English proverbs

A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

A bad workman blames his tools.

A bargain is a bargain.

A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A change is as good as a rest.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A good beginning makes a good ending.

A good man is hard to find.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

A house is not a home.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

A little of what you fancy does you good.

A miss is as good as a mile.

A new broom sweeps clean.

A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A person is known by the company he keeps.

A picture paints a thousand words.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

A prophet is not recognized in his own land.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A stitch in time saves nine.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A watched pot never boils.

A woman’s place is in the home.

A woman’s work is never done.

Actions speak louder than words.

All good things come to he who waits.

All that glitters is not gold.

All the world loves a lover.

All things must pass.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

All’s fair in love and war.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An Englishman’s home is his castle.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

April is the cruellest month.

As you sow so shall you mow.

Ask no questions and hear

no lies.

Attack is the best form of defence.

Barking dogs seldom bite.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is only skin deep.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Behind every great man there’s a great woman.

Better late than never.

Better safe than sorry.

Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t.

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Between two Chairs.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Blood is thicker than water.

Boys will be boys.

Break a leg.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Charity begins at home.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Coin a phrase.

Cold hands warm heart.

Comparisons are odorous.

Count your blessings.

Cut off your nose to spite your face.

Cut your coat to suit your cloth.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

Do as you would be done by.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Don’t burn your bridges behind you.

Don’t change horses in midstream.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it.

Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself.

Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Don’t put new wine into old bottles.

Don’t rock the boat.

Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’pworth of tar.

Don’t try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs.

Don’t try to walk before you can crawl.

Don’t upset the apple-cart.

Don’t worry, be happy.

Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

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English proverbs