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Common Proverbs in English
A proverb is a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth or piece of advice, based on common sense or experience.
This is a list of popular English proverbs.
- A bargain is a bargain.
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
- A blind man would be glad to see.
- A cat in gloves catches no mice.
- After dinner comes the reckoning.
- Penny-wise and pound-foolish.
- One swallow does not make a summer.
- Nightingales will not sing in a cage.
- Many a good father has but a bad son.
- Least said, soonest mended.
- Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it.
- Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
- All are not merry that dance lightly.
- An oak is not felled at one stroke.
- The camel going to seek horns lost his ears.
- So many countries, so many customs.
- As you brew, so must you drink.
- Best defense is offense.
- Better be born lucky than rich.
- Between two evils ’tis not worth choosing.
- Catch the bear before you sell his skin.
- Death is the grand leveler.
- Diseases are the interests of pleasures.
- Doing is better than saying.
- Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.
- Everything comes to him who waits.
- Fair without, foul (false) within.
- Fish and company stink in three days.
- Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose.
- Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell.
- Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
- Half a loaf is better than no bread.
- He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.
- His money burns a hole in his pocket.
- If we can’t as we would, we must do as we can.
- It is good fishing in troubled waters.
- Make hay while the sun shines.
- No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold.
- Politeness costs little (nothing), but yields much.
- Short debts (accounts) make long friends.
- The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good.
- Truth comes out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.
- Two is company, but three is none.
- Velvet paws hide sharp claws.
- Virtue is its own reward.
- Wait for the cat to jump.
- What is done cannot be undone.
- What is got over the devil’s back is spent under his belly.
- When children stand quiet, they have done some harm.
- Beggars can’t be choosers.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
- No man is an island.
- People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
- The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
- Two heads are better than one.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
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