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A list of 680 English Proverbs

What is a proverb?

A proverb is a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth or piece of advice, based on common sense or experience.

Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society's values and beliefs is its proverbs.

English ProverbsThis graphic shows the words that are used in English proverbs, with the size of each word indicating how often it occurs.

No collection of proverbs in English would be complete without the proverbs collected and published by the Tudor courtier John Heywood.

As so many proverbs offer advice and uplift many of them are religious in origin, here's an additional list of biblical proverbs.

Here's a list of most of the commonly-used proverbs in the English language, with links to the meaning and origin of many of them.

A bad penny always turns up Link to proverb

A barking dog never bites

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush Link to proverb

A cat may look at a king Link to proverb

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link Link to proverb

A change is as good as a rest Link to proverb

A dog is a man's best friend Link to proverb

A drowning man will clutch at a straw Link to proverb

A fish always rots from the head down Link to proverb

A fool and his money are soon parted Link to proverb

A friend in need is a friend indeed Link to proverb

A golden key can open any door Link to proverb

A good beginning makes a good ending

A good man is hard to find Link to proverb

A house divided against itself cannot stand

A house is not a home

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step Link to proverb

A leopard cannot change its spots Link to proverb

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing Link to proverb

A little learning is a dangerous thing Link to proverb

A little of what you fancy does you good Link to proverb

A man is known by his friends

A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client Link to proverb

A miss is as good as a mile Link to proverb

A new broom sweeps clean

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse Link to proverb

A penny saved is a penny earned Link to proverb

A person is known by the company he keeps

A picture paints a thousand words Link to proverb

A place for everything and everything in its place Link to proverb

A poor workman always blames his tools

A problem shared is a problem halved Link to proverb

A prophet is not recognized in his own land

A rising tide lifts all boats

A rolling stone gathers no moss Link to proverb

A soft answer turneth away wrath

A stitch in time saves nine Link to proverb

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly

A thing of beauty is a joy forever Link to proverb

A time and a place for everything - There's

A trouble shared is a trouble halved

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men

A watched pot never boils Link to proverb

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke

A woman's place is in the home Link to proverb

A woman's work is never done

A word to the wise is enough

Absence makes the heart grow fonder Link to proverb

Absolute power corrupts absolutely Link to proverb

Accidents will happen (in the best-regulated families).

Actions speak louder than words

Adversity makes strange bedfellows Link to proverb

After a storm comes a calm

Age of miracles is past - The

Ain't over till the fat lady sings - It

All good things come to he who waits Link to proverb

All good things must come to an end

All is grist that comes to the mill Link to proverb

All publicity is good publicity Link to proverb

All roads lead to Rome

All that glisters is not gold Link to proverb

All that glitters is not gold

All the world loves a lover

All things come to those that wait Link to proverb

All things must pass Link to proverb

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

All you need is love

All's fair in love and war Link to proverb

All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds

All's well that ends well Link to proverb

A miss is as good as a mile Link to proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away Link to proverb

An army marches on its stomach

An Englishman's home is his castle Link to proverb

An exception to every rule - There's

Always more fish in the sea - There's

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

An ill wind that blows no one any good - It's

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Another day, another dollar

Any port in a storm Link to proverb

Appearances can be deceptive

Apple a day keeps the doctor away - An

Apple never falls far from the tree - The

April is the cruellest month

April showers bring forth May flowers

Army marches on its stomach - An

As thick as thieves Link to proverb

As you make your bed, so you must lie upon it

As you sow so shall you reap Link to proverb

Ashes to ashes dust to dust Link to proverb

Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer Link to proverb

Ask no questions and hear no lies

Attack is the best form of defence

Bad money drives out good

Bad news travels fast Link to proverb

Bad penny always turns up - A

Barking dog never bites - A

Be careful what you wish for

Beat swords into ploughshares Link to proverb

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Link to proverb

Beauty is only skin deep Link to proverb

Beggars should not be choosers Link to proverb

Behind every great man there's a great woman Link to proverb

Best defence is a good offence - The

Best is the enemy of the good - The

Best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley - The

Best things in life are free - The

Better late than never Link to proverb

Better safe than sorry

Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't

Best to be on the safe side - It's

Better to give than to receive - It's

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all - It's

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness - It's

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt

Better to travel hopefully than to arrive - It's

Between two stools one falls to the ground Link to proverb

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts Link to proverb

Beware the Ides of March Link to proverb

Big fish eat little fish

Bigger, the better - The

Bigger they are, the harder they fall - The

Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - A

Birds of a feather flock together Link to proverb

Blessed are the peacemakers Link to proverb

Blood is thicker than water Link to proverb

Blue are the hills that are far away

Bottom line is the bottom line - The

Boy is father to the man - The

Boys will be boys

Bread always falls buttered side down Link to proverb

Brevity is the soul of wit Link to proverb

Business before pleasure

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion

Carpe diem (Pluck the day; Seize the day)

Cat may look at a king - A

Chain is only as strong as its weakest link - A

Change is as good as a rest - A

Charity begins at home Link to proverb

Charity covers a multitude of sins

Cheaters never win and winners never cheat

Cheats never prosper

Child is the father of the man - The

Children and fools tell the truth

Children should be seen and not heard Link to proverb

Christmas comes but once a year

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Clothes maketh the man

Cobbler always wears the worst shoes - The

Cold hands, warm heart

Comparisons are odious Link to proverb

Count your blessings

Course of true love never did run smooth - The

Cowards may die many times before their death

Crime doesn't pay Link to proverb

Curiosity killed the cat

Customer is always right - The

Cut your coat to suit your cloth

Darkest hour is just before the dawn - The

Dead men tell no tales

Devil is in the details - The

Devil looks after his own - The

Devil makes work for idle hands to do - The

Devil take the hindmost - The

Different strokes for different folks Link to proverb

Discretion is the better part of valour

Distance lends enchantment to the view

Do as I say, not as I do

Do as you would be done by Link to proverb

Do unto others as you would have them do to you Link to proverb

Dog is a man's best friend - A

Don't bite the hand that feeds you

Don't burn your bridges behind you

Don't cast your pearls before swine Link to proverb

Don't change horses in midstream Link to proverb

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched Link to proverb

Don't cross the bridge till you come to it

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face

Don't get mad, get even

Don't keep a dog and bark yourself Link to proverb

Don't leave your manners on the doorstep

Don't let the bastards grind you down Link to proverb

Don't let the cat out of the bag Link to proverb

Don't let the grass grow under your feet

Don't meet troubles half-way

Don't mix business with pleasure

Don't put all your eggs in one basket

Don't put the cart before the horse Link to proverb

Don't put new wine into old bottles

Don't rock the boat

Don't shoot the messenger

Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar

Don't shut the stable door after the horse has bolted Link to proverb

Don't sweat the small stuff

Don't throw pearls to swine

Don't teach your Grandma to suck eggs Link to proverb

Don't throw good money after bad Link to proverb

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater Link to proverb

Don't trust anyone over thirty

Don't try to run before you can walk

Don't try to walk before you can crawl

Don't upset the apple-cart Link to proverb

Don't wash your dirty linen in public

Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom

Drowning man will clutch at a straw - A

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise Link to proverb

Each to their own

Early bird catches the worm - The

East is east, and west is west

East, west, home's best

Easy come, easy go

Easy to be wise after the event - It's

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die Link to proverb

Empty vessels make the most noise

End justifies the means - The

English are a nation of shopkeepers - The

Englishman's home is his castle - An

Enough is as good as a feast Link to proverb

Enough is enough Link to proverb

Even a worm will turn Link to proverb

Every cloud has a silver lining Link to proverb

Every dog has its day Link to proverb

Every little helps

Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost

Every man has his price Link to proverb

Every picture tells a story

Every stick has two ends

Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die

Everything comes to him who waits

Exception which proves the rule - The

Eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth - An

Failing to plan is planning to fail Link to proverb

Faint heart never won fair lady

Fair exchange is no robbery Link to proverb

Faith will move mountains Link to proverb

Familiarity breeds contempt

Fat is in the fire - The

Feed a cold and starve a fever

Female of the species is more deadly than the male - The

Fight fire with fire Link to proverb

Fight the good fight Link to proverb

Finders keepers, losers weepers

Fine words butter no parsnips Link to proverb

Fire is a good servant but a bad master

First come, first served

First impressions are the most lasting

First things first

Fish always stink from the head down Link to proverb

Fish and guests smell after three days

Flattery will get you nowhere

Fool and his money are soon parted - A

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Link to proverb

For everything there is a season Link to proverb

For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost

Forewarned is forearmed Link to proverb

Forgive and forget

Fortune favours the brave

Friend in need is a friend indeed - A

From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains Link to proverb

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration Link to proverb

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day...

Give a dog a bad name and hang him

Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself

Give credit where credit is due

Give the Devil his due Link to proverb

Go the extra mile

God helps those who help themselves

Goes without saying - It

Golden key can open any door - A

Good beginning makes a good ending - A

Good die young - The

Good fences make good neighbours Link to proverb

Good man is hard to find - A

Good talk saves the food

Good things come in small packages

Good things come to those that wait Link to proverb

Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence - The

Great minds think alike Link to proverb

Great oaks from little acorns grow Link to proverb

Half a loaf is better than no bread Link to proverb

Hand that rocks the cradle rules the world - The

Handsome is as handsome does

Hard cases make bad law Link to proverb

Hard work never did anyone any harm

Haste makes waste Link to proverb

He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing

He who can does, he who cannot, teaches Link to proverb

He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day

He who hesitates is lost

He who laughs last laughs longest Link to proverb

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword

He who pays the piper calls the tune

He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon

Hear all, see all, say nowt, tak' all, keep all, gie nowt, and if tha ever does owt for nowt do it for thysen

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned Link to proverb

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty

History repeats itself

Hold with the hare and run with the hounds - You can't

Home is where the heart is

Honesty is the best policy Link to proverb

Honey catches more flies than vinegar Link to proverb

Honour among thieves - There's

Hope springs eternal

Horses for courses

House divided against itself cannot stand - A

House is not a home - A

Husband is always the last to know - The

If anything can go wrong, it will

If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well

If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again

If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings

If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers

If it ain't broke, don't fix it Link to proverb

If life deals you lemons, make lemonade

If the cap fits, wear it Link to proverb

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain Link to proverb

If the shoe fits, wear it Link to proverb

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride Link to proverb

If you build it they will come

If you can't be good, be careful

If you can't beat em, join em

If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen Link to proverb

If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself

Ignorance is bliss

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Link to proverb

In for a penny, in for a pound

In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king

In the midst of life we are in death

Into every life a little rain must fall

It ain't over till the fat lady sings

It goes without saying

It never rains but it pours Link to proverb

It takes a thief to catch a thief

It takes all sorts to make a world

It takes one to know one

It takes two to tango

It's all grist to the mill Link to proverb

It's an ill wind that blows no one any good Link to proverb

It's best to be on the safe side

It's better to give than to receive Link to proverb

It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all Link to proverb

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness Link to proverb

It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive Link to proverb

It's easy to be wise after the event

It's never too late

It's no use crying over spilt milk

It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted

It's the early bird that catches the worm Link to proverb

It's the empty can that makes the most noise

It's the singer not the song

It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease

Jack of all trades, master of none Link to proverb

Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today Link to proverb

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - A

Judge not, that ye be not judged

Keep your chin up Link to proverb

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Keep your powder dry Link to proverb

Know which side your bread is buttered Link to proverb

Labourer is worthy of his hire - The

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone

Laughter is the best medicine

Law is an ass - The

Least said, soonest mended

Leopard cannot change its spots - A

Less is more Link to proverb

Let bygones be bygones Link to proverb

Let not the sun go down on your wrath Link to proverb

Let sleeping dogs lie

Let the buyer beware Link to proverb

Let the dead bury the dead

Let the punishment fit the crime

Let well alone

Life begins at forty Link to proverb

Life is just a bowl of cherries

Life is what you make it

Life's not all beer and skittles Link to proverb

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place

Like father, like son

Little knowledge is a dangerous thing - A

Little learning is a dangerous thing - A

Little of what you fancy does you good - A

Little pitchers have big ears Link to proverb

Little strokes fell great oaks

Little things please little minds

Live and learn

Live and let live

Live for today for tomorrow never comes

Longest journey starts with a single step - The

Look before you leap Link to proverb

Love of money is the root of all evil Link to proverb

Love is blind Link to proverb

Love makes the world go round

Love thy neighbour as thyself Link to proverb

Love will find a way

Make hay while the sun shines Link to proverb

Make haste slowly

Make love not war

Man does not live by bread alone Link to proverb

Man is known by his friends - A

Man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client - A

Manners maketh man

Many a good tune played on an old fiddle - There's

Many a little makes a mickle Link to proverb

Many a mickle makes a muckle

Many a slip 'twixt cup and lip - There's

Many a true word is spoken in jest Link to proverb

Many are called but few are chosen Link to proverb

Many hands make light work

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers

Marriages are made in heaven

Marry in haste, repent at leisure Link to proverb

Might is right

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow Link to proverb

Misery loves company

Miss is as good as a mile - A

Moderation in all things

Monday's child is fair of face

Money doesn't grow on trees

Money is the root of all evil Link to proverb

Money isn't everything

Money makes the world go round

Money talks

More haste, less speed Link to proverb

More the merrier - The

More things change, the more they stay the same - The

More ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream - There are

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast Link to proverb

Nature abhors a vacuum

Necessity is the mother of invention Link to proverb

Needs must when the devil drives Link to proverb

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out Link to proverb

Never give a sucker an even break Link to proverb

Never go to bed on an argument

Never judge a book by its cover

Never let the sun go down on your anger

Never look a gift horse in the mouth Link to proverb

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Never rains but it pours - It

Never speak ill of the dead

Never tell tales out of school

Never too late - It's

New broom sweeps clean - A

Nine tailors make a man

No accounting for tastes - There's

No fool like an old fool - There's

No man can serve two masters

No man is an island Link to proverb

No names, no pack-drill Link to proverb

No news is good news

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

No pain, no gain

No place like home - There's

No rest for the wicked Link to proverb

No smoke without fire - There's

No such thing as a free lunch - There's

No such thing as bad publicity - There's

No time like the present - There's

No use crying over spilt milk - It's

No use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted - It's

Nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse - A

None so blind as those who will not see - There's

None so deaf as those who will not hear - There's

Nothing new under the sun

Nothing is certain but death and taxes Link to proverb

Nothing succeeds like success Link to proverb

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Oil and water don't mix

Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away. Link to proverb

Once a thief, always a thief

Once bitten, twice shy

One good turn deserves another Link to proverb

One half of the world does not know how the other half lives

One hand washes the other

One man's meat is another man's poison Link to proverb

One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb

One law for the rich and another for the poor

One swallow does not make a summer Link to proverb

One volunteer is worth ten pressed men

One year's seeding makes seven years weeding

Only fools and horses work

Opera ain't over till the fat lady sings - The

Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door

Opposites attract

Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - An

Out of sight, out of mind Link to proverb

Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil

Patience is a virtue

Pearls of wisdom

Pen is mightier than sword - The

Penny saved is a penny earned - A

Penny wise and pound foolish

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Person is known by the company he keeps - A

Physician, heal thyself Link to proverb

Picture paints a thousand words - A

Place for everything and everything in its place - A

Poor workman always blames his tools - A

Possession is nine points of the law

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely Link to proverb

Practice makes perfect

Practice what you preach

Prevention is better than cure

Price of liberty is eternal vigilance - The

Pride comes before a fall Link to proverb

Procrastination is the thief of time Link to proverb

Problem shared is a problem halved - A

Proof of the pudding is in the eating - The

Prophet is not recognized in his own land - A

Put your best foot forward Link to proverb

Quid pro quo Link to proverb

Rain before seven, fine before eleven

Red sky at night shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning Link to proverb

Revenge is a dish best served cold Link to proverb

Revenge is sweet

Rising tide lifts all boats - A

Road to hell is paved with good intentions - The

Rob Peter to pay Paul Link to proverb

Rolling stone gathers no moss - A

Rome wasn't built in a day Link to proverb

See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day Link to proverb

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Seeing is believing

Seek and you shall find Link to proverb

Set a thief to catch a thief

Share and share alike Link to proverb

Shoemaker's son always goes barefoot - The

Shrouds have no pockets

Silence is golden Link to proverb

Slow but sure

Soft answer turneth away wrath - A

Softly, softly, catchee monkey

Spare the rod and spoil the child Link to proverb

Speak as you find

Speak softly and carry a big stick Link to proverb

Squeaky wheel gets the grease - The

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me Link to proverb

Still waters run deep

Stitch in time saves nine - A

Strike while the iron is hot Link to proverb

Stupid is as stupid does

Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan

Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves Link to proverb

Takes a thief to catch a thief - It

Takes all sorts to make a world - It

Takes one to know one - It

Talk is cheap

Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear Link to proverb

Tell the truth and shame the Devil Link to proverb

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

The age of miracles is past

The apple never falls far from the tree Link to proverb

The best defence is a good offence

The best is the enemy of the good

The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley Link to proverb

The best things in life are free

The bigger, the better

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

The bottom line is the bottom line

The boy is father to the man

The bread always falls buttered side down

The child is the father of the man

The cobbler always wears the worst shoes Link to proverb

The course of true love never did run smooth Link to proverb

The customer is always right Link to proverb

The darkest hour is just before the dawn Link to proverb

The Devil has all the best tunes Link to proverb

The Devil is in the details Link to proverb

The Devil looks after his own

The Devil makes work for idle hands to do Link to proverb

The Devil take the hindmost Link to proverb

The early bird catches the worm

The empty can that makes the most noise - It's

The end justifies the means

The English are a nation of shopkeepers Link to proverb

The exception which proves the rule Link to proverb

The fat is in the fire Link to proverb

The female of the species is more deadly than the male

The good die young

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence Link to proverb

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

The husband is always the last to know

The labourer is worthy of his hire

The law is an ass Link to proverb

The leopard does not change his spots Link to proverb

The longest journey starts with a single step Link to proverb

The more the merrier Link to proverb

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings Link to proverb

The pen is mightier than sword Link to proverb

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

The road to hell is paved with good intentions Link to proverb

The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot Link to proverb

The singer not the song - It's

The squeaky wheel that gets the grease - It's

The truth will out Link to proverb

The wages of sin is death Link to proverb

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream Link to proverb

There are none so blind as those, that will not see

There are two sides to every question

There but for the grace of God, go I Link to proverb

There's a time and a place for everything Link to proverb

There's an exception to every rule Link to proverb

There's always more fish in the sea

There's honour among thieves

There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle

There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip

There's more than one way to skin a cat Link to proverb

There's no accounting for tastes

There's no fool like an old fool Link to proverb

There's no place like home

There's no smoke without fire

There's no such thing as a free lunch Link to proverb

There's no such thing as bad publicity Link to proverb

There's no time like the present

There's none so blind as those who will not see

There's none so deaf as those who will not hear

There's nowt so queer as folk

There's one born every minute Link to proverb

There's safety in numbers

They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind

Thing of beauty is a joy forever - A

Third time lucky Link to proverb

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas

Trouble shared is a trouble halved - A

Thou shalt not kill Link to proverb

Time and tide wait for no man Link to proverb

Time flies

Time is a great healer

Time is money

Time will tell

'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all Link to proverb

To err is human; to forgive divine Link to proverb

To every thing there is a season

To the victor go the spoils

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive Link to proverb

Tomorrow is another day Link to proverb

Tomorrow never comes

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Truth is stranger than fiction Link to proverb

Truth will out Link to proverb

Two blacks don't make a white

Two heads are better than one Link to proverb

Two is company, but three's a crowd

Two sides to every question - There are

Two wrongs don't make a right

Variety is the spice of life

Virtue is its own reward

Volunteer is worth twenty pressed men - A

Wages of sin is death - The

Walls have ears

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs Link to proverb

Waste not want not

Watched pot never boils - A

Way to a man's heart is through his stomach - The

What can't be cured must be endured

What goes up must come down

What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

When in Rome, do as the Romans do Link to proverb

When the cat's away the mice will play

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over

Where there's a will there's a way

Where there's muck there's brass Link to proverb

While there's life there's hope

Whole is greater than the sum of the parts - The

Whom the Gods love die young

Why keep a dog and bark yourself? Link to proverb

Woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke - A

Woman's place is in the home - A

Woman's work is never done

Women and children first Link to proverb

Wonders will never cease

Word to the wise is enough - A

Work expands so as to fill the time available

Worrying never did anyone any good

You are never too old to learn

You are what you eat Link to proverb

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar Link to proverb

You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family

You can have too much of a good thing

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink Link to proverb

You can't have your cake and eat it too

You can't get blood out of a stone Link to proverb

You can't get blood out of a turnip Link to proverb

You can't hold with the hare and run with the hounds Link to proverb

You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

You can't make bricks without straw

You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

You can't take it with you [when you die]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks Link to proverb

You can't judge a book by its cover

You can't win them all

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

You pays your money and you takes your choice

You reap what you sow Link to proverb

You win some, you lose some

Youth is wasted on the young

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