English Proverbs (4001-4100)

Coaxing is better than driving.

Wine has drowned more men than the sea.

The least foolish is wise.

A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money.

Today a man, tomorrow a mouse.

One eyewitness is better than ten earwitnesses.

Salt seasons all things.

Dog does not eat dog.

The mill cannot grind with water that's passed.

The used key is always bright.

Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.

Every man before he dies shall see the devil.

There is a time to wink as well as to see.

The sun can be seen by nothing but its own light.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

Who speaks of the wolf sees his tail.

The world is full of falsehood; it cheats and deludes.

Common fame is seldom to blame.

If you buy the devil you must sell the devil.

Truth is truth to the end of the reckoning.

He knows best what good is that has endured evil.

Sorrow comes unsent for.

Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues.

A word is more to him that has wisdom than a sermon to a fool.

Water is a good servant.

The slothful is the servant of the covetous.

He that is master must serve another.

The better you try to serve sailors the worse they try to serve you.

No silver, no service.

Long life has long misery.

The clock goes as it pleases the clerk.

A deed well done pleases the heart.

Prospect is often better than possession.

Many esteem more of the broth than the meat boiled therein.

Seven may be company but nine are confusion.

It is evil running against a stone wall.

Revolutions are not made with rosewater.

Those who do little expect the most.

Looks are one thing, and facts are another.

He that falls today may be up again tomorrow.

A fat sow causes her own bane.

An eagle's mind never fits a raven's feather.

God has few friends, the devil has many.

Better a good keeper than a good winner.

Better one house filled than two spilled.

He that seeks finds.

All flesh is not venison.

It is better to be a beggar than a fool.

He that has nothing is frighted at nothing.

He that will not sail till he have a full fair wind
will lose many a voyage.

Right mixture makes good mortar.

Every gracious man is also a grateful man.

A great shoe fits not a little foot.

Ill weeds grow apace.

Too much hope deceives.

Every man will shoot at the enemy, but few will gather the shafts.

Put a miller, a tailor, and a weaver into one bag
and shake them; the first that comes out will be a thief.

Half warned, half armed.

Old sin makes new shame.

Shame take him that shame thinks.

A man cannot be hanged for thinking.

Friends through fortune become enemies through mishap.

Hunger makes hard beans sweet.

Share and share alike.

A sharp stomach makes short devotion.

A man is not so soon healed as hurt.

Light gains make heavy purses.

A sheepskin shoe lasts not long.

Half an egg is better than an empty shell.

A bad bush is better than no shelter.

The cock crows but the hen goes.

A bad dog never sees the wolf

A penny earned is better than a shilling given.

Every man after the fashion.

A fool is known by his speech.

The more honest the man, the worse the luck.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

Far shooting never killed bird.

Great wits have short memories.

Good horses make short miles.

The sharper the blast, the shorter it will last.

q Many talk of Robin Hood that never shot his bow.

Time will show.

A hat is not made for one shower.

He that shows his purse longs to be rid of it.

Absence is a shrew.

One shrewd turn asks another.

Many can shuffle the cards that cannot play well.

He that has not craft, let him shut up shop.

Life is a shuttle.

Once bitten, twice shy.

Folly is often sick of itself.

The chamber of sickness is the chapel of devotion.

He who hears one side only, hears nothing.

The sight of a man has the force of a lion.

Out of sight, out of mind.

The sign invites you in; but your money must redeem you out.

What's signed, is signed; and what's to be, will be.

Sorrow makes silence her best orator.

We are all Adam's children, but silk makes the difference.

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