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    • A bad penny always turns up.
      o Meaning: Your mistakes will come back to haunt you. OR Bad people will always return.
    • A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison.
    • A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow.
    • A big tree attracts the woodsman's axe.
      o Meaning: Those who make themselves seem great will attract bad things
    • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    • A bad workman always blames his tools.
      o Meaning: People never blame themselves for what they do
    • A banker is someone who lends you an umbrella when the sun is shining, and who asks for it back when it starts to rain.
    • A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist.
    • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.


    • A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
    • A night with Venus and a life with mercury.
      o Anti-promiscuity adage, alluding to a 18th-century mercury-based folk treatment for syphilis
    • A cat may look at a king.
      o Meaning: If a cat may look at the king - then I have a right to look where I please.
    • A camel is a horse designed by committee.
      o Meaning: a vision is more perfect from the individual rather than a group of people where it becomes anodyne.
    • A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. (African proverb)
      o Meaning: calm times do not show anything; it's the tough times that make you what you are.
    • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
      o Meaning: The strength of any group depends on the individual strength of each of its members.
    • A closed mouth catches no flies.
      o Meaning: It is often safer to keep one's mouth shut.
    • A constant guest never welcomes.
    • A fool and his money are soon parted.
    • A fox smells its own lair first. and A fox smells its own stink first.
      o Possible interpretation: the fault one notices in another is often a fault of the first person.
      o Another possible interpretation: One knows where they belong, and knows when they make a mistake (citation needed)
    • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
      o Meaning: A genuine friend is with you even in times of trouble.
      o Alternative meaning: A person will be very friendly if they need something from you.
    • A friend to all is a friend to none.
      o Being a friend to everyone makes none of your friends feel special
    • A good beginning makes a good ending.
    • A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.
      o Meaning: society is what makes good good and bad bad
    • A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.
    • A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
    • A jack of all trades is master of none.
    • A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
      o Charles Spurgeon. A great lie may be widely accepted before the truth comes to light.
    • 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. ~ Alexander Pope
    • A loaded wagon makes no noise.
      o People with real money don't talk about it.
    • A miss by an inch is a miss by a mile.
      o Meaning: A miss is a miss regardless the distance
    • Always care about your flowers and your friends. Otherwise they'll fade, and soon your house will be empty.
    • A paragraph should be like a lady's skirt: long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep it interesting.
    • A penny saved is a penny earned.
      o Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
    • A penny spent is a penny earned.
      o In contrast to spending on the poor people.
    • A man is known by the company he keeps.
    • Anyone who thinks the way to a mans heart is through his stomach, is aiming ten inches too high.
    • A Pasoly in the eye is worth several in the shins.
      o A good shot is worth many bad ones
    • A picture is worth a thousand words.
    • A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison.
    • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
      o Interpretation: A person who is active will not grow stale.
      o Alternative interpretation: A person who does not stay in one place very long will not develop roots or meaningful connections with others.
      o Philip K. **** in We Can Build You (1972) conceives a world where the latter interpretation has become the norm and the former indicative of a mental disorder.
    • A son is a son 'til he takes him a wife; a daughter's a daughter all her life.
    • A stitch in time saves nine.
      o Fix the small problem now before it becomes larger and harder to fix.
    • Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there
    • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
      o From Isle of Beauty by Thomas Haynes Bayly
      o Interpretation: We miss people when we are separated from them.
    • Act today only tomorrow is too late
    • Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
    • Actions speak louder than words.
    • Advice most needed is least heeded.
    • After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
    • All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet.
      o sometimes you have to do bad things to get good ones
    • All the world is your country, to do good is your religion.
    • All flowers are not in one garden.
    • All frills and no knickers.
      o Possible interpretation: All style and no substance.
    • All good things must come to an end.
    • All hat and no cattle.
      o Possible interpretation: All talk and appearance and little or no substance.
    • All roads lead to Rome.
      o Possible interpretation: However you try to go about things all will lead to the same conclusions
      o Possible interpretation: Power draws all things to itself.
    • All's fair in love and war.
    • All for one and one for all.
      o Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
    • All's well that ends well.
      o A play by William Shakespeare
      o Variant: All is well that ends well. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721 [2]
    • All sizzle and no steak.
      o Possible interpretation: All style and no substance
    • All that glisters is not gold.
      o William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, act II, scene 7
      o Possible interpretation: Not everything is what it appears to be.
    • All things come to him who waits.
    • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    • All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
    • An Englishman's home is his castle.
      o Possible interpretation: A person is king in his home.
      o Another interpretation: a man feels safe in his home.
    • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
      o Possible interpretation: retribution should be equitable, proportionate and "fit the crime". Biblical reference, modern usage often connotes support for capital punishment.
    • An empty vessel makes the most noise
      o Meaning an empty head/brain makes more sound than a full (intelligent?) one
    • An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
    • An old dog will learn no tricks. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721 [3]
    • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
      o Possible interpretation: Similar to that of A stitch in time saves nine. Preventing something in advance is better than fixing it later on.
    • April showers bring May flowers.
    • Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
      o Alternative: Ask no questions and hear no lies.
    • As fit as a fiddle.
      o Meaning: very fit and well
    • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another
    • As soon as a man is born,he begins to die.
    • As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
    • Aught for naught, and a penny change.
      o Northern English, Anything for nothing...
    • A watched pot never boils.
      o Main interpretation: Time seems to pass quicker when you aren't conciously waiting for something
      o Possible interpretation: Worrying over something can make the task seem to take longer than it should.
    • A woman's work is never done.
      o From a folk rhyme - A man may work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done, meaning that a man's traditional role as breadwinner may keep him occupied from sun-up to sundown, but the traditional roles of a woman demand even longer hours of work.
    • A word spoken is past recalling.
      o Alternative: What's done is done (so think before doing).
    • A woman is like a cup of tea
      o you'll never know how strong she is until she boils
    • Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. �- C. S. Lewis
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    • Barking dogs seldom bite.
      o Meaning: People who are busy complaining rarely take more concrete hostile action.
      o Alternate meaning: Those who cast threats are seldom man enough to carry them out.
    • Barking up the wrong tree.
    • Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
      o Meaning: One should not criticize a person without understanding their situation.
    • Beggars can't be choosers.
      o Meaning: Those who are in need of help should not criticize the help they receive.
    • Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
    • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
      o Variant: Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
    • Better late than never.
      o Meaning: It's better to make an effort to keep an appointment than to give up altogether when you discover you will be late.
    • Better safe than sorry.
      o Meaning: It is better to take precautions when its possible that something can go amiss then to regret doing nothing later if something should indeed go wrong.
    • Better the devil you know (than the one you don't).
    • Beware of the Bear when he tucks in his shirt.
    • Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves. (Matthew; bible quote)
    • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
      o A reference to the Trojan Horse
    • Birds of the same feather flock together.
      o Meaning: People who are similar to one another tend to stay together.
    • Bitter pills may have blessed effects.
    • Blood is thicker than water.
      o Meaning: Bonds between family members are stronger than other relationships.
    • Blood will out.
      o Meaning: A person's ancestry or upbringing will eventually show.
    • Bloom where you are planted.
    • Boys will be boys.
      o Meaning: Boys are traditionally expected to misbehave, while girls are not.
    • Brag is a good Dog, but Holdfast is a better
      o This Proverb is a Taunt upon Braggadoccio's, who talk big, boast, and rattle:
      It is also a Memento for such who make plentiful promises to do well for the future but are suspected to want Constancy and Resolution to make them good. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721 [4]
    • Brain is better than brawn.
    • Bread is the staff of life.
    • Buy the best and you only cry once.
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    • Can't see the forest for the trees.
      o Possible meaning: You can't see the big picture because of all the details
      o Variant: You can't See the forest when you're in it.
      o Meaning: One can only identify the problem when they are not in it.
    • Carry your own cross.
      o Alternately, you play the cards you are dealt. Meaning one should accept his status not with just the perks but also with the downsides of it.
      o One should be prepared to solve his own problem without any help.
    • Chance favours the prepared mind.
    • Charity begins at home.
    • Chip of the old block.
    • Clothes don't make the man.
      o Possible interpretation: Appearances can be deceptive.
    • Cobbler, stick to thy last.
      o Possible interpretation: Tend to what you know.
    • Common sense ain't common.
    • Courtesy costs nothing.
    • Curiosity killed the cat.
    • Cut your coat according to your cloth.
    • Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it
    • Cleanliness is next to godliness
    • A burnt child dreads the fire.
      o Meaning: A person who has had bad experiences will shy away from certain things.
      o This Proverb intimates, That it is natural for all living Creatures, whether rational or irrational,to consult their own Security, and Self-Preservation; and whether they act by Instinct or Reason, it still tends to some care of avoiding those things that have already done them an Injury. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant tastes of death but once.
      o From William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
      o Possible interpretation: The brave have less to fear than the cowardly. Also: The damage to the soul and pride of the coward for his actions are held in comparison to the life of fulfilment had by the brave. Also: Worrying about a forthcoming disaster may cause as much (or even more) pain as the disaster when it occurs (but does neither change it nor make it easier).
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    • A dull pencil is greater than the sharpest memory.
    • Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
      o Meaning: Refers to a situation where both possibilities will lead to harm or blame.
    • Desperate times call for desperate measures.
    • Different strokes for different folks.
      o Meaning: Different people have different preferences.
    • Do unto others as you would have done to you.
    • Doctors make the worst patients.
    • Does life stop when a pen is out of ink.
    • Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.
    • Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
      o Meaning: Behave deferentially to those who provide for you.
    • Don't burn your bridges before they're crossed.
      o Meaning: Do not act in such a way as to leave yourself no alternatives.
    • Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
    • Don't bite off more than you can chew.
      o Meaning: Do not take on more responsibility than you can handle at any one time.
    • Don't cry over spilt milk.
      o Meaning: Don't worry about things that have already happened
    • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
      o Interpretation: Do not act to spite someone else if it is damaging to yourself.
    • Don't eat yellow snow.
    • Don't fall before you're pushed.
    • Don't have too many irons in the fire.
      o Possible interpretation: Do not take on more responsibility than you can handle at any one time.
    • Don't judge a book by its cover.
      o Meaning: Do not judge by appearances.
    • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
      o Possible interpretation: Do not look for faults in a gift.
    • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
      o Don't exaggerate small things / Don't make a big deal out of something minor.
    • Don't mend what ain't broken.
      o Alternatively, If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
      o Meaning: Do not rest all your hopes on one eventuality; plan for several cases.
    • Don't put the cart before the horse.
      o Meaning: Do things in the correct order.
    • Don't raise more Demons than you can lay down.
    • Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone.
      o Possible interpretation: Prepare for things to go wrong rather than worrying about them after the fact.
    • Don't spit into the wind.
    • Don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.
      o Meaning: Don't jeopardise a project - especially a large one - by being miserly or cutting corners. + A ha'p'orth (pronounced haypeth) is a halfpenny-worth, i.e. a very small amount.
    • Don't take life too seriously; you'll never get out of it alive.
    • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
      o Possible interpretation: Do not, in an attempt to remove something undesireable, lose things that are valuable.
    • Don't cross a bridge before you come to it.
      o Meaning: Don't fret unnecessarily about future problems.
    • Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.
    • Don't bring a knife to a gun fight.
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    • Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
    • Early bird catches the worm.
    • Ends justify the means.
    • Enjoy what you don't know.
    • Even a dog can distinguish between being stumbled over and being kicked.
    • Even angels have teeth.
      o Nathaniel Wenger "Poetry to Grow a Tree"
    • Every dog has its day.
      o Variation on a quote from Hamlet: "...whatever Hercules says, the cat will mew and dog will have its day."
    • Every cloud has a silver lining.
      o Meaning: Every negative thing has positive aspects.
    • Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.
    • Empty vessels make most noise/sound.
      o Meaning: Those who lack intelligence speak the most/loudest.
    • Even a broken/stopped clock is right twice a day.
    • Even the best perfumes of the world lose their fragrance when you are not around me.
    • Eggfred, he will prosper.
      o Meaning: Bullies never prosper.
    • Education is a progressive discovering of our own ignorance. <W. Durrant>
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    • Feed a cold; Starve a fever.
    • Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
    • Failure is the stepping stone for success.
    • Falling down does not signify failure but staying there does.
    • Familiarity breeds contempt.
      o Long experience of someone or something can make one so aware of the faults as to be scornful.
    • Fine feathers make fine birds.
    • Fine words butter no parsnips.
      o Alternative: Actions speak louder than words.
    • First come, first served.
    • First deserve, then desire.
    • First things first.
      o Meaning: Do more important things before other things.
    • Fit as a fiddle.
      o Meaning: very fit and well
    • Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
    • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
      o Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism"
    • For want of a nail the horseshoe was lost.
      o Complete version: for want of a nail the horseshoe was lost, for want of a horseshoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the rider was lost, for want of a rider the battle was lost, for want of a battle the kingdom was lost, and all for want of a horseshoe nail.
    • Forever I only have in letters, feelings I only have for time.
      o Nathaniel Wenger
    • Forewarned is forearmed.
    • Fortune favors the foolish.
    • Fretting cares make grey hairs.
    • There are no facts; only interpretations of facts.
    • Failure is not falling down, you fail when you dont get back up.
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    • Go with the flow
    • Garbage in, Garbage out.
      o Sometimes abbreviated GIGO.
    • Give and take is fair play.
    • Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
    • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
      o to learn a lesson is a far better reward than to win a prize early in the GAME
      o it is better to know how to help yourself than to beg from others
    • Give credit where credit is due.
      o Variant: Give the Devil his due.
    • Give, and ye shall receive.
    • Give him an inch and he'll take a yard.
    • Give people a common enemy and hopefully they will work together
    • God takes care of drunks.
    • God cures and the physician takes the fee.
    • God don't like ugly and he ain't stuck on pretty
    • Good eating deserves good drinking.
    • Good fences make good neighbors.
      o Robert Frost, "Mending Wall"
    • Good men are hard to find.
    • Good wine needs no bush.
      o Meaning: Something desirable of quality and substance need not be embellished. It was customary since early times to hang a grapevine, ivy or other greenery over the door of a tavern or way stop to advertise the availability of drink within, once something establishes a good reputation for quality the advertisement is rendered superfluous.
    • Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ.
    • Great oaks from little acorns grow.
    • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
      o Albert Einstein
    • Green leaves and brown leaves fall from the same tree.
      o Many possible interpretations- Things change over time- If you are good at one aspect of a skill, you should be skilled at the other aspects, such as a painter who says he can't draw, yet both painting and drawing are aspects of art.- No matter of the outside, we are all the same inside.
    • Grow where you are planted.
    • Give respect, take respect.
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    • He who is good at excuses is seldom good at anything else.
    • Hair of the dog that bit you.
    • Half a loaf is better than none.
      o Alternative version: Be thankful for what you've got.
    • Handsome is as handsome does.
    • Hang a thief when he's young, and he'll no' steal when he's old.
    • Happy wife, happy life.
    • Hard cases make bad law.
    • Hard words break no bones.
    • Haste makes waste.
    • Have not, want not.
    • He who dares wins.
      o Variation: 'Who Dares Wins' - British SAS motto
    • He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail.
      o Variation: He who fails to plan, plans to fail.
    • He who sits on tack is better off.
    • Health is better than wealth.
    • Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.
      o William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, act i, scene i
    • Heaven protects children, sailors and drunks.
    • Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, which is merely a spark compared to the Sun as a measure of the power of God's wrath.
      o Paraphrase of William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, act i, scene i
    • He steals a goose, and gives the giblets in alms. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • He who fails to study the past is doomed to repeat it.
    • He who hesitates is lost.
    • He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.
    • He who laughs last laughs best.
      o Variation: He who laughs last laughs longest.
    • He who laughs last is the slowest to think.
    • He who lives too fast, goes to his grave too soon.
    • He who stands for nothing will fall for everything.
    • He who will steal an egg will steal an ox.
    • He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
      o meaning: people die the way they live
      o From the Christian New Testament
      o Often parodied as: He who lives by the sword is shot by those who don't
    • Help yourself and God will help you --84.13.137.66 00:01, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
    • He who pays the piper calls the tune
      o To be able to control the details of a situation by virtue of being the one who bears the cost or provides for others.
    • He who sleeps forgets his hunger.
    • He who has nothing to say, can not write.
    • Hindsight is 20/20.
      o Possible interpretation: It is always easy to see your mistakes after they occur.
    • His bark is worse than his bite.
      o Possible interpretation: He will talk about consequences more than act.
    • History repeats itself.
      o Mark Twain
    • Home is where the heart is.
    • Honesty is the best policy.
    • Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
      o Possible interpretation: One can get more cooperation from others by being nice.
    • Hope for the best, expect the worst.
      o Alternate version: Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.
    • Hope is life.
    • Hope springs eternal.
      o Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man"
    • Houston, we've got a problem.
    • Hunger is the best spice.
      o Variation: Hunger is the best sauce.
    • Helping Hands are better than Praying Lips - Mother Theresa
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    • I think, therefore I am
    • I came, I saw, I conquered
      o Said by Julius Caesar, spoken as Veni, Vidi, Vici during a message to the Roman senate
    • It is better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees.
    • Idle hands are the devil's playthings.
    • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.
    • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
    • If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
      o Variation: If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
    • If it can't be cured, it must be endured.
      o From Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
    • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
    • If something can go wrong, it will.
      o Murphy's Law
    • If the shoe fits, wear it.
    • If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.
      o "If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain", Answers.com
    • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
    • If you buy quality, you only cry once.
    • If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.
    • If you can't beat them, join them.
    • If you can't be good, be good at it.
    • If you can't be good, be careful.
    • 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 keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it.
    • If you snooze you lose
    • If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • 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 hung.
    • If you're in a hole, stop digging.
    • If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
    • Ignorance is bliss.
      o Common mal-shortening of "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
      o Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
    • In for a penny, in for a pound.
      o Alternate version: In for a dime, in for a dollar.
    • In order to get where you want to go, you first have to leave where you are.
      o From Sandy Elsberg's Bread Winner, Bread Baker; Upline Press, Charlottesville, VA; 1977, p. 80
    • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
    • In the end, a man's motives are second to his accomplishments.
    • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
    • It's always darkest before the dawn
    • It's cheaper to keep her.
    • It's not over till it's over.
      o Yogi Berra
    • It ain't over till the fat lady sings.
      o Variation: Church ain't over until the fat lady sings.
      o Attributed as an old Southern saying in Smith & Smith, Southern Words and Sayings (1976), according to Quinion, Michael (21 August 1999). "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings". World Wide Words. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
      o Often attributed to sportscaster Dan Cook (1978)
    • It is not so much the gift that is given but the way in which the gift is driven.
    • It never rains, but it pours.
      o Alternatively: When it rains, it pours.
    • It pays to pay attention.
    • 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 two to make a quarrel.
    • It takes two to tango.
    • It takes two to lie — one to lie and one to listen.
    • 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 an ill wind that blows no good.
    • It's a poor job that can't stand at least one supervisor.
    • It's a blessing in disguise.
    • 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's better to give than to receive.
    • It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
    • It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
      o Shorthand: It's brass monkey out there!
      o Meaning: It's very cold out. (A brass frame, called a monkey, was used at the base of a pyramid of cannon balls to store them before use. When extremely cold, the brass monkey contracted, and the cannon balls would fall off.)
      o This is a colloquial expression not a proverb
    • It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
      o Attributed to Grace Hopper
    • It's easy to be wise after the event.
    • It's never too late to mend.
    • It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean.
    • It's no use crying over spilt milk.
    • It's often a person's mouth broke their nose.
      o Meaning: People talk themselves into trouble.
    • It's the early bird that gets the worm.
    • It's the empty can that makes the most noise.
    • It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
    • I wants, don't gets.
      o An alternative used in the black British community is: "Ask it, Ask it don't get... Get it, get it don't want."
    • "If you're prepared to be confused, be prepared for a sore bum"
      o HELP EVER HURT NEVER
    • He is the most Unfortunate who's today is not better than yesterday. - 'Muhammad'
    • If you fall off a cliff, you might as well try to fly. After all, you got nothing to lose.
    • 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 believe that dreams can come true be prepared for the ocasional nightmare.
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    • Jack is as good as his master.
    • Jack of all trades; master of none.
      o Possible interpretation: Good at everything, excellent at nothing.
      o Full version: "Jack of all trades, master of none, though ofttimes better than master of one." possibly meaning the reverse of its more popular interpritation.
    • Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.
      o Alice in Wonderland
    • Jove but laughs at lover's perjury.
    • Judge not, lest ye be judged.
    • Just go with it.


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    • Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
    • Knowledge is power.
    • Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.
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    • Laughter is the best medicine.
    • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
    • Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.
    • Lead to Success, Follow to Failure
    • Learn to walk before you run.
      o Possible interpretation: Do not rush into what you do not know.
      o Alt. interpretation: Learn the basics before you start using more complex tools or methods
    • Least said sooner mended.
      o meaning: those who speak less get more done
    • Leave it alone and it will grow on its own.
    • Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
      o Jesus Christ
    • Let sleeping dogs lie.
      o Agatha Christie's Sleeping Murder"
    • Let the cobbler stick to his last.
    • Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
    • Life begins at forty.
    • Life is too short to drink bad wine.
    • Life is just a bowl of cherries.
    • Life is what you make of it.
    • Life's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
    • Life's what happens while you're making other plans.
    • Let us go hand in hand,not one before another.
    • Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
    • Like cures like.
      o Meaning: A person can better help another if they have something in common.
    • Like father like son.
    • Like water off a duck's back.
    • Little by little and bit by bit.
    • Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.
    • Live and let Live
      o Alternative: Live simply to let others simply live.
    • Long absent, soon forgotten.
    • Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
      o Possible interpretation: Take care of the details. (12 pence to the shilling, 20 shillings to the pound.)
      o Alt. interpretation: Save every penny you can and it will build up into a significant amount of money.
    • Look before you leap.
    • Look on the sunny side of life.
    • Loose lips sink ships.
      o World Wartime mantra encouraging people to avoid talking about things which could have been overheard by spies
    • Love is a bridge between two hearts
    • Love is blind.
    • Love is not finding someone to live with ; its finding some one whom you cant live without.
    • Love laughs at locksmiths.
    • 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.
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    • Make hay while the sun shines.
      o Possible interpretation: Do the task while it is possible.
    • Making a rod for your own back.
      o I believe the phrase comes from the good old Victorians. In those years deportment was very important and a straight back fundamental. So a rod or board would be strapped to the back to encourage the miscreant suffer for his own doings.
    • Man standing on toilet is high on pot
    • Man wasn't Born to suffer but to carry on.
    • 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
    • Marriage equals hell and bankruptcy.
    • Meaning of life is not meaningful -- Allen Zimama
    • Meaner than a junk-yard dog.
    • Measure twice, cut once.
    • Mind your P's and Q's.
      o British: Mind your own manners
    • Mirrors do everything we do, but they cannot think for themselves.
    • Misery loves company.
    • Missing the wood for tree.
      o Overlooking the more important issue.
    • Money for old rope.
      o In the days of wooden-hulled sailing ships, ropes that were worn could be sold for use as caulking (pressed between the planks and often covered with tar to prevent seepage), or as filling for fenders, and so the ship's owner was paid even for old rope.
    • Money makes the mare go.
    • Money makes the world go around.
    • Money talks.
    • Money cannot buy happiness
    • Money cant buy everything, but Everything need money
      o meaning: its time to stop living in the fantasy world, and live in the real world.
    • Monkey see, Monkey do.
    • More speed, less haste.
      o meaning: To do something more speedily, be less hasty.
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    • Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.
    • Necessity is the mother of all invention.
    • Ne'er cast a clout till May be out. (Not known if 'May' relates to the month of May or may blossom).
      o Don't remove winter vests (undergarments) until summer arrives.
    • Never judge the book by its cover.
    • Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.
    • Never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.
      o Possible interpretation: Do not boast in giving to the poor- anonymous is best.
    • Never leave a woman to do a man's work.
      o alternate version, Never let a monkey to do a man's job, Never send a womon to do a man's job
      o meaning: Leaving\employing someone less qualified to do your work will produce undesired results.
    • Never say die.
      o Possible interpretation: Never give up.
    • Never say never.
    • Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you.
    • Noblesse oblige.
      o French expression: To be a member of the nobility carries obligations to care for the lower classes.
    • No man can serve two masters.
      o Christian New Testament
    • No man is content with his lot.
    • No man is an island
      o Possible interpretation: Everybody needs other people.
      o Alternate: Everyone's actions impact others.
    • No money, no justice.
    • No news is good news.
    • No need to cry over spilled milk.
    • No pain, no gain.
    • No time like the present.
    • Nobody leaves us, we only leave others.
    • Not enough room to swing a cat
    • Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
      o Varient: Nothing ventured, nothing have. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • Nothing succeeds like success.
      o Nothing to be feared in life, but understood.
    • Now we have doors so we can hide.
    Your love is all I need to feel complete.

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    OMG..Great Find Yogi...
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    • Once bitten, twice shy
      o William Caxton, the first English printer, gave the earliest version of this saying in 'Aesope' (1484), his translation of Aesop's fables: 'He that hath ben ones begyled by somme other ought to kepe hym wel fro(m) the same.' Centuries later, the English novelist Robert Surtees referred to the saying in 'Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour' (1853) with '(He) had been bit once, and he was not going to give Mr. Sponge a second chance.' The exact wording of the saying was recorded later that century in 'Folk Phrases of Four Counties' (1894) by G.G. Northall and was repeated by, among others, the English novelist Joseph Conrad (1920, 'The Rescue'), the novelist Aldous Huxley (1928, 'Point Counter Point'), and the novelist Wyndham Lewis (1930, 'The Apes of God'). 'Once bitten, twice shy' has been a familiar saying in the twentieth century. From Wise Words and Wives' Tales by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993).
      o A variation, once burned, twice shy, is also traced back to Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour. Once burned was First attested in the United States in 'Dead Sure' (1949) by S. Sterling. The meaning of the saying is One who had an unpleasant experience is especially cautious. From the Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
    • One good turn deserves another. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • One man's junk is another man's treasure.
    • One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. - Ronald Reagan
    • One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. - English, 17th century
    • One murder makes a villian, millions a hero.
    • Opinions are like assholes: everyone has them and they usually stink.
    • Oppurtunity is waiting you need but to open the door.
    • Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising everytime we fall.
      o Confucius
      o Northern English, Anything for nothing...
    • Out of sight... Out of mind
    • One mans meat, is another mans poison.
    • One scabbed sheep mars the whole flock.
      o This Proverb is apply'd to such Persons who being vicious themselves,
    • labour to debauch those with whom they converse. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721
    • One good turn...... another.
      o Meaning: What is beloved to a person is hated by someone else.
    • One good turn deserves another.
      o Meaning: You should return a favour done to you.
    • Our costliest expenditure is time. <Theophrastus>
    • Only bad drivers cut corners.
    • Only the good die young
    Your love is all I need to feel complete.

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