the wheel

329)                      Quick believers need broad shoulder

330)                      Reckless youth makes rueful age

331)                      Rome was not built in a day

332)                      Rumour is a great traveler

333)                      Save me from my friends

334)                      Saying is one thing, doing another

335)                      Scratch my back and I will scratch yours

336)                      Second thoughts are best

337)                      See a pin and let it lie, you’re sure to want before you die

338)                      Seeing is believing

339)                      Set a thief to catch a thief

340)                      Set not your loaf in till the oven is hot

341)                      She’s the cat’s mother

342)                      Show me a liar and I’ll show you a thief

343)                      Silence gives consent

344)                      Sink or swim

345)                      Six of one and half a dozen of the other

346)                      Skill is stronger than strength

347)                      Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy

348)                      Slow and steady wins the race

349)                      Slow and sure

350)                      Small beginnings make great endings

351)                      Soft words break no bones

352)                      Soft words win hard hearts

353)                      Some men are wise and some are otherwise

354)                      Sometimes the best gain is to lose

355)                      Soon hot soon cold

356)                      Sooner said than done

357)                      Spare the rod and spoil the child

358)                      Speak little but speak the truth

359)                      Speak well of your friends, and of your enemy nothing

360)                      Speaking without thinking is shooting without aim

361)                      Speech is silver, silence is golden

362)                      Spilt salt is never all gathered

363)                      Still water runs deep

364)                      Strike while the iron’s hot

365)                      Study the past if you would divine the future

366)                      Suspicion is the bane of friendship

367)                      Sympathy without relief is like mustard without beef

368)                      Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves

369)                      Talk of the devil and he’ll appear

370)                      That which is evil is soon learnt

371)                      That which proves too much proves nothing

372)                      The best of friends must part

373)                      The biter bit

374)                      The cat is fain the fish to eat, but hath no will to wet her feet

375)                      The child is father of the man

376)                      The company makes the feast

377)                      The darkest hour is nearest the dawn

378)                      The devil lurks behind the cross

379)                      The early bird catches the worm

380)                      The end justifies the means

381)                      The exception proves the rule

382)                      The fountain is clearest at its source

383)                      The game is not worth the candle

384)                      The goat must browse where she is tied

385)                      The habit does not make the monk

386)                      The heart sees further than the head

387)                      The last straw breaks the camel’s back

388)                      The less people think, the more they talk

389)                      The love of a woman and a bottle of wine are sweet for a season but last for a time

390)                      The master’s eye fattens the horse

391)                      The morning sun never lasts the day

392)                      The nearer the church the further from God

393)                      The proof of the pudding is in the eating

394)                      The public pays with ingratitude

395)                      The receiver is as bad as the thief

396)                      The stone that lieth not in your way need not offend you

397)                      The strength of a chain is its weakest link

398)                      The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth

399)                      The unexpected always happens

400)                      The wise make jests and the fool repeats them

401)                      The wish is father to the thought

402)                      The world is a staircase; some are going up, some are coming down

403)                      There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it

404)                      There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers

405)                      There are more ways to kill a dog than by hanging him

406)                      There are two sides to every question

407)                      There could be no great ones if there were no little

408)                      There is a But in everything

409)                      There is no true love without jealousy

410)                      There is no venom like that of the tongue

411)                      There is a salve for every sore

412)                      There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip

413)                      There’s safety in numbers

414)                      They who only seek for faults find nothing else

415)                      Those who do nothing generally take to shouting

416)                      Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

417)                      Those who make the best use of their time have none to spare

418)                      Time and tide wait for no man

419)                      Time cures more than the doctor

420)                      Time flies

421)                      Time is money

422)                      Time is the best counselor

423)                      Tit for tat is fair play

424)                      To be born with a silver spoon in the mouth

425)                      To err is human; to forgive divine

426)                      To forget a wrong is the best revenge

427)                      To kill two birds with one stone

428)                      To know the disease is half the cure

429)                      To look for a needle in a haystack

430)                      To make one hole to stop another

431)                      To make two bites at one cherry

432)                      To put the cart before the horse

433)                      To scare a bird is not the best way to catch it

434)                      To stir up a hornet’s nest

435)                      To take the chestnut out of the fire with the cat’s paw

436)                      Too many cooks spoil the broth

437)                      Too much of one thing is good for nothing

438)                      Train a tree when it is young

439)                      Tread on a worm and it will turn

440)                      True love never grows old

441)                      Trust but not too much

442)                      Trust dies because bad pay poisons him

443)                      Turn over a new leaf

444)                      Two eyes see more than one

445)                      Two heads are better than one

446)                      Two is company, three is none

447)                      Two is company, three is a crowd

448)                      Two wrongs do not make a right

449)                      Throw a sprat to catch a whale

450)                      Undertake no more than you can perform

451)                      Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

452)                      Union is strength

453)                      Vice is its own punishment, virtue its own reward

454)                      Walls have ears

455)                      Wash your dirty linen at home

456)                      Waste makes want

457)                      Waste no, want not

458)                      We are such stuff as dreams are made on

459)                      We can live without our friends, but not without our neighbors

460)                      Wedlock is like a place besieged: those within wish to get out, those without wish to get in

461)                      Well begun is half done?

462)                      What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody

463)                      What can’t be cured must be endured

464)                      What cost nothing is worth nothing

465)                      What’s done can’t be undone

466)                      What is learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb

467)                      What is one man’s meat is another man’s poison

468)                      What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

469)                      What is worth doing at all is worth doing well

470)                      What man has done man can do

471)                      Whatever you are, be a man

472)                      What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire

473)                      What the eyes don’t see the heart does not grieve for

474)                      What the heart thinketh the tongue speaketh

475)                      When a man is going down the hill everyone will give him a push

476)                      When in Rome do as the Romans do

477)                      When money’s taken freedom’s forsaken

478)                      When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window

479)                      When rogues fall out honest men come into their own

480)                      When the cat is away the mice will play

481)                      When the wine is in, the wit is out

482)                      When thy neighbor’s house doth burn, be careful of thine own

483)                      When two friends have a common purse, one sings and the other weeps

484)                      When wits meet sparks fly out

485)                      Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise

486)                      Where there is nothing to lose there is nothing to fear

487)                      Where there is smoke there is fire

488)                      Where there’s a will there’s a way

489)                      While there is life there is hope

490)                      While the grass grows the horse starves

491)                      Who chatters to you will chatter of you

492)                      Who judges others condemns himself

493)                      Who knows most says least

494)                      Who spends more than he should, shall not have to spend when he would

495)                      Who will not hear must be made to feel?

496)                      Who will bell the cat?

497)                      Whom the gods love dies young

498)                      Willful waste makes woeful want  

499)                      Wine and wenches empty men’s purses

500)                      Words are wind, but blows are unkind

501)                      You cannot eat your cake and have it

502)                      You cannot get blood out of a stone

503)                      You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

504)                      You cannot see the wood for the trees

505)                      You cannot shoe a running horse

506)                      You cannot teach old dogs new tricks

507)                      You never know till you have tried

508)                      Young men think old men fools; old men know young men to be so

509)                      Youth and age will never agree

510)                      Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance


511)                      Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse