Famous Proverbs

1] It is ill striving against the stream
2] A wise man will learn something even from the words of a fool
3] What’s in a name?
4] When the dog catches mice, it is meddling in the cat’s business.
5] A good lather is half the shave
6] A still tongue makes a wise head
7] Nothing is impossible to a willing heart
8] Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood
9] A hungry man is angry man
10] Soon hot, soon cold
11] Practice what you preach
12] Poor men seek meat for their stomach; rich men stomach for their meat.
13] That voyage never has luck where each one has a vote.
14] The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives
15] He that makes himself a sheep, shall be eaten by the wolf
16] It signifies nothing to play well if you lose.
17] No pot so ugly as not to find a cover
18] If you would wed fitly, wed in your station
19] Numbers overcome the brave
20] He that demands misses not, unless his demands be foolish
21] Good goods are not cheap; cheap goods are not good
22] Look before you leap
23] Laugh before breakfast, you’ll cry before supper
24] A man of many trades, begs his bread on Sunday
25] The rich man thinks of the future, the poor man thinks of today
26] A good garden may have some ill weeds
27] He that has a full purse never wanted a friend
28] Waste is not grandeur
29] The joy of the heart makes the face fair.
30] Pardon makes offenders
31] Whom god loves, his house is sweet to him
32] No choice amongst stinking fish
33] Jesters do oft prove prophets
34] A merchant that gains not, loses
35] Covetousness is the root of all evil
36] Better be alone than in bad company
37] A man of gladness seldom falls into madness
38] Fields have eyes and woods have ears
39] If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty
40] A good name is a rich heritage
41] He laughs best who laughs last
42] It is good sheltering under an old hedge
43] If wishes were horses, beggars would ride (or might ride)
44] It is a foolish bird that soils (or defiles ) its own nest
45] Where there is no trust there is no love
46] A good servant must have good wages
47] No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his intellect
48] It is hard to wive and thrive both in a year
49] Every advantage has its disadvantage
50] A prophet is without honour in his own country
51] He knows the water best who has waded through it
52] Open a book and you profit by what you read
53] Though it rains gold and silver there, it’s a foreign land; though it rains daggers and spears here, it’s our own country
54] The labourer is worthy of his hire
55] There is nothing that costs less than civility
56] Leave well alone
57] Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter
58] The envious man shall never want woe
59] One father is more than a hundred school masters
60] The exception proves the rule
61] That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait
62] One must howl with the wolves
63] The greatest step is that out of doors
64] Waste not, want not
65] An army marches on its stomach
66] Love is never without jealousy
67] Keep not ill men company, lest you increase the number
68] Master easy, servant slack
69] At a good bargain thinks twice
70] Health and gaiety foster beauty.
71] All meat No dish pleases all palates alike pleases not all mouths
72] Old foxes want no tutors
73] There’s a black sheep in every flock
74] He that sleeps sound feels not the toothache
75] He that burns most, shines most
76] Silence gives (or means) consent
77] God rejoices when one beggar scratches another
78] Lend your money and lose a friend
79] Seeing is believing
80] Change brings life
81] No man knows what good is than he who has endured evil
82] Punishment is a cripple, but it arrives
83] Do as the friar says, not as he does
84] A bribe will enter without knocking
85] True doctrines require no miracles
86] God is a sure paymaster
87] The early man ever borrows from the late man
88] No man so good but another may be as good as he
89] Riches rather enlarge than satisfy appetites
90] One is what one eats
91] Friendship is a plant which must be often watered
92] Never try to prove what nobody doubts
93] He who says what he likes shall hear what he does not like
94] Money gives a bold front: it doesn’t talk – it screams
95] Love and business teach eloquence
96] Other times, other manners
97] A man of courage never wants weapons
98] An ass endures his burden but not more than his burden
99] It is safer to hear and take counsel, than give it.
100] Point not at other’s spots with a foul finger