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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - W


Walls have ears. Be careful.  People could be listening.
Waste not, want not. If you never waste anything, you will have is when you need it.
(A) watched pot never boils. If you wait anxiously for something to happen, it seems to take a long time.
(The) way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Feed a man well and he will love you.
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over. If a person doesn't know about something, it cannot hurt them.
What a man says drunk, he thinks sober. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.
What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals. People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.
When the cat's away, the mice play. People sometimes misbehave when the person in authority, is absent.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. You should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting and behave in the same way.
When poverty comes in the door, love goes out the window. When a couple loses everything, their relationship becomes difficult.
Where there's life there's hope. As long as a person is breathing, there is hope for recovery.
Where there's a will there's a way. If you are determined to do something, you will find a way to do it.
Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves. Possible interpretation: an easily influenced person can be mislead.
(A) wise head keeps a still tongue An intelligent person knows when to stay silent.
Wisdom is better than strength. It is preferable to use one's intelligence than one's physical strength.
(The) wish is father to the thought. You think that something is true because you want it to be so.
(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.
Wonders will never cease! Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event.
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Worrying over small details can make them seem worse.
(Two) wrongs don't make a right. It is wrong to harm someone because they have harmed you.
   
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