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 English Proverbs and Sayings  

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs and sayings in English.

 List X-Y-Z :  "you are what you eat"  →  "a young idler..."   

Proverbs and sayings are short statements of wisdom or advice that are transmitted from generation to generation and have passed into general use.

  • You are what you eat.
    • What you eat has an effect on your well-being.

  • You are never too old to learn.
    • You can always learn something new, no matter how old you are.

  • You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
    • You can offer somebody an opportunity to do something but you can't force them to do it.

  • You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
    • A person who is used to doing things a certain way cannot change.

  • You never know what you can do until you try.
    • Try first before deciding not to do something.

  • You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
    • You help me and I'll help you.

  • (A) young idler, an old beggar.
    • If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old.

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