Clothes make the man.
~ American Proverb [16029]

More English Proverbs

More American Proverbs


Kind hearts are more than coronets.
~ English Proverb [17573]

A variation of this old English proverb lends itself to the title and story line of this cult classic from 1949, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets,' starring Alec Guinness who plays eight characters. Trailers From Hell introduction with John Landis:

More English Proverbs

More American Proverbs

16, POTD, Proverb of the Day,


You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
~ English Proverb [16031]

16q, QOTD,


No man is an island.
~ English Proverb, American [18888]

Made famous by the poet John Donne, his words have been repeated for centuries. Joan Baez reads the immortal poem from Meditation 17 - Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions:

This well-known assessment of the individual's need for community has been portrayed through literature, film and music.

A 1962 film of the same name is the true story of George Tweed, an American Navy radioman stranded on Japanese-occupied Guam during WWII. It portrays just how dependent one is on his connection to others to survive and maintain a sense of normalicy.

Another film portraying the cruelty of an individual's isolation is Tom Hank's 'Cast Away.' Humans are a social creature and this scene shows the extent one goes through to overcome the sense of loneliness and despair that comes from extended isolation.

More English Proverbs

More American Proverbs

16, POTD, Proverb of the Day,


Beauty is not sold and eaten.
~ African Proverb [15819]

More African Proverbs

16q, QOTD,


Strike while the iron is hot.
~ English Proverb, American [18362]

These words come from forging metal into shape. Iron is heated until it is red hot, then placed on an anvil. The forge has only a short period of time to hammer it into shape. Once the iron cools, it is no longer malleable.


The Forge
Francisco de Goya [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons

More English Proverbs

More American Proverbs

16, POTD, Proverb of the Day,


If you put in, you can take out.
~ Yiddish Proverb [17245]

More Jewish Proverbs

More Yiddish Proverbs

16q, QOTD,