Proverbs and sayings ( letter a )

A bad beginning makes a bad ending
A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit
A bad workman blames his tools
A bad workman quarrels with his tools
A bargain is a bargain
A beggar can never be bankrupt
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
A bird may be known by its song
A black hen lays a white egg
A blind leader of the blind
A blind man would be glad to see
A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound
A burden of one’s own choice is not felt
A burnt child dreads the fire
A cat in gloves catches no mice
A city that parleys is half gotten
A civil denial is better than a rude grant
A clean fast is better than a dirty breakfast
A clean hand wants no washing
A clear conscience laughs at false accusations
A close mouth catches no flies
A cock is valiant on his own dunghill
A cracked bell can never sound well
A creaking door

hangs long on its hinges
A curst cow has short horns
A danger foreseen is half avoided
A drop in the bucket
A drowning man will catch at a straw
A fair face may hide a foul heart
A fault confessed is half redressed
A fly in the ointment
A fool always rushes to the fore
A fool and his money are soon parted
A fool at forty is a fool indeed
A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years
A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men cannot pull out
A fool’s tongue runs before his wit
A forced kindness deserves no thanks
A foul morn may turn to a fair day
A fox is not taken twice in the same snare
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A friend is never known till needed
A friend to all is a friend to none
A friend’s frown is better than a foe’s smile
A good anvil does not fear the hammer
A good beginning is half the battle
A good beginning makes a good ending
A good deed is never lost
A good dog deserves a good bone
A good example is the best sermon
A good face is a letter of recommendation
A good Jack makes a good Jill
A good marksman may miss
A good name is better than riches
A good name is sooner lost than won
A good name keeps its lustre in the dark
A good wife makes a good husband
A great dowry is a bed full of brambles
A great fortune is a great slavery
A great ship asks deep waters
A guilty conscience needs no accuser
A hard nut to crack
A heavy purse makes a light heart
A hedge between keeps friendship green
A honey tongue, a heart of gall
A hungry belly has no ears
A hungry man is an angry man
A Jack of all trades is master of none
A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend
A lawyer never goes to law himself
A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy
A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth
A lie begets a lie
A light purse is a heavy curse
A light purse makes a heavy heart
A little body often harbours a great soul
A little fire is quickly trodden out
A man can die but once
A man can do no more than he can
A man is known by the company he keeps
A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds
A miserly father makes a prodigal son
A miss is as good as a mile
A new broom sweeps clean
A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool
A penny saved is a penny gained
A penny soul never came to twopence
A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder
A rolling stone gathers no moss
A round peg in a square hole
A shy cat makes a proud mouse
A silent fool is counted wise
A small leak will sink a great ship
A soft answer turns away wrath
A sound mind in a sound body
A stitch in time saves nine
A storm in a teacup
A tattler is worse than a thief



Proverbs and sayings ( letter a )