French Proverbs (301-400)

A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.

One day is as good as two for him who does everything in its place.

No day so long but has its evening.

Rude words deaf ears.

To do, one must be doing.

Some who mean only to warm, burn themselves.

Any water puts out fire.

A good dog hunts by instinct.

One must talk soothingly to the dog until one has passed him.

He that is ashamed to eat is ashamed to live.

After death, the doctor.

It is a sorry house in which he cock is silent and the hen crows.

A good cause needs help.

A good dog never barks at fault.

None so busy as those who do nothing.

A good dog never gets a good bone.

He who wishes to make a golden door
drives a nail into it every day.

While the dogs are growling at each
other the wolf devours the sheep.

A dog may look at a bishop.

Bad watch often feeds the wolf.

When there is no wind every man is a pilot.

Good wine needs no sign.

When the door is low one must stoop.

The first comer grinds first.

The last comers are often the masters.

A handsome shoe often pinches the foot.

A vicious dog must be tied short.

The dog gets into the mill under cover of the ass.

He who does nothing does ill.

A wicked dog must be tied short.

He who has drunk will drink.

One must pass through the door or the window.

Great disputing repels truth.

Every dog is valiant in his own kennel.

He that has a wife is sure of strife.

Contrivance is better than force.

Link by link, the coat of mail is made.

It is the master wheel that makes the mill go round.

No wind can do him good who steers for no port.

Wash a dog, comb a dog, still a dog remains a dog.

Dreams are lies.

The abbey does not fail for want of one monk.

Nothing is done while something remains undone.

He who listens at doors hears more than he desires.

A good driver turns in a small space.

There are more old drunkards than old doctors.

The best driver will sometimes upset.

He that ventures not fails not.

He who spares vice wrongs virtue.

A hungry dog is not afraid of cudgelling.

There are good dogs of all sizes.

The will is taken for the deed.

Will is power.

One can't hinder the wind from blowing.

What you are doing do thoroughly.

To keen an edge does not cut,
too fine a point does not pierce.

When a thing is done advice comes too late.

Eggs are put to hatch on chance.

To squeeze an eel too hard is the way to lose it.

A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.

Comparison is not proof.

Out of yes and no comes all dispute.

The eagle does not hunt flies.

The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease.

An old dog does not bark for nothing.

A door must either be open or shut.

He who takes a wife takes a master.

Good wine makes the horse go.

Who wives for a dowry resigns his own power.

Who doubts errs not.

A mad dog cannot live long.

The ass that is common property is
always the worst saddled.

Arrange your cloak as the wind blows.

When the dog is drowning every one brings him water.

Drop by drop fills the tub.

Drop by drop wears away the stone.

It is all one whether you are bit by a dog or a bitch.

A miserly father makes a prodigal son.

Well fed but ill taught.

There are fagots and fagots.

As the wind, so the sail.

The worst wheel always creaks most.

Don't find fault with what you don't understand.

Communities begin by building their kitchen.

What the child hears at the fireside is
soon known at the parish church.

The eye of the master fattens the steed.

An enemy does not sleep.

Everything goes by favor and cousinship.

The envious will die, but envy never.

Some have fine eyes and can't see a jot.

There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.

Fear is a great inventor.

An ounce of favor goes is worth more
than a pound of justice.

The end crowns the work.

Great wits meet.

He may swim boldly who is held up by the chin.

Well-regulated charity begins with one's self.

Make yourself a sheep and the wolf will eat you.

Better fed than taught.

He who excuses himself accuses himself.

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