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Absence makes the heart grow fonder Accidents will happen in the best regulated families Actions speak louder than words After death the doctor After rain comes fair weather After supper, mustard All bread is not baked in one oven All cats are grey in the dark All in good time All is fair in love and war to be continued
All is not gold that glitters All is well that ends well All the future exists in the past All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy Among the blind the one-eyed man is king Any port in a storm Appearances arc deceptive The appetite comes with eating An apple a day keeps the doctor away The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest to be continued
Art is long, life is short As a man lives, so shall he die As a man sows, so shall he reap As a tree falls, so shall it lie Ask no questions and you will be told no lies As the call, so the echo As the old cock crows, so doth the young As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb As well for the cow calf as for the bull As you brew, so must you drink A bad beginning makes a bad ending Br.
Barking dogs seldom bite Bear and forbear Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Beauty is only skin deep Beauty lies in lover's eyes Beggars cannot be choosers The belly is not filled with fair words Best defense is attack The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good to be continued
The best things are worst to come by Better a lean jade than an empty halter Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow Better a small fish than an empty dish Better go to heaven in rags than to hell in embroidery Better late than never Better one-eyed than stone-blind Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know Better the last smile than the first laughte Better to do well than to say well to be continued
Better untaught than ill taught Between two stools one falls to the ground Beware of a silent dog and still water A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush Birds of a feather flock together Blood is blood Blood is thicker than water Brevity is the soul of wit A bully is always a coward A burnt child dreads the fire to be continued
Business before pleasure Business first, pleasure afterwards Business is business Business is the salt of life By doing nothing we learn to do ill Br.
Caesar's wife must be above suspicion Calamity is man's true touchstone Call the bear 'uncle' till you are safe across the bridge Care killed a cat The cask saviors of the first fill Catch the bear before you sell his skin A cat has nine lives A cat may look at a king Caution is the parent of safety The chain is no stronger than its weakest link to be continued
Charity begins at home Cheats never prosper Cheek brings success The child is father of the man A child may have too much of his mother's blessing The child says nothing but what is heard by the fire A clean hand wants no washing Cleanliness is next to godliness A close mouth catches no flies Clothes do not make a man to be continued
Clothes make the man The cobbler should stick to his last A cock is valiant on his own dunghill Company in distress makes trouble less Confession is good for the soul Confession is the first step to repentance Constant dropping wears away a stone The council of many is better The course of true love never did run smooth Cowardice is the mother of cruelty to be continued
Cowards are cruel Cracked pots last longest A creaking door hangs long on its hinges Criminals often return to the scene of the crime Curiosity killed the cat Curses like chickens come home to roost Cut your coat according to your cloth Br.
Danger foreseen is half avoided Death ends all things Death is the great leveler Death squares all accounts Deeds, not words Br.
False friends are worse than open enemies Familiarity breeds contempt A fault confessed is half redressed Fear has a quick ear Feather by feather a goose is plucked Fields have eyes, and woods have ears Fine feathers make fine birds Fine words butter no parsnips Fire and water are good servants, but bad masters The first blow is half the battle to be continued
First catch your hare, then cook him First come, first served First think, then speak Fish begins to stink at the head Fling dirt enough and some will stick A fool and his money are soon parted A fool at forty is a fool indeed A fool may ask more questions than a wise man can answer A fool's bolt is soon shot Fools make feasts and wise men eat them to be continued
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Forbidden fruit is sweet Forewarned is forearmed Fortune favors the brave Fortune favors the fools Fortune knocks once at least at every man's gate Four eyes see more than two A friend in need is a friend indeed Br.
A gift in the hand is better than two promises Gifts from enemies are dangerous Give a dog a bad name and hang him Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice Give him an inch and he'll take an ell Give him a ring, and he'll want your whole arm God helps those who help themselves God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb A good beginning is half the battle to be continued
A good beginning makes a good ending Good can never grow out of evil Good clothes open all doors A good dog deserves a good bone A good face is a letter of recommendation Good fame sleeps, bad fame creeps A good name is better than riches Grasp all, lose all Grasp the nettle and it won't sting you Great boast, small roast to be continued
Great cry and little wool The great fish eat up the small Great talkers are little doers Great wits jump Gut no fish till you got them Br.
Habit is a second nature Half a loaf is better than no bread Handsome is as handsome does Hard words break no bones Haste makes waste Hasty climbers have sudden falls Hasty love is soon hot and soon cold Hawk will not pick out hawk's eyes The heart that once truly loves never forgets He dances well to whom fortune pipes to be continued
A hedge between keeps friendship green Hedges have eyes, and walls have ears He gives twice who gives quickly He is lifeless who is faultless He is well paid that is well satisfied He laughs best who laughs last Hell is paved with good intentions He loves bacon well that licks the swine-sty door He needs a long spoon that sups with the devil He smells best that smells of nothing to be continued
He that comes first to the hill, may sit where he will He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it He that dies pays all debts He that feared every bush must never go a-birding He that fears death lives not He that has a great nose thinks everyone is speaking of it He that hath an ill name is half hanged He that hesitates is lost to be continued
He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas He that lives with cripples learns to limp He that loves the tree, loves the branch He that mischief hatches, mischief catches He that serves everybody is paid by nobody He that strikes my dog, would strike me if he durst He that will thrive must rise at five, he that hath thriven may lie till seven He who laughs at crooked men should need walk very straight to be continued
He who pays the piper calls the tune He who sleeps catches no fish He works best who knows his trade The highest tree has the greatest fall History repeats itself Home is home though it be never so homely Homer sometimes nods Honesty is the best policy Honey is sweet, but the bee stings Honour and profit lie not in one sack Hunger breaks stone walls to be continued
A hungry belly has no ears A hungry man is an angry man Br.
An idle brain is the mother of all evil I fear Greeks even when bringing gifts If ifs and ans were pots and pans If it were not for hope, the heart would break If my aunt had been a man, shes have been my uncle If the blind lead the blind both shall fall into the ditch If the cap fits, wear it If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain If the sky fall(s), we shall catch larks If we cant as we would, we must do as we can If we cant as we would, we must do as we can to be continued to be continued
If wishes horses, beggars might ride If you agree to carry the calf, theyll make you carry the cow If you pay not a servant his wages, he will pay himself If you run after two hares youll catch none If you sell the cow you will sell her milk too If you want a pretence to whip a dog, it is enough to say he ate the frying-pan If you want a thing well done, do it yourself Ill deemed, half hanged Ill-gotten goods never prosper Ill gotten, ill spent to be continued
Ill news travels fast A ill stake standeth long In for a penny, in for a pound An injury forgiven is better than an injury revenged In the evening one may praise the day It is a great life if you dont weaken It is a long lane that has no turning It is always darkest before the dawn It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest It is an ill wind that blows nobody good to be continued
It is better to be a has-been than a never- was It is dogged that does it It is easier to raise the devil than to lay him It is easy to be wise after the event It is never too late to learn It is never too late to mend It is not the gay coat that makes the gentleman It is no use crying over spilt milk It is the first step that costs It is the lasts straw that breaks the camels back It is the lasts straw that breaks the camels back to be continued to be continued
It is too late to lock the stable-door when the horse is stolen It never rains but it pours Its a poor heart that never rejoices It takes all sort to make a world I will not change a cottage in possession for a kingdom in reversion Br.
Jack is no judge of Jill's beauty Jack of all trades is master of none Joan's as good as my lady in the dark Judge not of men and things at first sight Judge not, that ye be not judged Br.
Kind hearts are more than coronets Know the breed, know the dog Br.
The laborer is worthy of his hire The last drop makes the cup run over Learn wisdom by the follies of others Learn young, learn fair Least said, soonest mended The leopard cannot change his spots The less people think, the more they talk Let all things past pass Let bygones be bygones Let every sheep hang by its own shank to be continued
Let every tailor stick to his goose Let sleeping dogs lie Let the dead bury their dead Let them learn first to show piety at home Let well alone Life is but a span Life is not a bed of roses Life is not all beer and skittles Life is not all clear sailing in calm waters Light gains make heavy purses to be continued
Like begets like Like father, like son Like master, like man Like teacher, like pupil Like to like A little learning is a dangerous thing Little pitchers have long ears Little strokes fell great oaks Little thieves are hanged but great ones escape Live and learn to be continued
Live and let live A living dog is better than a dead lion Long absent, soon forgotten Look before you leap Lookers-on see most of the game Lost time is never found again Love cannot be forced Love conquers all Love in a hut, with water and a crust is cinders, ashes, dust Love is blind to be continued
Love laughs at locksmiths Love makes the world go round Love me, love my dog Love will creep where it may not go Luck goes in cycles Lucky at cards, unlucky in love Br.
Make hay while the sun shines A man can die but once A man can do no more than hecan A man cannot spin and reel at the same time Man does not live by bread alone Man is a bundle of habits A man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks A man is known by the company he keeps Manners make the man Man proposes, God disposes to be continued
A man who has not been flogged is not educated Many a good cow hath an evil (bad) calf Many a good father has but a bad son Many a little makes a micelle Many a true word is spoken in jest Many commanders sink the ship Many physicians have killed the king Marriages are made in heaven Marry in haste and repent at leisure Measure twice and cut once to be continued
Men must do as they may, not as they would Mere wishes are silly fishes Men are best loved farthest off Might goes before right Might goes before right Misery loves company Misfortunes come on horseback, and go away on foot Misfortunes never come singly A miss is as good as a mile Money is the root of all evil Money makes money to be continued
Money makes the man Money makes the mare go Money often unmakes the men who make it Money talks The more haste, the less speed The more, the merrier The more you have, the more you want The morning to the mountain, the evening to the fountain Mother's darlings are but milksop heroes The mouse lordships where a cat is not to be continued
Much will have more Muck and money go together Murder will out Br.
Nature will have its course Near is my coat (shirt), but nearer is my shirt (skin) Necessity is the mother of invention Need makes the old wife trot Needs must when the devil drives Never jump your fences till you meet them Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today Never say die A new broom sweeps clean New lords, new laws to be continued
No cross, no crown No flying from fate No fool like an old fool No great loss but some small profit No great loss without some small gain No joy without alloy No man can serve two masters No man is a hero to his valet No man is a prophet in his own country No man is wise at all times to be continued
None but the brave deserve the fair None is so blind as they who will not see None is so deaf as those who won't hear No news is good news No pains, no gains No safe wading in an unknown water No sweet without some bitter Nothing is impossible to a willing heart Nothing is stolen without hands Nothing new under the sun to be continued
Nothing succeeds like success Nothing venture, nothing have No wisdom like silence Br.
An oak is not felled with one stroke Of two evils choose the least Old birds are not to be caught with chaff An old dog cannot alter his way of barking An old dog will learn no new tricks An old fox is not easily snared Old friends and old wine are best Old love does not rust Once a priest, always a priest Once a thief, always a thief to be continued
Once bitten, twice shy One cannot be too careful One cannot blow and swallow at the same time One cannot put back the clock One cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds One cloud is enough to eclipse the sun One drop of poison infects the whole ton of wine One fire drives out another One good turn deserves another One hand washes the otherOne hand washes the other to be continued to be continued
One law for the rich and another for the poor One man does not make a team One man, no man One man's breath is another's death One man's meat is another man's poison One nail drives out another One scabbed sheep will mar a whole flock One swallow does not make a summer One today is worth two tomorrows One touch of nature makes the whole world kin to be continued
One woe doth tread upon another's heels Out of sight, out of mind Over shoes, over boots Br.
Penny and penny laid up will be many A penny more buys the whistle A penny saved is a penny gained People who live in glass houses should not throw stones The pitcher goes once too often to the well (but is broken at last) Pity is akin to love Possession is nine points of the law to be continued
A pound in the purse is worth two in the book Practice is the best master Practice makes perfect Praise is not pudding Precaution is better than repentance Prettiness dies first Prevention is better than cure Pride goes before a fall Procrastination is the thief of time The proof of the pudding is in the eating to be continued
Prosperity makes friends, and adversity tries them A public hall is never swept Put your hand no further than your sleeve will reach Br.
The race is to the swift Rats desert a sinking ship A remedy is worse than disease Repetition is the mother of learning A rolling stone gathers no moss Roll my log and I will roll yours Rome was not built in a day The rotten apple injures its neighbours Br.
Safe bind, safe find Salt water and absence wash away love The same for Attius as for Tettius The same knife cuts bread and fingers Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do Saying and doing are two things The scalded cat fears cold water Score twice before you cut once Scratch my back and I shall scratch yours Second thoughts are best to be continued
Seeing is believing Seldom seen, soon forgotten Silence gives consent Silence is golden A single bamboo cant form a row Slow help is no help Soft and fair goes far A soft answer turneth away wrath Soft fire makes sweet malt So many countries, so many customs to be continued
So many men, so many minds So many wells, so many buckets So many to do, so little done Soon enough done if well done Spare the rod and spoil the child The sprit is willing but the flesh is weak Sport as you may while the masters away Standing pools gather filth A stick is quickly found to beat a dog with Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me to be continued
The still sow eats all the draff Still water breeds vermin Still waters run deep A stitch in time saves nine Stolen waters are sweet Stretch your legs according to the coverlet Strike while the iron is hot Br.
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves Take time by the forelock Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear Tastes differ There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it There are many ways of dressing a calfs head There are more ways than one to kill a cat There are more ways to the wood than one There are two sides to every question There is a crook in the lot of everyone to be continued
There is a skeleton in every house There is honour among thieves There is many a slip between the cup and the lip There is no accounting for tastes There is no effect without a cause There is no ill in life that is no worse without bread There is no place like home There is no rose without a thorn There is no rule without an exception There is no smoke without fire to be continued
There is no time like the present There is safety in numbers There is small choice in rotten apples There was never a good town but had a mire at one end of it They that have got good store of butter may lay it thick on their bread Things done cannot be undone Things past cannot be recalled Though you cast out nature with a fork, it will still return The thread breaks where it is weakest A threatened blow is seldom given to be continued
Threatened folk(s) live long Time and thinking tame the strongest grief Time and tide wait for no man Time flies Time is a great healer Time is many Time tames the strongest grief Time works wonders To err is human To know everything is to know nothing to be continued
Too far East is West Too many cooks spoil the broth Too much knowledge makes the head bald Too much pudding will choke a dog A tree is known by its fruit Truth is stranger than fiction Truth lies at the bottom of a well Two blacks do not make a white Two dogs over one bone seldom agree Two heads are better than one to be continued
Two in distress make trouble less Two is company, but three is none Two wrongs do not make a right Br.
Walls have ears Waste not, want not A watched pot never boils The way to a mans heart is through his stomach The weakest goes to the wall The weariest day draws to an end Well begun is half done Well done, if twice done We soon believe what we desire What cant be cured must be endured to be continued
What is bred in the bone will come out in the flesh What is done by night appears by day What is done, cannot be undone What is fairly gathered is roundly spent What is got over the devils back is spent under his belly What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander What is worth doing at all is worth doing well Whats good for one is bad for another What the eye does not see the heart does not grieve What will be, will beWhat will be, will be to be continued to be continued
What you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts When a thing is done, advice comes too late When at Rome, do as the Romans do When Greek meets Greek then comes the tug of war When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window When the fox preaches take care of your geese Where theres a will, theres a way Where the river is deepest it makes least noise While the grass grows the horse starves While there is life, there is hope to be continued
Who breaks, pays Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl Whom gods would destroy, they first make mad Who spends more than he should, shall not have to spend when he would Who will not keep a penny never shall have any The wish is father to the thought With time and patience the leaf of the mulberry becomes satin The wolf may change his coat, but not his disposition to be continued
The wolf may lose his teeth, but never his nature Wolf never wars against wolf A wonder lasts but nine days Words may pass, but blows fall heavy A word to the wise Work done, have your fun The worst spoke in a cart breaks first Br.
You cannot judge a tree by its bark You cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear You cannot touch pitch and not be defiled You cannot wash charcoal white You can take a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink You cant eat your cake and have it You cant make an omelet without breaking eggs You have made your bed, and you must lie on it You never know what you can do till you try Br.