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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - N


Necessity is the mother of invention. The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it.
Need teaches a plan. Necessity will make you find a solution.
Needs must when the devil drives. Sometimes you are compelled to do something that you would rather not do.
Never put off till tomorrow what can
be done today.
Don't postpone until later something you can do now.
Never say die. Never give up.
Never trouble troubles until troubles
trouble you.
Don't look for problems in advance; deal with them when they arise.
(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.
Nobody is perfect. It is understandable not to be perfect or to make occasional mistakes.
No joy without annoy There is no happiness without clouds.
No losers, no winners. If there were no losers, there could be no winners.
No man can serve two masters. It's impossible to follow instructions from two different sources.
No man is a hero to his valet. Few people are admired by those who know them intimately and are aware of their failings.
No man is an island. We are all interdependent and need other people.
No news is good news. If the news was bad, we would hear of it. Since we have heard nothing, we can assume that all is well.
No pain, no gain. Nothing is achieved without effort.
No rain, no grain. Without rain the harvest will be poor.
No smoke without fire. There could be some truth in the rumour ...
No wind, no waves. Similar to 'no smoke without fire'.
Nothing ventured nothing gained. You cannot expect to achieve anything if you take no risks.
   

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