Famous Proverbs

1] A loveless life is a living death
2] He that has a fellow-ruler, has an over-ruler. ¶ There is no good accord, where every man would be a lord
3] If one sheep leaps o’er the dyke, all the rest will follow
4] Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark
5] A still tongue makes a wise head
6] Eat to live and not live to eat.
7] Don’t burn the candle at both ends
8] The sun shines upon all alike.
9] There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream.
10] Remember, you are but a man
11] Better the last smile than the first laugh
12] Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him
13] Worse things happen at sea
14] There would be no great ones if there were no little ones
15] Know when to spend and when to spare, and you need not be busy, you’ll never be bare
16] Covetousness is the root of all evil
17] It is more pain to do nothing than something
18] A old poacher makes the best gamekeeper
19] God comes at last when think he is farthest off
20] Mirth without measure is madness
21] Don’t cast your pearls before swine
22] Advice when most needed is least heeded
23] If you want peace, prepare for war
24] Things past cannot be recalled
25] An ill tongue may do much
26] Save a stranger from the sea and he’ll turn your enemy
27] Don’t stitch your seam before you’ve tacked it.
28] One cannot put back the clock
29] A straw will show which way the wind blows.
30] Slow and steady wins the race
31] Experience without learning is better than learning without experience
32] The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts
33] Better be born lucky than wise.
34] Punishment is a cripple, but it arrives
35] Example is better than precept
36] Only with a new ruler do you realize the value of the old
37] No garden without its weeds.
38] After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
39] Do unto others as they should do unto you
40] The coward threatens only when he is safe
41] A fool always rushes to the fore.
42] Plain dealing is best
43] Don’t swap horses while crossing a stream
44] How who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.
45] Knowledge has bitter roots but sweet fruits
46] Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards
47] Everything is of use to a housekeeper
48] Good fences make good neighbours
49] To refuse and to give tardily is all the same
50] If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die
51] A nod is as good as wink to a blind horse
52] Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm
53] When fortune smiles, embrace her.
54] What is not even scabies, he makes out to be an ulcer
55] The course of true love never did run smooth
56] Give a fool (or a thief) enough rope and he will hang himself
57] Six feet of earth make all men equal
58] Don’t kick against the pricks
59] Never do evil that good may come of it
60] He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet.
61] He that peeps in at his neighbor’s window may chance to lose his eyes
62] The little cannot be great unless he devours many
63] The bull must be taken by the horns
64] The kind-hearted person has a heavy load.
65] All for one, and one for all.
66] We soon believe what we desire
67] There is more than one way to skin a cat.
68] A wounded reputation is seldom cured
69] Every man has the defects of his own virtues (or qualities)
70] A good servant should never be in the way and never out of the way
71] First things first
72] Haste trips up (or over) its own heels
73] A wise man is never less alone than when alone
74] Exchange (or Fair exchange) is no robbery
75] Man may have a thousand plans, but god’s plan is best
76] One today is worth two tomorrows
77] Much learning makes men mad
78] Sadness and happiness succeed each other.
79] Truth is god’s daughter
80] Three helping one another, bear the burthen of six.
81] Hope springs eternal in the human heart
82] The early man ever borrows from the late man
83] Blessed is he who excepts nothing, for he shall never be disappointed
84] It is better to conceal one’s knowledge than to reveal one’s ignorance
85] Old foxes want no tutors
86] No honest man ever repented his honesty
87] All is fair in love and war
88] He who aims at the moon may hit the top of a tree; he who aims at the top of a tree is unlikely to get off the ground
89] Everybody’s business is nobody’s business
90] The eye is bigger than the belly
91] Poverty is no disgrace but it is a great inconvenience
92] A fault confessed is half redressed
93] You cannot have it both ways
94] Brave actions never want a trumpet.
95] A lion may be beholden to a mouse
96] All doors open to courtesy
97] Envy eats nothing but it own heart
98] Everything is good in its season
99] Love will find a way
100] Dirty water does not wash clean.