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Published on August 22nd, 2009 | by Yellow Magpie

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Proverbs: Wisdom From Words

Here is Yellow Magpie’s selection of choice Proverbs.

‘A constant guest is guest that is never welcome.’

‘A fool believes everything.’

‘A good scare is worth more than good advice.’

‘A lawyer’s opinion is worth nothing unless paid for.’

‘All are not saints that go to church.’

‘Although there exists many thousand subjects for elegant conversation, there are persons who cannot meet a cripple without talking about feet.’ (Chinese Proverb)

‘A meal without flesh is like feeding on grass.’ (Indian Proverb)

‘An apple-pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’

‘A priest sees people at their best, a lawyer at their worst, but a doctor sees them as they really are.’

‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’

‘Better be envied than pitied.’

‘Better a thousand enemies outside the house than one inside.’

‘Better late than never.’

‘Birds of a feather flock together.’

‘Bread is the staff of life.’

‘Blood is thicker than water.’

‘Charity begins at home.’

‘Cold hands warm heart

‘Constant dripping wears away stone

‘Curiosity killed the cat

‘Cut your coat according to your cloth

‘Do as I say not as I do

‘Dog does not eat dog

‘Doing is better than saying

‘Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

‘Don’t cross the bridge before you come to it

‘Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar

‘Don’t wash your dirty linen in public

‘Easier said than done

‘Eat to live and not live to eat

‘Empty vessels make the greatest sound

‘Even a worm will turn

‘Every dog has its day

‘Every family has a skeleton in the cupboard

‘Every dog is allowed one bite

‘Faith will move mountains

‘Fight fire with fire

‘Familiarity breeds contempt

‘Fine feathers make fine birds

‘Faith will move mountains

‘First impressions are the most lasting

‘First things first.’

‘Fish and guests smell in three days.’

‘Fools live poor to die rich.’

‘Forgive and forget.’

‘Give a thief enough rope and he will hang himself.’

‘Give him an inch and he will take a yard.’

‘God defend me from my friends; from my enemies I can defend myself.’

‘Good fences make good neighbours.’

‘Haste makes waste.’

‘He that knows little often repeats it.’

‘He that knows nothing, doubts nothing.’

‘He travels fastest who travels alone.’

‘He who hesitates is lost.’

‘He who pays the piper calls the tune.’

‘He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.’

‘Hoist you sail when the wind is fair.’

‘Honesty is the best policy.’

‘Hunger is the best sauce.’

‘If you play with fire you get burnt.’

‘If wishes were horses beggars would ride.’

‘If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.’

‘In for a penny in for a pound.’

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

‘In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.’

‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’

‘It is a long road that has no turning.’

‘It is better to be born lucky than rich.’

‘It never rains but it pours.’

‘It is no use crying over spilt milk.’

‘It’s a small world.’

‘It takes two to make a quarrel.’

‘It takes two to tango.’

‘It will be all the same in a hundred years.’

‘Jack of all trades master of none.’

‘Judge not lest you be judged.’

‘Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.’

‘Keep  your weather-eye open.’

‘Knowledge is power.’

‘Know thyself.’

‘Knock and the door will be opened onto  you.’

‘Keep no more cats than catch mice.’

‘Laugh before breakfast, you’ll cry before supper.’

‘Learning is a treasure that accompanies its owner everywhere.’

‘Least said soonest mended.’

‘Leave well enough alone.’

‘Life begins at 40.’

‘Look before you leap.’

‘Life is sweet.’

‘Live and learn.’

‘Look after number one.’

‘Look on the bright side.’

‘Love is blind.’

‘Love me love my dog.’

‘Love your neighbour, yet pull not down your hedge.’

‘Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.’

‘Make hay while the sun shines.’

‘Many a true word is spoken in jest.’

‘Many hands make light work.’

‘Many irons in the fire some must cool.’

‘Manners maketh the man.’

‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.’

‘Marriages are made in  heaven.’

‘Marry  in Lent, and you’ll live to repent.’

‘Marry in May, rue the day.’

‘Mind your own business.’

‘Moderation in all things.’

‘Music is the food of love.’

‘Ne’re cast a clout till May be out.’

‘Never do things by halves.’

‘Never judge from appearances.’

‘Never look a gift horse in the mouth.’

‘No love like the first love.’

‘No news is good news.’

‘Nothing ventured nothing gained.’

‘New broom sweeps clean.’

‘No man is an island.’

‘Nothing succeeds like success.’

‘One good turn deserves another.’

‘One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.’

‘One swallow does not make a summer.’

‘Opportunity seldom knocks twice.”

‘Out of sight out of mind.

‘One joy scatters a hundred griefs.’

‘Old is gold.’

‘Patience is a virtue.’

‘Poverty is not a crime.’

‘Practise what you preach.’

‘Punctuality is the politeness of princess.’

‘Put off the evil hour as long as  you can.’

‘Paddle your own canoe.’

‘Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.’

‘Red sky at night shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning.’

‘Revenge is a dish best served cold.’

‘Rolling stone gathers no moss.’

‘Rats desert a sinking ship.’

‘Sailors have a port in every storm.’

‘Salt water and absence wash away love.’

‘Saying is one thing and doing is another.’

‘Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’

‘Strike while the iron is hot.’

‘Still waters run deep.’

‘Seize the moment.’

‘Take a hair of dog that bit you.’

‘Take things as they come.’

‘Tell the truth and shame the devil.’

‘The best things in life are free.’

‘The better the day the better the deed.’

‘Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.’

‘The devil looks after his own.’

‘The early bird catches the worm.’

‘The end justifies the means.’

‘The eye is bigger than the belly.’

‘The eyes are the window of the soul.’

‘Two wrongs don’t make a right.’

‘The first day a guest, the second day a guest, the third day a calamity.’

‘The nearer the bone the sweeter the flesh.’

‘There is a time and a place for everything.’

‘Time will tell.’

‘True love never grows old.’

‘Travel broadens the mind.’

‘Truth will out.’

‘United we stand, divided we fall.’

‘Up the creek without a paddle.’

‘Union is strength.’

‘Vice is often clothed in virtue’s habit.’

‘Variety is the spice of life.’

‘Walls have ears.’

‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’

‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.’

‘You can’t have it both ways.’

‘Walk before we can run.’

‘What must be must be.’

‘What’s done can’t be undone.’

‘When one door shuts another one opens.’

‘When the cat’s away the mice will play.’

‘When the wine is in, the wit is out.’

‘What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.’

‘Winners never cheat, and cheaters never win.’

‘Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap.’

‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.’

‘You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hound.’

‘You can’t get a quart into a pint pot.’

‘You can’t get blood out of a stone.’

‘You can’t please everyone.’

‘You can’t take it with you.’

‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’

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