English Proverbs (4301-4400)

He that is surety for another must pay.

Dogs gnaw bones because they cannot swallow them.

New brooms sweep clean.

Building is a sweet impoverishing.

Honey is sweet, but the bee stings.

The worst wheel of a cart creaks most.

He that marries a wife is happy for a month,
but he that gets a fat benefice lives merrily all his life.

Truth will prevail.

Bread by the color and wine by the taste.

A wise lawyer never goes to law himself.

No money, no Swiss.

Lend not horse, nor wife, nor sword.

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.

Laugh and the world laughs with you,
weep and you weep alone.

Pride is the sworn enemy to content.

A sparrow in hand is worth a pheasant that flies by.

Children suck the mother when they are young,
and the father when they are old.

Send not your loaf in till the oven is hot.

The highest tree has the greatest fall.

Great trees keep under the little ones.

A woman's tongue is the last thing about her that dies.

Small stomach, light heels.

It is not the hen that cackles most which lays most eggs.

Wives must have their will.

A secret foe gives a sudden blow.

Better sit still than rise up and fall.

Forbidden fruit is sweet.

Though love is blind, yet it is not for want of eyes.

No land without stones, or meat without bones.

No good building without a good foundation.

Hold him not for a good neighbor
that's at table and wine at every hour.

It is hard to turn tack upon a narrow bridge.

Bread is the staff of life, but beer's life itself.

The bear wants a tail and cannot be a lion.

Know yourself and your neighbors will not mistake you.

Better give than take.

Every thing is as it is taken.

An old man never wants a tale to tell.

It is ill talking of a halter in the house of a man that was hanged.

A talking man is no better than a barking dog.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

While the tall maid is stooping,
the little one has swept the house.

Age and wedlock tame man and beast.

He that makes the shoe can't tan the leather.

Victory does not stand in the number of soldiers.

Words are but words.

The tide tarries no man.

Covetousness often starves other vices.

Crumb not your bread before you taste your porridge.

Women in state affairs are like monkeys in glass shops.

Quick child is soon taught.

He that stays in the valley shall never get over the hill.

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

Two cheats make an even bargain.

A blind man would be glad to see it.

He bears misery best that hides it most.

Money begets money.

The best things may be abused.

The more knave, the better luck.

His (or her) bark is worse than his (or her) bite.

Every grain has its bran.

A brave retreat is a brave exploit.

Better bow than break.

Covetousness brings nothing home.

Fair words butter no parsnips.

The bird that can sing and won't sing must be made to sing.

Innocent actions carry their warrant with them.

You can't catch the wind in a net.

Little said is soon amended.

A watched pot never boils.

Your belly chimes it's time to go to dinner.

Cats hide their claws.

Hunger and cold deliver a man up to his enemy.

God complains not, but does what is fitting.

Three things cost dear: the caresses of a dog,
the love of a mistress, and the invasion of a host.

Large heart never loved little cream pot.

Break the legs of an evil custom.

Naught is never in danger.

He that has lost his credit is dead to the world.

A good dog deserves a good bone.

Change of weather is the discourse of fools.

Let a horse drink when he will, not what he will.

Fire drives out fire.

Advice comes too late when a thing is done.

It's good to marry late or never.

Repentance comes too late.

Experience teaches fools.

A thief had rather steal a purse than find one.

One hair of a woman draws more than a team of oxen.

Better early than late.

It is easy to rob an orchard when no man keeps it.

Good at a distance is better than evil at hand.

A great torch may be lighted at a little candle.

If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.

An empty purse and a new house make a man wise, but too late.

Unlooked for often comes.

Nature draws more than ten oxen.

Serpents engender in still waters.

Everyone fastens where there is gain.

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