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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - P-Q


(The) pen is mightier than the sword. Words and communication have a greater effect than war and fighting.
Penny wise, pound foolish. Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but not careful about spending large amounts.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. One should not criticize others for faults similar to one's own and risk retaliation.
(A) picture paints a thousand words. A picture is better than a long description.
Pity is akin to love. If you begin to feel sorry for someone, you may start to love them.
Poverty waits at the gates of idleness. If you do not work, you will not earn any money.
Practice makes perfect. Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it.
Practice what you preach. Do yourself what you advise others to do.
Prevention is better than cure. It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
Pride comes before a fall. Don't be too self-confident or proud; something may happen to make you look foolish.
(A) problem shared is a problem halved. It is easier to deal with a problem when you discuss it with someone.
Procrastination is the thief of time. Delaying an action for too long is a waste of time.
(The) proof of the pudding is in the eating. The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested.
Punctuality is the soul of business. You should always be on time for your business appointments.
Put all your eggs in one basket. Risk everything by relying on one plan (e.g. by putting all one's money into one business).

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