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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.


Proverbs A
From:   "A bad excuse is better than none" ...  To:  "Ask me no questions"

Proverbs B
From:   'Bad news travels fast" ...To: "A burnt child dreads the fire."

Proverbs C
From: "A cat has nine lives" ... To: "Constant occupation prevents temptation."

Proverbs D
From: "Dead men tell no lies" ... To: "A dry March, a wet April and a cool May"

Proverbs E
From: "Early to bed and early to rise" ... To:  "Experience is the father of wisdom'

Proverbs F
From: "Facts speak louder than words" ... To: "Friendship is love with understanding"

Proverbs G
From: "Gardens are not made by... " .... To: "A guilty conscience needs no accuser"

Proverbs H
From: "Half a loaf is better than none"... To: "Hunger is a good sauce."

Proverbs I
From: "An idle brain is the devil's workshop" ... To: "It takes all sorts to make a world"

Proverbs J-K
From: "Justice delayed is justice denied" .... To: "Knowledge is power"

Proverbs L
From: "Laughter is the best medicine" .... To: "A loveless life is a living death."

Proverbs M
From: "Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." ... To:  "A monkey in silk is..."

Proverbs N
From: "Necessity is the mother of invention" ... To:  "Nothing ventured nothing gained."

Proverbs O
From: "Once bitten, twice shy". ... To:  "Out of sight, out of mind"

Proverbs P-Q
From:  'Penny wise, pound foolish" . ... To: "Put all your eggs in one basket"

Proverbs R
From: "Revenge is sweet" ... To:  "A rotten apple spoils the barrel"

Proverbs S
From: "Save me from my friends". ... To: "Stolen fruit is the sweetest"

Proverbs T
From: "Tall oaks grow from little acorns" ... To: "Two wrongs don't make a right"

Proverbs U-V
From: "Union is strength" ... To: "Virtue is its own reward"

Proverbs W
From: "Walls have ears" .. To: "Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow".

Proverbs X-Y-Z
From: "You are what you eat" ... To: "Young idler, old beggar"





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