Common English Proverbs

Common English Proverbs;




  • A bargain is a bargain.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A blind man would be glad to see.
  • A cat in gloves catches no mice.
  • A cat in gloves catches no mice.
  • After dinner comes the reckoning.




  • Penny-wise and pound-foolish.
  • One swallow does not make a summer.
  • Nightingales will not sing in a cage.
  • Many a good father has but a bad son.
  • Least said, soonest mended.
  • Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
  • All are not merry that dance lightly.
  • An oak is not felled at one stroke.
  • The camel going to seek horns lost his ears.
  • So many countries, so many customs.
  • As you brew, so must you drink.
  • Best defense is offense.
  • Better be born lucky than rich.
  • Between two evils ’tis not worth choosing.
  • Catch the bear before you sell his skin.
  • Death is the grand leveler.
  • Diseases are the interests of pleasures.
  • Doing is better than saying.
  • Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.
  • Everything comes to him who waits.
  • Fair without, foul (false) within.
  • Fish and company stink in three days.
  • Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose.
  • Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell.
  • Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
  • Half a loaf is better than no bread.
  • He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.
  • His money burns a hole in his pocket.
  • If we can’t as we would, we must do as we can.
  • It is good fishing in troubled waters.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold.
  • Politeness costs little (nothing), but yields much.
  • Short debts (accounts) make long friends.
  • The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good.
  • Truth comes out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.
  • Two is company, but three is none.
  • Velvet paws hide sharp claws.
  • Virtue is its own reward.
  • Wait for the cat to jump.
  • What is done cannot be undone.
  • What is got over the devil’s back is spent under his belly.
  • When children stand quiet, they have done some harm.
  • Beggars can’t be choosers.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • No man is an island.
  • People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
  • The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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