1000 Proverbs In English With Meaning

1000 proverbs in English with meaning

  1.  A bad beginning makes a bad ending
  2.  A bad corn promise is better than a good lawsuit
  3.  A bad workman quarrels with his tools
  4.  A bargain is a bargain
  5.  A beggar can never be bankrupt
  6.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
  7.  A bird may be known by its song
  8.  A black hen lays a white egg
  9.  A blind leader of the blind
  10.  A blind man would be glad to see
  11.  A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound
  12.  A burden of one’s own choice is not felt
  13.  A burnt child dreads the fire
  14.  A cat in gloves catches no mice
  15.  A city that parleys is half gotten
  16.  A civil denial is better than a rude grant
  17.  A clean fast is better than a dirty breakfast
  18.  A clean hand wants no washing
  19.  A clear conscience laughs at false accusations
  20.  A close mouth catches no flies
  21.  A cock is valiant on his own dunghill
  22.  A cracked bell can never sound well
  23.  A creaking door hangs long on its hinges
  24.  A curst cow has short horns
  25.  A danger foreseen is half avoided
  26.  A drop in the bucket
  27.  A drowning man will catch at a straw
  28.  A fair face may hide a foul heart
  29.  A fault confessed is half redressed
  30.  A fly in the ointment
  31.  A fool always rushes to the fore
  32.  A fool and his money are soon parted
  33.  A fool at forty is a fool indeed
  34.  A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years
  35.  A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out
  36.  A fool’s tongue runs before his wit
  37.  A forced kindness deserves no thanks
  38.  A foul morn may turn to a fair day
  39.  A fox is not taken twice in the same snare
  40.  A friend in need is a friend indeed
  41.  A friend is never known till needed
  42.  A friend to all is a friend to none
  43.  A friend’s frown is better than a foe’s smile
  44.  A good anvil does not fear the hammer
  45.  A good beginning is half the battle
  46.  A good beginning makes a good ending
  47.  A good deed is never lost
  48.  A good dog deserves a good bone
  49.  A good example is the best sermon
  50.  A good face is a letter of recommendation
  51.  A good Jack makes a good Jill
  52.  A good marksman may miss
  53.  A good name is better than riches
  54.  A good name is sooner lost than won
  55.  A good name keeps its lustre in the dark
  56.  A good wife makes a good husband
  57.  A great dowry is a bed full of brambles
  58.  A great fortune is a great slavery
  59.  A great ship asks deep waters
  60.  A guilty conscience needs no accuser
  61.  A hard nut to crack
  62.  A heavy purse makes a light heart
  63.  A hedge between keeps friendship green
  64.  A honey tongue, a heart of gall
  65.  A hungry belly has no ears
  66.  A hungry man is an angry man
  67.  A Jack of all trades is master of none
  68.  A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend
  69.  A lawyer never goes to law himself
  70.  A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy
  71.  A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth
  72.  A lie begets a lie
  73.  A light purse is a heavy curse
  74.  A light purse makes a heavy heart
  75.  A little body often harbours a great soul
  76.  A little fire is quickly trodden out
  77.  A man can die but once
  78.  A man can do no more than he can
  79.  A man is known by the company he keeps
  80.  A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds
  81.  A miserly father makes a prodigal son
  82.  A miss is as good as a mile
  83.  A new broom sweeps clean
  84.  A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool
  85.  A penny saved is a penny gained
  86.  A penny soul never came to twopence
  87.  A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder
  88.  A rolling stone gathers no moss
  89.  A round peg in a square hole
  90.  A shy cat makes a proud mouse
  91.  A silent fool is counted wise
  92.  A small leak will sink a great ship
  93.  A soft answer turns away wrath
  94.  A sound mind in a sound body
  95.  A stitch in time saves nine
  96.  A storm in a teacup
  97.  A tattler is worse than a thief
  98.  A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf
  99.  A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich
  100.  A threatened blow is seldom given
  101.  A tree is known by its fruit
  102.  A wager is a fool’s argument
  103.  A watched pot never boils
  104.  A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will
  105.  A wolf in sheep’s clothing
  106.  A wonder lasts but nine days
  107.  A word is enough to the wise
  108.  A word spoken is past recalling
  109.  Actions speak louder than words
  110.  Adversity is a great schoolmaster
  111.  Adversity makes strange bedfellows
  112.  After a storm comes a calm
  113.  After dinner comes the reckoning
  114.  After dinner sit (sleep) a while, after supper walk a mile
  115.  After rain comes fair weather
  116.  After us the deluge
  117.  Agues come on horseback, but go away on foot
  118.  All are good lasses, but whence come the bad wives?
  119.  All are not friends that speak us fair
  120.  All are not hunters that blow the horn
  121.  All are not merry that dance lightly
  122.  All are not saints that go to church
  123.  All asses wag their ears
  124.  All bread is not baked in one oven
  125.  All cats are grey in the dark (in the night)
  126.  All covet, all lose
  127.  All doors open to courtesy
  128.  All is fish that comes to his net
  129.  All is not lost that is in peril
  130.  All is well that ends well
  131.  All lay load on the willing horse
  132.  All men can’t be first
  133.  All men can’t be masters
  134.  All promises are either broken or kept
  135.  All roads lead to Rome
  136.  All sugar and honey
  137.  All that glitters is not gold
  138.  All things are difficult before they are easy
  139.  All truths are not to be told
  140.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
  141.  “Almost” never killed a fly (was never hanged)
  142.  Among the blind the one-eyed man is king
  143.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  144.  An ass in a lion’s skin
  145.  An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold
  146.  An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle
  147.  An empty hand is no lure for a hawk
  148.  An empty sack cannot stand upright
  149.  An empty vessel gives a greater sound than a full barrel
  150.  An evil chance seldom comes alone
  151.  An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told
  152.  An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening
  153.  An idle brain is the devil’s workshop
  154.  An ill wound is cured, not an ill name
  155.  An oak is not felled at one stroke
  156.  An old dog barks not in vain
  157.  An open door may tempt a saint
  158.  An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning
  159.  An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue
  160.  An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup
  161.  Anger and haste hinder good counsel
  162.  Any port in a storm
  163.  Appearances are deceitful
  164.  Appetite comes with eating
  165.  As drunk as a lord
  166.  As innocent as a babe unborn
  167.  As like as an apple to an oyster
  168.  As like as two peas
  169.  As old as the hills
  170.  As plain as the nose on a man’s face
  171.  As plain as two and two make four
  172.  As snug as a bug in a rug
  173.  As sure as eggs is eggs
  174.  As the call, so the echo
  175.  As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks
  176.  As the old cock crows, so does the young
  177.  As the tree falls, so shall it lie
  178.  As the tree, so the fruit
  179.  As welcome as flowers in May
  180.  As welcome as water in one’s shoes
  181.  As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb
  182.  As you brew, so must you drink
  183.  As you make your bed, so must you lie on it
  184.  As you sow, so shall you reap
  185.  Ask no questions and you will be told no lies
  186.  At the ends of the earth
  187.  Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune
  188.  Bad news has wings
  189.  Barking does seldom bite
  190.  Be slow to promise and quick to perform
  191.  Be swift to hear, slow to speak
  192.  Beauty is but skin-deep
  193.  Beauty lies in lover’s eyes
  194.  Before one can say Jack Robinson
  195.  Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him
  196.  Beggars cannot be choosers
  197.  Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear
  198.  Best defence is offence
  199.  Better a glorious death than a shameful life
  200.  Better a lean peace than a fat victory
  201.  Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us
  202.  Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow
  203.  Better an open enemy than a false friend
  204.  Better be alone than in bad company
  205.  Better be born lucky than rich
  206.  Better be envied than pitied
  207.  Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
  208.  Better deny at once than promise long
  209.  Better die standing than live kneeling
  210.  Better early than late
  211.  Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown
  212.  Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt
  213.  Better late than never
  214.  Better lose a jest than a friend
  215.  Better one-eyed than stone-blind
  216.  Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
  217.  Better the foot slip than the tongue
  218.  Better to do well than to say well
  219.  Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven
  220.  Better unborn than untaught
  221.  Better untaught than ill-taught
  222.  Between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip
  223.  Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea
  224.  Between two evils ’tis not worth choosing
  225.  Between two stools one goes (falls) to the ground
  226.  Between the upper and nether millstone
  227.  Betwixt and between
  228.  Beware of a silent dog and still water
  229.  Bind the sack before it be full
  230.  Birds of a feather flock together
  231.  Blind men can judge no colours
  232.  Blood is thicker than water
  233.  Borrowed garments never fit well
  234.  Brevity is the soul of wit
  235.  Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse
  236.  Business before pleasure
  237.  By doing nothing we learn to do ill
  238.  By hook or by crook
  239.  By the street of ‘by-and-bye’ one arrives at the house of ‘Never’
  240.  Calamity is man’s true touchstone
  241.  Care killed the cat
  242.  Catch the bear before you sell his skin
  243.  Caution is the parent of safety
  244.  Charity begins at home
  245.  Cheapest is the dearest
  246.  Cheek brings success
  247.  Children and fools must not play with edged tools
  248.  Children are poor men’s riches
  249.  Choose an author as you choose a friend
  250.  Christmas comes but once a year, (but when it comes it brings good cheer)
  251.  Circumstances alter cases
  252.  Claw me, and I will claw thee
  253.  Cleanliness is next to godliness
  254.  Company in distress makes trouble less
  255.  Confession is the first step to repentance
  256.  Counsel is no command
  257.  Creditors have better memories than debtors
  258.  Cross the stream where it is shallowest
  259.  Crows do not pick crow’s eyes
  260.  Curiosity killed a cat
  261.  Curses like chickens come home to roost
  262.  Custom is a second nature
  263.  Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools
  264.  Cut your coat according to your cloth
  265.  Death is the grand leveller
  266.  Death pays all debts
  267.  Death when it comes will have no denial
  268.  Debt is the worst poverty
  269.  Deeds, not words
  270.  Delays are dangerous
  271.  Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies
  272.  Diligence is the mother of success (good luck)
  273.  Diseases are the interests of pleasures
  274.  Divide and rule
  275.  Do as you would be done by
  276.  Dog does not eat dog
  277.  Dog eats dog
  278.  Dogs that put up many hares kill none
  279.  Doing is better than saying
  280.  Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched
  281.  Don’t cross the bridges before you come to them
  282.  Don’t have thy cloak to make when it begins to rain
  283.  Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself
  284.  Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
  285.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  286.  Don’t sell the bear’s skin before you’ve caught it
  287.  Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you
  288.  Don’t whistle (halloo) until you are out of the wood
  289.  Dot your i’s and cross your t’s
  290.  Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed
  291.  Drive the nail that will go
  292.  Drunken days have all their tomorrow
  293.  Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals
  294.  Dumb dogs are dangerous
  295.  Each bird loves to hear himself sing
  296.  Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
  297.  Easier said than done
  298.  East or West � home is best
  299.  Easy come, easy go
  300.  Eat at pleasure, drink with measure
  301.  Empty vessels make the greatest (the most) sound
  302.  Enough is as good as a feast
  303.  Envy shoots at others and wounds herself
  304.  Even reckoning makes long friends
  305.  Every ass loves to hear himself bray
  306.  Every barber knows that
  307.  Every bean has its black
  308.  Every bird likes its own nest
  309.  Every bullet has its billet
  310.  Every country has its customs
  311.  Every dark cloud has a silver lining
  312.  Every day is not Sunday
  313.  Every dog has his day
  314.  Every dog is a lion at home
  315.  Every dog is valiant at his own door
  316.  Every Jack has his Jill
  317.  Every man has a fool in his sleeve
  318.  Every man has his faults
  319.  Every man has his hobby-horse
  320.  Every man is the architect of his own fortunes
  321.  Every man to his taste
  322.  Every miller draws water to his own mill
  323.  Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan
  324.  Every one’s faults are not written in their foreheads
  325.  Every tub must stand on its own bottom
  326.  Every white has its black, and every sweet its sour
  327.  Every why has a wherefore
  328.  Everybody’s business is nobody’s business
  329.  Everything comes to him who waits
  330.  Everything is good in its season
  331.  Evil communications corrupt good manners
  332.  Experience is the mother of wisdom
  333.  Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other
  334.  Experience keeps no school, she teaches her pupils singly
  335.  Extremes meet
  336.  Facts are stubborn things
  337.  Faint heart never won fair lady
  338.  Fair without, foul (false) within
  339.  Fair words break no bones
  340.  False friends are worse than open enemies
  341.  Familiarity breeds contempt
  342.  Far from eye, far from heart
  343.  Fasting comes after feasting
  344.  Faults are thick where love is thin
  345.  Feast today and fast tomorrow
  346.  Fine feathers make fine birds
  347.  Fine words butter no parsnips
  348.  First catch your hare
  349.  First come, first served
  350.  First deserve and then desire
  351.  First think, then speak
  352.  Fish and company stink in three days
  353.  Fish begins to stink at the head
  354.  Follow the river and you’ll get to the sea
  355.  Fool’s haste is no speed
  356.  Fools and madmen speak the truth
  357.  Fools grow without watering
  358.  Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose
  359.  Fools never know when they are well
  360.  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  361.  For the love of the game
  362.  Forbearance is no acquittance
  363.  Forbidden fruit is sweet
  364.  Forewarned is forearmed
  365.  Fortune favours the brave (the bold)
  366.  Fortune is easily found, but hard to be kept
  367.  Four eyes see more (better) than two
  368.  Friends are thieves of time
  369.  From bad to worse
  370.  From pillar to post
  371.  Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary
  372.  Get a name to rise early, and you may lie all day
  373.  Gifts from enemies are dangerous
  374.  Give a fool rope enough, and he will hang himself
  375.  Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice
  376.  Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell
  377.  Give never the wolf the wether to keep
  378.  Gluttony kills more men than the sword
  379.  Go to bed with the lamb and rise with the lark
  380.  Good clothes open all doors
  381.  Good counsel does no harm
  382.  Good health is above wealth
  383.  Good masters make good servants
  384.  Good words and no deeds
  385.  Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds
  386.  Gossiping and lying go hand in hand
  387.  Grasp all, lose all
  388.  Great barkers are no biters
  389.  Great boast, small roast
  390.  Great cry and little wool
  391.  Great spenders are bad lenders
  392.  Great talkers are great liars
  393.  Great talkers are little doers
  394.  Greedy folk have long arms
  395.  Habit cures habit
  396.  Half a loaf is better than no bread
  397.  “Hamlet” without the Prince of Denmark
  398.  Handsome is that handsome does
  399.  Happiness takes no account of time
  400.  Happy is he that is happy in his children
  401.  Hard words break no bones
  402.  Hares may pull dead lions by the beard
  403.  Harm watch, harm catch
  404.  Haste makes waste
  405.  Hasty climbers have sudden falls
  406.  Hate not at the first harm
  407.  Hatred is blind, as well as love
  408.  Hawks will not pick hawks’ eyes
  409.  He begins to die that quits his desires
  410.  He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue
  411.  He carries fire in one hand and water in the other
  412.  He dances well to whom fortune pipes
  413.  He gives twice who gives in a trice
  414.  He goes long barefoot that waits for dead man’s shoes
  415.  He is a fool that forgets himself
  416.  He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs
  417.  He is happy that thinks himself so
  418.  He is lifeless that is faultless
  419.  He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself
  420.  He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first
  421.  He is not poor that has little, but he that desires much
  422.  He jests at scars that never felt a wound
  423.  He knows best what good is that has endured evil
  424.  He knows how many beans make five
  425.  He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue
  426.  He laughs best who laughs last
  427.  He lives long that lives well
  428.  He must needs swim that is held up by the chin
  429.  He should have a long spoon that sups with the devil
  430.  He smells best that smells of nothing
  431.  He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will
  432.  He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it
  433.  He that does you an i!i turn will never forgive you
  434.  He that fears every bush must never go a-birding
  435.  He that fears you present wiil hate you absent
  436.  He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing
  437.  He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns
  438.  He that has a full purse never wanted a friend
  439.  He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it
  440.  He that has an ill name is half hanged
  441.  He that has no children knows not what love is
  442.  He that has He head needs no hat
  443.  He that has no money needs no purse
  444.  He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned
  445.  He that is full of himself is very empty
  446.  He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody
  447.  He that is warm thinks all so
  448.  He that knows nothing doubts nothing
  449.  He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas
  450.  He that lives with cripples learns to limp
  451.  He that mischief hatches, mischief catches
  452.  He that never climbed never fell
  453.  He that once deceives is ever suspected
  454.  He that promises too much means nothing
  455.  He that respects not is not respected
  456.  He that seeks trouble never misses
  457.  He that serves everybody is paid by nobody
  458.  He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages
  459.  He that spares the bad injures the good
  460.  He that talks much errs much
  461.  He that talks much lies much
  462.  He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut
  463.  He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay
  464.  He that will steal an egg will steal an ox
  465.  He that will thrive, must rise at five
  466.  He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree
  467.  He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens
  468.  He who is born a fool is never cured
  469.  He who hesitates is lost
  470.  He who likes borrowing dislikes paying
  471.  He who makes no mistakes, makes nothing
  472.  He who pleased everybody died before he was born
  473.  He who says what he likes, shall hear what he doesn’t like
  474.  He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet
  475.  He who would eat the nut must first crack the shell
  476.  He who would search for pearls must dive below
  477.  He will never set the Thames on fire
  478.  He works best who knows his trade
  479.  Head cook and bottle-washer
  480.  Health is not valued till sickness comes
  481.  His money burns a hole in his pocket
  482.  Honesty is the best policy
  483.  Honey is not for the ass’s mouth
  484.  Honey is sweet, but the bee stings
  485.  Honour and profit lie not in one sack
  486.  Honours change manners
  487.  Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper
  488.  Hope is the poor man’s bread
  489.  Hunger breaks stone walls
  490.  Hunger finds no fault with cookery
  491.  Hunger is the best sauce
  492.  Hungry bellies have no ears
  493.  Idle folks lack no excuses
  494.  Idleness is the mother of all evil
  495.  Idleness rusts the mind
  496.  If an ass (donkey) bray at you, don’t bray at him
  497.  If ifs and ans were pots and pans
  498.  If my aunt had been a man, she’d have been my uncle
  499.  If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch
  500.  If the sky falls, we shall catch larks
  501.  If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun
  502.  If things were to be done twice all would be wise
  503.  If we can’t as we would, we must do as we can
  504.  If wishes were horses, beggars might ride
  505.  If you agree to carry the calf, they’ll make you carry the cow
  506.  If you cannot bite, never show your teeth
  507.  If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have
  508.  If you dance you must pay the fiddler
  509.  If you laugh before breakfast you’ll cry before supper
  510.  If you run after two hares, you will catch neither
  511.  If you sell the cow, you sell her milk too
  512.  If you throw mud enough, some of it will stick
  513.  If you try to please all you will please none
  514.  If you want a thing well done, do it yourself
  515.  Ill-gotten gains never prosper
  516.  Ill-gotten, ill-spent
  517.  In every beginning think of the end
  518.  In for a penny, in for a pound
  519.  In the country of the blind one-eyed man is a king
  520.  In the end things will mend
  521.  In the evening one may praise the day
  522.  Iron hand (fist) in a velvet glove
  523.  It is a good horse that never stumbles
  524.  It is a long lane that has no turning
  525.  It is a poor mouse that has only one hole
  526.  It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest
  527.  It is an ill wind that blows nobody good
  528.  It is a silly fish, that is caught twice with the same bait
  529.  It is easy to swim if another hoids up your chin (head)
  530.  It is enough to make a cat laugh
  531.  It is good fishing in troubled waters
  532.  It is never too late to learn
  533.  It is no use crying over spilt milk
  534.  It is the first step that costs
  535.  It never rains but it pours
  536.  It’s as broad as it’s long
  537.  It’s no use pumping a dry well
  538.  It’s one thing to flourish and another to fight
  539.  It takes all sorts to make a world
  540.  Jackdaw in peacock’s feathers
  541.  Jest with an ass and he will flap you in the face with his tail
  542.  Judge not of men and things at first sight
  543.  Just as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined
  544.  Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it
  545.  Keep your mouth shut and your ears open
  546.  Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open
  547.  Last, but not least
  548.  Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free
  549.  Learn to creep before you leap
  550.  Learn to say before you sing
  551.  Learn wisdom by the follies of others
  552.  Least said, soonest mended
  553.  Leaves without figs
  554.  Let bygones be bygones
  555.  Let every man praise the bridge he goes over
  556.  Let sleeping dogs lie
  557.  Let well (enough) alone
  558.  Liars need good memories
  559.  Lies have short legs
  560.  Life is but a span
  561.  Life is not a bed of roses
  562.  Life is not all cakes and ale (beer and skittles)
  563.  Like a cat on hot bricks
  564.  Like a needle in a haystack
  565.  Like begets like
  566.  Like cures like
  567.  Like father, like son
  568.  Like draws to like
  569.  Like master, like man
  570.  Like mother, like daughter
  571.  Like parents, like children
  572.  Like priest, like people
  573.  Like teacher, like pupil
  574.  Little chips light great fires
  575.  Little knowledge is a dangerous thing
  576.  Little pigeons can carry great messages
  577.  Little pitchers have long ears
  578.  Little strokes fell great oaks
  579.  Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape
  580.  Little things amuse little minds
  581.  Live and learn
  582.  Live and let live
  583.  Live not to eat, but eat to live
  584.  Long absent, soon forgotten
  585.  Look before you leap
  586.  Look before you leap, but having leapt never look back
  587.  Lookers-on see more than players
  588.  Lord (God, Heaven) helps those (them) who help themselves
  589.  Lost time is never found again
  590.  Love cannot be forced
  591.  Love in a cottage
  592.  Love is blind, as well as hatred
  593.  Love me, love my dog
  594.  Love will creep where it may not go
  595.  Make haste slowly
  596.  Make hay while the sun shines
  597.  Make or mar
  598.  Man proposes but God disposes
  599.  Many a fine dish has nothing on it
  600.  Many a good cow has a bad calf
  601.  Many a good father has but a bad son
  602.  Many a little makes a mickle
  603.  Many a true word is spoken in jest
  604.  Many hands make light work
  605.  Many men, many minds
  606.  Many words hurt more than swords
  607.  Many words will not fill a bushel
  608.  Marriages are made in heaven
  609.  Measure for measure
  610.  Measure thrice and cut once
  611.  Men may meet but mountains never
  612.  Mend or end (end or mend)
  613.  Might goes before right
  614.  Misfortunes never come alone (singly)
  615.  Misfortunes tell us what fortune is
  616.  Money begets money
  617.  Money has no smell
  618.  Money is a good servant but a bad master
  619.  Money often unmakes the men who make it
  620.  Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain
  621.  More haste, less speed
  622.  Much ado about nothing
  623.  Much will have more
  624.  Muck and money go together
  625.  Murder will out
  626.  My house is my castle
  627.  Name not a rope in his house that was hanged
  628.  Necessity is the mother of invention
  629.  Necessity knows no law
  630.  Neck or nothing
  631.  Need makes the old wife trot
  632.  Needs must when the devil drives
  633.  Neither fish nor flesh
  634.  Neither here nor there
  635.  Neither rhyme nor reason
  636.  Never cackle till your egg is laid
  637.  Never cast dirt into that fountain of which you have sometime drunk
  638.  Never do things by halves
  639.  Never fry a fish till it’s caught
  640.  Never offer to teach fish to swim
  641.  Never put off till tomorrow what you can do (can be done) today
  642.  Never quit certainty for hope
  643.  Never too much of a good thing
  644.  Never try to prove what nobody doubts
  645.  Never write what you dare not sign
  646.  New brooms sweep clean
  647.  New lords, new laws
  648.  Nightingales will not sing in a cage
  649.  No flying from fate
  650.  No garden without its weeds
  651.  No great loss without some small gain
  652.  No herb will cure love
  653.  No joy without alloy
  654.  No living man all things can
  655.  No longer pipe, no longer dance
  656.  No man is wise at all times
  657.  No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold
  658.  No news (is) good news
  659.  No pains, no gains
  660.  No song, no supper
  661.  No sweet without (some) sweat
  662.  No wisdom like silence
  663.  None but the brave deserve the fair
  664.  None so blind as those who won’t see
  665.  None so deaf as those that won’t hear
  666.  Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it
  667.  Nothing is impossible to a willing heart
  668.  Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas
  669.  Nothing so bad, as not to be good for something
  670.  Nothing succeeds like success
  671.  Nothing venture, nothing have
  672.  Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm
  673.  Of two evils choose the least
  674.  Old birds are not caught with chaff
  675.  Old friends and old wine are best
  676.  On Shank’s mare
  677.  Once bitten, twice shy
  678.  Once is no rule (custom)
  679.  One beats the bush, and another catches the bird
  680.  One chick keeps a hen busy
  681.  One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine
  682.  One fire drives out another
  683.  One good turn deserves another
  684.  One law for the rich, and another for the poor
  685.  One lie makes many
  686.  One link broken, the whole chain is broken
  687.  One man, no man
  688.  One man’s meat is another man’s poison
  689.  One scabby sheep will mar a whole flock
  690.  One swallow does not make a summer
  691.  One today is worth two tomorrow
  692.  Open not your door when the devil knocks
  693.  Opinions differ
  694.  Opportunity makes the thief
  695.  Out of sight, out of mind
  696.  Out of the frying-pan into the fire
  697.  Packed like herrings
  698.  Patience is a plaster for all sores
  699.  Penny-wise and pound-foolish
  700.  Pleasure has a sting in its tail
  701.  Plenty is no plague
  702.  Politeness costs little (nothing), but yields much
  703.  Poverty is no sin
  704.  Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is
  705.  Practise what you preach
  706.  Praise is not pudding
  707.  Pride goes before a fall
  708.  Procrastination is the thief of time
  709.  Promise is debt
  710.  Promise little, but do much
  711.  Prosperity makes friends, and adversity tries them
  712.  Put not your hand between the bark and the tree
  713.  Rain at seven, fine at eleven
  714.  Rats desert a sinking ship
  715.  Repentance is good, but innocence is better
  716.  Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you
  717.  Roll my log and I will roll yours
  718.  Rome was not built in a day
  719.  Salt water and absence wash away love
  720.  Saying and doing are two things
  721.  Score twice before you cut once
  722.  Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings
  723.  Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours
  724.  Self done is soon done
  725.  Self done is well done
  726.  Self is a bad counsellor
  727.  Self-praise is no recommendation
  728.  Set a beggar on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil
  729.  Set a thief to catch a thief
  730.  Shallow streams make most din
  731.  Short debts (accounts) make long friends
  732.  Silence gives consent
  733.  Since Adam was a boy
  734.  Sink or swim!
  735.  Six of one and half a dozen of the other
  736.  Slow and steady wins the race
  737.  Slow but sure
  738.  Small rain lays great dust
  739.  So many countries, so many customs
  740.  So many men, so many minds
  741.  Soft fire makes sweet malt
  742.  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
  743.  Soon learnt, soon forgotten
  744.  Soon ripe, soon rotten
  745.  Speak (talk) of the devil and he will appear (is sure to appear)
  746.  Speech is silver but silence is gold
  747.  Standers-by see more than gamesters
  748.  Still waters run deep
  749.  Stolen pleasures are sweetest
  750.  Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach
  751.  Stretch your legs according to the coverlet
  752.  Strike while the iron is hot
  753.  Stuff today and starve tomorrow
  754.  Success is never blamed
  755.  Such carpenters, such chips
  756.  Sweep before your own door
  757.  Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves
  758.  Take us as you find us
  759.  Tarred with the same brush
  760.  Tastes differ
  761.  Tell that to the marines
  762.  That cock won’t fight
  763.  That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass
  764.  That’s a horse of another colour
  765.  That’s where the shoe pinches!
  766.  The beggar may sing before the thief (before a footpad)
  767.  The best fish smell when they are three days old
  768.  The best fish swim near the bottom
  769.  The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good
  770.  The busiest man finds the most leisure
  771.  The camel going to seek horns lost his ears
  772.  The cap fits
  773.  The cask savours of the first fill
  774.  The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream
  775.  The cat would eat fish and would not wet her paws
  776.  The chain is no stronger than its weakest link
  777.  The cobbler should stick to his last
  778.  The cobbler’s wife is the worst shod
  779.  The darkest hour is that before the dawn
  780.  The darkest place is under the candlestick
  781.  The devil is not so black as he is painted
  782.  The devil knows many things because he is old
  783.  The devil lurks behind the cross
  784.  The devil rebuking sin
  785.  The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on
  786.  The Dutch have taken Holland !
  787.  The early bird catches the worm
  788.  The end crowns the work
  789.  The end justifies the means
  790.  The evils we bring on ourselves are hardest to bear
  791.  The exception proves the rule
  792.  The face is the index of the mind
  793.  The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love
  794.  The fat is in the fire
  795.  The first blow is half the battle
  796.  The furthest way about is the nearest way home
  797.  The game is not worth the candle
  798.  The heart that once truly loves never forgets
  799.  The higher the ape goes, the more he shows his tail
  800.  The last drop makes the cup run over
  801.  The last straw breaks the camel’s back
  802.  The leopard cannot change its spots
  803.  The longest day has an end
  804.  The mill cannot grind with the water that is past
  805.  The moon does not heed the barking of dogs
  806.  The more haste, the less speed
  807.  The more the merrier
  808.  The morning sun never lasts a day
  809.  The mountain has brought forth a mouse
  810.  The nearer the bone, the sweeter the flesh
  811.  The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last
  812.  The pot calls the kettle black
  813.  The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  814.  The receiver is as bad as the thief
  815.  The remedy is worse than the disease
  816.  The rotten apple injures its neighbours
  817.  The scalded dog fears cold water
  818.  The tailor makes the man
  819.  The tongue of idle persons is never idle
  820.  The voice of one man is the voice of no one
  821.  The way (the road) to hell is paved with good intentions
  822.  The wind cannot be caught in a net
  823.  The work shows the workman
  824.  There are lees to every wine
  825.  There are more ways to the wood than one
  826.  There is a place for everything, and everything in its place
  827.  There is more than one way to kill a cat
  828.  There is no fire without smoke
  829.  There is no place like home
  830.  There is no rose without a thorn
  831.  There is no rule without an exception
  832.  There is no smoke without fire
  833.  There’s many a slip ‘tween (== between) the cup and the lip
  834.  There’s no use crying over spilt milk
  835.  They are hand and glove
  836.  They must hunger in winter that will not work in summer
  837.  Things past cannot be recalled
  838.  Think today and speak tomorrow
  839.  Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
  840.  Time and tide wait for no man
  841.  Time cures all things
  842.  Time is money
  843.  Time is the great healer
  844.  Time works wonders
  845.  To add fuel (oil) to the fire (flames)
  846.  To angle with a silver hook
  847.  To be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
  848.  To be head over ears in debt
  849.  To be in one’s birthday suit
  850.  To be up to the ears in love
  851.  To be wise behind the hand
  852.  To beat about the bush
  853.  To beat the air
  854.  To bring grist to somebody’s mill
  855.  To build a fire under oneself
  856.  To buy a pig in a poke
  857.  To call a spade a spade
  858.  To call off the dogs
  859.  To carry coals to Newcastle
  860.  To cast pearls before swine
  861.  To cast prudence to the winds
  862.  To come away none the wiser
  863.  To come off cheap
  864.  To come off with a whole skin
  865.  To come off with flying colours
  866.  To come out dry
  867.  To come out with clean hands
  868.  To cook a hare before catching him
  869.  To cry with one eye and laugh with the other
  870.  To cut one’s throat with a feather
  871.  To draw (pull) in one’s horns
  872.  To drop a bucket into an empty well
  873.  To draw water in a sieve
  874.  To eat the calf in the cow’s belly
  875.  To err is human
  876.  To fiddle while Rome is burning
  877.  To fight with one’s own shadow
  878.  To find a mare’s nest
  879.  To fish in troubled waters
  880.  To fit like a glove
  881.  To flog a dead horse
  882.  To get out of bed on the wrong side
  883.  To give a lark to catch a kite
  884.  To go for wool and come home shorn
  885.  To go through fire and water (through thick and thin)
  886.  To have a finger in the pie
  887.  To have rats in the attic
  888.  To hit the nail on the head
  889.  To kick against the pricks
  890.  To kill two birds with one stone
  891.  To know everything is to know nothing
  892.  To know on which side one’s bread is buttered
  893.  To know what’s what
  894.  To lay by for a rainy day
  895.  To live from hand to mouth
  896.  To lock the stable-door after the horse is stolen
  897.  To look for a needle in a haystack
  898.  To love somebody (something) as the devil loves holy water
  899.  To make a mountain out of a molehill
  900.  To make both ends meet
  901.  To make the cup run over
  902.  To make (to turn) the air blue
  903.  To measure another man’s foot by one’s own last
  904.  To measure other people’s corn by one’s own bushel
  905.  To pay one back in one’s own coin
  906.  To plough the sand
  907.  To pour water into a sieve
  908.  To pull the chestnuts out of the fire for somebody
  909.  To pull the devil by the tail
  910.  To put a spoke in somebody’s wheel
  911.  To put off till Doomsday
  912.  To put (set) the cart before the horse
  913.  To rob one’s belly to cover one’s back
  914.  To roll in money
  915.  To run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
  916.  To save one’s bacon
  917.  To send (carry) owls to Athens
  918.  To set the wolf to keep the sheep
  919.  To stick to somebody like a leech
  920.  To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel
  921.  To take counsel of one’s pillow
  922.  To take the bull by the horns
  923.  To teach the dog to bark
  924.  To tell tales out of school
  925.  To throw a stone in one’s own garden
  926.  To throw dust in somebody’s eyes
  927.  To throw straws against the wind
  928.  To treat somebody with a dose of his own medicine
  929.  To use a steam-hammer to crack nuts
  930.  To wash one’s dirty linen in public
  931.  To wear one’s heart upon one’s sleeve
  932.  To weep over an onion
  933.  To work with the left hand
  934.  Tomorrow come never
  935.  Too many cooks spoil the broth
  936.  Too much knowledge makes the head bald
  937.  Too much of a good thing is good for nothing
  938.  Too much water drowned the miller
  939.  Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow
  940.  True blue will never stain
  941.  True coral needs no painter’s brush
  942.  Truth comes out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
  943.  Truth is stranger than fiction
  944.  Truth lies at the bottom of a well
  945.  Two blacks do not make a white
  946.  Two heads are better than one
  947.  Two is company, but three is none
  948.  Velvet paws hide sharp claws
  949.  Virtue is its own reward
  950.  Wait for the cat to jump
  951.  Walls have ears
  952.  Wash your dirty linen at home
  953.  Waste not, want not
  954.  We know not what is good until we have lost it
  955.  We never know the value of water till the well is dry
  956.  We shall see what we shall see
  957.  We soon believe what we desire
  958.  Wealth is nothing without health
  959.  Well begun is half done
  960.  What can’t be cured, must be endured
  961.  What is bred in the bone will not go out of the flesh
  962.  What is done by night appears by day
  963.  What is done cannot be undone
  964.  What is got over the devil’s back is spent under his belly
  965.  What is lost is lost
  966.  What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
  967.  What is worth doing at alt is worth doing well
  968.  What must be, must be
  969.  What the heart thinks the tongue speaks
  970.  What we do willingly is easy
  971.  When angry, count a hundred
  972.  When at Rome, do as the Romans do
  973.  When children stand quiet, they have done some harm
  974.  When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner
  975.  When guns speak it is too late to argue
  976.  When pigs fly
  977.  When Queen Anne was alive
  978.  When the cat is away, the mice will play
  979.  When the devil is blind
  980.  When the fox preaches, take care of your geese
  981.  When the pinch comes, you remember the old shoe
  982.  When three know it, alt know it
  983.  When wine is in wit is out
  984.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way
  985.  While the grass grows the horse starves
  986.  While there is life there is hope
  987.  Who breaks, pays
  988.  Who has never tasted bitter, knows not what is sweet
  989.  Who keeps company with the wolf, will learn to howl
  990.  Wise after the event
  991.  With time and patience, the leaf of the mulberry becomes satin
  992.  Words pay no debts
  993.  You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink
  994.  You cannot eat your cake and have it
  995.  You cannot flay the same ox twice
  996.  You cannot judge a tree by its bark
  997.  You cannot teach old dogs new tricks
  998.  You cannot wash charcoal white
  999.  You made your bed, now lie in it
  1000.  Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse

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