English Proverbs and Sayings
03. A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
13. A burnt child dreads the fire.
20. A close mouth catches no flies.
22. A cracked bell can never sound well.
25. A danger foreseen is half avoided.
31. A fool always rushes to the fore.
36. A fool's tongue runs before his wit.
43. A friend's frown is better than a foe's smile.
44. A good anvil does not fear the hammer.
8. A good dog deserves a good bone.
49. A good example is the best sermon.
50. A good face is a letter of recommendation.
58. A great fortune is a great slavery.
59. A great ship asks deep waters.
60. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
62. A heavy purse makes a light heart.
64. A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
65. A hungry belly has no ears.
66. A hungry man is an angry man.
68. A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.
70. A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.
72. A lie begets a lie.
75. A little body often harbors a great soul.
76. A little fire is quickly trodden out.
78. A man can do no more than he can.
81. A miserly father makes a prodigal son.
87. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
91. A silent fool is counted wise.
92. A small leak will sink a great ship.
93. A soft answer turns away wrath.
97. A tattler is worse than a thief.
98. A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf.
101. A tree is known by its fruit.
102. A wager is a fool's argument.
103. A watched pot never boils.
104. A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.
107. A word is enough to the wise.
111. Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
112. After a storm comes a calm.
127. All doors open to courtesy.
130. All is well that ends well.
131. All lay load on the willing horse.
133. All men can't be masters.
134. All promises are either broken or kept.
138. All things are difficult before they are easy.
139. All truths are not to be told.
142. Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.
146. An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle. 148. An empty sack cannot stand upright.
150. An evil chance seldom comes alone.
152. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening..
155. An oak is not felled at one stroke.
157. An open door may tempt a saint.
159. An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue. 160. An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup.
162. Any port in a storm.
164. Appetite comes with eating.
169. As old as the hills.
174. As the call, so the echo.
185. Ask no questions and you will be told no lies.
188. Bad news has wings.
190. Be slow to promise and quick to perform.
191. Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
198. Best defence is offence.
200. Better a lean peace than a fat victory.
201. Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us. 203. Better an open enemy than a false friend.
205. Better be born lucky than rich.
206. Better be envied than pitied.
207. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
209. Better die standing than live kneeling.
212. Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
214. Better lose a jest than a friend.
217. Better the foot slip than the tongue.
219. Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.
220. Better unborn than untaught.
223. Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea.
228. Beware of a silent dog and still water.
233. Borrowed garments never fit well.
240. Calamity is man's true touchstone.
245. Cheapest is the dearest.
248. Children are poor men's riches.
249. Choose an author as you choose a friend.
254. Company in distress makes trouble less.
255. Confession is the first step to repentance.
257. Creditors have better memories than debtors.
258. Cross the stream where it is shallowest.
266. Death pays all debts.
269. Deeds, not words.
270. Delays are dangerous.
271. Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
287. Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
288. Don't whistle (halloo) until you are out of the wood.
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