14th Century English Proverbs
After a storm comes a calm.
All roads lead to Rome.
All's well that ends well.
Art is long and life is short.
Ask a silly question and you get
a silly answer.
Better late than never.
Between two stools one falls to
Be what you would seem to be.
Charity begins at home.
The cowl does not make the monk.
Curses, like chickens, come home
The dog returns to it's vomit.
Do not throw pearls to swine.
East to live, not live to eat.
Enough is as good as a feast.
Every man for himself.
Everyone stretches his legs according
to the length of his coverlet.
Everything has an end.
Fair and softly goes far in a day.
Far-fetched and dear-bought is
good for ladies.
First come first served.
A fool may give a wise man counsel.
Fortune favours the brave.
God never sends mouths but He sends
A good beginning makes a good ending.
Great oaks from little acorns grow.
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Haste makes waste.
He that touches pitch shall be
He who sups with the Devil should
have a long spoon.
The higher the monkey climbs the
more he shows his tail.
Homer sometimes nods.
If there were no receivers, there
would be no thieves.
In vain the net is spread in the
sight of the bird.
It is better to give than to receive.
It is merry in hall when beards
Its too late to shut the
stable-door after the horse has bolted.
The labourer is worthy of his hire.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Light come, light go.
Like father, like son.
Like mother, like daughter.
A live dog is better than a dead
Look before you leap.
Love is blind.
Manners maketh man.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
Many hands make light work.
Might is right.
Misfortunes never come singly.
More haste, less speed.
The more the merrier.
The more you get the more you want.
Much would have more.
Murder will out.
The nearer the bone, the sweeter
The nearer the church, the farther
Necessity knows no law.
Never is a long time.
Never put off till tomorrow what
you can do today.
No man can serve two masters.
No smoke without fire.
Nothing comes of nothing.
Nothing venture, nothing have.
Of two evils choose the less.
An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper.
Out of the fullness of the heart
the mouth speaks.
Patience is a virtue.
The pitcher will go to the well
once too often.
Practise what you preach.
Pride goes before a fall.
The proof of the pudding is in
Red sky at night, shepherds
delight; red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.
A reed before the wind lives on,
while mighty oaks do fall.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
The rotten apple injures its neighbour.
A short horse is soon curried.
Silence means consent.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
So many men, so many opinions.
Soon ripe, soon rotten.
Stolen waters are sweet.
Strike while the iron is hot.
The sun loses nothing by shining
into a puddle.
There is a time for everything.
There is measure in all things.
Thought is free.
Three things are not to be trusted;
a cows horn, a dogs tooth, and a horses hoof.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Time is a great healer.
Two heads are better than one.
We must learn to walk before we
What must be, must be.
What you spend, you have.
When the wine is in, the wit is
While the grass grows, the steed
While two dogs are fighting for
a bone, a third runs away with it.
NOTE: Some of this information can be found in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
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