- A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
- A bad thing never dies.
- A bad workman always blames his tools.
- A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.
- A boaster and a liar are cousins-german.
- A bully is always a coward.
- A burden of one's choice is not felt.
- A candle lights others and consumes itself.
- A cat has 9 lives.
- A cat may look at a king.
- A close mouth catches no flies.
- A constant guest is never welcome.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- Adversity leads to prosperity.
- Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
- A fair death honors the whole life.
- A faithful friend is hard to find.
- A fall into a pit, a gain in your wit.
- A fox may grow gray, but never good.
- A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- A friend is easier lost than found.
- A friend is never known till a man has need.
- A friend without faults will never be found.
- "After you" is good manners.
- A good beginning is half done.
- A good beginning makes a good ending.
- A good book is a good friend.
- A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
- A good conscience is a soft pillow.
- A good fame is better than a good face.
- A good husband makes a good wife.
- A good medicine tastes bitter.
- A good wife health is a man's best wealth.
- A great talker is a great liar.
- A hedge between keeps friendship green.
- A joke never gains an enemy but loses a friend.
- A leopard cannot change its spots.
- A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
- A light heart lives long.
- A little body often harbors a great soul.
- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
- A little pot is soon hot.
- All are brave when the enemy flies.
- All good things come to an end.
- All rivers run into sea.
- All roads lead to Rome.
- All that ends well is well.
- All that glitters is not gold.
- All things are difficult before they are easy.
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
- A man becomes learned by asking questions.
- A man can do no more than he can.
- A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.
- A man is known by his friends.
- A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
- A man without money is no man at all.
- A merry heart goes all the way.
- A miss is as good as a mile.
- A mother's love never changes.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
- A new broom sweeps clean.
- An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
- An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
- An old dog cannot learn new tricks.
- An ounce of luck is better than a pound of wisdom.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- A rolling stone gathers no moss.
- As a man sows, so he shall reap.
- A single flower does not make a spring.
- A snow year, a rich year.
- A sound mind in a sound body.
- A still tongue makes a wise head.
- A stitch in time saves nine.
- A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.
- A wise head makes a close mouth.
- A word spoken is past recalling.
- A year's plan starts with spring.
- A young idler, an old beggar.
- Bad news has wings.
- Barking dogs seldom bite.
- Beauty lies in the love's eyes.
- Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
- Better late than never.
- Better to ask the way than go astray.
- Between friends all is common.
- Birds of a feather flock together.
- Blood is thicker than water.
- Blood will have blood.
- Books and friends should be few but good.
- Business is business.
- Business is the salt of life.
- By reading we enrich the mind, by conversation we polish it.
- Cannot see the wood for the trees.
- Care and diligence bring luck.
- Caution is the parent of safety.
- Cheats never prosper.
- Children are what the mothers are.
- Choose an author as you choose a friend.
- Come what may, heaven won't fall.
- Complacency is the enemy of study.
- Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.
- Constant dripping wears away a stone.
- Content is better than riches.
- Count one's chickens before they are hatched.
- Courtesy on one side only lasts not long.
- Creep before you walk.
- Cry for the moon.
- Custom is a second nature.
- Custom makes all things easy.
- Diamond cuts diamond.
- Do as the Romans do.
- Do as you would be done by.
- Doing is better than saying.
- Do it now.
- Do nothing by halves.
- Don't claim to know what you don't know.
- Don't have too many irons in the fire.
- Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
- Don't put off till tomorrow what should be done today.
- Don't put the cart before the horse.
- Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
- Don't try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
- Do well and have well.
- Each bird love to hear himself sing.
- Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- Easier said than done.
- Easy come, easy go.
- Eat to live, but not live to eat.
- Empty vessels make the greatest sound.
- Envy has no holidays.
- Even Homer sometimes nods.
- Even reckoning makes long friends.
- Every advantage has its disadvantage.
- Everybody's business is nobody's business.
- Every day is not Sunday.
- Every dog has his day.
- Every door may be shut, but death's door.
- Every heart has its own sorrow.
- Every little helps a mickle.
- Every man for himself, and the devil takes the hindmost.
- Every man has his faults.
- Every man has his hobbyhorse.
- Every man has his weak side.
- Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
- Every minute counts.
- Every mother's child is handsome.
- Every potter praises hit pot.
- Everything is good when new, but friends when old.
- Example is better then percept.
- Experience is the father of wisdom and memory the mother.
- Experience must be bought.
- Fact speak louder than words.
- Failure is the mother of success.
- False friends are worse than bitter enemies.
- Far from eye, far from heart.
- Far water does not put out near fire.
- Faults are thick where love is thin.
- Fear always springs from ignorance.
- Fields have eyes, and woods have ears.
- Fire and water have no mercy.
- Fire is a good servant but a bad master.
- First come, first served.
- First impressions are half the battle.
- First think and then speak.
- Fools grow without watering.
- Fool's haste is no speed.
- Fools has fortune.
- Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from fools.
- Forbidden fruit is sweet.
- Fortune favors those who use their judgement.
- Fortune knocks once at least at every man's gate.
- Four eyes see more than two.
- Friends agree best at distance.
- Friends are thieves of time.
- Friends must part.
- Genius is nothing but labor and diligence.
- Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- Gold will not buy anything.
- Good for good is natural, good for evil is manly.
- Good health is over wealth.
- Good medicine for health tastes bitter to the mouth.
- Good watch prevents misfortune.
- Great barkers are no biters.
- Great hopes make great man.
- Great minds think alike.
- Great men have great faults.
- Great men's sons seldom do well.
- Great trees are good for nothing but shade.
- Great wits have short memories.
- Greedy folks have long arms.
- Guilty consciences make men cowards.
- Habit cures habit.
- Handsome is he who does handsomely.
- Happiness takes no account of time.
- Happy is he who owes nothing.
- Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others.
- Harm set, harm get.
- Hasty love, soon cold.
- Health is better than wealth.
- Health is happiness.
- Hear all parties.
- Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
- He is a fool that forgets himself.
- He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.
- He is a wise man who speaks little.
- He is lifeless that is faultless.
- He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.
- He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.
- He is wise that is honest.
- He knows most who speaks least.
- He laughs best who laughs last.
- He sets the fox to keep the geese.
- He that climbs high falls heavily.
- He that will not work shall not eat.
- He who does not advance loses ground.
- He who makes constant complaint gets little compassion.
- He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.
- He who risks nothing gains nothing.
- History repeats itself.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
- I cannot be your friend and your flatterer too.
- If a man deceives me once, shame on him, if he deceives me twice, shame on me.
- If you make yourself an ass, don't complain if people ride you.
- If your ears glow, someone is talking of you.
- If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.
- If you sell the cow, you sell her milk too.
- If you venture nothing, you will have nothing.
- If you want knowledge, you must toil for it.
- Industry is the parent of success.
- It is better to die when life is a disgrace.
- It is easier to get money than to keep it.
- It is easy to be wise after the event.
- It is easy to open a shop but hard to keep it always open.
- It is hard to please all.
- It is never too old to learn.
- It is no use crying over spilt milk.
- It is the first step that costs troublesome.
- It is the unforeseen that always happens.
- It is too late to grieve when the chance is past.
- It never rains but it pours.
- It takes three generations to make a gentleman.
- Jack of all trades and master of none.
- Judge not from appearances.
- Justice has long arms.
- Keep good men company and you shall be of the number.
- Kill two birds with one stone.
- Kings go mad, and the people suffer for it.
- Kings have long arms.
- Knowledge is power.
- Knowledge makes humble, ignorance makes proud.
- Learn and live.
- Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.
- Learn not and know not.
- Learn to walk before you run.
- Let bygones be bygones.
- Let sleeping dogs lie.
- Let the cat out of the bag.
- Lies can never changes fact.
- Lies have short legs.
- Life is but a span.
- Life is half spent before we know what it is.
- Life is not all roses.
- Life without a friend is death.
- Like a rat in a hole.
- Like author, like book.
- Like father, like son.
- Like for like.
- Like knows like.
- Like mother, like daughter.
- Like teacher, like pupil.
- Like tree, like fruit.
- Little things amuse little minds.
- Look before you leap.
- Lookers-on see more than players.
- Losers are always in the wrong.
- Lost time is never found again.
- Love at first sight.
- Love cannot be compelled.
- Love is blind.
- Love is full of trouble.
- Love is never without jealousy.
- Love me, love my dog.
- Make hay while the sun shines.
- Make your enemy your friend.
- Man is the soul of the universe.
- Man proposes, God disposes.
- Many hands make light work.
- Many heads are better than one.
- Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.
- Measure for measure.
- Misfortunes never come alone.
- Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
- Money isn't everything.
- Murder will out.
- My son is my son till he has got him a wife, but my daughter is my daughter all the days of her life.
- Nature is the true law.
- Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Never fish in trouble water.
- Never judge from appearances.
- Never say die.
- Never too old to learn, never too late to turn.
- New wine in old bottles.
- No cross, no crown.
- No garden without its weeds.
- No living man all things can.
- No man can do two things at once.
- No man is born wise or learned.
- No man is content.
- No man is wise at all times.
- None are so blind as those who won't see.
- None are so deaf as those who won't hear.
- No news is good news.
- No one can call back yesterday.
- No pains, no gains.
- No pleasure without pain.
- No rose without a thorn.
- No sweet without sweat.
- No smoke without fire.
- Nothing brave, nothing have.
- Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
- Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it.
- Nothing is difficult to the man who will try.
- Nothing seek, nothing find.
- Nothing is so necessary for travelers as languages.
- Nothing is to be got without pains but poverty.
- Not to advance is to go back.
- Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.
- No way is impossible to courage.
- Obedience is the first duty of a soldier.
- Observation is the best teacher.
- Offense is the best defense.
- Old friends and old wines are best.
- Old sin makes new shame.
- Once a man and twice a child.
- Once a thief, always a thief.
- Once bitten, twice shy.
- One boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, three boys no boy.
- One cannot put back the clock.
- One eyewitness is better than ten hearsays.
- One false move may lose the game.
- One good turn deserves another.
- One hour today is worth two tomorrow.
- One man's fault is other man's lesson.
- One never loses anything by politeness.
- One swallow does not make a summer.
- One's words reflect one's thinking.
- Out of debt, out of danger.
- Out of office, out of danger.
- Out of sight, out of mind.
- Patience is the best remedy.
- Penny wise, pound foolish.
- Plain dealing is praised more than practiced.
- Please the eye and plague the heart.
- Pleasure comes through toil.
- Pour water into a sieve.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Praise is not pudding.
- Praise makes good men better, and bad men worse.
- Prefer loss to unjust gain.
- Prevention is better than cure.
- Pride goes before, and shame comes after.
- Promise is debt.
- Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.
- Pull the chestnut out of fire.
- Put the cart before the horse.
- Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Reading enriches the mind.
- Reading is to the mind while exercise to the body.
- Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.
- Rome is not built in a day.
- Saying is one thing and doing another.
- Seeing is believing.
- Seek the truth from facts.
- Send a wise man on an errand, and say nothing to him.
- Set a thief to catch a thief.
- Short accounts make long friends.
- Something is better than nothing.
- Soon learn, soon forgotten.
- Soon ripe, soon rotten.
- Speech is silver, silence is gold.
- Still water run deep.
- Strike the iron while it is hot.
- Success belongs to the persevering.
- Take things as they come.
- Talking mends no holes.
- Talk of the devil and he will appear.
- Tall trees catch much wind.
- Teach others by your example.
- The best hearts are always the bravest.
- The best man stumbles.
- The cat shuts its eyes when stealing.
- The danger past and God forgotten.
- The darkest hour is nearest the dawn.
- The darkest place is under the candlestick.
- The devil knows many things because he is old.
- The devil sometimes speaks the truth.
- The die is cast.
- The early bird catches the worm.
- The end justifies the means.
- The end makes all equal.
- The eye is bigger than the belly.
- The farthest way about is the nearest way home.
- The finest diamond must be cut.
- The fire is the test of gold, adversity of strong man.
- The first step is the only difficulty.
- The fox knew too much, that's how he lost his tail.
- The fox preys farthest from home.
- The frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.
- The grass is greener on the other side.
- The greatest talkers are always least doers.
- The higher up, the greater the fall.
- The leopard cannot change its spots.
- The more noble, the more humble.
- The more wit, the less courage.
- The outsider sees the most of the game.
- The pen is mightier than the sword.
- The pot calls the kettle black.
- There are spots in the sun.
- There are two sides to every question.
- There is a skeleton in the cupboard.
- There is kindness to be found everywhere.
- There is no general rule without some exception.
- There is no medicine against death.
- There is no place like home.
- There is no royal road to learning.
- The style is the man.
- The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.
- The water that bears the boat is the same that swallows it up.
- The wise man knows he knows nothing, the fool thinks he knows all.
- The wolf has a winning game when the shepherds quarrel.
- The world is a ladder for some to go up and others to go down.
- The world is but a little place, after all.
- Think twice before you do.
- Things at the worst will mend.
- Time and tide wait for no man.
- Time cures all things.
- Time flies.
- Time is money.
- Time lost cannot be won again.
- Time past cannot be called back again.
- Time tries all.
- Tit for tat is fair play.
- To err is human.
- To know everything is to know nothing.
- To know oneself is true progress.
- Tomorrow never comes.
- Too much familiarity breeds contempt.
- Too much knowledge makes the head bald.
- Too much liberty spills all.
- Too much praise is a burden.
- To save time is to lengthen life.
- Touch pitch, and you will be defiled.
- Troubles never come singly.
- Truth never grows old.
- Turn over a new leaf.
- Two dogs strive for a bone, and a third runs away with it.
- Two heads are better than one.
- Two of a trade seldom agree.
- Two wrongs do not make a right.
- Unity is strength.
- Unpleasant advice is a good medicine.
- Until all is over one's ambition never dies.
- Venture a small fish to catch a great one.
- Virtue is fairer far than beauty.
- Walls have ears.
- Wash your dirty linen at home.
- Water dropping day by day wears the hardest rock away.
- Wealth is nothing without health.
- We know not what is good until we have lost it.
- Well begun is half done.
- We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
- We shall never have friends if we expect to find them without fault.
- We should never remember the benefits we have offered nor forget the favor received.
- Wet behind the ears.
- Whatever you do, do with all your might.
- What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave.
- What's done cannot be undone.
- What's lost is lost.
- What we do willingly is easy.
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
- When everybody's somebody then nobody's anybody.
- When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.
- When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
- When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.
- When wine is in truth, wit is out.
- Where there is a will, there is a way.
- Where there is life, there is hope.
- Where there is smoke, there is fire.
- While the priest climbs a post, the devil climbs ten.
- Who chatters to you, will chatter of you.
- Whom the gods love die young.
- Wise man have their mouths in their hearts, fools have their hearts in their mouths.
- Work makes the workman.
- You cannot burn the candle at both ends.
- You cannot eat your cake and have it.
- You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink.
- You may know by a handful the whole sack.
- You never know what you can till you try.