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Words of wisdom and thoughts from the ages
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English Proverbs
Fortune favours the brave.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
A bad penny always turns up.
All that glitters is not gold.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Great oaks from little acorns grow.
You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make him drink.
It is better to give than to receive.
No smoke without fire.
It never rains, but it pours.
A house divided cannot stand.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
Many hands make light work.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Love is blind.
All's well that ends well.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Birds of a feather flock together.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
After a storm comes a calm.
Time and tide wait for no man.
As you sow, so you reap.
We must learn to walk before we can run.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
When one door shuts, another opens.
You cannot have your cake and eat it.
Dead men tell no tale
Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer.
One good turn deserves another.
All good things must come to an end.
It is better to be born lucky than rich.
No news is good news.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
You cannot get blood from a stone.
Any port in a storm.
Time is a great healer.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
There is a time and place for everything.
What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
It is easy to be wise after the event.
Nothing venture, nothing gain.
Actions speak louder than words.
Beauty is only skin deep.
The darkest hour is just before dawn.
It is no use crying over spilt milk.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Honesty is the best policy.
It is best to be on the safe side.
The last drop makes the cup run over.
Never let the sun go down on your anger.
One half of the world does not know how the other half lives.
Prevention is better than cure.
Seeing is believing.
There is safety in numbers.
You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
Ask no questions and hear no lies.
Good fences make good neighbours.
Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
In for a penny, in for a pound.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Facts are stubborn things.
Give credit where credit is due.
It never rains but it pours.
Waste not, want not.
The best things come in small packages.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
Better be safe than sorry.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Discretion is the better part of valour.
If you run after two hares you will catch neither.
The early bird catches the worm.
Easy come, easy go.
Attack is the best form of defence.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Variety is the spice of life.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Procrastination is the thief of time
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Blood is thicker than water.
Do not meet troubles half-way.
Fight fire with fire.
It is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Give a man rope enough and he will hang himself.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Every man has his price.
If the cap fits, wear it.
A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse.
First impressions are the most lasting.
Don't change horses in mid stream.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Faith will move mountains.
If you play with fire you get burnt.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
There are two sides to every question.
You don’t get something for nothing.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Curiosity killed the cat.
If you can’t be good, be careful.
April showers bring forth May flowers.
He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day.
Better to be envied than pitied.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Little things please little minds.
Marry in haste repent at leisure.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Never choose your women or linen by candlelight.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
What you don’t know can’t hurt you.
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
All's fair in love and war.
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
Fact is stranger than fiction.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.
Cold hands, warm heart.
The customer is always right.
He who can does, he who cannot, teaches.
You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.
One does not wash one’s dirty linen in public.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Speech is silver, but silence is golden.
If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.
The best things in life are free.
He who laughs last, laughs longest.
If at first you don’t succeed, try ,try again.
You never know what you can do till you try.
There’s none so blind as those who will not see.
You cannot lose what you never had.
A change is as good as a rest.
The difficult is done at once, the impossible takes a little longer.
Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim.
Finders keepers, losers weepers.
Home is where the heart i
Make hay while the sun shines.
The end justifies the means.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
One step at a time.
Never send a boy to do a man’s job.
The squeaking wheel gets the grease.
A trouble shared is a trouble halved.
What goes up must come down.
Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Many are called but few are chosen.
Do unto others as you would they should do unto you.
There is a remedy for everything except death.
Never too old to learn.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
One picture is worth ten thousand words.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.
While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it.
Better late than never.
The tree is known by its fruit.
What can’t be cured must be endured.
New brooms sweep clean.
One swallow does not make a summer.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.
All things come to those who wait.
Do as I say, not as I do.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
To know all is to forgive all.
You can’t win them all.You win a few, you lose a few.
Rome was not built in a day.
There is an exception to every rule.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Never tell tales out of school.
One man’s loss is another man’s gain.
Let well alone.
Forewarned is forearmed.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
No pain, no gain.
The going gets tough, the tough get going.
You can’t tell a book by its cover.
Empty vessels make the most sound.
The more you get the more you want.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
If you want peace, you must prepare for war.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
Let the buyer beware.
The leopard does not change his spots.
A friend in need is a friend in deed.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Work expands so as to fill the time available.
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
He that cannot obey cannot command.
Things past cannot be recalled.
It’s too late to shut the stable-door after the horse has bolted.
Manners maketh man.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
Two heads are better than one.
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
The eyes are the window of the soul.
Eagles don't catch flies.
God helps them that help themselves.
Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning.
No man can serve two masters.
Silence means consent.
The more the merrier.
It’s an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
Like father, like son.
When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.



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