Cross-cultural Proverbs, Quotations and Sayings

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A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
A life without a friend is a life without a sun. [French Proverb]
A wise man never wants a weapon.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
All that glitters is not gold.
Apparel makes the man.
Appearances are deceptive.
Beauty may have fair leaves, yet bitter fruit.
Beauty’s sister is vanity, and its daughter lust.
Beauty’s tears are lovelier than her smiles.
Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails.
Better die a beggar than live a beggar.
Better go to heaven in rags than to hell in embroidery.
Better poverty without care, than richness with.
Bread is the staff of life.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Children are poor men’s riches.
Clothes do not make the man.
Conscience does make cowards of us all. [William Shakespeare]
Content lodges oftener in cottages than palaces.
Counsels in wine seldom prosper.
Deeds are males, and words are females.
Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
Every great thing is nothing but a lot of little ones.
Every little helps.
Every oak has been an acorn.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Fair face, foul heart.
Fair faces need no paint.
Fair without and foul (false) within.
Far from eye, far from heart.
Feather by feather the goose is plucked.
Few words are best.
Fine words butter no parsnips.
Fine words dress ill deeds.
For want of a nail, the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe, the horse is lost; for want of a horse, the rider is lost.
Gaming, women and wine, while they laugh they make men pine.
Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
Giving much to the poor, doth enrich a man’s store.
Good counsel has no price.
Good counsel never comes amiss.
Good counsel never comes too late.
Good to begin well, better to end well.
Good words cost nothing, but are worth much. [Thomas Fuller]
Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
Grace will last, beauty will blast.
Grasp all, lose all.
Great gain makes work easy.
Great pain and little gain will make a man soon weary.
Handsome is what (that, as) handsome does.
Hard words break no bones.
He is noble who feels and acts nobly.
He that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
He who begins many things, finishes but few.
He who does not gain loses.
He who forgives others, God forgives him.
He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.
He who teaches, learns.
He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.
Hunger obeys no laws.
If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty.
If the counsel be good, no matter who gave it.
If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
In doing we learn.
In justice is all virtue found in sum.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
It is right to be taught even by an enemy. [Latin Proverb]
Jack would be a gentleman if he had money.
Just notions will grow into good actions.
Justice has long arms.
Justice is a noble quality.
Justice is higher than expediency.
Like breeds (begets) like.
Like cures like.
Like draws to like.
Like father, like son.
Like for like.
Like question, like answer.
Man are best loved farthest off.
Man is the head, but woman turns it.
Man learns little from success, but much from failure. [Arabic Proverb]
Manners and money make a gentleman.
Many men have failed through lack of decision.
Men get wealth and women keep it.
Mere talking tends only to failure.
Never answer a question until it is asked.
No answer is also an answer.
One gives nothing so liberally as advice. (Nothing is given so freely as advice.)
Out of sight, out of mind.
Salt water and absence wash away love.
The absent are always in the wrong.
The absent are never with fault, nor the present without excuse.
The best time to worry is tomorrow.
The king can make a knight, but not a gentleman.
The shortest answer is doing.
There are two sides to every question . [Latin Proverb]
Think today and speak tomorrow.
To a lazy man, tomorrow is always the best day of the year.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Who takes a lion when he is absent, fears a mouse present. ?
You a lady, I a lady, who will milk the cow?
A bad peace is even worse than war. [Whitman]
A bad wife takes advice from every one but her own husband.
A bad woman is worse than a bad man.
A beggar’s purse is always empty.
A big man is usually a little man, who takes advantage of an opportunity.
A bold heart is half the battle.
A brave and honest man will speak out.
A brave arm makes a short sword long.
A brave man’s wounds are seldom on his back.
A bully is always a coward.
A cat has nine lives.
A clear conscience is like a coat of mail.
A cock is always bold on its own dunghill.
A dead bee makes no honey.
A dead mouse feels no cold.
A deceitful peace is more hurtful than an open war.
A fair death honors the whole life. [Jonathan Swift]
A fair face may hide a foul heart.
A fair woman without virtue is like palled wine.
A father is a treasure, a brother is a comfort, but a friend is both.
A flattering friend is your worst enemy. [Danish Proverb]
A fool may give a wise man counsel.
A fool’s bolt is soon shot.
A fool’s haste is no speed.
A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.
A friend in court is better than a penny in purse.
A friend in court makes the process short.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend is a second self.
A friend is best found in adversity.
A friend is proved in distress.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
A friend should bear a friend’s infirmities.
A gentleman ought to travel abroad, but dwell at home.
A gentleman will do like a gentleman.
A gentleman without an estate is like a pudding without suet.
A good beginning makes a good ending.
A good conscience is a safe pillow.
A good husband makes a good wife.
A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind. [French Proverb]
A good lawyer does not go to law himself. [Italian Proverb]
A good lawyer must be a great liar.
A good teacher is the intellectual father of his pupils.
A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.
A good wife is a good portion.
A good wife makes a good husband.
A great tree attracts the wind.
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
A hard beginning makes a good ending.
A heavy purse makes a light heart.
A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
A hut is a palace to a poor man.
A just war is better than an unjust peace.
A light purse makes a heavy heart.
A little body often harbors a great soul.
A little help is worth a deal of pity.
A little learning is a dangerous thing. [Alexander Pope]
A little pot is soon hot.
A little spark may kindle a great fire.
A little wariness prevents great weariness.
A live ass is better than a dead lion.
A long life has long miseries.
A man apt to promise is apt to forget.
A man apt to promise is apt to forget.
A man can die but once. (A man can only die once.) [Hebrews 9:27]
A man cannot leave his wisdom or his experience to his heirs. [Italian Proverb]
A man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks.
A man may learn wit every day.
A man may lose more in an hour than he can get in seven.
A man of courage never wants weapons.
A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.
A man should learn to sail in all winds. [Italian Proverb]
A man without a wife is but half a man.
A man’s best fortune or his worst is his wife.
A man’s wealth is his enemy.
A miss is as good as a mile.
A poor man who takes a rich wife, has a ruler, not a wife. [Greek Proverb]
A poor man’s tale cannot be heard.
A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
A rich man’s joke is always funny.
A small leak will sink a great ship.
A soft answer turneth away wrath. [Proverbs 5: ]
A still tongue makes a wise head.
A straight stick is crooked in the water.
A tale never loses in the telling.
A thief passes for a gentleman when thieving has made him rich.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. [John Keats]
A valiant man’s look is more than a coward’s sword.
A wise man always knows when to stop for breathing space.
A wise man is never less alone than when alone.
A wise man knows his own ignorance; a fool thinks he knows everything.
A woman conceals what she knows not.
A woman has an eye more than a man.
A woman is flax, a man is fire, the devil comes and blows the bellows.
A woman is the weaker vessel.
A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who won’t take it is a fool.
A woman’s mind and winter wind change oft.
A woman’s work is never done.
A word before is worth two behind.
A word is enough to the wise.
A word spoken is an arrow let fly.
Absence is mother of disillusion.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Absent in body, but present in spirit.
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
Advice is a stranger, if welcome he stays for the night; if not welcome he returns home the same day. [African Proverb]
Advice when most needed is least heeded.
Advice whispered is worthless.
All are not saints that go to church.
All ask if a man be rich, none if he be good. [Latin Proverb]
All cats are grey in the dark.
All gains are made at some sacrifice.
All good things must come to an end.
All is not lost that’s in peril.
All men are mortal.
All roads lead to Rome.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
All’s well that ends well.
An avaricious man is always needy.
An empty sack cannot stand upright.
An enemy may chance to give good counsel.
An evil life is a kind of death. [Ovid]
An evil wife converts a man’s house into a hell on earth.
An ill beginning, an ill ending.
An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.
Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
As a man lives, so shall he die.
Ask a silly question and you’ll get a silly answer.
Ask and it shall be given you. [Matthew 7:7]
Ask no questions and hear no lies. (Ask no questions and be told no lies.)
At the game’s end, we shall see who gains.
Avoid a questioner, for he is also a tattler.
Bad beginnings have ever bad endings.
Bashfulness is an enemy to poverty.
Be just before you are generous.
Be just to all, but trust not all.
Beauty and honesty seldom agree.
Beauty and wisdom rarely go together. [German Proverb]
Beauty fades like a flower.
Beauty is but skin deep.
Beauty is eloquent even when silent.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beauty is the child of love.
Better an egg in peace than an ox in war.
Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Better be envied than pitied.
Better learn by your neighbor’s skaith than by your own.
Better to ask the way than go astray.
Better to sail slowly than not to sail at all.
Better untaught than ill taught.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bold men have generous heart.
Brave actions never want a trumpet.
Business is the salt of life; business and action strengthen the brain.
By forgetness of injuries we show ourselves superior to them.
By learning one learns how to learn.
By wisdom peace, by peace plenty.
Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.
Choose neither a woman nor linen by candle-light.
Come not to counsel uncalled.
Complete cooperation is vital to success.
Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.
Counsel is to be given by the wise, the remedy by the rich.
Counsel must be followed, not praised.
Counsel without help is useless.
Covet all and lose all.
Deeds are males, and words are females.
Deeds, not words.
Deserve success and you shall command it.
Distress offers opportunities for the obtaining of success.
Do not forget little kindness and do not remember small faults. [Chinese Proverb]
Do not seek dishonest gains, dishonest gains are losses.
Don’t long for tomorrow. If you do, you will waste today.
Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
Drunken days have all their tomorrows.
Eagles do not catch flies.
Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn.
Every law has a loophole.
Every one to his taste.
Every shoe fits not every foot.
Everything has an end.
Everything must have a beginning.
Failure is one thing that can be achieved without effort.
Failure is the foundation of success.
Failure is the mother of success.
Failures are stepping stones to success for strong hearts determined to persevere.
Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.
Far from eye, far from heart.
Fear not the future; weep not for the past.
Few lawyers die well, few physicians live well.
Forgive all but thyself. [Arabic Proverb]
Forgive and forget injuries, but never forget benefits.
Forgive and forget.
Forgiveness from the heart is better than a box of gold. [Moorish Proverb]
Forgiveness is perfect when the sin is not remembered.
Future gains are uncertain.
Gain at the expense of reputation should be called loss. [Publius Syrus]
Gain savors sweetly from anything.
Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
Give a lie twenty-four hours’ start and you can never overtake it.
Give a thief enough rope and he will hang himself.
Give a thing and take a thing, to wear the devil’s gold ring.
Give and spend, and God will send.
Give as good as one gets (takes).
Give credit where credit is due.
Give him an inch and he will take an ell.
Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard.
Give the devil his due.
Go before God with justice, before the judge with money.
Go to law for a sheep and lose your cow.
Good laws often proceed from bad manners.
Good lawyer, bad neighbor. [French Proverb]
Great minds think alike.
He is a gentleman that has gentle conditions.
He loses indeed that loses last.
He teaches ill, who teaches all.
He that all men will please shall never find ease.
He that asks faintly begs a denial.
He that cannot ask, cannot live.
He that does you an ill turn will never forgive you.
He that falls today may rise tomorrow.
He that fears you present will hate you absent.

He that forgives gains the victory. [African Proverb]
He that makes a good war, makes a good peace.
He that nothing questions, nothing learns. (He that nothing questioneth nothing learneth.)
He that will not have peace, God gives him war.
He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.
If a person is away, his right is away. [Moorish Proverb]
If one will not, another will.
If you wish for peace, be prepared for war. (If you want peace, you must prepare for war.)
In peace prepare for war.
It is not good manners to show your learning before ladies.
It is not the gay coat that makes the gentleman.
It is safest making peace with sword in hand.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
It takes three generations to make a gentleman.
Jack would be a gentleman if he could speak French.
Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday–but never jam today. [Lewis Carroll]
Like author, like book.
Like blood, like good, and like age make the happiest marriage.
Live only for today, and you ruin tomorrow.
Long absence changes a friend.
Long absent, soon forgotten.
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.
One hour today is worth two tomorrow.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones.
20. Fine feathers do not make fine birds.
20. Pretty face, poor fate. [Chinese Proverb]
20. Self is a bad counselor.
A bad padlock invites picklock.
A bad penny always comes back.
A beggar can never be bankrupt.
A beggar cannot be a chooser.
A beggar pays a benefit with a louse.
A black hen lays a white egg.
A black plum is as sweet as a white.
A book that is shut, is but a block.
A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often.
A good book is a light to the soul.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today, and forever.
A good character is better than a good fortune.
A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.
A handful of trade is a handful of gold.
A hundred tricks are not so good as one well-learned trade.
A Jack of all trades is master of none.
A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.
A man does not live a hundred years, yet he worries enough for a thousand.
A man whose heart is not contented is like a snake which tries to swallow an elephant.
A painful experience makes us cautious in the future.
A rich man who lives in the distant mountain may have relatives from far-away places. A poor man who lives in the city may not have friends in the neighborhood.
A single kind word keeps one warm for three winters.
A trade is better than service.
A useful trade is a mine of gold.
A well-bred youth neither speaks of himself, nor, being spoken to, is silent.
A wicked book is the wickeder because it cannot repent.
After black clouds, clear weather.
All men have a mind which cannot bear to see the sufferings of others.
Ambition loses many a man. ?
Ambition makes people diligent. ?
An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind.
An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
An investment in education pays the best dividends.
Anger is the cause of sin.
Art has no enemy but ignorance.
Art improves Nature.
Art is civilization and civilization is art. [Latin Proverb]
Art is long, life is short. [Hippocrates]
Art lies in concealing art. [Latin Proverb]
As you brew, so must you drink.
As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.
As you sow, so you reap.
At birth we bring nothing; at death we take away nothing.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beggar’s bags are bottomless.
Best is cheapest.
Better be the head of a chicken than the tail of an ox.
Better beg than steal.
Better buy than borrow.
Better die a beggar than live a beggar.
Better late than never.
Better ride on an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me.
Better unborn than unbred.
Better unborn than untaught.
Birth is much, but breeding is more.
Books and friends should be few and well chosen.
Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. [George William Curtis]
Borrowed garments never fit well.
Borrowing is not much better than begging. [Lessing]
Breeding rather than birth.
Brevity is in writing what charity is to all other virtues.
Business before pleasure. (Business first and pleasure after.)
Business is business.
Business is the best sport in the world.
Business is the salt of life; business and action strengthen the brain.
Business knowledge cannot be bought. It can only be acquired by long study.
By not forgetting past events, we can take them as guides in future events.
By reading we enrich the mind; by conversation we polish it.
Capital, labor, and brains — and all as equally essential in business as each leg of a three-legged stool.
Character in a man creates an impression.
Character is the first and last word in the success circle. With it you have riches no money can buy. Without it you are a pauper.
Character is what makes one man stand out more prominently than an other.
Cheap things are never very good.
Courtesy is the lubricant which oils the wheels of business.
Crooked by nature is never made straight by education.
Crows are black the whole world over.
Cruelty is the first attribute of the devil.
Death is the black camel that kneels before every door.
Despatch is the soul of business.
Diet cures more than a doctor.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Do in Rome as the Romans do.
Do unto others as you would they should do unto you. [Luke 6:3 ]
Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
Education polishes good natures, and corrects bad ones.
Even a clever daughter-in-law finds it hard to cook without rice.
Even brothers keep careful accounts.
Every bean has its black.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
Every one has his own custom.
Every one has his particular habit. [Latin Proverb]
Every white hath its black, and every sweet its sour.
Every why has a wherefore.
Evil communications corrupt good manners. [I Corinthians 5:33]
Example is better than precept.
Experience is a dear school, but fools learn in no other.
Experience is a precious gift, only given a man when his hair is gone. [Turkish Proverb]
Experience is a school from which no one can never graduate.
Experience is the best teacher.
Experience is the mistress of fools.
Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Experience is what a man does with what happens to him.
Experience without learning is better than learning without experience.
First you borrow, then you beg. [Ernest Hemingway]
Full of courtesy, full of craft.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. [Robert Herrick]
Genius is an aptitude for work.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Genius is boiling desire.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine perspiration.
Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark.
Gold has more worshippers than God.
Gold is the dust that blinds all eyes.
Gold is tried in the fire.
Gold will not buy everything.
Good books need no boost.
Good habits are the best friends of man.
Good manners are the fine flowers of civilization.
Good manners like good words, cost nothing, and are worth everything.
Good medicine is bitter to the mouth. [Chinese Proverb]
Great is the force of habit. [Latin Proverb]
Great manners are attractive.
Great talents mature late.
Habit is a friend or foe.
Habits are great helps or great hindrances.
Hares are caught with hounds, fools with praise, and women with gold. [German Proverb]
Haste makes waste.
He is never too late to mend.
He learned timely to beg that could not say “Nay”.
He painted a tiger but it turned out a dog.
He preaches well that lives well.
He that borrows binds himself with his neighbor’s rope.
He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
He that has a white horse and a fair wife, never wants trouble.
He that has gold may buy land.
He that rises late, must trot all day.
He that stays in the valley shall never get over the hill.
He that touches pitch shall be defiled.
He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.
He that will thrive must rise at five.
He who has hope has everything.
He who leaves the fame of good works after him does not die.
He who works before dawn will soon be his own master.
Hew not too high lest the chips fall in thine eye.
High cedars fall when low shrubs remain.
High places have their precipices.
Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.
Honor brings responsibility. [Latin Proverb]
Honor buys no beef in the market.
Honor can only be purchased by worth actions.
Honor is the reward of virtue. [Latin Proverb]
Honor shows the man.
Honor without profit is a ring on the finger.
Honors change manners. [Latin Proverb]
Hunger finds no fault with the cookery.
Hunger is the best sauce. [French Proverb]
Hunger knows no delicacy.
Hunger makes raw beans taste sugar.
Hunger obeys no laws.
Hunger teaches many things. [Latin Proverb]
Hungry bellies have no ears.
Hungry dogs would eat dirty puddings.
Idleness is the key of beggary.
If one sheep leaps over the ditch, all the rest will follow.
If the doctor cures, the sun sees it; but if he kills, the earth hides it.
If the master says the crow is white, the servants must not say ’tis black.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
In every art, it is good to have a master.
Indolence is about the worst habit a man can form.
Industry is fortune’s right hand, and frugality her left.
Industry is the parent of success.
Industry pays debts, while despair increases them.
Initiative results more from sustained effort than from genius.
Injury should be recompensed with kindness.
Intelligent man looks dull.
It chances in an hour, that happens not in seven years.
It is an ill-bred dog that will beat a bitch.
It is bad manners to stare at one in the face.
It is better to learn a certain trade than to possess a large fortune.
It is easy to draw a tiger’s skin but difficult
It is never too late to mend.
It is not good manners to show your learning before ladies.
It is only the idle that are wretched.
It is too late to grieve when the chance is past.
It is too late to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.
It is too late to spare when the bottom is bare.
It is well to profit by the folly of others.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
It’s better to return home and make a net than long for fish on the edge of the pond.
Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Kind hearts are more than coronets. [A. L. Tennyson]
Kind hearts are the garden; kind thoughts are the roots; kind words are the flowers; kind deeds are the fruits.
Kind words do not wear the tongue.
Kind words heal wounded hearts.
Kind words soften anger.
Kind words soften anger.
Kindness comes of will.
Kindness is nobler than revenge.
Kindness is noblest weapon to conquer with.
Kindness is often better than force.
Knowledge is power.
Knowledge without practice makes but half an artist.
Knowledge, like a sea, is boundless; only through hard study can one reach the destination.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Literature is a good crutch, but a very bad walking stick.
Literature is a good staff but a bad crutch.
Live and learn.
Loftiest trees most dread the thunder.
Look at the weather when you step out;look at men’s faces when you step in.
Look before you leap.
Look before you leap.
Look on the bright side.
Love makes the world go round.
Lowly sit, richly warm.
Make authorship your avocation, not your vocation.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Manners and money make a gentleman.
Manners make often fortunes.
Manners make the man.
Meat is much, but manner is more.
Medicines are not meat to live by.
Men are blind in their own cause.
Men come and pass; mountains stay forever.
Men do more things through habit than through reason.
Mischief all comes from much opening of the mouth.
Misfortune arrives on horseback but departs on foot.
Misfortune is a good teacher.
Misfortune tastes the sincerity of friends.
Misfortunes are helpful and instructive.
Misfortunes come of themselves.
Misfortunes find their way even on the darkest night.
Misfortunes hasten age.
Misfortunes never come singly.
Misfortunes tell us where fortune is.
Money talks!
My country is dear but liberty is dearer. [Latin Proverb]
Nature passes art.
Never cross your bridges till you come to them.
Never employ the man you suspect, nor suspect the man you employ.
No cross, no crown.
No lock will hold against the power of gold.
No man is content with his lot.
No man is free who cannot command himself.
No marvel if the imps follow when the devil goes before.
No smoke without fire.
Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man.
Nothing is difficult to a man whom ambition fires.
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Nurture is above nature.
Of idleness comes no goodness.
Old birds are not caught with chaff.
Old habits die hard.
Once bitten, twice shy.
One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.
One good turn deserves another.
One kindness is the price of another.
One misfortune rides upon another’s back.
One sheep follows another.
One who has literary tastes is rarely expert in military exercises.
One wrong thought may cause a life-long regret.
Opportunity comes often to the man who is ready for it.
Opportunity makes the thief.
Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
Our birth made us mortal, our death will make us immortal.
Our worst misfortunes are those which never befall us.
Pardon is the most glorious revenge.
Perseverance is sometimes more effective than genius.
Practice makes perfect.
Practice what you preach.
Precept begins, example accomplishes.
Precepts may lead and examples draw.
Prospect is often better than possession.
Pursuits become habits.
Quick feet and busy hands fill the mouth.
Remembrance often may start a tear.
Repentance comes too late.
Repentance is a bitter physic.
Repentance is a pill unwillingly swallowed.
Repentance is the heart’s medicine. [German Proverb]
Reputation is often got without merit, and lost without crime.
Rome was not built in a day.
Rust destroys iron, and grief the heart. [Russian Proverb]
Sadness and gladness succeed each other.
Seeing is believing
Seek and ye shall find. [Matthew 7:7]
Seek mickle, and get something; seek little, and get nothing.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Short folk are soon angry.
Sin and sorrow are inseparable.
So many countries, so many customs.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Sometimes clemency is cruelty, and cruelty clemency.
Soon ripe, soon rotten.
Sooner begun, sooner done.
Sorrow and an evil life makes soon an old wife.
Sorrow is at parting if at meeting there be laughter.
Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Take away the cause, and the effect must cease.
Take things as they come.
Take time when time comes.
Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life.
Tall trees catch much wind.
Teach others by thy examples.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. [Oscar Wilde]
The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.
The bee sucks honey out of the bitterest flowers.
The best doctors are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.
The best is the enemy of the good.
The birth follows the belly.
The blood of the soldiers makes the glory of the general.
The boughs that bear most hang lowest.
The creation of beauty is Art. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]
The darkest hour is that before the dawn.
The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
The devil is not so black as he is painted.
The devil was sick.
The diamonds of other countries are always the most beautiful. [Russian Proverb]
The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease.
The early bird catches the worm.
The early man never borrows from the late man.
The fairer the paper, the fouler the blot.
The first principle and source of all good writing is to think justly. [Horace]
The footsteps of fortune are slippery.
The friar preached against stealing and had a goose in his sleeve.
The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs. [Francis Bacon]
The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.
The golden age was never the present age.
The grace of God is enough.
The heart of a little child is like the heart of the Buddha.
The higher the ape goes, the more he shows his tail.
The higher the hill, the lower the grass.
The higher the mountain, the greater descent.
The higher the mountain, the greater descent.
The higher you climb, the harder you fall.
The highest branch is not the safest roost.
The highest tree has the greatest fall.
The laborer is worthy of his hire. [Luke 0:7]
The leopards cannot change his spots.
The longest day has an end.
The longest night will have an end.
The lower millstone grinds as well as the upper.
The man who loses his opportunities loses himself. [George Moore]
The man without thought for the future will surely have trouble close at hand. [Chinese Proverb]
The mills of God grind slowly.
The nearer the church, the farther from God.
The pen is mightier than the sword. ?
The pen is the tongue of the hand.
The poor man is often rich in kindness.
The pot calls the kettle black.
The sluggard’s convenient season never comes.
The smoke of a man’s own country is better than the fire of another’s.
The son of a talented father is bound to be talented. [Chinese Proverb]
The straws floating upon the waters show how the stream runs.
The surest way to be happy is to be busy.
The thought has good legs, and the quil a good tongue.
The voice of the people is the voice of God. [Latin Proverb]
The weakest goes to the wall.
The windows open more will keep the doctor from the door.
The wise will not rely on medicine for keeping their health.
The world is a ladder for some to go up and some down.
The worse luck now, the better another time.
There are many ways to fame.
There are other fish in the sea.
There comes nought out of the sack but what was there.
There is honor among thieves.
There is kindness to be found everywhere.
There is no medicine for a fool. [French Proverb]
There is no medicine for fear.
There is no smoke without fire.
There is no wool so white but a dyer can make it black.
There’s a black sheep in every flock.
There’s no cure for sorrow but to put it underfoot.
They must hunger in frost that will not work in heat.
Think before you act.
Those who drink but water will have no liquor to buy.
Those whom the gods love die young.
Three removes are as bad as a fire. ?
Thursday comes, and the week is gone.
Time flies.
Time is money.
To do one thing well is a worthy ambition.
To learn what is good, a thousand days are not enough;to learn what is evil, an hour is too long.
To receive a favor is to sell your liberty. [Latin Proverb]
To think of danger in time of peace.
Tommorrow never comes.
Tomorrow never comes.
Too much liberty spoils all.
Too much water drowned the miller.
True happiness consists in making happy. [Hindi Proverb]
Trust your hopes and not your fears.
Two heads are better than one.
Two in distress make trouble less.
Under water, famine, under snow, bread.
Unity is strength.
Unpolished pearls never shine.
Use doth breed a habit.
Violent fires soon burn out.
Virtue alone is happiness.
Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.
Want is the mother of industry.
Water afar off quencheth not fire.
Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it.
Water is the king of food. [African Proverb]
We live by laws, not by examples.
We must not lie down and cry “God help us.”
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry
We should push our work; the work should not push us.
Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
What is worth doing is worth doing well.
Whatever you do, do it well.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
What’s bred in the bone comes out in the flesh.
What’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
When a man grows angry, his reason rides out.
When anger blinds the mind, truth disappears.
When fools make mistakes, they lay blame on Providence.
When fortune smiles, embrace her.
When God has his church, the devil will have his chapel.
When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war.
When one door shuts, another opens.
When rogues go in procession, the devil holds the cross.
When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.
When the devil prays, he has a booty in his eye.
When the heart is a fire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth.
When the sun comes in, the doctor goes out.
When things are at the worst they begin to mend.
When you play, play hard. When you work, don’t play at all.
Where God will help, nothing does harm.
Where liberty is, there is my country. [Latin Proverb]
Where the dam leaps over, the kid follows.
Where the hedge is lowest, men may soonest over. (Where the hedge is lowest men leap over.)
Where the needle goes, the thread follows.
Where there is life, there is hope.
Where there is no honor there is no grief.
While there is life there is hope.
Who comes uncalled, sits unserved. (He that comes unbidden goes unthanked.)
Who live by hope will die by hunger.
Who loses his liberty loses all.
Who receives a gift, sells his liberty.
Who that in youth, no virtue uses, in age all honor him refuses.
Who will go far must go slow. [German Proverb]
With customs we live well, but laws undo us.
Work for all you’re worth and you’ll be worth more.
Work has a bitter root but sweet fruit. [German Proverb]
Work while you work, and play while you play; that is the way to be happy and gay.
Wrath killeth the foolish man.
Write injuries in dust, kindness in marble.
Wrong never comes right.
Yield not to misfortunes. [Latin Proverb]
You can lead a horse to the water, but you can’t make him drink.
You cannot get water (blood) out of a stone.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
You cannot serve God and Mammon. [Matthew 6:24]
You cannot tell a book by its cover.
Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.
Zeal too often lacks discretion.
Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.
Zeal without prudence is frenzy. ?
Zeal, when it is a virtue, is a dangerous one. ?
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