- A bad penny always comes back.
- A bad shearer never had a good sickle.
- A bad workman always blames his tools.
- A bad workman quarrels with his tools
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- A burnt child dreads the fire.
- A cat may look at a king.
- A chain is no stronger than its weakest link."
- A clear conscience is like a coat of mail.
- A clear conscience laughs at false accusation.
- A constant guess is never welcome.
- A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
- A creaking gate hangs long.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- Advice when most needed is least heeded.
- A fair face may hide a foul heart. (Fair face, foul heart.)
- A fault confessed is half redressed.
- A fool and his money are easily parted.
- A fox smells its own lair first."
- A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.
- A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
= A friend to all is a friend to none.
- After a storm comes a calm.
- After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
- After rain comes sunshine.
- A good beginning makes a good ending.
- A good conscience is a safe pillow.
- A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.
- A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
- A handful of trade is a handful of gold.
- A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
- A hundred tricks are not so good as one well-learned trade.
- A jack of all trades is master of none.
- A joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.
- A lamb is as dear to a poor man as an ox to the rich.
- A leopard cannot change his spots.
- A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
- A lie has no legs.
- A little learning is a dangerous thing.
- A little pot is soon hot.
- All are not saints that go to church.
- All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
- All asses wag their ears.
- All bread is not baked in one oven.
- All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.
- All covet, all lose.
- All flowers are not in one garland.
- All good things come to and end.
- All is fair in love and war.
- All is fair in war.
- All is fish that comes to one's net.
- All is flour that comes to his mill.
- All is not at hand that helps.
- All is not gain that is put in the purse.
- All is not lost that is in danger.
- All is well that ends well.
- A man may dig his grave with his teeth.
- A man may lead a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.
- All men are mortal.
- All men cannot be first.
- All one's geese are swans.
- All rivers run into the sea.
- All roads lead to Rome.
- All shall be well, Jack shall have Jill.
- All that glitters is not gold.
- All the wit in the world is not in one head.
- All things are obedient to money.
- All things are difficult before they are easy.
- All things are easy that are done willingly.
- All things are obedient to money.
- All things will come round to him who will but wait.
- All time is no time when it is past.
- All truths are not to be told.
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
- Although it rains, throw not away your watering pot.
- A merry heart makes a long life.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
- An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- An uncut gem goes not sparkle.
- A miss is as good as a mile.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- A person is known by the company he keeps.
- A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison.
- Apparel makes the man.
- April showers bring May flowers.
- A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
- A rolling stone gathers no moss.
- Art has no enemy but ignorance.
- Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth. (Pablo Picasso)
- Art is civilization and civilization is art. (Latin Proverb)
- Art is long, life is short.
- As a man sows, so shall he reap.
- Ask and you shall receive.
- Ask me no questions, I will tell you no lies.
- Ask no questions and hear no lies.
- A soft answer turned away wrath.
- A sound mind lies in a sound body.
- A stitch in time saves nine.
- A straight stick is crooked in the water.
- As you make your bed so you must lie on it.
- As you sow, so shall you reap.
- A thousand friends are few, one enemy is too many.
- A tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye.
- A tree is known by its fruit.
- A woman's work is never done.
- A word to the wise is enough.
- A word once spoken can never be recalled.
Bad news travels fast.
- Barking dogs seldom bite.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
- Beauty is but skin deep.
- Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone.
- Beer before liquor, you'll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you're in the clear.
- Beggars must not be choosers.
- Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
- Better late than never.
- Better safe than sorry.
- Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
- Between two stools you fall to the ground.
- Birds of a feather flock together.
- Bitter pills may have blessed effects.
- Blood is thicker than water.
- Blood will out.
- Boys will be boys.
- Brain is better than brawn.
- Bread is the staff of life.
- Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.
- Brevity is the soul of wit.
- Business before pleasure.
- Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon, lead at night.
- Care killed a cat.
- Charity begins at home.
- Chance favors the prepared mind.
- Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider.
- Close but no cigar.
- Clothes don't make the man.
- Comparisons are odious.
- Constant dripping wears away the stone.
- Cowards die many times, but a brave man only dies once.
- Cross the stream where it is the shallowest.
- Curiosity killed the cat.
- Cut your coat according to your cloth.
Death is the great leveler.
- Deeds, not words.
- Desperate diseases must have desperate cures(remedies).
- Diamond cut diamond.
- Different sores must have different salves.
= Different strokes for different folks.
= Difficulty makes desire.
Diseases come on horseback, but steal away on foot.
= Diseases come on horseback, but go away on foot."
Do as you would be done by.
- Doctors make the worst patients.
= Don't burn your bridges before they're crossed.
= Don't burn your bridges behind you.
- Dog does not cat dog.
- Do in Rome as the Romans do.
- Don't change horses in mid-stream.
- Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
- Don't cross a bridge until you come to it.
= Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
- Don't cry over spilt milk.
- Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
- Don't have too many irons in the fire.
- Don't judge a person by his appearance.
= Don't judge a book by its cover.
- Don't kick against the pricks.
- Don't make a mountain out of a molehill
- Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
- Don't put the cart before the horse.
- Don't quarrel with your bread and butter.
- Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone.
- Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
- Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
- Do unto others as you would have done to you.
Early bird gets the worm.
- Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Easier said than done.
- East or West, home is best.
- Easy come easy go.
- Eat to live, don't live to eat.
- Empty vessels make the most sound.
- Even a worm will turn.
- Every cloud has a silver lining.
Even Homer sometimes nods.
- Everybody's business is nobody's business.
- Every dog has his day.
- Every man has a price.
- Every man has his taste.
- Every rule has its exception.
- Everything comes to him who waits.
- Every why has a wherefore.
- Extremes meet.
Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
- Faint heart never won fair lady.
- Faith will move mountains.
- Familiarity breed contempt.
- Few words are best.
- Fine feathers make fine birds.
= Fine clothes make the man.
- Fine words butter no parsnips.
- Fine words dress ill deeds.
- First come first served.
- Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Forbidden fruit is (the) sweetest.
- Forewarned is forearmed.
- Fortune favors the brave (bold).
Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- God's mill grinds slow but sure.
- Good words cost nothing, but are worth much.
- Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
- Grasp all, lose all.
Hair of the dog that bit you.
- Half a loaf is better than none.
- Hard words break no bones.
- Haste makes waste.
- Hawks will not pick hawks' eyes out.
- Health is better than wealth.
- Heaven helps those who help themselves.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
- Help a lame dog over a stile.
- He laughs best who laughs last.
= He who laughs last laughs longest.
- He that touches pitch shall be defiled.
- He that will lie will steal.
- He that will steal an egg will steal an ox.
- He that will swear will lie.
- He travels the fastest who travels alone.
- He who denies all confesses all.
- He who hesitates is lost.
- He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.
- Hide not your light under a bushel.
- His bark is worse than his bite.
- His bread is buttered on both sides.
- History repeats itself.
- Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.
- Home is where the heart is.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
- Hunger is the best spice.
= Hunger makes good kitchen.
Idle folk have the least leisure.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.
- If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
- If you can't beat them, join them.
- If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.
- In wine there is truth.
It is better to give than to receive.
It is easy to be wise after the event.
- It is never too late to mend.
- It is never too old to learn.
- It is none of your business.
- It is no use crying over spilt milk.
- It is the early bird that gets the worm.
- It never rains, but it pours.
Jack of all trades master of none.
Keep a thing seven years and you will always find a use for it.
- Keep no more cats that catch mice.
- Knowledge is power.
Laughter is the best medicine.
- Learn to walk before you run.
- Learning is the enterprise of a lifetime.
- Least said, soonest mended.
- Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
- Let sleeping dogs lie.
- Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
- Like cures like.
- Like father, like son.
- Live and learn.
- Long absent, soon forgotten.
- Look before you leap.
- Lookers-on see most of the game.
- Love is blind.
- Love me little, love me long.
Make hay while the sun shines.
- Man proposes. God disposes.
- Many a little makes a mickle.
=Every little makes a mickle.
- Many hands make light work.
- Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.
- Men are not to be measured in inches.
- Might is right.
- Money talks.
- Money talks, bullshit walks.
- Money makes the mare go.
- More haste, less speed.
- Much would have more.
- Murder will out.
- Nature abhors a vacuum.
- Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue, to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.
- Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.
- Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Never do things by halves.
- Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
- Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.
- New brooms sweep clear.
- No cross，no crown.
- No man can serve two masters.
- No man is content with his lot.
- No news is good news.
- No pain, no gain.
- No gain without pain.
- None so blind as those who won't see.
- Nothing comes of nothing.
- Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Once bitten, twice shy.
- One doctor only makes work for another."
- One good turn deserves another.
- One swallow does not make a summer.
- One turnip, one pit.
- Opposites attract.
- Out of debt, out of danger.
- Out of sight, out of mind.
Paddle your own canoe.
- Penny saved is a penny earned.
- Penny wise, pound foolish.
- People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
- Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Prevention is better than cure.
- Pride goes before a fall."
- Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Put the saddle on the right horse.
Red sky at night: shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning: shepherd's warning.
- Rome was not built in a day.
- Rules are made to be broken.
Second thoughts are best.
- Seeing is believing.
- Seek and ye shall find.
- Share and share alike.
- Six of one, half dozen of the other.
- Slow and steady wins the race.
- Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.
- Spare the rod, spoil the child.
- Stay hungry, stay foolish.
- Still waters are the deepest.
- Still water runs deep.
- Strike while the iron is hot.
Talk is cheap.
Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.
- Take the rough with the smooth.
- The bait hides the hook.
- The best fish swims near the bottom.
- The best things in life are free.
- The biter is sometimes bit.
- The child is father of the man.
- The coat makes the man.
- The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
- The early bird gets the worm.
- The end justifies the means.
- The first step to health is to know that we are sick.
- The fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.
- The last straw breaks the camel's neck.
- The leopard cannot change his spots.
- The pen is mightier than sword.
- The pot called the kettle black.
- The proof of pudding is in the eating.
- There are two sides to every question.
- There is a black sheep in every flock.
- There is always a calm before a storm.
- There is no rose without a thorn.
- There is no smoke without fire.
- The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
- The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
- The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.
- Think before you speak.
- Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
- Time and tide wait for no man.
- Time is money.
- To each his own.
- To err is human; to forgive, divine.
- Too many cooks spoil the broth.
- To teach a fish how to swim.
- Turn a stumbling block into a stepping stone.
- Two heads are better than one.
- Two of a trade can never than one.
Variety is the spice of life.
Virtue is its own reward.
- Walls have ears.
- Waste not, want not.
- We all make mistakes.
- Well begun is half done.
- We must take the bad with the good.
- What can't be cured must be endured.
- What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Whatever a man sow, that shall he also reap.
- What goes around comes around.
- What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
- When the cat's away, the mice will play.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
- When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.
- Where one door shuts, another opens.
- Where there is a will there is a way.
While there's life, there's hope.
- Who keeps company with the wolves, will learn to howl.
- Words cut more than swords.
You can lead (take) a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
- You cannot burn the candle at both ends.
- You cannot get blood out of a stone.
- You can't have your cake and eat it too.
- You cannot sell the cow and drink the milk.
- You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
- You can't have it both ways.
- You can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.
- You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
- You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
- You have to crawl before you can walk.