English Proverbs (2701-2800)

Pride is as loud a begger as want,
and a great deal more saucy.

Facts speak louder than words.

Better have one plough going than two cradles.

The plough goes not well if the ploughman hold it not.

A lazy youth, a lousy age.

He that loves measure and skill often has his will.

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.

God helps them that help themselves.

A proud man has many crosses.

Perseverance kills the game.

In love is no lack.

Better alone than have a false friend for company.

Soonest begun, soonest over.

Wisdom is wealth to a poor man.

Folly without faults is as radish without salt.

There are two bad paymasters:
those who pay before, and those who never pay.

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

With empty hands men may no hawks lure.

Good luck lurks under a black deuce.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

The penny is well spent that gets the pound.

Two blacks will never make a white.

When a thing is done wishes are too late.

The world is his who enjoys it.

He that could know what would be dear,
need be a merchant but one year.

They that worship God merely for fear,
would worship the devil too, if he appear.

Virtue is the only true nobility.

It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait.

Misfortunes never come singly.

He stands not surely that never slips.

Gossiping and lying go together.

The more women look in their glass,
the less they look to their house.

If you have one true friend, you have more than your share.

God comes to see without a bell.

Wine counsels seldom prosper.

Many dishes make many diseases.

Good and evil are chiefly in the imagination.

A little of everything is nothing in the main.

Better to leave than to maintain folly.

Short reckonings make long friends.

Better never to begin than never to make an end.

Little sins have small pardons.

Soft fire makes sweet malt.

Every man at his trade.

Praise no man till he is dead.

A seaman is never broken till his neck be broken.

She is a woman and therefore may be wooed;
she is a woman and therefore may be won.

Meat and mass hinder no man's work.

Hope is the poor man's bread.

The poor man's shilling is but a penny.

A woman's mind is like the wind in a winter's night.

Curiosity is ill manners in another's house.

It is hard to break a hog of an ill custom.

A mare's shoe and a horse's shoe are both alike.

A friend in the market is better than money in the chest.

Money makes marriage.

May the single be married and the married happy.

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

The devil finds work for idle hands.

They that hide can find.

Innocence itself sometimes has need of a mask.

No priest, no mass.

Meat and mass hinder no man's journey.

If the counsel be good, no matter who gave it.

They are wise in other men's matters and fools in their own.

A man may lose.

A good face needs no band.

Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much
used until they are seasoned.

Seldom comes the better.

Fools set stools for wise men to stumble at.

Poverty breeds strife.

Words are but sands, it's money that buys lands.

Wise men care not for what they cannot have.

Curses come home to roost.

The lane tongue gets nothing.

If a man deceive me once, shame on him;
but if he deceive me twice, shame on me.

There is some difference between Peter and Peter.

Great and good are seldom the same man.

Better one word in time than two afterwards.

There is a time to speak and a time to be silent.

He that banquets every day never makes a good meal.

No mill, no meal.

Better are meals many than one too merry.

Measure for measure.

When many strike on an anvil,
they must strike by measure.

The greatest crabs are not always the best meat.

A louse is better than no meat.

Measure is medicine.

Time and straw make medlars ripe.

Extremes meet.

He is fool enough that is not melancholy once a day.

A hungry man smells meat afar off.

He is an ill companion that has a good memory.

Love makes men orators.

Mend your clothes and you may hold out this year.

A good Jill may mend the bad Jack.

Never too late to mend.

You must go behind the door to mend old breeches.

He that stumbles and falls not mends his pace.

Money makes the merchant.

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