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A proverb is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and revered, which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical.

Haste makes waste

A stitch in time saves nine

Ignorance is bliss

Mustn’t cry over spilled milk.

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Everyone unto their own.

Well begun is half done.

A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

It is better to be smarter than you appear than to appear smarter than you are.

Good things come to those who wait.

A poor workman blames his tools.

A dog is a man’s best friend.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

If the shoe fits, wear it!

Honesty is the best policy

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

A fool and his money are soon parted

A friend in need is a friend indeed

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

A new broom sweeps clean

A penny saved is a penny earned

A person is known by the company he keeps

A picture paints a thousand words

A prophet is not recognized in his own land

A problem shared is a problem halved

A watched pot never boils

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.

Actions speak louder than words

After a storm comes a calm

All good things come to he who waits

Do as I say not as I do.

Call a spade a spade.

All roads lead to Rome

All that glitters is not gold

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.

No one can be caught in places he does not visit.

False friends are worse than open enemies.

An open door may tempt a saint.

As one door closes, another always opens.

Actions speak louder than words.

Easy come, easy go.

Do right and fear no man.

Love and a cough cannot be hid.

Love sees no faults.

All’s fair in love and war

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Joy shared is double joy; grief shared is (only) half grief.

Heavy givers are light complainers.

Don’t blow your own trumpet.

Nothing dries sooner than a tear.

Memory is the treasure of the mind.

The best things are not bought and sold.

As you sow so shall you reap

Attack is the best form of defence

Ask no questions and hear no lies

Bad news travels fast

Barking dogs seldom bite

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Behind every great man there’s a great woman

Better late than never

Better safe than sorry

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

Big fish eat little fish

Birds of a feather flock together

Blood is thicker than water

Cowards may die many times before their death

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Don’t burn your bridges behind you

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Don’t try to walk before you can crawl

Don’t wash your dirty linen in public

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Empty vessels make the most noise

Enough is as good as a feast

Every dog has its day

Every picture tells a story

Every stick has two ends

Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die

Faint heart never won fair lady

Faith will move mountains

First come, first served

First impressions are the most lasting

Fish always stink from the head down

Forgive and forget

Give credit where credit is due

God helps those who help themselves

Great minds think alike

Half a loaf is better than no bread

Hard work never did anyone any harm

He who can does, he who cannot, teaches

He who laughs last laughs longest

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword

History repeats itself

Home is where the heart is

If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well

If God had meant us to fly he’d have given us wings

If life deals you lemons, make lemonade

If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king

Better to go back than go wrong.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Leave no stone unturned.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Best to bend it while it’s a twig.

It is better to give than to receive

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

Better to have than to wish.

Kill two birds with the one stone.

It takes a thief to catch a thief

It’s never too late

It’s the early bird that catches the worm

He has enough who is content.

It’s the empty can that makes the most noise

Jack of all trades, master of none

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone

Laughter is the best medicine

Live for today for tomorrow never comes

A poor man is better than a liar.

A single penny fairly got is worth a thousand that are not.

Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.

Every man is the architect of his destiny.

Experience is the father of wisdom.

Step by step one goes far.

Strike while the iron’s hot.

Like father, like son

A spark can start a great fire.

Look before you leap

Love is blind

Love makes the world go round

Love thy neighbour as thyself

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Love will find a way

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

It is easier to destroy than to build.

Seek and you shall find

Silence is golden

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Speak softly and carry a big stick

Strike while the iron is hot

Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves

Make hay while the sun shines

Man does not live by bread alone

Lost time is never found again.

Many a mickle makes a muckle

Many hands make light work

Marriages are made in heaven

Marry in haste, repent at leisure

Misery loves company

Money doesn’t grow on trees

Money is the root of all evil

Money isn’t everything

Money makes the world go round

Necessity is the mother of invention

Never go to bed on an argument

Never judge a book by its cover

Never let the sun go down on your anger

Never speak ill of the dead

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

No pain, no gain

Nothing is certain but death and taxes

Nothing succeeds like success

Oil and water don’t mix

One man’s meat is another man’s poison

One law for the rich and another for the poor

Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door

Patience is a virtue

Penny wise and pound foolish

Practice makes perfect

Practice what you preach

Prevention is better than cure

Procrastination is the thief of time

Tell the truth and shame the Devil

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

The best things in life are free

The customer is always right

The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The pen is mightier than sword

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

There are two sides to every question

There’s a time and a place for everything

There’s always more fish in the sea

There’s no smoke without fire

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Time flies

Time and tide wait for no man

Time is a great healer

To err is human; to forgive divine

To every thing there is a season

Two wrongs don’t make a right

What goes up must come down

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Where there’s a will there’s a way

While there’s life there’s hope

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Keep It Simple

Wonders will never cease

Worrying never did anyone any good

You are never too old to learn

You can’t get blood out of a stone

Nobody can serve two masters.

A good conscience is a soft pillow.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

One man’s loss, is another man’s gain.

Rules are made to be broken.

Ask advice only of your equals.

He who would leap high must take a long run.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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