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Famous Proverbs

1] The more a man dreams, the less he believes
2] Burn not your house to fright the mouse away
3] No news is good news
4] Keep some till further more come
5] It is too late to husband when all is spent
6] Better ask the way than go astray
7] Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards
8] A strong town is not won in an hour
9] The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it
10] Precepts may lead but examples draw
11] Hoist your sail when the wind is fair
12] Let not thy tongue run away with thy brains
13] One pair of heels is often worth two pairs of hands
14] He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune
15] Greedy eaters dig their graves with their teeth.
16] What’s learnt in the cradle lasts till the tomb
17] If you do not enter a tiger’s den, you cannot get its cubs
18] Good to begin well, better to end well.
19] Hard words break no bones
20] Wine and wenches empty men’s purses
21] Marriage is a lottery
22] He who teaches learns
23] Corruption of the best becomes the worst
24] He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow
25] Beggars must not be choosers
26] Out of the frying-pan into the fire
27] Time lost cannot be recalled
28] No remedy but patience
29] Ill news comes often on the back of worse
30] One hour today is worth two tomorrow
31] Every bean has its black
32] Diamond cuts diamond
33] There are more men threatened than stricken
34] An honest good look covers many faults.
35] A watched pot never boils
36] What is a workman without his tools?
37] Hunger is sharper than the sword
38] The bigger they are, the harder they fall
39] All must be as God will
40] Of thy sorrow be not too sad, of thy joy be not too glad
41] Coming events cast their shadows before
42] Don’t hide your light under a bushel
43] Excessive politeness is often a cloak for insincerity
44] Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood
45] Don’t cry before you are hurt
46] Work won’t kill but worry will.
47] A fault once denied is twice committed
48] If the lad goes to the well against his will, either the can will break or the water will spill
49] Naturally the same beans from the same bin.
50] You cannot make a crab walk straight
51] Saving one man’s life is better than building a seven- storied temple.
52] He that boasts of his own knowledge proclaims his ignorance
53] Six feet of earth make all men equal
54] Charity begins at home.
55] Where there is no trust there is no love
56] Ill luck is good for something
57] First come, first served
58] Good company on the road is the shortest cut
59] Every man is the architect of his own fortune
60] Enough is enough
61] The camel never sees its own hump, but that of its brother is always before its eyes
62] It is as natural to die as to be born
63] Anger begins with folly and ends with repentance.
64] No feast lasts forever.
65] God arms the harmless
66] Three helping one another, bear the burthen of six
67] A kind heart loseth nought at last.
68] No garden without its weeds.
69] A knave and a fool never take thought
70] He that will not have peace, God gives him war
71] Gold is tried in the fire
72] Often and little eating makes a man fat
73] Numbers overcome the brave
74] It is no use crying over spilt milk
75] Little things are great to little men
76] With wealth, you are as grand as a dragon; without wealth you are as insignificant as a worm.
77] It is more blessed to give than to receive
78] Jesters do oft prove prophets
79] If one sheep leaps over the ditch (or dyke), all the rest will follow
80] Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone
81] Who greases his way travels easily
82] Words are but wind
83] Idleness (or An idle brain) is the devil’s workshop
84] The bull must be taken by the horns
85] Ill weeds grow apace (or fast)
86] Children speak only words they have heard.
87] Better die a beggar than live a beggar
88] Look at the bright side
89] The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth
90] Live and Learn
91] He that has an ill name is half hanged
92] There is no smoke without fire
93] A man in debt is caught in a net
94] No playing with a straw before an old cat.
95] How who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.
96] It is easy to be wise after the event
97] When the cat is away, the mice will play
98] The best is often the enemy of the good
99] God rejoices when one beggar scratches another
100] You cannot get ivory from a dog’s mouth