PROVERBS

Here is a selection of the most well-known proverbs.— ‘ A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.’ ‘ A friend in need, is a friend indeed.’’ ‘ All’s grist that comes to the mill.’ ‘ All’s well that ends well.’ ‘ A merry heart goes all the way, a sad one but a mile.’ ‘’ Any fool can criticize.’’ ‘ A stitch in time saves nine.’ ‘ Better late than never.’ ‘ Cry ‘ wolf’ and the wolves will devour you.’ ‘ Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’ ‘Enough’s as good as a feast.’ ‘Every man for himself, and God for us all.’ ‘First come—first served.’ ‘Forewarned is forearmed.’ ‘Friends are plenty whilst the purse is full.’ ‘Give a dog a bad name and hang him.’ ‘Give him enough rope, and he will hang himself.’ ‘Half a loaf is better than no bread.’’ ‘He jests at scars who never felt a wound.’ ‘He who has a good name may do as he pleases.’ ‘If you would have a thing done well, do it yourself.’ ‘Ill-gotten gains prosper not.’ ‘It’s a long lane that has no turning.’ ‘It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good .’’ ‘It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.’ ‘Lightly come, lightly go.’ ‘Love laughs at locksmiths.’ ‘Love me, love my dog.’ ‘Many hands make light work.’ ‘Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.’ ‘Much cry, little wool.’’ ‘No gains without pains.’ or ‘Nothing venture, nothing gain.’ ‘Of two evils, choose the lesser.’’ ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ ‘Over-familiarity breeds contempt.’ ‘People stick closely to those they need.’’ ‘Rome was not built in a day.’ ‘Safe bind, safe find.’ ‘Set a fool on horseback, and he’ll ride to hell.’ ‘Set a thief to catch a thief.’ ‘Short reckonings make long friends.’ ‘Silence gives consent.’ ‘Speak of angels, and you hear the flutter of their wings.’ ‘Speak of the devil, and you hear the clatter of his hoofs.’ ‘Speech is silvern, silence is golden.’ ‘Success attends him who waits.’ ‘The mill will never grind with water that is past.’ ‘To kill two birds with one stone.’ ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth ‘You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s lug (I.e., ear).’ ‘You cannot wash a blackamoor wh ite.’ ‘You may lead a horse to water, but you cannot make-him drink.’ ‘What’s everyone’s business, is nobody’s business.’ ‘When a man’s down in the world, he’s the butt of all.’ ‘When the drink is in, the wit is out.’

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