English Proverbs (4401-4500)

In every art it is good to have a master.

Sounds often terrify more than realities.

He that praises himself, spatters himself.

Not every question requires an answer.

They that think they know everything, know nothing.

Too much oil extinguishes the light.

Two eyes can see more than one.

It is easy to fall into a trap, but hard to get out again.

Few words and many deeds.

Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.

The sun discovers the filth under the white snow.

Silence is a fine jewel for a woman, but it's little worn.

Clearing a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur.

He is not fit for riches who is afraid to use them.

Fiddlers' dogs and flies come to feasts uncalled.

Fool's thoughts often fail.

A book is a friend.

Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.

The fox preys furthest from his hole.

Every man gnaw on his own bone.

Good mind, good find.

A good wife and a good cat are best at home.

Government is best which governs least.

Great gifts are for great men.

The greatest vessel has but its measure.

That is gold that is worth gold.

A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.

A blind man will not thank you for a looking glass.

Who loses his due gets no thanks.

What happens once may happen again.

Naught is that muse that finds no excuse.

Empty barns need no thatch.

In the name of the Lord begins all mischief.

Suffer the ill and look for the good.

Forsake not the market for the toll.

All that breed in the mud are not eels.

Learning is the eye of the mind.

Idleness is the key of beggary.

Wildest colts make the best horses.

Pride had rather go out of the way than go behind.

He has great need of a fool that plays the fool himself.

Every light is not the sun.

Lookers-on see most of the game.

Who marries between the sickle and the scythe will never thrive.

A husband often makes the best physician.

By the little is known the much.

The hood does not make the monk.

Two hungry meals make the third a glutton.

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

The gown is his that wears it, and the world his that enjoys it.

All happiness is in the mind.

One hand washes the other, and both the face.

It is good to have a hatch before the door.

The fox praises the meat out of the crow's mouth.

Play with a fool at home and he will play with you in the market.

God defend me from the still water,
and I'll keep myself from the rough.

When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.

God heals, and the physician has the thanks.

Fools are wise men in the affairs of women.

Experience is the mother of knowledge.

Earth is the best shelter.

The eye is the pearl of the face.

It is not matter but the mind.

Better to play with the ears than with the tongue.

The last drop makes the cup run over.

Like lips, like lettuce.

It is better coming to the end of a feast than to the beginning of a fray.

In a leopard the spots are not observed.

A bad dog never sees the wolf.

Fame is but the breath of the people.

The effect speaks, the tongue need not.

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.

A fool will ask more questions than the wisest can answer.

Exceptions prove the rule.

Little dogs start the hare but great ones catch it.

All the craft is in the catching.

The cross on the breast, and the devil in the heart.

Have an eye to the main chance.

Let him take the bull that stole the calf.

The cuckold is the last that knows of it.

The company makes the feast.

The devil is in the dice.

Death is the grand leveller.

Better the day, better the deed.

Fences last the longest when the logs are peeled.

The best part of the sport is to do the deed and say nothing.

If you dance you must pay the fiddler.

As the bird is, such is the nest.

The devil is the root of all evil.

Who gives you a capon,
give him the leg and the wing.

The bigger they are the harder they fall.

The ivy destroys the oak.

Money is the sinews of trade.

He who owes is in all the wrong.

The more the merrier; the fewer the better fare.

Money makes the mare go.

Never was a cat or dog drowned
that could see the shore.

Everyone is kin to the rich man.

The healthful man can give counsel to the sick.

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