Famous Proverbs

1] With seven nurses, the child loses its eye
2] A man of courage never wants weapons
3] Hypocrisy is a homage that vice pay to virtue
4] Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it.
5] Better at home than a mile from it
6] An honest good look covers many faults.
7] You cannot serve God and Mammon
8] Dogs bark as they are bred.
9] He that asks faintly begs a denial.
10] He that sleeps sound feels not the toothache
11] When a man is happy, he does not hear the clock strike
12] The word is far him who has patience
13] Lend only that which you can afford to lose
14] Don’t hide your light under a bushel
15] Even the lion must defend itself against flies
16] Give a loan and buy quarrel
17] The last suitor wins the maid
18] Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
19] If the wise erred not, it would go hard with fools.
20] In all the weeding cake, hope is the sweetest plum.
21] A good conscience is a constant feast
22] Don’t take a bull in to a china shop.
23] Sooner will men hold fore in the mouth than keep a secret
24] Light grows the burden which is well borne
25] Haste is of (or from) the devil
26] Beauty is potent but money is omnipotent
27] A hedge between keeps friendship green
28] There’s small choice in rotten apples.
29] The garment worn determines how one is served
30] The pitcher goes so often to me well that it is broken at last
31] Through indecision, opportunity is often lost.
32] Barking dogs seldom bite
33] Rats know the ways of rats
34] What’s learnt in the cradle lasts till the tomb
35] A single filament of silk does not make a thread; a single tree does not make a forest
36] If you wish good advice, consult an old man
37] Of the ten fingers, some are long and some are short.
38] Children and fools cannot lie.
39] He who cannot bear misfortune is truly unfortunate.
40] Wait’ is a hard word to the hungry.
41] After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
42] Well begun is half done.
43] Before you marry, be sure of a house wherein to tarry
44] The wisest of the wise may err.
45] As soon as there is life there is danger
46] A successful man is seldom at ease; a life of ease does not breed success
47] They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts
48] Quarrels do not last long if the wrong is only on one side
49] Debt is an evil conscience
50] Better late than never, but better never late
51] Judge not of men and things at first sight
52] Nothing is so bad but might have been worse
53] Company in misery makes it light
54] Books and friends should be few but good
55] Speech is silver, silence is golden
56] A fool may give a wise man counsel
57] All work and no play makes jack a dull boy
58] No man better knows what good is than he who has endured evil
59] Cloudy mornings turn to clear afternoons
60] Come with the wind, got with the water
61] Success has many friends
62] Corn him well and he will work better
63] Had I fish’ was never good with garlic
64] Never was a cat or dog drowned, that could but see the shore
65] Valour would fight, but discretion would run away
66] He who can wait obtains what he wishes.
67] Precept begins, examples accomplish
68] The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one
69] Lend, and lose the loan or gain an enemy
70] It is ill striving against the stream
71] Half a loaf is better than do bread
72] Once a knave, always a knave
73] Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today
74] When it pleases not God, the saint can do little
75] The dancing girl who could not dance, said that the hall was not big enough.
76] Hasty work, double work,
77] The peacock has fair features, but foul feet.
78] You never know your luck
79] Man does what he can, and God what he will
80] It the counsel be good, no matter who gave it.
81] To err is human; to forgive, divine
82] One can’t go to bed when a visit or stays late
83] Trouble brings experience and experience brings wisdom
84] As you plant wild grass, you won’t get a crop of rice.
85] Take heed is a fair thing
86] Good advice is often annoying, bad advice never.
87] Let people laugh, as long as I am warm
88] An ill marriage is a spring of ill fortune
89] A man’s best fortune, or his worst, is a wife
90] Fortune knocks once at everyone’s door (or gate)
91] The young will sow their wild oats
92] A mouse may help a lion
93] The faulty stands on his guard
94] Do as say, not as I do
95] Misfortune tells us what fortune is
96] You cannot catch old birds with chaff
97] Sow thin and mow thin
98] A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country and in his home
99] Hunger is the teacher of many
100] A rolling stone gathers no moss