English Proverbs (2001-2100)

It is an ill procession where the devil holds the candle.

The thorn comes forth with the point forwards.

A crooked stick will have a crooked shadow.

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.

He that always fears danger always feels it.

Set a beggar on horseback and he'll run his horse to death.

Like word, like deed.

A shameless beggar must have a shameful denial.

An hour may destroy what an age was a-building.

A man in distress or despair does as much as ten.

When the blind leads the blind, both fall into the ditch.

He who will throw a stone at every dog which barks
has need of a great satchel or pocket.

Drawn wells are seldom dry.

Drinking kindness is drunken friendship.

Saying and doing are two things.

A man's country is where he does well.

He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30,
nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50,
will never be handsome, strong. rich. or wise.

A man is as old as he feels.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

God is at the end when we think he is farthest off it.

He is not wise that is not wise for himself.

Who would borrow when he has not, let him borrow when he has.

Fear keeps the garden better than the gardener.

A great fortune, in the hands of a fool, is a great misfortune.

To be a cuckold and know it not is no more than to drink
with a fly in the cup and see it not.

Think on the end before you begin.

Delights dwell as well in the cottage as the palace.

He that has no head needs no hat.

The mob has many heads but no brains.

The death of the wolf is the health of the sheep.

Believe not all you hear.

Better have it than hear of it.

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.

The young cock crows as he heard the old one.

The child says nothing but what it heard by the fire.

Maids should be seen and not heard.

Hearken to reason or it will be heard.

What the heart thinks the tongue speaks.

The handsomest flower is not the sweetest.

A hearty welcome is the best cheer.

Hunger and ease is a dog's life.

Little wood will heat a little oven.

A morsel eaten gains no friend.

Heaven is Heaven.

When hens are shedding their feathers they don't lay eggs.

Love your neighbor yet pull not down your hedge.

Take heed of still waters, the quick pass away.

When you go to dance, take heed whom you take by the hand.

One sheep follows another.

When war begins Hell opens.

Slow help is no help.

Every little helps.

A good tree is a good shelter.

Hemlock is hemlock.

Speak when you are spoken to.

The end of fishing is catching.

Love lasts as long as the money endures.

An envious man is a squint-eyed fool.

Time is the father of truth.

The higher the fool, the greater the fall.

A woman's place is in her home.

Covetousness is the mother of ruin and mischief.

Half the world knows not how the other half lives.

The richer the cobbler the blacker his thumb.

Where bees are there is honey.

Of all the fish in the sea, herring is the king.

A kiss of the mouth often touches not the heart.

Once a knave and ever a knave.

There is remedy for everything, could men find it.

Many a good cow has an evil calf.

Better is cost upon something worth than expense on nothing worth.

The joy of the heart makes the face merry.

When ill luck falls asleep, let nobody wake her.

Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.

Better feed five drones than starve one bee.

Poverty parts fellowship.

Valor would fight, but discretion would run away.

He who wants content, can't find an easy chair.

Hunger finds no fault with the cookery.

April showers bring May flowers.

Eagles fly alone.

Smoke follows the fairest.

All women are good: either good for something, or good for nothing.

An old ox makes a straight furrow.

A good edge is good for nothing, if it has nothing to cut.

A covetous man is good to none but worst to himself.

All things are not to be granted at all times.

The fox may grow grey, but never good.

Every dog has his day.

While there's life there's hope.

That which shall be, shall be.

They that have good store of butter may lay it thick on their bread.

There is great force hidden in a sweet command.

You cannot hide an eel in a sack.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

There is honor among thieves.

High words break no bones.

He is ill to trust who will trust nobody.

Every man for himself.

At court, every one for himself.

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