English Proverbs and Sayings

Don’t exaggerate small things / Don’t make a big deal out of something minor.

A penny earned is a penny lost; a penny shared is a penny well-spent.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Same shit, with different flies on it.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

A closed mouth catches no flies.

The grass is always greener on the other side…

In order to get where you want to go, you first have to leave where you are.

Learn to walk before you run.

Man is truly himself when he’s alone.

There are no facts; only interpretations of facts.

Take it with a grain of salt.

Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.

Six of one, and half a dozen the other.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

It is better to know how to help yourself than to beg from others.

Necessity is the mother of all invention.

It’s a poor job that can’t stand at least one supervisor.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Letting failing/falling is not failure in itself, but letting it get you down or stop trying is.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

Nature never did betray the heart. that loved her.

It is better to die on one’s feet than live on one’s knees.

Old is Gold

If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you can’t be good, be good at it.

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

Give respect, take respect.

Too much of one thing, good for nothing.

Reality is often stranger than fiction

Whom thy care to tamper pots in an abandoned house

It takes both rain and sunshine to make rainbows

Give, and ye shall receive.

The rotten apple injures its neighbors.

No time like the present.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Feminist phrase; Men are poorer than women, skill-wise.

One rotten apple will spoil the whole barrel.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Blood will out.

Don’t cross a bridge before you come to it.

A still tongue makes a wise head.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

Never lie to your lawyer.

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

In contrast to spending on the poor people.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

If you fall off a cliff, you might as well try to fly. After all, you got nothing to lose.

A drunken man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts.

Common mal-shortening of “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.

Every dog has its day.

Time and tide wait for none.

Rather be a dog in a peaceful land, instead of being a man in a land of war.

Working hard or hardly working?

Bread is the stuff of life.

If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.

Opportunity knocks only once.

Nothing to be feared in life, but understood.

Don’t spit into the wind.

The best things in life are free.

If something can go wrong, it will.

There’s money in muck.

Now we have doors so we can hide.

April showers bring May flowers.

It’s cheaper to keep her.

Grow where you are planted.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

In one ear and out the other.

Money talks; mine always says, “Good-bye!”

Out of sight… Out of mind

Blood is thicker than water.

Love is not finding someone to live with; it’s finding someone whom you can’t live without.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Failure is the stepping stone for success.

If you speak up, you will go farther in life.

Enjoy what you don’t know.

Reality is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Pride comes before a fall

Even a broken/stopped clock is right twice a day.

God takes care of drunks.

Without enforcement lawlessness always results

No money, no justice.

Our costliest expenditure is time.

A reference to the Trojan Horse

Doctors make the worst patients.

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

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

The more you know, you more you want to know The more you learn about things, the more you learn about your ignorance of things

Like cures like.

Mind your P’s and Q’s.

Measure twice, cut once.

First things first.

I complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

Tit for Tat.

Fix the small problem now before it becomes larger and harder to fix.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all

Even angels have teeth.

If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets.

Look on the sunny side of life.

If you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the raffle.

Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes.

A woman is like a cup of tea; you’ll never know how strong she is until she boils

Opinions are like assholes: everyone has them and they usually stink.

The only thing you get from picking bottoms (ie. of the stock market) is a smelly finger.

Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get

There’s always a calm before a storm.

If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.

Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.

It takes all sorts to make a world.

Practice doesn’t make a man perfect, but a perfect practice makes a man perfect

Life is what you do while you’re waiting to die.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

Those with the least understanding often complain about things the most.

Home is where the heart is

Great cry little wool.

If one is told about an event beforehand, they can (adequately) prepare.

Practice make man perfect.

Nothing exceeds like excess.

Buy the best and you only cry once.

The best things come in small packages.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

One should not think, when one is not equipped for the job.

To each, his own.

All good things must come to an end.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

One scabbed sheep mars the whole flock.

Don’t let procrastination eat your own clock.

The truth shall set you free, or The truth will set you free.

He is the most Unfortunate whose today is not better than yesterday.

There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.

Trapped between a rock and a hard place.

If you snooze you lose

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