English Proverbs (5001-5100)

Poverty is an enemy to good manners.

The loss of one is a gain for two and a chance for twenty more.

A bee is never caught in a shower.

If the pills were pleasant, they would not want guilding.

The boughs that bear most, hang lowest.

A wet hand will hold a dead herring.

Every thing has an end.

It is better to be a cuckold and not know it,
than be none, and everybody say so.

The eye will have his part.

Truth has a good face but bad clothes.

The friend that faints is a foe.

Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness.

Foolish fear doubles danger.

The tide will fetch away what the ebb brings.

He that all men will please shall never find ease.

A whore in a fine dress is like a clean entry to a dirty house.

The great fish eats the little.

Slander flings stones at itself.

You may know by the market folks how the market goes.

No one is a fool always, everyone sometimes.

A whip for a fool and a rod for a school are always in good season.

Pride feels no frost.

Many things lawful are not expedient.

It is hard to be wretched, but worse to be known so.

A man of gladness seldom falls into madness.

The wife that expects to have a good name
is always at home as if she were lame.

A good recorder sets all in order.

A good hope is better than a bad possession.

A jade eats as much as a good horse.

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Better a little fire to warm us than a great one to burn us.

The greater the sinner, the greater the saint.

The law grows of sin and does punish it.

All keys hang not at one man's girdle.

Rich men may have what they will.

Do what you ought, and come what can come.

Man does what he can and God what he will.

Whatever comes from the heart goes to the heart.

No wheat without its chaff.

The hasty bitch brings forth blind whelps.

Know when to spend and when to spare,
and you need not be busy; you'll never be bare.

Nature will have her course.

Wine is a whetstone to wit.

Want is the whetstone of wit.

While the dog gnaws a bone,
he loves no company.

He that trusts to borrowed ploughs
will have his land lie fallow.

Who speaks not, errs not.

Half the truth is often a whole lie.

Bitter pills may have wholesome effects.

A honey tongue, a heart of gall.

The postern door makes thief and whore.

A wise woman is twice a fool.

Children have wide ears and long tongues.

Make not the door wider than the house.

Next to no wife a good wife is best.

A nice wife and a back door often make a rich man poor.

Ill words are bellows to a slackening fire.

Old men will die and children soon forget.

He that will cheat at play, will cheat you anyway.

Froth always swims on the surface.

The wind in a man's face makes him wise.

All are not blind that wink.

One fair day in winter makes not birds merry.

The devil wipes his tail with the poor man's pride.

Silence is wisdom.

He is wise that knows when he is well enough.

Experience makes men wise.

He is not a wise man that cannot play the fool.

Better be happy than wise.

Few words to the wise suffice.

Better to have than wish.

Love is without law.

He that speaks without care, shall remember with sorrow.

A madman and a fool are no witnesses.

Wine makes old wives wenches.

Those or that which a man knows best, he must use most.

I was not born in a wood to be scared by an owl.

A maid that laughs is half taken.

Where honor ceases, there knowledge decreases.

No time like the present.

Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.

A little wind kindles, much puts out the fire.

Beauty is a very fine thing, but you can't live on it.

Folly is never long pleased with itself.

Better be half hanged than lose estate.

See for your love, buy for your money.

They who dance are thought mad
by those who hear not the music.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

He is not a merchant bare that has moneyworth or ware.

The more light a torch gives, the less while it lasts.

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.

The bird is known by his note, the man by his words.

This bolt never came out of your quiver.

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

No man can serve two masters.

One beggar is woe that another by the door should go.

There is no woe to want.

No weal without woe.

Better be an old man's darling than become a young man's slave.

Men's vows are women's traitors.

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