English Proverbs (4101-4200)

Ill weather comes unsent for.

Mere wishes are silly fishes.

No silver without dross.

The simplest things are the most startling.

Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.

It is a sin to belie the devil.

Ever since we wear clothes,
we know not one another.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Money is the sinew of war.

He that rewards flattery begs it.

He that can't sing psalms, let him pray.

Many a one sings that is full sorrow.

Blow first and sip afterwards.

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly.

There is not the thickness of a sixpence
between good and evil.

Better risk a little than lose the whole.

Skeer your own fire.

Virtue is but skin deep.

He that has not served knows not how to command.

His brain is not big enough for his skull.

Full bellies make empty skulls.

Foxes when sleeping have nothing fall into their mouths.

Five hours sleeps a traveler, seven a scholar,
eight a merchant, and eleven every knave.

He that drinks well sleeps well,
and he that sleeps well thinks no harm.

Don't stretch your arm farther than your sleeve will reach.

A woman's advice advice is but slender,
yet he that refuses it is a madman.

He has slept well that remembers not he has slept ill.

The snail slides up the tower at last tough
the swallow mounts it sooner.

Like father, like son.

Little fishes slip through nets, but great fishes are taken.

Who sows little mows the less.

Better to live well than long.

It is a long lane that has no turning.

Too much taking heed is loss.

He that loves wine wants no woes.

The last evil smarts most.

He smells best that does of nothing smell.

Better is the last smile than the first laughter.

A smiling boy seldom proves a good servant.

There is no smoke without fire.

Three things drive a man out of his house: smoke,
rain, and a scolding wife.

Life would be too smooth if it had no rubs in it.

Commend not your wife, wine, nor house.

It is good beef that cost nothing.

Hasty glory goes out in a snuff.

No man so good, but another may be as good as he.

The world was never so dull, but if one will not, another will.

No day so clear but has dark clouds.

So said, so done.

Hot porridge will soak old crusts.

A sober man, a soft answer.

Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals.

The body is the socket of the soul.

You can't hang soft cheese on a hook.

Soft wax will take any impression.

Ill luck is good for something.

One man's fault is another man's lesson.

Of all crafts, to be an honest man is the master craft.

Store is no sore.

Poor men have no souls.

Woman have no souls.

Of much meddling, comes no sound sleeping.

Every plummet is not for every sound.

He that changes his trade makes soup in a basket.

Sweet beauty with sour beggary.

Hope is a sovereign balsam.

Weeds want no sowing.

He that sows trusts in God.

Catching before spanking is the rule.

That which the wretch does spare the waster spends.

Better spared than ill spent.

The beard will (or will not ) pay for the shaving.

All are not friends that speak us fair.

Ill will never speaks well.

He that speaks, sows, he that hears, reaps.

Fool's haste is no speed.

Where the bee sucks honey, the spider sucks poison.

There never was a pitcher that wouldn't spill.

It is hard to carry a full cup without spilling.

A waiting appetite kindles many a spite.

He who has bitter in his mouth, spits not all sweet.

A fly has its spleen.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

A nurse spoils a good housewife.

Too much liberty spoils all.

Malice never spoke well.

Truth ought to be spoken.

Fools laugh at their own sport.

An old cat sports not with her prey.

Better a blush in the face, than a spot in the heart.

True praise roots and spreads.

An ill marriage is a spring of ill fortune.

The water that comes from the same spring
cannot be fresh and salt both.

It is hard to be high and humble.

Truths too fine spun are subtle fooleries.

Reason lies between the spur and the bridle.

He that has love in his breast has spurs in his sides.

Death squares all accounts.

Love makes a good eye squint.

Industry is fortune's right hand and frugality her left.

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