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Proverbs and sayings


A bad workman always blames his tools.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

A burnt child fears fire.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A job worth doing is a job worth doing well.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

A new broom sweeps clean.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

A watched pot never boils.

Actions speak louder than words.

All that glitters is not gold.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

As you make your bed so must you lie on it.

As you sow, so you shall reap.

Barking dogs seldom bite.

Better late than never.

Bite off more than one can chew.

Blood is thicker than water.

Charity begins at home.

Children should be seen and not heard.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Dead men tell no lies.

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Empty vessels make the most noise.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Every dog has its day.

Every one can find fault, few can do better.

Experience is the best teacher.

Faint heart never won fair lady.

Fair exchange is no robbery.

Fire is a good servant but a bad master.

First come, first served.

Fling/throw mud at someone.

Forgive and forget.

Fortune knocks once at every man's door.

Give someone enough rope and he will hang himself.

Give the devil his due.

Go from the sublime to the ridiculous.

God helps those who help themselves.

Great haste makes great waste.

Great minds think alike.

Great talkers are little doers.

Grin and bear it.

Habit is second nature.

Half a loaf is better than none.

Have an old head on young shoulders.

Have eyes in the back of one's head.

He laughs best who laughs last.

He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Hide your light under a bushel.

Hitch one's wagon to a star.

Home is where the heart is.

Honesty is the best policy.

If it's not one thing it's another.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

If you can't lick them, join them.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

It takes all sorts to make a world.

It takes two to make a quarrel.

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It's never too late to mend.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.

Jack of all trades and master of none.

Jump from the frying pan into the fire.

Keep the wolf from the door.

Laugh and the world laughs with you.

Least said, soonest forgotten.

Let bygones by bygones.

Let not the pot call the kettle black.

Let sleeping dogs lie.
Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Like a bull in a china shop.

Like father, like son, like mother, like daughter.

Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted.

Look at the bright side.

Look before you leap.

Losers weepers, finders keepers.

Love me, love my dog.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Many hands make light work.

Money is the root of all evil.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Never do things by halves.

No news is good news.

Once bitten twice shy.

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

One swallow doesn't make a summer.

Opportunity only knocks once.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Possession is nine points of the law.

Practice makes perfect.

Prevention is better than cure.

Promises are like pie crust.

Put a quart into a pint pot.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Rome was not built in a day.

Someone's bark is worse than his bite.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Speech is silver, silence is golden.

Still waters run deep.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Teach an old dog new tricks.

That's where the shoe pinches.

The blind leading the blind.

The buck stops here.

The devil finds work for idle hands.

The devil has the best tunes.

The last straw that broke the camel's back.

The longest day must have an end.

The mountain labors and brings forth a mouse.

The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.

The sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children.

The sky is the limit.

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

The thin end of the wedge.

The truth will out.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

There are none so blind as those that will not see.

There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.

There are two sides to every question.

There's more than one way to skin a cat.

There's no smoke without fire.

Time and tide wait for no one.

Time heals old wounds.

To choose between the devil and the deep sea.

To err is human, to forgive divine.

To put the cart before the horse.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Turn up like a bad penny.

Two heads are better than one.

Two wrongs do not make a right.

Two's company, three's a crowd.

Uneasy is the head that wears the crown.

Waste not, want not.

We never miss the water till the well runs dry.

Wear out one's welcome.

What's done can't be undone.

When in Rome do as the Romans do.

When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window.

When the cat is away the mice will play.

Where there's a will there's a way.

Who keeps company with wolves, will learn to howl.

Worship the ground somebody walks on.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

You can't have your cake and eat it.

You pays your money and you takes your chances.


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