Famous Proverbs

1] It is easier to raise the devil than to lay him
2] Words bind men
3] We must not look for a golden life in an iron age
4] An ill payer (or paymaster) never wants an excuse
5] He that has a good memory, gives few alms
6] The little cannot be great unless he devours many
7] Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood
8] Birds once snared fear all bushes
9] A long tongue is a sign of a short hand
10] Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise
11] A little help is worth a deal of pity
12] The cow knows not what her tail is worth till she has lost it
13] There is no royal road to learning
14] Manners and money make a gentleman
15] Charity excuseth not cheating.
16] Slow help is no help
17] No pot so ugly as not to find a cover
18] He that promises too much means nothing
19] You cannot have your cake and eat it
20] Misery acquaints men with strange bedfellows
21] Good advice (or counsel) is beyond price
22] A blister will rise upon one’s tongue that tells a lie
23] Judge not of men and things at first sight
24] Let not your tongue run at rover
25] Hypocrisy is a homage that vice pay to virtue
26] Ready money is a ready remedy
27] Naughty boys sometimes make good men.
28] An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest
29] Too far east is west
30] Habits are at first cobwebs, at last cables
31] One fool praises another
32] As is the mould, so will the cake be.
33] Riches along make no men happy
34] Needs must when the devil drives
35] It is a foolish sheep that makes the wolf his confessor
36] Love is without reason
37] Haste makes waste
38] A bad padlock invites a picklock
39] Despair gives courage to a coward
40] The thing which is rare is dear
41] He that burns most, shines most
42] First think, and then speak
43] The rotten apple injures its neighbours.
44] Second thoughts are best
45] Hope is grief’s best music
46] If you gently touch a nettle, it’ll sting you for your pains; grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains.
47] A living dog is better than a dead lion
48] It is useless to flog a dead horse
49] A good husband makes a good wife
50] The owl thinks her own young fairest
51] A man of many trades, begs his bread on Sunday
52] What can you expect from a hog but a grunt?
53] Tomorrow is another day
54] Experience is the mother of wisdom
55] Ask, and it shall be given to you.
56] Thatch your roof before the rain begins
57] The darkest place is under the candlestick
58] All things are possible with god
59] All’s fish that comes to the net
60] He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow
61] When wine sinks, words swim
62] Virtue is a jewel of great price.
63] Calamity is man’s true touchstone
64] The cat would eat fish and would not wet her feet
65] Everything must have a beginning
66] Forgive and forget
67] Health is great riches
68] Gifts are scorned where givers are despised
69] Enough is as good as a feast
70] The cobbler’s children are always the worst shod
71] The escaped mouse ever feels the taste of the bait.
72] Of the ten fingers, some are long and some are short.
73] Things are only worth one makes them worth
74] Discretion of speech is more than eloquence.
75] An empty purse fills the face with wrinkles
76] Man does what he can, and God what he will
77] On an open plain, the rhododendron is a tall tree
78] An old fox is not easily snared
79] A man must plough with such oxen as he has
80] Forewarned is forearmed
81] He who works before dawn will soon his own master
82] A rich man’s joke is always funny
83] Hope for the best and prepare for the worst
84] Water is the king of food
85] Marriage makes or mars a man
86] From hearing, comes wisdom; from speaking, repentance
87] The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
88] Let the buyer beware
89] Blue are the far away hills
90] He that mischief hatches mischief catches.
91] Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
92] He who sits in the well to observe the sky does not see very much.
93] Love turns pimples
94] Words fly, writings remain
95] Nothing costs so much as what is given us
96] The devil looks after his own
97] Unpaid debts are unforgiven sins
98] He that loveth danger shall perish therein
99] Don’t quarrel with your bread and buffer
100] The longest way round is the shortest way home