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Law is an ass - The.

Least said, soonest mended.

Leopard cannot change its spots - A.

Less is more.

Let bygones be bygones.

Let not the sun go down on your wrath.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Let the buyer beware.

Let the dead bury the dead.

Let the punishment fit the crime.

Let well alone.

Life begins at forty.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Life is what you make it.

Life's not all beer and skittles.

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.

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.

Love of money is the root of all evil.

Love is blind.

Love makes the world go round.

Love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love will find a way.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Make haste slowly.

Make love not war.

Man does not live by bread alone.

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.

Many a mickle makes a muckle.

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

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

Many are called but few are chosen.

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.

Might is right.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

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.

Money isn't everything.

Money makes the world go round.

Money talks.

More haste, less speed.

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.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Needs must when the devil drives.

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out.

Never give a sucker an even break.

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.

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.

No names, no pack-drill.

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.

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.

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.

Nothing succeeds like success.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Oil and water don't mix.

Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.

Once a thief, always a thief.

Once bitten, twice shy.

One good turn deserves another.

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.

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

One law for the rich and another law for the poor.

One swallow does not make a summer.

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.

Out of the frying pan into the fire.

Paddle your own canoe.

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.

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.

Practice makes perfect.

Practice what you preach.

Prevention is better than cure.

Price of liberty is eternal vigilance - The.

Pride comes before a fall.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

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 the cart before the horse.

Put your best foot forward.

Put your shoulder to the wheel.

Quid pro quo.

Rain before seven, fine before eleven.

Red sky at night shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Revenge is sweet.

Rising tide lifts all boats - A.

Road to hell is paved with good intentions - The.

Rob Peter to pay Paul.

Rolling stone gathers no moss - A.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

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.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Seeing is believing.

Seek and you shall find.

Set a thief to catch a thief.

Share and share alike.

Shoemaker's son always goes barefoot - The.

Shrouds have no pockets.

Silence is golden.

Slow but sure.

Soft answer turneth away wrath - A.

Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Speak as you find.

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

Squeaky wheel gets the grease - The.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Still waters run deep.

Stitch in time saves nine - A.

Strike while the iron is hot.

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.

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.

Tell the truth and shame the Devil.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

The age of miracles is past.

The apple never falls far from the tree.

The best defense 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 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 father to the man.

The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

The customer is always right.

The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

The Devil has all the best tunes.

The 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 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.

The exception which proves the rule.

The fat is in the fire.

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.

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.

The leopard does not change his spots.

The longest journey starts with a single step.

The more the merrier.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings.

The pen is mightier than sword.

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.

The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot.

The singer not the song - It's.

The squeaky wheel that gets the grease - It's.

The truth will out.

The wages of sin is death.

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.

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.

There's a time and a place for everything.

There's an exception to every rule.

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.

There's no accounting for tastes.

There's no fool like an old fool.

There's no place like home.

There's 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 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.

There's one law for the rich and another law for the poor.

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.

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.

Time and tide wait for no man.

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.

To err is human; to forgive divine.

To every thing there is a season.

To the victor go the spoils.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Tomorrow is another day.

Tomorrow never comes.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Truth will out.

Two blacks don't make a white.

Two heads are better than one.

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.

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.

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.

Wherever you wander, there's no place like home.

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?

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.

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.

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

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.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

You can't get blood out of a stone.

You can't get blood out of a turnip.

You can't hold with the hare and run with the hounds.

You can't make a silk purse out of 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.

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.

You win some, you lose some.

Youth is wasted on the young.

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English Proverbs

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

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