English Proverbs (3301-3400)

The best patch is off the same cloth.

A black shoe makes a merry heart.

Whom we love best, to them we can say least.

Nothing will come of nothing.

He that leaves certainty and sticks to chance,
when fools pipe he may dance.

Better an egg in peace than an ox in war.

Pears and peaches are not often found on the same tree.

Who has many peas may put the more in the pot.

He that once deceives is ever suspected.

The devil dares not peep under a maid's coat.

Better an empty house than an ill tenant.

A pullet in the pen is worth a hundred in the fen.

Good cloths open all doors.

There is more honesty in a penny than in five pounds.

The smith and his penny are both black.

Pension never enriched a young man.

Amendment is repentance.

The people's love is the king's lifeguard.

Hunger is sharper than thorn.

The topmost branch is not the safest perch.

The more proper the man, the worse the luck.

Practice makes perfect.

Between promising and performing,
a man may marry his daughter.

Favor will as surely perish as life.

The first faults are theirs that commit them.
The second are theirs that permit them.

The tailor that makesnot a knot, loses a stitch.

As a tree falls so it must lie.

He that sows good seed, shall reap good corn.

Blushing is a sign of grace.

A fool loses his estate before he finds his folly.

A deadly disease neither physician nor physic can ease.

The virtue of a coward is suspicion.

Little birds may pick a dead lion.

Good bargains are pickpockets.

Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.

It takes a bushel of corn to fatten a pig's tail.

Children pick up words as pigeons peas,
and utter them again as God shall please.

Better the head of a pike than the tail of a sturgeon.

Money without love is like salt without pilchers.

Ill ware is never cheap.

Apothecaries would not give pills in sugar
unless they were bitter.

Better cut the shoe than pinch the foot.

It is ill putting a naked sword into a madman’s hand.

The pine wishes herself a shrub when the ax is at her root.

He that always complains is never pitied.

Usurers' purses and women's plackets are never satisfied.

Honesty is plain, but no good fellow.

Flattery sits in the parlor, when plain dealing is kicked out of doors.

He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.

Patience is a plaster for all sores.

Turn about is fair play.

One fool in a play is more than enough.

Lawyers play thunder with lives and property trusted to them.

Justice pleases few in their own house.

One day of pleasure is worth two of sorrow.

Pride breakfasted with Plenty,
dined with Poverty,
and supped with Infamy.

Much smoke, little fire.

They live but ill who always think to live.

Long looked for comes at last.

He loses nothing that loses not God.

When love puts in, friendship is gone.

Weening is not measure.

One man's meat is another man's poison.

Honesty is the best policy.

Elbow-grease gives the best polish.

Good buyers but poor payers.

No man lives so poor as he was born.

It’s an ill dog that deserves not a crust.

I'll not change a cottage in
possession for a kingdom in hope.

It is impossible to spoil what never was good.

It is possible for a sheep to kill a butcher.

One enemy is too much for a man in a great post,
and a hundred friends are too few.

He that has no honey in his pot, let him have it in his mouth.

That which will not make a pot may make a pot lid.

Fair words will not make the pot boil.

Beauty is potent, but money is omnipotent.

Scald not your lips in another man's pottage.

An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of gold.

A grain of prudence is worth a pound of craft.

Take care of the pence and the pounds
will take care of themselves.

Don't pour water on a drowned mouse.

It never rains but it pours.

Idleness is the mother of poverty.

Whether the fun pays for the powder is a matter of debate.

Money is power.

The devil has no power over a drunkard.

Threats without power are like powder without ball.

If a man once falls, all will tread on him.

Sleep without supping, and wake without owing.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

If the hen does not prate she will not lay.

He that cannot pay, let him pray.

Practice what you preach.

Example is better than precept.

Opportunity is a precious companion.

High places have their precipices.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

All things are soon prepared in a well-ordered house.

The golden age never was the present age.

Things present are judged by things past.

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