English Proverbs

A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.

Art is long and life is short.

Variety is the spice of life.

The rotten apple injures its neighbour.

While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it.

Full cup, steady hand.

The cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet.

All things come to those who wait.

Faith will move mountains.

Better to war out than to rust out.

The customer is always right.

One nail drives out another.

He that has an ill name is half hanged.

Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.

Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.

The end crowns the work.

After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk a mile.

The pot calls the kettle black.

He that plants trees loves others besides himself.

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

He that cannot obey cannot command.

After a storm comes a calm.

Every dog is allowed one bite.

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.

It is not spring until you can plant your foot upon twelve daisies.

 The best of friends must part.

There’s no place like home.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Do right and fear no man.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

The cowl does not make the monk.

The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives.

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

Practice makes perfect.

He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.

If there were no receivers, there would be no thieves.

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Great minds think alike.

Experience is the best teacher.

Tastes differ.

Better a good cow than a cow of a good kind.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.

The age of miracles is past.

Beauty draws with a single hair.

East to live, not live to eat.

Fields have eyes and woods have ears.

Example is better than precept.

Empty vessels make the most sound.

Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.

He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Big fish eat little fish.

The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Many a little makes a mickle.

An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.

Tomorrow is another day.

No time like the present.

Better to be envied than pitied.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Fingers were made before forks.

As you bake so shall you brew.

Fair and softly goes far in a day.

Don’t go near the water until you learn how to swim.

The best doctors are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet, and Dr Merryman.

Ask no questions and hear no lies.