Tuesday, June 12, 2007


418 Common Proverbs

A bad penny always returns.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A chain is as strong as its weakest link.
A closed mouth catches no flies.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A good example is the best sermon.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
A light purse makes a heavy heart.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
A man all wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
A man who is his own doctor has a fool for his patient.
A man's best friend is his dog.
A miss is as good as a mile.
A new broom sweeps clean.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
A stitch in time saves nine.
A sucker is born every minute.
A thousand mile trip begins with one step.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.
Actions speak louder than words.
All are not saints who go to church.
All is not gold that glitters.
All mankind loves a lover.
All men are created equal.
All or nothing!
All that glitters is not gold.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All's fair in love and war.
All's well that ends well.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
An army marches on its belly.
An elephant never forgets.
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Any port in a storm.
April showers bring May flowers.
Art for art's sake.
Art imitates Nature.
As Maine goes, so goes the nation.
As the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
As you make your bed, so must you lie in it.
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.
Barking dogs don't bite.
Be all things to all men.
Be good. And if you can't be good, be careful.
Be kind to animals.
Beauty is only skin-deep.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Better bend than break.
Better go it alone than be in bad company.
Better late than never.
Better safe than sorry.
Better to reign in hell, then serve in Heaven.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Beware of the fury of a patient man.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Boys will be boys.
Bread is the staff of life.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Business before pleasure.
Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Charity begins at home.
Charity covers a multitude of sins.
Children should be seen, not heard.
Cleanliness is next to godliness.
Clothes make the man.
Cold hand, warm heart.
Dead men tell no tales.
Discretion is the better part of valor.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Do as you would be done by.
Do not bite off more than you can chew.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't add insult to injury.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Don't build castles in the air.
Don't buy a pig in a poke.
Don't carry a joke too far.
Don't cast pearls before swine.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Don't cry over spilt milk.
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
Don't give up the ship.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Don't lock the stable after the horses are stolen.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Don't make a mountain out of a mole-hill.
Don't put the cart before the horse.
Don't tell tales out of school.
Don't throw good money after bad.
Don't throw pearls before swine.
Don't try to sell ice to the Eskimos.
Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
Drive your business, don't let your business drive you.
Duty before pleasure.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy andwise.
East is East, and West is West.
Easy come, easy go.
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Every dog has his day.
Every little bit helps.
Every man has his price.
Every man is entitled to be judged by a jury of his peers.
Every rose has its thorn.
Every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it.
Everyone to his own taste.
Everything comes to him who waits.
Everything happens for the best.
Everything has its price.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Feed a cold and starve a fever.
Fifty million Frenchmen can't be wrong.
Finders keepers.
First come, first served.
Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Fish or cut bait.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horsewas lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
Forgive and forget.
Fortune favors the bold.
From small beginnings come great things.
Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
Give the devil his due.
Go West, young man.
God helps those who help themselves.
God is no respecter of persons.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Good things come in small packages.
Great oaks from little acorns grow.
Half a loaf is better than none.
Handsome is that handsome does.
Haste makes waste.
Have a place for everything, and have everything in its place.
He calls a spade a spade.
He can't see the forest for the trees.
He kills two birds with one stone.
He knows which side his bread is buttered on.
He robs Peter to pay Paul.
He who digs a pit for others, falls in himself.
He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day.
He who hesitates is lost.
He who laughs last laughs best.
He who pays the Piper calls the tune.
He's too big for his breeches.
Heads, I win; tails, you lose.
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Here today, gone tomorrow.
His bark is worse than his bite.
His bread is buttered on both sides.
His eye is bigger than his stomach.
History repeats itself.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Home is where the heart is.
Home is where you hang your hat.
Honesty is the best policy.
Hunger is the best sauce.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
If God be with us, who shall stand against us?
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If you sow the wind expect to reap the whirlwind.
If you wish peace, prepare for war.
If you would have a thing well done, do it yourself.
Ignorance is bliss.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
In Adam's fall we sinned all.
In God we trust; all others must pay cash.
In one ear and out the other.
In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
It goes without saying.
It is better to be safe than sorry.
It is no use crying over spilled milk.
It never rains but it pours.
It takes all kinds of people to make a world.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
It takes one to know one.
It takes two to start an argument.
It's a wise child that knows its own father.
It's all in the day's work.
It's an ill wind that blows no good.
It's easier said than done.
It's easy to be generous with another man's money.
Jack of all trades, master of none.
Keep your powder dry.
Kill two birds with one stone.
Knowledge is power.
Last but not least.
Laugh and grow fat.
Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.
Lay up something for a rainy day.
Leave well enough alone.
Let bygones be bygones.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Let the buyer beware.
Let the dead bury the dead.
Let well enough alone.
Let your conscience be your guide.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Like father, like son.
Little pitchers have great ears.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Live and let live.
Live within your means.
Look and you shall find.
Look before you leap.
Love 'em and leave 'em.
Love conquers all things.
Love is blind.
Love makes the world go round.
Love me, love my dog.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Love will find a way.
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.
Make haste slowly.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Man cannot live on bread alone.
Manners make the man.
Many a true word has been spoken in jest.
Many hands make light work.
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
Marriages are made in heaven.
Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.
Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.
Misery loves company.
Moderation in all things.
Money burns a hole in the pocket.
Money doesn't grow on trees.
Money is the root of all evil.
More than enough is too much.
Mother knows best.
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Never cross a bridge until you come to it.
Never fish in troubled waters.
Never give a sucker an even break.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Never light your candle at both ends.
Never quarrel with your bread and butter.
Never say die!
Never swap horses crossing a stream.
Never trust to another what you can do yourself.
New brooms sweep clean.
No man can serve two masters.
No man is a prophet in his own country.
No one preaches better than the ant, and it says nothing.
No sooner said than done.
None are so blind as those who refuse to see.
None but the brave deserves the fair.
None so deaf as those who will not hear.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Nothing so bad but it might be worse.
Nothing succeeds like success.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Once bitten twice shy.
One can never have too much of a good thing.
One for all, all for one.
One good turn deserves another.
One hand doesn't know what the other hand is up to.
One man's meat is another man's poison.
One rotten apple spoils the barrel.
One swallow does not make a summer.
Opportunity only knocks once.
Our country, right or wrong.
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in risingevery time we fall.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Paddle your own canoe.
Pay as you go.
Penny wise, pound foolish.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Possession is nine points of the law.
Practice what you preach.
Pride goeth before a fall.
Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.
Put up or shut up.
Rats desert a sinking ship.
Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's.
Rome was not built in a day.
Say it with flowers.
Seeing is believing.
Seek, and you shall find.
Shoemaker, stick to your last.
Silence gives consent.
Sink or swim!
Sleep on it.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Speaking is silver, silence is golden.
Still waters run deep.
Strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Take it or leave it.
Take it with a grain of salt.
Talk of the devil, and he's sure to appear.
Tell me whom you associate with, and I will tell you who you are.
Tell no tales out of school.
That government is best which governs least.
The angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
The best is yet to come.
The best things in life are free.
The bigger the lie the more it is believed.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
The burnt child dreads the fire.
The cage is ready but the bird is flown.
The child is father to the man.
The coward dies many times, the hero only once.
The customer is always right.
The devil is not as black as he is painted.
The early bird catches the worm.
The end justifies the means.
The exception proves the rule.
The good die young.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
The higher the monkey climbs the more he shows his tail.
The higher they rise, the steeper they fall.
The laborer is worthy of his hire.
The leopard can't change his spots.
The lion is not half so fierce as he's painted.
The Lord prefers the common people; that's why he made so many ofthem.
The meek shall inherit the earth.
The more the merrier.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
The poet is born, not made.
The pot calls the kettle black.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The proud hate pride--in others.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The rolling stone gathers no moss.
The walls have ears.
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
The wicked hate vice in others.
The worm turns.
There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.
There are more ways to kill a dog than hanging.
There are other fish in the sea.
There are two sides to every question.
There is a remedy for everything except death.
There is no disputing about tastes.
There is no fool like an old fool.
There is no royal road to learning.
There is no time like the present.
There's no place like home.
There's no rule without an exception.
They also serve who only stand and wait.
Throw mud and some of it will stick.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Time is money.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
To the pure all things are pure.
Tomorrow never comes.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Too much curiosity killed the cat.
Trust in God, and keep your powder dry.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
Truth will out.
Turn about is fair play.
Two can live cheaper than one.
Two heads are better than one.
Two is company, three is a crowd.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Virtue is its own reward.
Walls have ears.
Waste not, want not.
Watch your step.
We are what we eat.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
We live and learn.
We must stoop to conquer.
We're here today and gone tomorrow.
Well begun is half done.
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
What we do in haste we repent at leisure.
What will be, will be.
What's worth doing is worth doing well.
Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.
When angry, count to ten.
When in doubt, leave it out.
When in Rome do as the Romans do.
When one door shuts, another opens.
When the blind lead the blind they all fall into the ditch.
When the cat is away the mice will play.
When the night is darkest the dawn is nearest.
When there is no vision, the people perish.
Where there is a will there is a way.
Where there is smoke, there is fire.
Whom the gods love die young.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
You can't draw blood out of a stone.
You can't eat your cake and have it too.
You can't get blood from a turnip.
You can't have it both ways.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.
You can't make bricks without straw.
You can't serve God and Mammon.
You can't take it with you.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
You never know what you can do till you try.
You never miss the water 'till the well runs dry.
You're never too old to learn.

(from Rock Canyon University Free School of Writing for Children)
Last updated: October 25, 2002
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