Proverbs: 50+ Useful and Important English Proverbs for ESL Students

In this post, we’ll learn some common proverbs in English! By using some of these 0ver 50 popular proverbs, you can up your English language by few notches.

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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Hema Muralidharan
Hema Muralidharan
3 years ago

Very useful …But if they are given with example sentences ,it will be very easy for us to learn……

2 years ago

I would love to be with u

11 months ago

it is good but it don’t make any sense

Last edited 11 months ago by toney
9 months ago

Very useful … it is very easy for us to learn

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