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English proverbs and sayings

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Good clothes open all doors.

Idleness rusts the mind.

Love conquers all.

Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.

Time is money.  (a famous English proverb)

Не who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.

Diseases are the interests of pleasures.

Better luck next time.

Expectation is better than realization.

Take heed of the snake in the grass.

Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.

Near is my shirt, but nearer is my skin.

Little and often fills the purse.

Hate not at the first harm.

Ceaser’s wife must be beyond suspicion.

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

Dogs that bark at a distance don’t bite at hand.

My house is my castle.  (a famous English proverb)

The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest.

Не that will not work shall not eat.

Make the best of a bad job.

Words cut more than swords.

Plenty is no plague.

Tradition wears a snowy beard.

If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have.

A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Who chatters to you will chatter of you.

Life is short and time is swift

Every tub must stand on its own bottom.

Opportunity makes the thief.

It is love that makes the world go around.

No garden without its weeds.

You can’t unscramble eggs.

Не that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing.

A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.

A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.

Не must needs swim that is held up by the chin.

A sound mind in a sound body.

Who has never tasted bitter knows not what is sweet.

Grain by grain, and the hen fills her belly.

Не dances well to whom fortune pipes.

Не that comes first to the hill, may sit where he will.

Pride goes before a fall.

The wish is father to the thought.

An honest man’s word is as good as his bond.

The first blow is half the battle.

Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it.

Nothing comes from nothing.

If you agree to carry the calf they’ll make you carry the cow.

Не that will thrive, must rise at five.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

Death when it comes will have no denial.

Nothing is given so freely as advice.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.

Words pay no debts.

Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

As is the workman, so is the work.

All doors open to courtesy.

Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.

It is the first step that costs.

A bully is always a coward.

Slow but sure.

What we do willingly is easy.

Не who sleeps catches no fish.

Children and fools must not play with edged tools.

Tomorrow is another day.

Bе slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.

The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream.

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.

Fortune knocks once at least at every man’s gate.

Wit is better than wealth.

Standers-by see more than gamesters.

Kind hearts are more than coronets.

One today is worth two tomorrows.

Much water runs by the mill that the miller knows not of.

Woe to him who is alone.

The best fish smell when they are three days old.

Muck and money go together.

Saying and doing are two things.

The weakest goes to the wall.

Love not at the first look.

Revenge is sweet.

Repentance is good, but innocence is better.

Не who likes borrowing dislikes paying.

When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window.

Poverty is no sin.

Every tub must stand on its own bottom.

Love lives in cottages as well as in courts.

Great spenders are bad lenders.

A door must be either shut or open.

When angry, count a hundred.

Haste makes waste.

One swallow does not make a summer.

Forbidden fruit is’ sweet.

Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm.

A little help is worth a deal of pity.

Hunger is the best sauce.

Praise is not pudding.

Penny and penny laid up will be many.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Every why has a wherefore.

When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

Know your own faults before blaming others for theirs.

Times change.

If the sky falls, we shall catch larks.

Drink is the source of evil.

Вe slow to promise and quick to perform.

You cannot flay the same ox twice.

Work done, have your fun.

Circumstances alter cases.

The bait hides the hook.

Wit once bought is worth twice taught.

Bread never falls but on its buttered side.

There is no place like home.

The unexpected always happens.

Fortune is easily found, but hard to be kept.

Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.

A fair face may hide a foul soul.

Every day is not Sunday.

When anger blinds the mind, truth disappears.

Eat with pleasure, drink with measure.

Once a thief, always a thief.

None but the brave deserve the fair.

Every day is not Sunday.

The voice of the people is the voice of God.

Do in Rome as the Romans do.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

Не is never at ease that is angry.

A good friend is my nearest relation.

Don’t pour out the dirty water before you have clean.

It is a sad heart that never rejoices.

Не that knows nothing doubts nothing.

Everything comes to him who waits.

Fish and company stink in three days.

Pity is akin to love.

The best is often the enemy of the good.

Ill-gotten goods never prosper.

Better suffer a great evil than do a small one.

There is nothing new under the sun.

Nothing risk, nothing win.

Old friends and old wine are best.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Не who hesitates is lost.

An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.

Variety is the spice of life.

One volunteer is worth two pressed men.

The rotten apple injures its neighbours.

Не begins to die that quits his desires.

You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.

Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.

A lone sheep is in danger of the wolf.

Never make threats you cannot carry out.

Unbidden guests are welcome when they are gone.

Не who laughs at crooked men should need walk very straight.

Не that mischief hatches, mischief catches.

Не is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.

It is better to give than to take.

Не that fears lives not.

Love your neighbour, yet pull not down your fence.

There are two sides to every question.

Love is not found in the market.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

A threatened blow is seldom given.

There is no friend so faithful as a good book.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast.

What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

At heed one sees who his friend is.

The dog that trots about finds a bone.

Fair without, foul within.

A little body often harbours a great soul.

It is a foolish bird that soils its own nest.

The glass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Slow and steady wins the race.

That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass.

No one is a fool always, every one sometimes.

After death the doctor.

Every dog is a lion at home.

One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine.

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity virtue.

They brag most who can do least.

An ill wound is cured, not an ill name.

Many commanders sink the ship.

Like draws to like.

Every man to his taste.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

A forgetful head makes a weary pair of heels.

Не is not the best carpenter that makes the most chips.

The moon does not heed the barking of the dogs.

Не that pays the piper calls the tune.

Не that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.

A child may have too much of his mother’s blessing.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Who will not keep a penny never shall have any.

A honey tongue, a heart of gall.

A small leak will sink a great ship.

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.

The child says nothing but what is heard by the fire.

Не that loses his honesty has nothing else to lose.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Absence makes heart grow fonder.

As the tree falls, so shall it lie.

If it were not for hope, the heart would break.

It is a poor mouse that has only one hole.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

A covetous man is good to none but worst to himself.

Не who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.

Good words cost nothing and arc worth much.

A merry heart is a good medicine.

Don’t sell the bear’s skin before you’ve caught it.

The eye is the mirror of the soul.

When one door shuts another opens.

The longest day must have an end.

Ninety per cent of inspiration is perspiration.

Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.

The camel going to seek horns lost his ears.

Custom is the second nature.

Do not look upon the vessel but upon that which it contains.

Prettiness dies first.

One barking dog sets the whole street a barking.

The devil is not so black as he is painted.

Standing pools gather filth.

Unkindness destroys love.

Between two evils it is not worth choosing.

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.

No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold.

The great fish eat up the small.

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Experience is the mother of wisdom.

Не that lies down with dogs must rise with fleas.

It is a great life if you don’t weaken.

As the tree, so the fruit.

Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

All are good lasses, but whence come bad wives?

There is poison in good wine.

Two’s company, three’s none.

There is many a slip «twixt the cup and the lip.

Happiness takes no account of time.

Don’t cut the bough you are standing on.

The beaten road is the safest.

Tell me with whom you go and I’ll tell you what you do.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

There is a great force in soft command.

Cunning craft is but the ape of wisdom.

It is easier to pull down than to build.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Don’t wash your dirty linen in public.

Short debts make long friends.

One sheep follows another.

If an ass bray at you, don’t bray at him.

Too much pudding will choke the dog.

Не that is afraid of wounds must not come near a battle.

The biggest fools have the best luck.

All is well that ends well.

Не that will not be counselled cannot be helped.

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

There are more ways to the wood than one.

A great ship asks deep waters.

The game is not worth the candle.

All lay loads on a willing horse.

No man is wise at all times.

When the word is out it belongs to another.

The labourer is worthy of his hire.

One must draw back in order to leap better.

Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.

Waste not, want not.

Не is not poor that has little, but he that desires much.

Не that is warm thinks all so.

Long ways, long lies.

New lord, new laws.

There is no time like the present.

Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown.

A lot of water has flown under the bridge since that time.

They are rich who have true friends.

Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.

When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.

Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan.

There is life in the old dog yet.

Let bygones be bygones.

War is sweet to them that know it not.

Charity begins at home.

The cat would eat fish and wouldn’t wet her paws.

A silent fool is counted wise.

Don’t quarrel with your bread and butter.

If my aunt had been a man, she would have been my uncle.

One body is nobody.

Self done is well done.

You cannot wash charcoal white.

A beggar can never be bankrupt.

Every dog is valiant at his own door.

What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.

Business is the salt of life.

Books and friends should be few but good.

If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.

Get a name to rise early, and you may lie all day.

Everything is good in its season.

Hasty love is soon hot and soon cold.

A city that parleys is half gotten.

The feet are slow when the head wears snow.

When the cat is away, the mice will play.

All cats are grey in the dark.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Better the last smile than the first laughter.

Catch as catch can.

A tree is known by its fruit.

Love is blind.

Company in distress makes trouble less.

Every cock sings in his own manner.

As welcome as flowers in may.

Hawk will not pick out hawk’s eyes.

All will come out in the washing.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Diligence is the mother of success.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The receiver is as bad as the thief.

Better one-eyed than stone-blind.

Death is the great leveller.

No rose without a thorn.

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

Business before pleasure.

Не knows the water well who has waded through it.

Who goes more bare than the shoemaker’s wife and the smith’s mare.

The highest tree has the greatest fall.

One thing at a time.

Не goes long barefoot than waits for dead man’s shoes.

None so deaf as those that won’t hear.

Children are poor men’s riches.

It is never too late to mend.

Prosperity makes friends, and adversity tries them.

Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.

One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.

When a thing is done, advice comes too late.

Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

The belly is not filled with fair words.

Paddle your own canoe.

You may lead a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink.

Nothing hurts more than truth.

All in good time.

Не that shoots oft at last shall hit the mark.

Better one small fish than an empty dish.

A watched pot never boils.

East or West, home is best.

After rain comes fair weather.

Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Burn not your house to frighten the mouse away.

A miserly father makes a prodigal son.

The end crowns the work.

If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.

If two men ride on a horse, one must sit behind.

Salt cooks bear blame, but fresh bear shame.

One law for the rich and another for the poor.

One scabbed sheep will mar a whole flock.

If we can’t as we would, we must do as we can.

Name not a rope in his house that was hanged.

All bread is not baked in one oven.

A small leak will sink a great ship.

Men must do as they may, not as they would.

No man can make a good coat with bad cloth.

Не that will steal an egg will steal an ox.

Be just before you are generous.

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Too much water drowned the miller.

The sting of a reproach is the truth of it.

The devil knows many things because he is old.

What can’t be cured must be endured.

The pitcher goes so often to the well that it is broken at last.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

If things were to be done twice all would be wise.

First think, then speak.

То know everything is to know nothing.

The scalded cat fears cold water.

Handsome is as handsome does.

Every Jack has his Jill.

What must be must be.

Praise is no pudding.

The chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

If one sheep leaps over the ditch, all the rest will follow.

When things are at the worst they are sure to mend.

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

Pigs grunt about everything and nothing.

Adversity is a good teacher.

An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle.

Не who would eat the nut must first crack the shell.

It is the unexpected that always happens.

Не that fears you present will hate you absent.

A great fortune is a great slavery.

Every one’s faults are not written in their foreheads.

Praise makes good men better and bad men worse.

Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.

The more you have, the more you want.

Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it.

Things are seldom what they seem.

You cannot sell the cow and drink the milk.

United we stand, divided we fall.

No fool like an old fool.

The sun will shine down our street too.

Better to ask the way than to go astray.

No use pumping a dry well.

Не that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

Borrowed garments never fit well.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.

Fools and madmen speak the truth.

What is worth doing is worth doing well.

Не that does not respect is not respected.

Failure teaches success.

Other times, other manners.

A lazy man is the beggar’s brother.

There is no smoke without fire.

Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Не is a good friend who speaks well of us behind our backs.

Empty vessels make the most sound.

After a storm comes a calm.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

If you want a pretence to whip a dog, say that he ate a frying-pan.

The hole calls the thief.

A good name keeps its lustre in the dark.

That which was bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

Everything comes to him who waits.

Soon learn, soon forgotten.

Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach.

Seldom seen, soon forgotten.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Quick at meat, quick at work.

Never try to prove what nobody doubts.

An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.

Fortune is fickle.

A light purse is a heavy curse.

Follow the river and you’ll get to the sea.

Не jests at scars that never felt a wound.

When guns speak it is too late to argue.

Never tell your enemy that your foot aches.

A good name will sell itself.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

A stick is quickly found to beat a dog with.

Idle folks lack no excuses.

When children stand quiet, they have done some harm.

Quick choice — long repentance.

Саге he has that children will keep.

Better be born lucky than rich.

Virtue lives when beauty dies.

The wind can’t be caught in a net.

Slow help is no help.

One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous.

Не is lifeless that is faultless.

Too much knowledge makes the head bald.

Не that always complains is never pitied.

A friend’s frown is better than a foe’s smile.

He that sups with the devil must have a long spoon.

A bird is known by its note and a man by his talk.

A light purse makes a heavy heart.

Truth can be blamed, but cannot be shamed.

History repeats itself.

Не cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue.

An old fox is not easily snared.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

Не lives long that lives well.

As the old cock crows, so does the young.

When Queen Anne was alive.

No friendship is strong that owes its rise to a pot.

First impressions are most lasting.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.

No flying from fate.

Even sugar itself may spoil a good dish.

Blind man can judge no colours.

Never write what you dare not sign.

All are not saints that go to church.

A foul morn may turn to a fair day.

Friendless is poor.

A burnt child dreads the fire.

All truths are not to be told.

Iron hand (или fist) in a velvet glove.

No news is good news.

Beggars cannot be choosers.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

Prevention is better than cure.

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

As old as the hills.

Hunger breaks stone walls.

Luck goes in cycles.

A constant guest is never welcome.

A fool always rushes to the fore.

Love is stronger than death.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

The wider we roam, the welcomer home.

The tailor’s wife is the worst clad.

Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose.

Love and cough cannot be hid).

Не is not poor that has little, but he that desires much.

If you try to please all you will please none.

An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup.

Gluttony kills more men than the sword.

A cracked bell can never sound well.

No wool is so white that a dyer cannot blacken.

Good company on the road is the shortest cut.

There is small choice in rotten apples.

One lie makes many.

One chick keeps a hen busy.

Not to advance is to retreat.

Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry.

If you dance you must pay the fiddler.

They must hunger in winter that will not work in summer.

A good dog deserves a good bone.

Want is the mother of industry.

Bind the sack before it is full.

Better be envied than pitied.

Mother’s darlings are but milksop heroes.

Four eyes see more than two.

Penny-wise and pound-foolish.

As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks.

Better some of the pudding than none of the pie.

Promise is debt.

Fast enough is well enough.

Wade not in unknown waters.

A good name is sooner lost than won.

Catch the bear before you sell his skin.

If you try to please all, you will please none.

Better be envied than pitied.

Great talkers are little doers.

False friends are worse than open enemies.

Не will never set the Thames on fire.

First deserve and then desire.

Learn to creep before you leap.

They stumble that run fast.

Life is not all clear sailing in calm waters.

Money is the root of all evil.

Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.

Respect is greater from a distance.

Better a glorious death than a shameful life.

There is no rule without an exception.

Wear the old coat and buy a new book.

Better unborn than untaught.

The worse luck now, the better another time.

Honey is not for the ass’s mouth.

Saying and doing are two things.

Much ado about nothing.

Fish begins to stink at the head.

Better deny at once than promise long.

What is the good of a sundial in the shade?

Master your temper lest it masters you.

In at one ear and out at the other.

Care killed the cat.

As the call, so the echo.

Bad luck often brings good luck.

Wealth like want ruins many.

You cannot get blood out of stone.

Better die standing than live kneeling.

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes; fools by their own.

There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.

Many kiss the hand they wish to cut off.

Не who begins many things, finishes but few.

There is no accounting for tastes.

The best fish swim near the bottom.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

What is done by night appears by day.

Between promising and performing a man may marry his daughter.

Silence is golden.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Не is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.

When it rains it rains on all alike.

If you laugh before breakfast, you’ll cry before supper.

Make hay while the sun shines.

The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.

The fox is not taken twice in the same snare.

Just as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.

Don’t teach fishes to swim.

Never cast dirt into that fountain if which you have sometime drunk.

Не who is born a fool is never cured.

More than enough is too much.

Every medal has two sides.

Every flow must have its ebb.

Не knows best what good is that has endured evil.

Hope is a poor man’s bread.

It is ill striving against the stream.

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Joys shared with others are more enjoyed.

Much gold, much care.

Lend your money and lose your friend.

Better be a fool than a knave.

In the country of the blind one — eyed man is a king.

Give and take.

The exception proves the rule.

Far from eye, far from heart.

Better to do well than to say well.

Self done is soon done.

No joy without alloy.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

When wine is in, wit is out.

You cannot put old heads on young shoulders.

In a long journey a straw weighs.

Friends are thieves of time.

Evil communications corrupt good manners.

Don’t set the fox to keep your geese.

Better be alone than in bad company.

Не is a good man whom fortune makes better.

In every beginning think of the end.

Do not cast pearls before swine.

Don’t trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.

Early to bed and early to rise makes people healthy, wealthy and wise.

Keen eyes are small gain in the head without brain.

Company in distress makes trouble less.

One link broken, the whole chain is broken.

An empty sack cannot stand upright.

Hares may pull dead lions by the beard.

A civil denial is better than a rude grant.

Never buy a pig in a poke.

Money has no smell.

Every man for himself, and God for us all.

In the evening one may praise the day.

Perseverance performs greater works than strength.

Fine feathers make fine birds.

Не that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.

Familiarity brings contempt.

Wealth is nothing without health.

The early bird gets the late one’s breakfast.

Hear much, speak little.

Many wish, but few will.

Не knows much who knows how to hold his tongue.

An old dog barks not in vain.

Men may meet but mountains never greet.

No wisdom like silence.

Every law has a loophole.

Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Avoid evil and it will avoid you.

One scabby sheep will mar a whole frock.

Learn wisdom by the follies of others.

Не that has a full purse never wanted a friend.

Velvet paws hide sharp claws.

Riches take wing, honour will cling.

Не gives twice who gives in a trice.

No good building without good foundation.

One cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.

Make not your sauce till you have caught the fish.

Every man is of importance to himself.

Barking dogs seldom bite.

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.

You will never see good and bad to agree.

Enough is as good as a feast.

Speak fair and think what you like.

No great loss without some small gain.

Better speak truth rudely than lie covertly.

No man is indispensable.

Never do things by halves.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

With time and patience the leaf of the mulberry bush becomes satin.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Politeness costs nothing, but yields much.

Forbearance is no acquittance.

Time and tide wait for no man.

He begins to die that quits his desires.

Good health is above wealth.

Не who says what he likes, shall hear what he doesn’t like.

Hatred is blind, as well as love.

Нe that never climbed never fell.

Better go to bed supper less than rise in debt.

If you throw mud enough, some of it will stick.

No longer pipe, no longer dance.

What is good for one is bad for another.

All are not friends that speak us fair.

All promises are either broken or kept.

Who breaks, pays.

Fortune favours the brave.

No gain without pain.

Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Sweep before your own door.

Once bitten, twice shy.

It takes two to make a quarrel.

Не deserves not the sweetest that will not taste the sour.

First come, first served.

A bargain is a bargain.

The darkest hour is before the dawn.

Waste not, want not.

Не that loves the tree, loves the branch.

Hide not your light under a bushel.

As snug as a bug in a rug.

Light gains make heavy purses.

Self conies first.

As like as two peas.

Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals.

Little and sweet.

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

Geese with geese and women with women.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

No man is his craft’s master the first day.

Don’t cry before you are hurt.

No herb will cure love.

Everything must have a beginning.

Time works wonders.

A good marksman may miss.

Give him an inch and he’ll take a mile.

The cobbler should stick to his last.

Lose a leg rather than life.

An oak is not felled with one stroke.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.

A man who has not been flogged is not educated.

No man is infallible.

Send not a cat for lard.

No sweet without some sweat.

Constant dripping wears away the stone.

Take things as you find them.

Wink at small faults.

Like teacher, like pupil.

Be slow to promise and quick to perform.

The unexpected always happens.

Don’t whistle until you are out of the wood.

Marriage is a lottery.

Promise little, but do much.

Never spur a willing horse.

Every bird likes its own nest.

What we do willingly is easy.

It will be a forward cock that crows in the shell.

Wake not a sleeping lion.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Best defence is attack.

Speaking without thinking is shooting without aiming.

Blood is thicker than water.

Adversity overcome is the greatest glory.

Actions speak louder than words.

With foxes we must play the fox.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Не who scrubs every pig he sees will not long be clean himself.

No man can call again yesterday.

So many countries, so many customs.

Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.

God helps those who help themselves.

Anger is a short madness.

Lightly come, lightly go.

The voice of one man is the voice of none.

Of two evils choose the least.

Between the cup and lip a morsel may slip.

Every miller draws water to his own mill.

Between two stools you fall to the ground.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream.

Wash your dirty linen at home.

Love will creep where it may not go.

Envy has no holiday.

All lay loads on a willing horse.

Example is better than precept.

One good turn deserves another.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

No pains, no gains.

Better ride an ass that carries us than a horse that throws us.

Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.

Harp not for ever on the same string.

Meekness is not weakness.

Fine words dress ill deeds.

Deliver your words not by number but by weight.

A good beginning makes a good ending.

Old foxes want no tutors.

Faint heart never won fair lady.

You never know what you can do till you try.

Can the leopard change his spots?

Let well alone.

The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.

Law makers should not be law breakers.

Don’t play with fire.

We shall see what we shall see.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Nothing seek, nothing find.

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas.

Better an open enemy than a false friend.

Confession is good for the soul.

Nightingales will not sing in a cage.

The face is the index of the mind.

Little children, little sorrow, big children, big sorrow.

A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.

I will either win the saddle or lose the horse.

Не knows how many beans make five.

Cast not the first stone.

The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.

Caution is the parent of safety.

Any port in a storm.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

Old friends and old wine are best.

Old love does not rust.

Pleasant hours fly fast.

It is not the gay coat that makes the gentleman.

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Не is a fool who forgets himself.

A tree must be bent while young.

There is safety in numbers.

It is too late to lock the stable when the horse has been stolen.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself.

As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.

Truth will out.

Any port in a storm.

Art is long, life is short.

War is the sport of kings.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

No longer pipe, no longer dance.

Cheats never prosper.

Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.

It is never too late to learn.

What the heart thinks the tongue speaks.

Stolen pleasures are sweetest.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

A tattler is worse than a thief.

A fool’s tongue runs before his wit.

Wine is in, truth is out.

Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings.

Zeal in good case is commendable.

Lost time is never found again.

Не that has a great nose thinks everybody speaks of it.

Need makes the old wife trot.

Don’t empty the baby out with the bath water.

Counsel breaks not the head.

Не smells best that smells of nothing.

The thread breaks where it is weakest.

A soft answer turns away wrath.

Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.

When it rains pottage you must hold up your dish.

Two in distress makes sorrow less.

We are all slaves of opinion.

Patience brings everything about.

Idleness is the root of all evil.

A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

Silence gives consent.

Не who gains time gains everything.

An open door may tempt a saint.

Through obedience learn to command.

When candles are out all cats are grey.

Believe not all that you see, nor half what you hear.

Не gains enough who misses all ill turn.

A wager is a fool’s argument.

When in doubt do nothing.

Small rain lays great dust.

No great loss without some small gain.

Grasp all, lose all.

Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Better late than never.

A close mouth catches no flies.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Money often unmakes the men who make it.

Cowards are cruel.

A forced kindness deserves no thanks.

One cannot be in two places at once.

Не most prevails who nobly dares.

If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.

We soon believe what we desire.

It’s one thing to flourish and another to fight.

Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.

Like parents, like children.

Every path has a puddle.

Не that is ill to himself will be good to nobody.

A new broom sweeps clean.

Make haste slowly.

A great dowry is a bed full of brambles.

The royal crown cures not the headache.

Beauty lies in lover’s eyes.

An ox taken by the horns.

Cheek brings success.

It is a good horse that never stumbles.

It is good fishing in troubled waters.

Good health is above wealth.

A hungry man is an angry man.

Great deeds live.

Better never begin than never make an end.

Every man has his faults.

Не that all men will please shall never find ease.

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Doing is better than saying.

There are spots even in the sun.

Good advice is beyond price.

Practice makes perfect.

Honour and profit lie not in one sack.

The last drop makes the cup run over.

A joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.

The day is lost on which you did not laugh.

A liar is not believed when he tells the truth.

In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.

Не who swims in sin will sink in sorrow.

The cask savours of the first fill.

The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love.

A still tongue makes a wise head.

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.

An evil chance seldom comes alone.

In for a penry, in for a pound.

Не that endures is not overcome.

The less said the better.

Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary.

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.

Character is prosperity.

One law for the rich, and another for the poor.

A good deed is never lost.

A man is as old as he feels, a woman as old as she looks.

All men can’t be first.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

It is easy to be wise after the event.

Give a fool rope enough, and he will hang himself.

Money begets money.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

Love is ageless.

There is a time to speak and a time to be silent.

The act proves the intention.

Discontent is the first step to progress.

Honours change manners.

A good name is better than riches.

Nothing is lost for asking.

Не is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.

A great city, a great solitude.

Lazy folks take the most pains.

They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Happiness takes no account of time.

Last, but not least.

What can you expect from a hog but a grunt?

Time is the great healer.

Laws catch flies but let hornets free.

Better lose a jest than a friend.

Men make houses, women make homes.

If you wish good advice ask an old man.

Despair gives courage to a coward.

Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain.

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Store is no sore.

If you want peace, prepare for war.

Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday — but never jam today.

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.

Не that lives a knave will hardly die an honest man.

A small spark makes a great fire.

Much is expected where much is given.

Might goes before right.

Opportunity seldom knocks twice.

Score twice before you cut once.

When a friend asks there is no tomorrow.

In the evening one may praise the day.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

The appetite comes with eating.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

То lengthen your life, lessen your meals.

Life is made up of little things.

Little wit in the head makes much work for the feet.

A word spoken is past recalling.

Love laughs at locksmiths.

A good face is a letter of recommendation.

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.

Drive the nail that will go.

Foolish fear doubles danger.

Do not boast until you see the enemy dead.

Fools never know when they are well.

He that dares not venture must not complain of ill luck.

A good anvil does not fear the hammer.

A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.

Не lives long that lives well.

The evils we bring on ourselves are hardest to bear.

Sink or swim.

Не works best who knows his trade.

Diet cures more than lancet.

Think not on what you lack as much as on what you have.

Desires are nourished by delays.

Не that has a tongue in his mouth can find his way anywhere.

The biter is sometimes bit.

Life is not a bed of roses.

Haste makes waste.

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be.

Little things please little minds.

The old cow thinks she was never a calf.

Love makes all hearts gentle.

When all men speak, no man hears.

Не that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages.

It is an equal failing to trust everybody and to trust nobody.

Experience is the best teacher.

After meat comes mustard.

He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens.

Better the foot slip than the tongue.

As you make your bed, so must you lie on it.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

If the cap fits, wear it.

Ill news conies apace.

One man’s fault is another man’s lesson.

Better bend the neck than bruise the forehead.

Punctuality is the politeness of kings.

A faithful friend is a medicine of life.

There is no royal road to learning.

When war begins, the devil makes the hell bigger.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

A miss is as good as a mile.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

A good example is the best sermon.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

There is a crook in the life of everyone.

A word is enough to the wise.

You cannot touch pitch and not be defiled.

A foul morning may turn to a fine day.

They need much whom nothing will content.

Diamond cut diamond.

When I lent I had a friend; when I asked he was unkind.

Knowledge is power.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Не that has no money needs no purse.

Не that once deceives is ever suspected.

Nothing so bad, as not to be good for something.

Nothing is as good as it seems beforehand.

Men are best loved farthest off.

Nothing venture, nothing have.

All are not thieves that dogs bark at.

While there’s life, there’s hope.

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

As many heads, as many wits.

When the pinch comes, you remember the old shoe.

The receiver is as bad as the thief.

Clothes do not make the man.

Like mother, like daughter.

Debt is the worst poverty.

As welcome as water in one’s shoes.

We never know the value of water till the well is dry.

What is done cannot be undone.

Judge not of men and things at first sight.

Measure thrice and cut once.

Extremes meet.

Life is not all cakes and ale.

If he cannot bite, he scratches.

Adversity flatters no man.

We never know the value of water till the well is dry.

A creaking gate hangs long.

Evil communications corrupt good manners.

The heart that once truly loves never forgets.

Poverty breeds strife.

A hedge between keeps friendship green.

Cheapest is the dearest.

Health is better than wealth.

It is easy to swim if another holds up your chin.

False friends are worse than open enemies.

Facts are stubborn things.

Не laughs best who laughs last.

Cheek brings success.

Vows made in storm are forgotten in calms.

You must grin and bear it.

Love cannot be forced.

Youth will be served.

Do as you would be done by.

The devil lurks behind the cross.

Think today and speak tomorrow.

There is a black sheep in every flock.

Any time is no time).

When three know it, all know it.

Honey is sweet but the bee stings.

Fine words butter no parsnips.

A room without books is a body without soul.

Не is happy who thinks himself so.

A fair face may hide a foul heart.

Second thoughts are best.

After dinner comes the reckoning.

Possession is nine points of the law.

Two dogs over one bone seldom agree.

Do not wear out your welcome.

Easier said than done.

Better lose a jest than a friend.

Speech is silver, silence is gold.

A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out.

No bees, no honey; no work, no money.

A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

Calamity is man’s true touchstone.

It is a long lane that has no turning.

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.



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