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Misc English Proverbs and Old English Sayings

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A bad penny always turns up.

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

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

A man's home is his castle.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Actions speak louder than words.

After a storm comes a calm.

All good things must come to an end.

It never rains, but it pours.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.

Laughter is the best medicine.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Like father, like son.

Love is blind.

Love sees no faults.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
English Proverb (17th century)

One good turn deserves another.

One of these day is none of these days.

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches

Opportunity seldom knocks twice.

Poor men seek meat for their stomach, rich men stomach for their meat.

Practice makes perfect.

Prevention is better than cure.

Rats desert a sinking ship.

The early bird catches the worm.

The first step is the hardest.

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

The last straw breaks the camel's back.

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

The pot calls the kettle black.

There's a black sheep in every flock.

There's no fool like an old fool.

There's no place like home.

Things are not always what they seem.

A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.
As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
If you want a thing done, go. If not, send. The shortest answer is doing.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Be not deceived with the first appearance of things, for show is not substance.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
Use soft words and hard arguments.
A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.
A good beginning makes a good end.
A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
Cheat me in the price, but not in the goods.
While the doctors consult, the patient dies.
'Tis money that begets money.
Death always comes too early or too late.
Death is a shadow that always follows the body.
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.
The difference is wide that sheets will not decide.
He that seeks trouble never misses.
Never step over one duty to perform another.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A small family is soon provided for.
Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.
Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.
He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.
Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.
You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years.
The best throw of the dice is to throw them away.
Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
Take heed you do not find what you do not seek.
Gray hairs are death's blossoms.
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
Sometimes you must be cruel to be kind.
A young man idle, an old man needy.
Learning makes a man fit company for himself as well as for others.
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
The mob has many heads but no brains.
He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
Foul water will quench fire.
Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.
The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks.
Who is so deaf or so blind as he that willfully will neither hear nor see?
Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.
You must not expect old heads upon young shoulders.
No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.
Don't halt before you are lame.
Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.
Ask God for what man can give, and you may get it.
A full cup must be carried steadily.
A proverb is the child of experience.
When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.
Still waters run deep.
Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.
To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.
There is but an hour a day between a good housewife and a bad one.
Time is the soul of business.
It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.
Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Two wrongs do not make a right.
A proverb is the child of experience.





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