The 100 most important English proverbs

Most Important English Proverbs
A proverb is a short and pitty sentence expressing a truth ascertained by experience or observation. It is a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth. In fact a proverb is a short popular saying that expresses effectively some common place truth or useful thought.

● A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
● A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
● A wolf in sheep's clothing.
● All's well that ends well.
● An empty vessel sounds much.
● A nine day's wonder.
● A rotten apple injures its companions.
● As the king, so are the subjects.
● As you sow, so shall you reap.
● A bad man is better than a bad name.
● A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
● A bird in hand in worth two in the bush.
● A burnt child dreads the fire.
● A drop in the ocean.
● A drowning man catches at a straw.
● A figure among ciphers.
● A guilty conscience is always suspicious.
● A hard nut to crack.
● Avarice is the root of all evils.
● Barking dogs seldom bite.
● Beggars cannot be choosers.
● Beneath every rose lies the thorn.
● Better to wear out than to rust out.
● Between the two stools we come to the ground.
● Birds of the same feather flock together.
● Better be alone than in bad company.
● Casting pearls before swine.
● Diamond cuts diamond.
● Do good and cast it into the river.
● Even a good marksman may miss.
● Even death cannot be had for the asking.
● Every potter praises his pot.
● Everything looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.
● Evil got, evil spent.
● Familiarity breeds contempt.
● Fool to others, to himself a sage.
● Forced labour is better than idleness.
● Fortune favours the brave.
● Gather thistles and expect pickles.
● God's will be done.
● Good mind, good find.
● Great cry little wool.
● God helps those who help themselves.
● Health is wealth.
● Half a loaf is better than no bread.
● He jests at scars who never felt a wound.
● He that is warm, thinks all are so.
● He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet.
● He breaks his wife's head and then buys a plaster for it.
● High winds blow on high hills.
● His wits are gone a wool-gathering.
● Handsome is that handsome does.
● History repeats itself.
● Honesty is the best policy.
● Hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.
● If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.
● It is hard to live in Rome and fight with the Pope.
● It is no use crying over spilt milk.
● It takes two to make a quarrel.
● Killing two birds with one stone.
● Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.
● King can do no wrong.
● Know which way the wind blows.
● Knowledge is power.
● Let bygones be bygones.
● Let the past bury the dead.
● Like cures like.
● Like attracts like.
● Lend your money and lose your friend.
● Let sleeping dogs lie.
● Losers are always in the wrong.
● Love and cough cannot be hidden.
● Man proposes, God disposes.
● Many a little makes a mickle.
● Many men, many minds.
● Measure for measure.
● Misfortune never comes alone or singly.
● Money begets money.
● Man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks.
● The more the merrier.
● No one knows the weight of another's burden.
● No pains, no gains.
● Necessity is the mother of invention.
● No pleasure without pain.
● No rose without a thorn.
● No smoke without some fire.
● One flower makes no garland.
● One nail drives out another.
● One today is better than two tomorrow.
● Out of the frying pan into the fire.
● Penny-wise and pound foolish.
● Poverty breeds strife.
● Pure gold does not fear the flame.
● Practice makes a man perfect.
● Prevention is better than cure.
● Pride hath a fall.
● Quit not certainty for hope.
● Respect yourself and you will be respected.
● Self-praise is no recommendation.
● Something is better than nothing.
● Steal a goose and give giblets in alms.
● Strike the iron while it is hot.
● Speech is silver, silence is golden.
● A stich in time saves nine.
● Set a thief to catch a thief.
● The innocent have nothing to fear.
● The wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
● There is many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.
● Time and tide wait for none.
● To make castles in the air.
● To make a mountain out of a mole hill.
● To rob Peter, to pay Paul.
● Too many cooks spoll the broth.
● Too much courtesy, too much craft.
● Tomorrow never comes.
● Truth is always bitter.
● Two heads are better than one.
● Union is strength.
● Vows made in storm are forgotten in calm.
● Whistling maid and crowing hen are neither fit for gods nor man.

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