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 English Proverbs 

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs in English.

Proverbs and sayings are short statements of wisdom or advice that are transmitted from generation to generation and have passed into general use.
The advice given in proverbs is generally based on experience or a traditionally-held truth.
Proverbs can be found in every language or culture but it is more difficult to interpret proverbs from other cultures.

Below are alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs.
Under the title of each list are the first and last proverb in that list.
  • 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.

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