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 English Proverbs 


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

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs in English.

(The list below shows the first and last proverb on each page.)


  • Proverb List A
    • First:  "A bad excuse is better than none."
    • Last:  "Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies."

  • Proverb List B
    • First:  "Bad beginnings lead to bad results."
    • Last:  "(A) burnt child dreads the fire."

  • Proverb List C
    • First:  "(A) calm sea does not make a skilled sailor."
    • Last:  "Constant occupation prevents temptation."

  • Proverb List D
    • First:  "(A) danger foreseen is half avoided."
    • Last:  "(A) dry March, a wet April and a cool May may fill the barn and cellar ..."

  • Proverb List E
    • First:  "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
    • Last:  "Experience is the father of wisdom'

  • Proverb List F
    • First:  "Facts speak louder than words"
    • Last:  "Friendship is love with understanding"

  • Proverb List G
    • First:  "Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade."
    • Last:  "(A) guilty conscience needs no accuser"

  • Proverb List H
    • First:  "Half a loaf is better than none"
    • Last:  "(A) hungry wolf is fixed to no place."

  • Proverb List I
    • First:  "(An) idle brain is the devil's workshop"
    • Last:  "It takes all sorts to make a world"

  • Proverb List J-K
    • First:  "Justice delayed is justice denied"
    • Last:  "Knowledge is power"

  • Proverb List L
    • First:  "Laughter is the best medicine"
    • Last:  "(A) loveless life is a living death."

  • Proverb List M
    • First:  "Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."  
    • Last:  "(The) mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken."

  • Proverb List N
    • First:  "Necessity is the mother of invention"
    • Last:  "Nothing ventured nothing gained."

  • Proverb List O
    • First:  "(An) old fox is not easily snared."
    • Last:  "Out of sight, out of mind"

  • Proverb List P-Q
    • First:  "(The) pen is mightier than the sword."
    • Last:  "Put all your eggs in one basket"

  • Proverb List R
    • First:  "Revenge is sweet"
    • Last:   "A rotten apple spoils the barrel"

  • Proverb List S
    • First:  "Save me from my friends"
    • Last:  "(A) swallow does not make the summer."

  • Proverb List T
    • First:  "Tall oaks grow from little acorns"
    • Last:  "Two wrongs don't make a right"

  • Proverb List U-V
    • First:  "Union is strength"
    • Last:  "Virtue is its own reward"

  • Proverb List W
    • First:  "Walls have ears"
    • Last:  "Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow".

  • Proverb List X-Y-Z
    • First:  "You are what you eat"
    • Last:  "(A) young idler, an old beggar."




Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.