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A lender nor borrower be. Do not lend or borrow money.
A leopard cannot change its spots. It is impossible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.
A lie begets a lie. Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one.
A little fire is quickly trodden out. If you deal with a minor problem quickly, it will not become a major issue.
A little of what you fancy does you good. It's ok to give into a little temptation occasionally.
A loaded wagon makes no noise. Really wealthy people do not talk about money.
A loveless life is living death. Without affection, life is difficult.
A man can die but once. If death comes now, you will not have to experience it later.
A man is as old as he feels himself to be. Your age doesn't matter as long as you are fit and healthy.
A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words. A person is judged on what he/she actually does, not on what they say they will do.
A man is known by the company he keeps. A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time.
A monkey in silk is a monkey no less. No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath.
A new broom sweeps clean (but the old brush knows all the corners...) A newly-appointed person often makes changes quickly .
A nod is as good as a wink (to a blind horse/man). A hint or a subtle signal is enough to convey meaning to someone who is ready to understand.
A picture paints a thousand words. A picture is better than a long description.
A problem shared is a problem halved.
(Also : A worry shared is a worry halved.)
It is easier to deal with a problem when you discuss it with someone.
A rising tide lifts all boats. Refers to something that will be helpful to all.
A rolling stone gathers no moss If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions.
Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!
A rotten apple spoils the barrel. A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. Overcoming adversity leads to competence.
A soft answer turneth away wrath. If your reply is polite and tactful you will avoid anger.
A stitch in time saves nine. If you deal with a problem at an early stage you will save time and prevent it from getting worse.
A stumble may prevent a fall. Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.
A swallow does not make the summer. One good event does not mean that everything is alright.
A tidy house holds a bored woman If a house is always tidy, the owner (woman) has nothing but housework to occupy her time.
A watched pot never boils. If you wait anxiously for something to happen, it seems to take a long time.
A wise head keeps a still tongue An intelligent person knows when to stay silent.
A wonder lasts but nine days The effects of an amazing or stirring event last only nine days; after that, life goes on as before.
A young idler, an old beggar. If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old.
Absence is the mother of disillusion A period of absence may eenable you to see people in a truer but less favourable light.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more.
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