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Famous Proverbs

1] The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man
2] There is a time to speak and a time to be silent
3] One beats the bush, and another catches the birds
4] Life begins only in success
5] We can live without our friends, but not without our neighbours
6] They that value not praise, will never do anything worthy of praise
7] A hungry man smells meat afar off
8] Other times, other manners
9] Misery loves company.
10] He who does not rise early never does a good day’s work
11] Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with.
12] The Pen is mightier than the sword
13] The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
14] A man has choice to begin love, but not to end it.
15] Brevity is the soul of wit
16] Home is where the heart is
17] Pleasant hours fly past
18] The peony, though large, is useless; the date blossom, though small, yields fruit
19] Every man praises his own wares
20] Blessed is he who excepts nothing, for he shall never be disappointed
21] The sign brings customers
22] In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
23] The coward threatens only when he is safe
24] Thrift is a great revenue
25] It is too late to call back yesterday
26] East or west, home is best
27] Ill gotten, ill spent
28] Do as say, not as I do
29] Despair gives courage to a coward
30] By his deeds we know a man
31] Busiest men find the most time
32] It is the unexpected that always happens
33] Virtue is its own reward
34] The folly of one man is the fortune of another
35] The hero appears only when the tiger is dead
36] Water is the king of food
37] A good reaper deserves a good sickle.
38] Pitchers have ears
39] Dying is as natural as living
40] An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains
41] There’s no fence against ill fortune.
42] The eye sees only what it has the power of seeing
43] He that boasts of his own knowledge proclaims his ignorance
44] Extremes meet
45] It is not easy to steal when the landlord is a thief
46] War, hunting and love are as full of trouble as pleasure
47] Send a donkey to Paris, he’ll return no wiser than he went
48] One swallow does not make a summer
49] Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
50] Spit to the heavens, and spittle falls on your own nose
51] When two men look after a horse, it will surely be thin; when two families keep a boat, it will surely leak
52] Arms bend inwards – not outwards.
53] A long tongue is a sign of a short hand
54] The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer
55] A miss is as good as a mile
56] Ill – gotten goods never prosper
57] When angry, count a hundred
58] What is deferred is not abandoned
59] What you don’t know can’t hurt you
60] Let like mate with like
61] Full of courtesy, full of craft
62] He who excuses himself accuses himself
63] The ant had wings to her hurt
64] When fortune smiles, embrace her.
65] Idleness (or An idle brain) is the devil’s workshop
66] Law cannot persuade where it cannot punish
67] Gold is tried in the fire
68] Tell the truth and shame the devil
69] A word spoken is past recalling
70] It is good to follow the old fox
71] Four eyes see more than two
72] It’s dogged that does it
73] Do unto others as they should do unto you
74] Bold resolution is the favourite of providence
75] Pardoning the bad is injuring the good
76] You cannot have it both ways
77] He that is fallen cannot help him that is down
78] You are never too old to learn
79] No man is infallible
80] Hoist your sail when the wind is fair
81] You see a man’s face but not his heart.
82] Little things are great to little men
83] Affection blinds reason
84] It at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again
85] Does sound come from an unstruck drum?
86] Plain dealing is best
87] If you sing before breakfast, you’ll cry before night
88] One hand washes the other
89] Do not limp before the lame
90] Burn not your house to fright the mouse away
91] When you do not know what to do – wait.
92] The wise forget an insult, as the ungrateful a kindness
93] He should have (or He needs) a long spoon who sups with the devil
94] Ambition loses many a man
95] Delays are not denials
96] Fool’s haste is no speed
97] God (or Providence) is always on the side of big battalions
98] When wrath speaks, wisdom veils her face.
99] Rats know the ways of rats
100] We always weaken whatever we exaggerate