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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - D


(A) danger foreseen is half avoided. If you are prepared to face a problem or difficulty, it will be easier to deal with.
(The) darkest hour is just before dawn. The most difficult moment is just before a problem is solved.
(A) day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy. Times goes by very quickly when you are happy
and very slowly when you are sad.
Dead men tell no lies. A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal.
Death is the great leveller. All people are equal when they die.
(The) devil looks after his own. Success comes to those who deserve it least.
(The) devil makes work for idle hands. People who have no work, or are idle, often get into trouble.
Diamonds cut diamonds. Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.
(The) die is cast. A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Hard work brings rewards.
Discretion is the better part of valour. It is useless to take unnecessary risks.
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous
than those of the body.
Thought to refer to mental and emotional disorder or spiritual torment as opposed to bodily pain.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder. When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.
Dogs of the same street bark alike. People of the same background have the same behaviour.
Don't bark if you can't bite. Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. You must not be too confident that something will be successful.
Don't dig your grave with our own knife and fork. Don't do something yourself that causes your own downfall.
Don't judge a book by its cover. Don't judge by appearances.
(A) drop of ink may make a million think. A thought expressed in writing (perhaps published in a newspaper) can influence a large number of people.
(A) dry March, a wet April and a cool May
may fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
Harvest predictions according to the weather.
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