English Proverbs (3601-3700)

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

If you will not hear reason,
it will surely rap your knuckles.

Women are ships and must be manned.

It is a rare thing to do good.

Fortune rarely brings good or evil singly.

As one rat brings another, so lawyer brings lawyer.

I'd rather have a knave than a fool.

Gold is an orator.

Where the carcass is, the ravens will gather.

Better ripe than raw.

The receiver is as bad as the thief.

A bare foot is better than none.

He bears poverty very ill, who is ashamed of it.

He that pays beforehand shall have his work ill done.

Don't have your cloak to make when it begins to rain.

That suit is best that best suits me.

Discretion is the better part of valor.

A mouse in time may bite in two a cable.

Fair words break no bones.

Prosperity lets go the bridle.

Short acquaintance brings repentance.

The slothful man is the beggar's brother.

The citizen is at his business before he rises.

Boil stones in butter, and you may sip the broth.

Where nothing is, nothing can be had.

Little cattle, little care.

Patience carries with it half a release.

He that drinks his cider alone, let him catch his horse alone.

A forced kindness deserves no thanks.

There is not always good cheer where the chimney smokes.

Men fear death as children do to go in the dark.

An ape is an ape, though clad in purple.

Hot love is soon cold.

He that can quietly endure overcomes.

A man is known by his company.

Good words cost nothing.

He that will not be counselled cannot be helped.

Many would be cowards, if they had courage enough.

Great gains cover many losses.

He that has no teeth cannot crack nuts.

A creaking gate hangs long.

The end crowns all.

The command of custom is great.

When the bell begins to toll, Lord have mercy on the soul.

Money will do more than my lord's letter.

He that lives in hope, dances without music.

Brag's a good dog but dares not bite.

He who marries a widow will often have
a dead man's head thrown in his dish.

Out of debt, out of deadly sin.

Every man for himself and the devil for all.

Different strokes for different folks.

A discontented cuckold has not wit.

Dogs that bark at a distance never bite.

Wiles often do what force can't.

Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's tooth.

All things are double-one against another.

A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow.

One grief drives out another.

Beware of the fore part of a woman,
the hind part of a mule, and all sides of a priest.

An enemy to beauty is a foe to nature.

A mere scholar, a mere ass.

Put no more on an old horse than he can bear.

Where wine is not common, commons must be sent.

He that preaches war is the devil's chaplain.

Pride may lurk under a threadbare cloak.

Ready money is a ready medicine.

A colt you may break, but an old horse you never can.

He that sows virtue, shall reap fame.

Early sow, early mow.

When a man grows angry his reason rides out.

Schoolboys are the most reasonable people in the world;
they care not how little they have for their money.

All things are easy that are done willingly.

Good service is a great enchantment.

Great necessities call out great virtues.

A great fortune is a great slavery.

Forebear not sowing because of birds.

The devil rebukes sin.

A fool always comes short of his reckoning.

It is easy to reclaim a hawk that has lost its prey.

Self-praise is no recommendation.

Use reconciles most things.

That patient is not like to recover who makes the doctor his heir.

A thing is sooner spared than gotten.

An occasion lost cannot be redeemed.

Free ships make free goods.

Beggars make a free company.

Two is company and three is none.

As a man lives, so shall he die; as a tree falls so shall it lie.

Take heed is a good reed.

A blow with a reed makes a noise, but hurts not.

Where there are reeds, there is water.

Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm.

Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.

A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.

Little dogs start the hare but great ones catch it.

Money grows (not) on trees.

The sea refuses no river.

Regal honors have regal cares.

He that regards the clouds shall not reap.

Trade must regulate itself.

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