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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - T


Tall oaks grow from little acorns. Great things may come from small beginnings.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Children resemble their parents.
The best advice is found on the pillow. A good night's sleep may help us find an answer to our problem.
The best things in life are free. You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness, friendship, good health.
The darkest hour is just before dawn. The most difficult moment is just before a problem is solved.
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.
The die is cast. A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.
The early bird catches the worm. Act early, or before anyone else, if you want to have an advantage or be successful.
The end justifies the means. Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.
The first step is the hardest. The most difficult part of an action is the beginning.
The more haste, the less speed. A person makes more progress if they take time to do things carefully.
The more you have, the more you want. People have a constant desire to possess more.
The mouse that has but one hole is
quickly taken.
If you depend on just one thing, and it fails, you have no alternatives.
The pen is mightier than the sword. Words and communication have a greater effect than war and fighting.
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.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.
The tongue wounds more than a lance. Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries.
The truth is in the wine. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Feed a man well and he will love you.
The wish is father to the thought. You think that something is true because you want it to be so.
There is a black sheep in every flock. There is always someone who doesn't behave or perform like the others.
There's many a slip between the cup
and the lip.
We do not own something until we actually get it.
There is a trick in every trade. There is an established way of doing things.
There is no fool like an old fool. An older person is expected to behave more sensibly.
There is safety in numbers. Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident.
(A) tidy house holds a bored woman. If a house is always tidy, the owner (woman) has nothing but housework to occupy her time.
Time and tide wait for no man. Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place.
Time has wings. Time goes by quickly.
Time heals all wounds. The passage of time lessens the impact of bad events.
Time is money. Time is valuable and should not be wasted.
To err is human, to forgive divine. It is human nature to make mistakes, therefore one should forgive them.
Too many cooks spoil the broth. If too many people are involved in something, it will not be done properly.
Too much bed makes a dull head. When you sleep too much, you are not able to think clearly.
(The) tongue wounds more than a lance. Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries.
A tree is known by its fruit. A person is judged by their actions.
Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's
tooth.
A horse kicks from behind, a dog attacks with its teeth.
Truth has no answer. You cannot argue against facts or refute what is true.
(The) truth is in the wine. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.
Truth is stranger than fiction. Events in real life are often stranger than in fiction.
Two wrongs don't make a right. It is wrong to harm someone because they have harmed you.
 

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