English Proverbs (3901-4000)

Shame is as it is taken.

For everything there is a time and a judgment.

Wine neither keeps secrets nor fulfills promises.

He keeps his road well enough
who gets rid of bad company.

Labor is vain in loss of time.

The hen lays as well upon one egg as many.

Fate leads the willing but drives the stubborn.

He has great need of a wife that marries mamma's darling.

He that passes a judgment as he runs, overtakes repentance.

Leave a jest when it pleases you best.

The more riches a fool has, the greater fool he is.

When the whelp plays, the old dog grins.

Love rules its kingdom without a sword.

He that sits to work in the marketplace shall have many teachers.

He that seeks trouble never misses.

Some savers in a house do well.

He that sows thistles shall reap prickles.

He that sits well thinks ill.

He that wants money wants all things.

Truth tries.

The tongue walks where the teeth speed not.

Every peddler thinks well of his pack.

He that wins gold, let him wear gold.

A woman's heart and her tongue are not relatives.

Three many accord, but two never can.

Of two evils choose the least.

An old sack asks much patching.

Many a sack is tied up before it be full.

It is a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.

It is safe taking a shive of a cut loaf.

Safe bind, safe find.

The rats may safely play when the cat's away.

It is good to have a shelter against every storm.

A young whore, an old saint.

All that shakes fall out.

Business is the salt of life.

Give neither advice nor salt, until you are asked for it.

They that know one another, salute afar off.

There's a salve for every sore.

There is always a first time.

All meat is not the same in every man's mouth.

Pay with the same dish you borrow.

Believe well and have well.

None knows the weight of another's burden.

Sap and heart are the best of wood.

Deeds are males, words are females.

Capons were at first but chickens.

Some sport is sauce to pains.

All is well save that the worst piece is in the midst.

He that will not be saved needs no preacher.

Nothing has no savor.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

The mistress of the mill may say and do what she will.

Better say nothing than not to the purpose.

The back door robs the house.

A bad day has a good night.

Living gallant is better than a dead husband.

Kings and bears often worry their keepers.

Eat an apple on going to bed, and
you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread.

Misery may be the mother when one beggar begs of another.

A good conscience is the best divinity.

In wealth beware of woe.

White silver draws black lines.

A child may have too much of his mother's blessing.

The way to bliss lies not on beds of down.

Truth lies at the bottom of a well.

If a man wants a hare for his breakfast he must hunt overnight.

The tongue breaks bones, though itself has none.

A broken sack will hold no corn.

Cunning is no burden.

They thay buy an office must sell something.

You cannot know wine by the barrel.

He that is a blab is a scab.

A scald horse is good enough for a scabbed squire.

A whetstone can't itself cut, yet it makes tools cut.

One honest man scares twenty thieves.

Coming events cast their shadows before.

A closed mouth catches no flies.

Luck for the fools and chance for the ugly.

He that refuses to buy counsel cheap,
shall buy repentance dear.

Eat peas with the king and cherries with the beggar.

Every good scholar is not a good schoolmaster.

A man may come soon enough to an ill bargain.

He that has nothing is not contented.

Pride scorns the vulgar, yet lies at its mercy.

Truth has a scratched face.

Strong affections give credit to weak arguments.

The cunning wife makes her husband her apron.

Diamond cut diamond.

Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.

Good words and ill deeds deceive the wise and fools.

Beauty is but skin deep.

Age and wedlock we all desire and repent of.

When foxes meet there is destruction among the fowls.

Ill words are bellows to a slackening fire.

Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.

Dirty grate makes dinner late.

Dirty troughs will serve dirty sows.

He who never fails will never grow rich.

He that does lend does lose his money and friend.

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