English Proverbs (3101-3200)

Try your friend before you have need of him.

Full of courtesy and full of craft.

He's sure of a cat that has her skin.

The death of wives and the life of sheep make men rich.

Poverty is the mother of health.

An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.

Better be out of the world than out of the fashion.

The kick of the dam hurts not the colt.

A hair of the dog hat bit you.

It is ill gathering of stones where the sea is bottomless.

The end of our good begins our evil.

A man of cruelty is God's enemy.

Six feet of earth make all men equal.

All weapons of war cannot arm fear.

The prince that is feared of many,
must of necessity fear many.

One of the court, but none of the counsel.

Diligence is the mother of success.

What greater crime than loss of time.

The corruption of best is worst.

The rising of one man is the falling of another.

In a thousand pounds of law there's not an ounce of love.

When the tree is fallen, all go with their hatchet.

A good conscience is a continual feast.

Don't take a servant off a miden.

The more laws, the more offenders.

He who has a trade has an office of profit and honor.

The finest garden is not free from weeds.

Fair words make fools fain.

Riches bring oft harm and ever fear.

Well may he smell fire whose gown burns.

The grief of the head is the grief of griefs.

The half is better than the whole.

The devil will take his own.

A toiling dog comes halting home.

The wolf knows what the ill beast thinks.

A slut will poison your gut.

What words won't do, gold will.

Virtue never grows old.

An old child sucks hard.

Foxes dig not their own holes.

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.

Like cow like calf.

Little things are good.

Fools live poor to die rich.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

A man loses his time who comes early to a bad bargain.

Love me little, love me long.

A wise man will make tools
of what comes to hand.

He that seldom thinks is at ease.

Bad words make a woman worse.

A woman's nay is no denial.

Singers and ringers are little home bringers.

Better some of a pudding than none of a pie.

He that asks a courtesy promises a kindness.

Use not today what tomorrow you may want.

A man is a lion in his own cause.

What is once done is never to be undone.

Two feet in one shoe will never do.

The lone sheep is in danger of the wolf.

Too much of one thing is good for nothing.

No one is always wise.

Trust none better than yourself.

Money once gone never returns.

If the young man would, and the old man could,
there would be nothing undone.

Whose house is of glass must not throw stones at another.

Want of money, want of comfort.

Happy is the wooing that is not long a-doing.

Chains of gold are stronger than chains of iron.

A man may hold his tongue.

If you have not a capon, feed on an onion.

Man is the only animal that is hungry with his belly full.

He that will not work will want.

The world is too narrow for two fools a-quarrelling.

Good officers will make good soldiers.

The devil is good to his own.

Of evil grain no good seed can come.

A tinker's budget is full of necessary tools.

A poor wedding is a prologue to misery.

Fast and loose is no possession.

He that shoots often shall at last hit the mark.

The danger past, God is forgotten.

The properer man the worse luck.

Necessity and opportunity may make a coward valiant.

A willful man had need be very wise.

A man may lose his goods for want of demanding them.

There is remedy for all things but death.

Neither give to all nor contend with fools.

Every poor man is a fool.

It's a rank courtesy when a man,
is forced to give thanks for his own.

A lord's heart and a beggar's purse agree not.

Gluttony kills more than the sword.

Where there is a store of oatmeal,
you may put enough in the crock.

If we are bound to forgive an enemy,
we are not bound to trust him.

Eaten bread is forgotten.

Fingers were made before forks.

He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns.

Sickness comes on horseback, but goes away on foot.

A short sack has a wide mouth.

A short prayer reaches heaven.

Every council brings forth war.

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