English Proverbs (2901-3000)

Marry your son when you will; your daughter when you can.

A whistling woman and a crowing hen.
will call the old gentleman out of his den.

A lion's skin is never cheap.

One man's will is another man's wit.

Children are poor men's riches.

For want of a nail the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe
the horse is lost; for want of a horse the rider is lost.

Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.

A good name is worth gold.

Rain has such narrow shoulders it will get in anywhere.

A dog is made fat in two meals.

He who lies down with dogs will rise with fleas.

If you wish the dog to follow you, feed him.

Those who will have a cake out
of the wheat must tarry the grinding.

The scalded dog fears cold water.

The worst dog that is will wag his tail.

Dying is as natural as living.

Light is naught for sore eyes.

Maids say nay and take.

If better were within, better would come out.

Sloth breeds a scab.

Will buys and money pays.

There is pain in getting, care in keeping,
and grief in losing riches.

Once a silver mine, always a silver mine.

An ounce of proof is worth a ton of assertions.

A princely mind will undo a private family.

Every man a knave till found honest.

He that has one coat cannot lend it.

No man can master his own mind.

The weak may stand the strong in stead.

He that would please all and himself too,
undertakes what he cannot do.

One kindness is the price of another.

The face is index of the heart.

The devil take the hindmost.

Too much cunning undoes.

Maids want nothing but husbands.

Sit in your place and none can make you rise.

By one and one spindles are made.

Courtesy on one side only lasts not long.

Every maid is undone.

He that follows truth too near the heels
shall have dust thrown in his face.

He warms too near that burns.

Beads about the neck and the devil in the heart.

He that lives well is learned enough.

Be warned by others' harms.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Industry need not wish.

Who has no more bread than need, must not keep a dog.

Where no fault is, there needs no pardon.

They have need of a blessing that kneel to a thistle.

He that neglects to weed will surely come to need.

Danger is next neighbor to security.

Discreet women have neither eyes nor ears.

Lavishness is not generosity.

Manners make often fortunes.

He is only bright that shines by himself.

The ape kills her young with kindness.

A hen frightened from her nest is hard to get back.

All is not fish that comes to net.

He who is surety is never sure.

Wranglers are never in the wrong.

Better late than never.

New things are fair.

Old thanks pay not for a new debt.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Self first, then your next best friend.

If you would know the value of money, try to borrow some.

Head and feet kept warm, the rest will take no harm.

Short visits make long friends.

Long a widow weds with shame.

If you put nothing into your purse, you can take nothing out.

The beggar may sing before the thief.

The king's debts must be first paid.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king.

Facts are stranger than fiction.

Fear is stronger than love.

A good garden may have some weeds.

Wise words and great seldom agree.

A hungry horse makes a clean manger.

Three things are untameable: idiots, women and the salt sea.

Most things have two handles and
a wise man takes hold of the best.

The poor man turns his cake and another comes and eats it.

That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.

The sluggard makes his night till noon.

Trust not in one night's ice.

A pot that belongs to many is ill stirred and worse boiled.

A woman has nine lives like a cat.

Possession is nine points of the law.

Weak things united become strong.

He that thinks too much of his virtues
bids others think of his vices.

Evil to him that evil thinks.

Let pleasure overcome you and you learn to like it.

Much bran and little meal.

Better to live in low degree than high disdain.

Avoidance is the only remedy.

Knowledge makes one laugh,
but wealth makes one dance.

Content is more than kingdom.

Tell me your company, and I'll tell you your manners.

All sorts of sweets are not wholesome.

Read not before you learn to spell.

A pennyworth of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.

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