English Proverbs (301-400)

If we stand the shower we won't flinch from the drops.

It is a strange beast that has neither head nor tail.

When meat is in anger is out.

He that thinks amiss concludes worse.

He that works after his own manner,
his head aches not at the matter.

Meat is much but manners is more.

No joy without annoy.

Good words anoint us, and ill do unjoint us.

Wade not in unknown waters.

What one cannot, another can.

One thief robs another.

Nothing is given for nothing.

Changes never answer the end.

If you want clear water,
you must go to the head of the well.

Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.

Gold goes in at any gate except heaven's.

The blind eat many a fly.

Many a miller many a thief.

Butter is good for anything but to stop an oven.

Good and quickly seldom meet.

The devil is God's ape.

Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.

Talk of the devil and he'll appear.

Every new dish creates a fresh appetite in a glutton.

A woman need but look upon her apron-string to find an excuse.

A man apt to promise is apt to forget.

A near friend is better than a far-dwelling kinsman.

Better to wear out than to rust out.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

Wise men are silent, fools talk.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Appearances aren't everything.

Near is my purse, but nearer is my soul.

When the wares are gone, shut up the shop windows.

Large trees give more shade than fruit.

Soft words are hard arguments.

Diffidence is the right eye of prudence.

Nothing is lost in a good market.

He that is warm thinks all so.

Reasons are not like garments, the worse for the wearing.

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.

Where old age is evil, youth can learn no good.

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.

Spectacles are death's arquebus.

Two daughters and a back door are three arrant thieves.

Like blood, like goods, and like age,
make the happiest marriage.

A word spoken is an arrow let fly.

A word spoken is an arrow let fly.

Lent If you marry in Lent you will live to repent.

Let your trouble tarry till its own day comes.

Debtors are liars.

One ill weed mars a whole pot of pottage.

Ill goes the boat without oars.

An artful fellow is a devil in a doublet.

The nearer the church the farther from God.

They that live longest must go farthest for wood.

Sorrow at parting if at meeting there be laughter.

The belly teaches all arts.

When one party is willing the match is half made.

Romans do When at Rome. do as the Romans do.

A lamb is as dear to a poor man as an ox to the rich.

A man must take such as he finds, or such as he brings.

Water is as dangerous as commodious.

He that loses is a merchant as well as he that gains.

Hope is as cheap as despair.

A miss is as good as a smile.

None are so blind as those that will not see.

In love, as in war, each man must gain his own victories.

He that is drunk is as great as a king.

There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.

We must do as we may, if we can't do as we would.

It is as easy to wed a widow as to catch a dead horse.

It is as hard to please a knave as a knight.

Pretty is as pretty does.

An honest man's word is as good as his bond.

Consider not pleasures as they come, but as they go.

As the old dog barks, so the young one.

Every man as he loves.

There's only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue
in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Make not your sail too big for the ballast.

Virtue has all things in itself.

Truth needs not many words.

All cats are grey in the dark.

An oak is not felled at one stroke.

The ass brays when he pleases.

] All is fair in love and war.

For washing his hands none sells his lands.

Fine cloth is never out of fashion.

Money in purse will always be in fashion.

Wolf should not eat wolf.

Ask your purse what you should buy.

One ill word asks another.

You are always best when asleep.

When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.

It is easier to build two chimneys, than to maintain one.

Envy never dies.

Somewhat is better than nothing.

Who has spice enough may season his meat as he pleases.

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