List of English proverbs
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;A bad workman always blames his tools.:
;A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.:
;A cat may look at the king.:
;A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.:
;A creaking gate hangs long.:\
;A fool and his money are soon parted.:
;A fox smells its own lair first.:
;A friend in need is a friend indeed.:
;A good beginning makes a good ending.:
;A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.:
;A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand :
;A jack of all trades is master of none.:
;A lie has no legs.:
;A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.:
;A little learning is a dangerous thing.:
;A merry heart makes a long life.:
;A miss is as good as a mile.:
;A penny saved is a penny earned.:
;A person is known by the company he keeps.:
;A rolling stone gathers no moss.:
;A sound mind in a sound body.:
;A stitch in time saves nine.:
;A woman's work is never done.:
;A word to the wise is enough.:
;A word to the wise is sufficient:
;A word spoken is past recalling.:
;An apple a day keeps the doctor away.:
;An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.:
;An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.:
;Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
;Actions speak louder than words.:
;Advice when most needed is least heeded.:
;After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.:
;After a storm comes a calm.;
;All flowers are not in one garland.:
;All good things come to an end.:
;All roads lead to Rome.:
;All's fair in love and war.:
;All's well that ends well.:
;All that glitters is not gold.:
;All things come to him who waits.:
;All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.:
;Another man's poison is not necessarily yours.:
;April showers brings May flowers.:
;Ask and you shall receive.:
;Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.:
;Ask no questions and hear no lies.:
;As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.:
;As you sow, so shall you reap.:
;Barking dogs seldom bite.
;Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
;Beauty is only skin deep.
;Beggars can't be choosers.
;Better late than never.
;Better safe than sorry.
;Better the devil you know than the devil that you don't know.
;Birds of a feather flock together.
;Bitter pills may have blessed effects.
;Blood is thicker than water.
;Blood will out.
;Boys will be boys.
;Brain is better than brawn.
;Bread is the staff of life.
;Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon, lead at night.
;Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider.:
;Clothes don't make the man.:
;Cowards die many times, but a brave man only dies once.:
;Cross the stream where it is the shallowest.:
;Curiosity killed the cat.:
;Cut your coat according to your cloth.:
;Desperate diseases must have desperate cures.
;Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
;Different sores must have different salves.
;Diseases come on horseback, but steal away on foot.
;Do as you would be done by.
;Do unto others as you would have done to you.
;Doctors make the worst patients.
;Don't burn your bridges before they're crossed.
;Don't burn your bridges behind you.
;Don't change horses in midstream.;
;Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
;Don't cross a bridge until you come to it.
;Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
;Don't cry over spilt milk.
;Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
;Don't have too many irons in the fire.
;Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
;Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
;Don't put the cart before the horse.
;Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone.
;Don't shut the gate after the horse has bolted.
;Don't spit into the wind.
;Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
;Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.
;Early bird gets the worm.:
;Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.:
;Eat to live, don't live to eat.:
;Eat when you're hungry, and drink when you're dry.:
;East or West, home is best.:
;Empty barrels make the most sound.:
;Even a worm will turn.:
;Every cloud has a silver lining.:
;Every disease will have its course:
;Every dog has its day.:
;Every man has a price.:
;Every rule has its exception.:
;Everything comes to him who waits.:
;Every why has a wherefore.:
;Faith will move mountains.:
;Familiarity breeds contempt.:
;Fine feathers make fine birds.:
;Fine words butter no parsnips.:
;First come, first served.:
;First deserve than desire.:
;Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.:
;Forbidden fruit is the sweetest.:
;Forewarned is forearmed.:
;Fresh pork and new wine kill a man before his time.:
;Fretting cares make grey hairs.:
;Friend to all is a friend to none.:
;Give a dog a bad name and hang him.:
;Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.:
;God cures and the physician takes the fee.:
;Good eating deserves good drinking.:
;Good fences make good neighbors.:
;Half a loaf is better than none.;
;Haste makes waste.;
;Health is better than wealth.;
;Help a lame dog over a stile.;
;He that lives too fast, goes to his grave too soon.;
;He that will steal an egg will steal an ox.;
;He who hesitates is lost.;
;He who laughs last laughs best.;
;He who laughs last laughs longest.;
;He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.;
;He who sleeps forgets his hunger.;
;Hindsight is 20/20.;
;His bark is worse than his bite.;
;History repeats itself.;
;Home is where the heart is.;
;Home is where you hang your hat.;
;Honesty is the best policy.;
;Hunger is the best spice.;
;If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.:
;If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.:
;If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.:
;If the cap fits, wear it.:
;If the shoe fits, wear it.:
;If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.:
;If you can't beat them, join them.:
;If you can't be good, be careful.:
;If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.:
;If you keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it.:
;If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.:
;In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.:
;It's a good horse that never stumbles.:
;It never rains, but it pours.:
;It's a long lane that has no turning.:
;It's an ill wind that blows no good.:
;It's an ill wind that blows no one good.:
;It's better to give than to receive.:
;It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.:
;It's easy to be wise after the event.:
;It's never too late to mend.:
;It's not over till it's over.:
;It's no use crying over spilt milk.:
;It's the early bird that gets the worm.:
;It's the empty can that makes the most noise.:
;It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.:
;It takes all sorts to make a world.:
;It takes two to make a quarrel.:
;It takes two to tango.:
;Laughter is the best medicine.:
;Learn to walk before you run.:
;Let sleeping dogs lie. (Cf. Agatha Christie's Sleeping Murder.):
;Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.:
;Like cures like.:
;Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.:
;Little by little and bit by bit;
;Long absent, soon forgotten.:
;Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.:
;Look before you leap.:
;Love is blind.:
;Make hay while the sun shines.:
;Many hands make light work.:
;Money talks, bullshit walks.:
;More haste, less speed.:
;Nature abhors a vacuum.
;Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.
;Necessity is the mother of invention.
;Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.
;New brooms sweep clear.
;New broom sweeps clean.
;No cows, no cares.
;No gain without pain.
;No man can serve two masters.
;No man is content with his lot.
;No news is good news.
;No pain, no gain.
;No time like the present.
;No time to waste like the present.
;Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
;Nothing succeeds like success.
;Once bitten, twice shy.
;One doctor makes work for another.
;One good turn deserves another.
;One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two hours after.
;One man's meat is another man's poison.
;One swallow doesn't make a summer.
;Out of sight, out of mind.
;Paddle your own canoe.
;Penny wise, pound foolish.
;People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
;Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
;Practice makes perfect.
;Prevention is better than cure.
;Pride goeth before a fall.
;Procrastination is the thief of time.
;Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.
;Rome wasn't built in a day.
;Rules are made to be broken.
;Seek and ye shall find.:
;Still waters are the deepest.:
;Still waters run deep.:
;Strike while the iron is hot.:
;Talk is cheap.:
;Talk of the devil - and the devil appears.:
;The best things in life are free.:
;The coat makes the man.:
;The cure is worse than the disease.:
;The early bird gets the worm.;
;The end justifies the means.:
;The first step to health is to know that we are sick.:
;The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.:
;The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm.:
;The more things change, the more they stay the same.:
;The more more you have, the more you want.:
;The pen is mightier than sword.:
;The proof of the pudding is in the eating.:
;There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.:
;There are no small parts, only small actors.:
;There's always a calm before a storm.:
;There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.:
;There's no accounting for taste.:
;There's no time like the present.:
;The road to hell is paved with good intentions.:
;The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.: (Gospel of Matthew 26:41)
;The squeaky wheel gets the grease.:
;The wish is ever father to the thought.:
;Think before you speak.:
;Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.:
;Time is money.:
;To err is human; to forgive, divine.:
;Tomorrow is another day.:
;Too many cooks spoil the broth.:
;Truth is stranger than fiction.:
;Two's company, three's a crowd.:
;Two heads are better than one.:
;Two things prolong your life: A quiet heart and a loving wife.:
;Variety is the spice of life.:
;Waste not, want not.:
;We all make mistakes.:
;We must take the bad with the good.:
;What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.:
;When in Rome do as the Romans do.;
;When the cat's away, the mice will play.;
;When the going gets tough, the tough get going.;
;Where one door shuts, another opens.;
;Where there's a will there's a way.;
;While the cat is away, the mice will play.;
;While there's life, there's hope.;
;Who keeps company with the wolves, will learn to howl.;
;Wide ears and short tongue are the best.;
;Without sleep, no health.;
;You can lead (take) a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
;You can't have it both ways.
;You can't have your cake and eat it too.
;You can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.
;You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
;You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
;You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
;You can't judge a book by its cover.
;You have to crawl before you can walk.
;You never know what you've got till it's gone.
;You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
;A bad workman always blames his tools.: