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Here are some proverbs -2-

on 2012-02-23, 05:27

  • If the shoe fits, wear it.
  • If the truth hurts, you are not living right.

o From the television show "The Killing".

  • If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
  • If you believe that dreams can come true be prepared for the occasional nightmare.
  • If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.

o Alternatively: You get what you pay for .

  • If you buy quality, you only cry once.
  • If you can't be good, be careful.
  • If you can't be good, be good at it.
  • If you can't beat them, join them.
  • If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
  • If you cross your bridges before you come to them, you will have to pay the toll twice.
  • If you don't buy a ticket, you can't win the raffle.
  • If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all .
  • If you don't know where you're going, any train will get you there.
  • If you fake it, you can't make it.
  • If you fall off a cliff, you might as well try to fly. After all, you got nothing to lose.
  • If you keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it.
  • If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.
  • If you snooze you lose
  • If you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.

o Meaning: Someone who treats others badly will eventually turn on you.

  • If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die. - Divers Proverbs,
  • If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
  • If you want a thing done right, do it yourself.
  • If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.
  • If you want to judge a man's character, give him power.
  • If you were born to be shot, you'll never be hanged.
  • If you're in a hole, stop digging.
  • If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

o . If you're prepared to be confused, be prepared for a sore bum

  • Ignorance is bliss.

o Common mal-shortening of "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

  • In for a penny, in for a pound.

o Alternate version: In for a dime, in for a dollar.

  • In one ear and out the other.

o Cf. Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales: "One eare it heard, at the other out it went"

  • In order to get where you want to go, you first have to leave where you are.
  • In the end, a man's motives are second to his accomplishments.
  • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  • In the law there are no small cases, only small lawyers.
  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
  • In the mind of thieves the moon is always shining.
  • Infatuations are a plenty. Love is rare. - Pashi
  • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

o Alternatively "Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results"

  • Is the Pope a Catholic?

o Do bears shit in the woods? .

  • It's a blessing in disguise.
  • It's a cracked pitcher that goes longest to the well.
  • It's a good horse that never stumbles.
  • It's a long lane that has no turning.
  • It's a poor job that can't stand at least one supervisor.
  • It's always darkest before the dawn
  • It's always the baker's children who have no bread.
  • It's an ill wind that blows no good.
  • It's better to be safe than sorry.
  • It's better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.
  • It is better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees.
  • It's better to give than to receive.
  • It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  • It's better to have something you don't need than to need something you don't have.
  • It's better to want something you can't have than have something you don't want.
  • It's cheaper to keep her.
  • It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
  • It's easy to be wise after the event.
  • It's never too late to mend.
  • It's no use crying over spilt milk. .
  • It ain't over till it's over.

o Often attributed to sportscaster Dan Cook (1978)

o Meaning: No matter how the outlook is things can always turn back. In other words you should not celebrate until you are 100% sure there is a reason to do so.

  • It is not so much the gift that is given but the way in which the gift is driven.
  • It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean.
  • It's often a person's mouth broke their nose.
  • It's the early bird that gets the worm. .
  • It's the empty can that makes the most noise.
  • It is through the small things we do that we learn, not the big things
  • It never rains, but it pours.

o Alternatively: When it rains, it pours.

  • It takes all sorts to make a world.

o Alternatively: It takes all sorts to make the world go round.

o Alternatively: It takes all kinds to make the world go round.

  • It takes both rain and sunshine to make rainbows
  • It takes two to lie — one to lie and one to listen.
  • It takes two to make a quarrel.
  • It takes two to tango.
  • Jack of all trades and master of none. (18th Century)

  • Joan is as good as my lady in the dark. (17th Century)
  • A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

  • Justice delayed is justice denied.(Legal Proverb, India)

  • Justice pleaseth few in their own house.

  • Keep some till more come.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. (18th Century)
  • Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

o Meaning: It is best to gather as much information about your enemies as possible. This might give the false impression that your enemies are your friends.

  • Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
  • The key to all action lies in belief.
  • Kindness, like grain, increase by sowing.
  • A kingdom is lost for want of a shoe.
  • See: "For want of a nail the shoe is lost, ..."
  • Knaves and fools divide the world.
  • Knowledge creates mysteries.
  • Knowledge is power. (17th Century)
  • Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns

  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

o Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and your mascara runs. - variation by advice columnist Ann Landers.

  • Laugh when you're happy, cry when you're sad, and do both when you're the happiest you've ever been.
  • Laughter is the best medicine for them who do not know how to laugh.
  • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
  • The law is a jealous mistress. .
  • Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.
  • Lead by example
  • Lead to Success, Follow to Failure
  • Learn to walk before you run.

o Meaning: Learn the basics of any subject first.

  • Least said sooner mended.
  • Leave it alone and it will grow on its own.
  • Less is more.

o Campbell, Cimberly Hill (2007). Less is more: teaching literature with short texts, grades 6-12. Stenhouse Publishers. 157110710X.

  • Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Let the cobbler stick to his last.

o Meaning: Don't talk about things you don't know anything about.

  • Let us go hand in hand, not one before another.
  • A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.

o [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. A great lie may be widely accepted before the truth comes to light.

  • Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
  • Life begins at forty.
  • Life does not come with any guarantees
  • Life imitates art
  • Life imitates chess - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
  • Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
  • Life is a perception of your own reality.
  • Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

Life is too short to drink bad wine.

  • Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

o Attributed to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

  • Life is what you do while you're waiting to die.

o Quote from song sung by Zorba from the musical 'Zorba' by Kander and Ebb

  • Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be.

o [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

  • Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
  • Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
  • Like cures like.
  • Like father, like son.
  • Like water off a duck's back.
  • Little bean comes around his little salary
  • Little by little and bit by bit.

o Meaning: Many incremental changes will after some time transform what is pathetic into something grand.

  • Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

o A little Learning is a dangerous Thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring:
There shallow Draughts intoxicate the Brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again. ~ [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

  • A little pot is easily hot.
  • Live and let live.

o Alternative: Live simply to let others simply live.

  • A loaded wagon makes no noise.
  • Long absent, soon forgotten.
  • The longest mile is the last mile home.
  • Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Look on the sunny side of life.
  • Loose lips sink ships.
  • Love is a bridge between two hearts.
  • Love is anger disappointed.
  • Love is blind.
  • Love is like war, Easy to start, Hard to end, Impossible to forget.
  • Love is not finding someone to live with; it's finding someone whom you can't live without.
  • Love is stronger than any addiction, baby. Hell, it is one. - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
  • Love laughs at locksmiths.
  • Luck favors the prepared - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
  • Luck is a mirror of hard work - Beslin

  • Make a Friend when you don't need One (from Urim)
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Making a rod for your own back.
  • Make the best of a bad bargain.
  • A man is known by the company he keeps.
  • Man is truly himself when he's alone.
  • Man wasn't born to suffer but to carry on.
  • A man's home is his castle.
  • And the law of England has so particular and tender a regard to the immunity of a man's house, that it stiles it his castle, and will never suffer it to be violated with immunity: agreeing herein with the sentiments of ancient Rome, as expressed in the works of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]; quid enim sanctius, quid omni religione munitius, quam domus unusquisque civium?
  • Translation: What more sacred, what more strongly guarded by every holy feeling, than a man's own home?
  • Manners maketh the man.


  • Many a true word is spoken in jest
  • Many hands make light work
  • Many things are lost for want of asking.
  • Many words will not fill a bushel.

o This Proverb is a severe Taunt upon much Talking. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721 [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

  • Marriage equals hell and bankruptcy.
  • Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.
  • Meaner than a junk-yard dog.
  • Meaning of life is not meaningful -- Allen Zimama
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Mind your P's and Q's.

o British: Mind your manners ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.])

  • Mirrors do everything we do, but they cannot think for themselves.
  • Misery loves company.
  • Misfortunes never come singly.
  • A miss by an inch is a miss by a mile.

o Meaning: A miss is a miss regardless the distance

o "An inch o' a miss is as gude as a span." [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

  • Missing the wood for the trees.

o Meaning: While tending to every detail you might miss out the big picture.

  • Money can't buy everything, but everything needs money
  • Money cannot buy happiness.
  • Money for old rope.

o In the days of wooden-hulled [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ships, ropes that were worn could be sold for use as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or as filling for [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], and so the ship's owner was paid even for old rope.

  • The money is burning a hole in my pocket.
  • (love of) Money is the root of all evil.
  • Money makes the mare go.
  • Money makes the world go around.
  • Money talks; mine always says, "Good-bye!"
  • Money talks.

o Variant: Money talks, bullshit walks.

o Related: Talk is cheap.

o Related: Actions speak louder than words.

  • Monkey see, monkey do.
  • Morals are for others to follow.
  • More haste, less speed.

o Meaning: Hurry, but work slowly to make sure what you attend to gets done properly.
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Re: Here are some proverbs -2-

on 2012-02-27, 06:16
many thanks
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