English Proverbs (1101-1200)

Wise words and great seldom agree.

Don’t keep all your tongs in one fire.

The gods don't allow us to be in their debt.

Things done cannot be undone.

He that has done ill once will do it again.

The more said the less done.

What's done can't be undone.

At open doors, dogs come in.

Denying a fault doubles it.

When in doubt, do nothing.

Death deals doubtfully.

A mouse must not think to cast
a shadow like an elephant.

Trust is dead, ill payment killed it.

A good painter can draw a devil as well as an angel.

Drawn wells have sweetest water.

A burnt child dreads the fire.

The body is more dressed than the soul.

Ingratitude dries up wells, and the time bridges fells.

As your wedding ring wears, your cares will wear away.

Let every man drink from his own bottle.

Eat when you're hungry and drink when you're dry.

He that eats well and drinks well should do his duty well.

The more one drinks the more one may.

You can't drive a windmill with a pair of bellows.

A little stream will drive a light mill.

Constant dropping will wear away a stone.

No gold without dross.

Drink and drought come not always together.

He that runs in the dark may well stumble.

No man comes to heaven with dry eyes.

Who heeds not gain must expect loss.

Any road leads to the end of the world.

A living bishop is worth a hundred dead saints any time.

No receiver, no thief.

If you would have your business done, go; if not, send.

Set a thief to catch a thief.

Love and lordship like no fellowship.

I had rather my cake burn than you should turn it.

A good word is as soon said as a bad one.

Spend and God will send.

Facts are facts.

A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.

Two of a trade can never agree.

A speck will produce a storm.

A dull ass near home needs no spur.

Every man has his faults.

Durable trees make roots first.

The mirth of the world dures but a while.

The dust raised by the sheep does not choke the wolf.

Do your duty and be afraid of none.

The giant loves the dwarf.

Pride and grace dwell never in one place.

Things well fitted abide.

The blind man's wife needs no painting.

Murder will out.

Riches have wings.

He wisely walks that does safely go.

Every man wishes water to his own mill.

Women's tongues wag like lambs' tails.

A woman's work is never done.

Pay what you owe, and what you're worth you'll know.

Every day is not yesterday.

He’s not worth hiring, who talks of tiring.

As the old dog barks, so the young one.

The way to be safe is never to be secure.

Widows will be widows.

The wife should be blind and the husband deaf.

Great spenders are bad lenders.

Punishment is lame, but it comes.

Meat is made for mouths.

Learning in a prince is like a knife
in the hand of a madman.

It is too late to call again yesterday.

Thorns make the greatest crackling.

Wolves lose their but not their memory.

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.

As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.

By little and little the wolf eats the sheep.

Better lose cloth than bread.

No wisdom like silence.

While the word is in your mouth it is your own;
when it is once spoken, it is another's.

The great put the little on the hook.

A pound of care will not pay an ounce of debt.

Some have hap, some stick in the gap.

Servants should see all and say nothing.

Small invitation will serve a beggar.

Spend not where you may save;
spare not where you must spend.

Nature, time, and patience are the three great physicians.

He who stumbles twice over the same stone,
deserves to break his shins.

Wit is never good till it be bought.

Every man to his trade.

Morning dreams are true.

Being on sea, sail; being on land, settle.

He preaches well that lives well.

Teaching of others teaches the teacher.

A spur in the head is worth two in the heel.

Cast not your cradle over your head.

Plain dealing is dead.

The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.

Mustard makes a weak man wise.

Time and chance reveal all secrets.

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