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Common Proverbs & Sayings



   A bad penny always turns up.


   A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.


   A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.


   A fool and his money are soon parted.


   A friend in need is a friend indeed.


   A man is known by his friends.


   A man is known by the company he keeps.


   A man's home is his castle.


   A rolling stone gathers no moss.


   A stitch in time saves nine.


   A woman's place is in the home.


   A woman's work is never done.


   Absence makes the heart grow fonder.


   Actions speak louder than words.


   After a storm comes a calm.


   All good things must come to an end.


   All roads lead to Rome.


   All that glitters is not gold.


   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


   All is well that ends well.


   An apple a day keeps the doctor away.


   Appearances are deceptive.


   April showers brings May flowers.


   As soon as man is born he begins to die.


   As you make your bed, so must you lie in it.


   As you sow, so shall you reap.


   Ask no questions and hear no lies.


   Bad news travels fast.


   Barking dogs seldom bite.


   Beauty is only skin-deep.


   Beggars can't be choosers.


   Better late than never.


   Better be safe than sorry.


   Better die with honor than live with shame.


   Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.


   Better to be alone than in bad company.


   Birds of a feather flock together.


   Blood is thicker than water.


   Business before pleasure.


   Business is business.


   Charity begins at home.


   Christmas comes but once a year.


   Cleanliness is next to godliness.


   Crime does not pay.


   Curiosity killed the cat.


   Dead men have no friends.


   Dead men tell no tales.


   Death is the great leveler.


   Diligence is the mother of good fortune.


   Discretion is the better part of valor.


   Divide and rule.


   Do not wear out your welcome.


   Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.


   Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.


   Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.


   Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim.


   Don't put all your eggs in one basket.


   Don't wash your dirty linen in public.


   Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.


   Easier said than done.


   Every bird loves to hear himself sing.


   Every dog has his day.


   Every family has a skeleton in the closet.

    

   Every man has his faults.

    

   Every man has his price.

    

   Every man is his own worst enemy.

    

   Every picture tells a story.

    

   Experience is the best teacher.

    

   Experience is the mother of wisdom.

    

   Failure teaches success.

    

   Faith will move mountains.

    

   Familiarity breeds contempt.

    

   Fear is stronger than love.

    

   Fear of death is worse than death itself.

    

   Fight fire with fire.

    

   Finders keepers, losers weepers.

    

   First come, first served.

    

   First things first.

    

   First think, and then speak.

    

   Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

    

   Garbage in, garbage out.

    

   Give credit where credit is due.

    

   Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.

    

   Give the devil his due.

    

   God helps them that help themselves.

    

   Good fences make good neighbors.

    

   Goodness is better than beauty.

    

   Great minds think alike.

    

   He is the best general who makes the fewest mistakes.

    

   He that is master of himself, will soon be master of others.

    

   He that knows nothing, doubts nothing.

    

   He that plants a tree plants for posterity.

    

   He who hesitates is lost.

    

   Honesty is the best policy.

    

   If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well.

    

   Ignorance is bliss.

    

   Ignorance of the law excuses no man.

    

   In for a penny, in for a pound.

    

   It is best to be on the safe side.

    

   It is no use crying over spilt milk.

    

   It never rains, but it pours.

    

   It takes two to tango.

    

   Jack of all trades, master of none.

    

   Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.

    

   Laughter is the best medicine.

    

   Let bygones be bygones.

    

   Let sleeping dogs lie.

    

   Let the buyer beware.

    

   Let the dead bury their dead.

    

   Life is a bowl of cherries.

    

   Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

    

   Like father, like son.

    

   Like mother, like daughter.

    

   Live and learn.

    

   Live and let live.

    

   Look before you leap.

    

   Look on the bright side.

    

   Love conquers all.

    

   Love is blind.

    

   Love makes the world go round.

    

   Love sees no faults.

    

   Love will find a way.

    

   Make hay while the sun shines.

    

   Man cannot live by bread alone.

    

   Many hands make light work.

    

   Marriages are made in heaven.

    

   Mind your own business.

 

   Money isn't everything.

    

   Necessity is the mother of invention.

    

   Never judge from appearances.

    

   Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

    

   Never say die.

    

   Never speak ill of the dead.

    

   Never too late to learn.

    

   Never too late to repent.

    

   No man can serve two masters.

    

   No man is indispensable.

    

   No news is good news.

    

   No pain, no gain.

    

   Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

    

   Nothing succeeds like success.

    

   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    

   Old habits die hard.

    

   Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.

    

   One good turn deserves another.

    

   One man's loss is another man's gain.

    

   Opportunity seldom knocks twice.

    

   Out of sight, out of mind.

    

   Patience is a virtue.

    

   Penny wise, pound foolish.

    

   Practice makes perfect.

    

   Practice what you preach.

    

   Prevention is better than cure.

    

   Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

    

   Rats desert a sinking ship.

 

   Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

    

   Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

    

   Seeing is believing.

    

   Silence is golden.

    

   Something is better than nothing.

    

   Spare the rod and spoil the child.

    

   Speak when you are spoken to.

    

   Still waters run deep.

    

   Strike while the iron is hot.

    

   Sweet things are bad for the teeth.

    

   The best go first.

    

   The best of friends must part.

    

   The best things in life are free.

    

   The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    

   The burnt child dreads the fire.

    

   The early bird catches the worm.

    

   The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    

   The first step is the hardest.

    

   The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

    

   The last straw breaks the camel's back.


   The love of money is the root of all evil.


   The more one knows, the less one believes.

    

   The more you get, the more you want.

    

   The pot calls the kettle black.

    

   The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    

   There are only twenty-four hours in a day.

    

   There are two sides to every question.

    

   There is a time and a place for everything.

    

   There is no honor among thieves.

    

   There is more than one way to skin a cat.

    

   There is safety in numbers.

    

   There's a black sheep in every flock.

    

   There's no fool like an old fool.

    

   There's no place like home.

    

   There's no smoke without fire.

    

   There's one law for the rich, and another for the poor.

    

   They that dance must pay the fiddler.

    

   Things are not always what they seem.

    

   Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    

   Time cures all things.

    

   Time flies.

    

   Time is a great healer.

    

   Time is money.

    

   To err is human.

    

   Tomorrow is another day.

    

   Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    

   True love never grows old.

    

   Trust is the mother of deceit.

    

   Turn the other cheek.

    

   Two heads are better than one.

    

   Two is company, three is a crowd.

    

   Two wrongs do not make a right.

    

   United we stand, divided we fall.

    

   Variety is the spice of life.

    

   Virtue is its own reward.

    

   Walls have ears.

    

   Waste not, want not.

    

   What you don't know can't hurt you.

    

   When in doubt, do nothing.

    

   When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    

   When the cat's away, the mice will play.

    

   Where there is no trust there is no love.

    

   Where there's a will there's a way.

    

   You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

    

   You can't please everyone.

    

   You can't take it with you when you die.

    

   You can't tell a book by its cover.

    

   You can't win them all.

    

   You cannot have it both ways.

    

   You cannot have your cake and eat it.

    

   You don't get something for nothing.

    

   You win some, you lose some.






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