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A bad penny always
turns up

A barking dog never
bites

A bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush

A cat may look at a
king

A chain is only as
strong as its weakest
link

A change is as good
as a rest

A dog is a man's best
friend

A drowning man will
clutch at a straw

A fish always rots
from the head down

A fool and his money
are soon parted

A friend in need is a
friend indeed

A golden key can
open any door

A good beginning
makes a good ending

A good man is hard to
find

A house divided
against itself cannot
stand

A person is known by
the company he
keeps

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 learning is a
dangerous thing

A little of what you
fancy does you good

A man is known by his
friends

A man who is his own
lawyer has a fool for
his client

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 picture paints a
thousand words

A place for everything
and everything in its
place

A poor workman
always blames his
tools

A person is known by
the company he
keeps

A prophet is not
recognized in his own
land

A rising tide lifts all
boats

A rolling stone
gathers no moss

A soft answer turneth
away wrath

A stitch in time saves
nine

A swarm in May is
worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is
worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is
not worth a fly

A thing of beauty is a
joy forever

A trouble shared is a
trouble halved
A volunteer is worth
twenty pressed men

A watched pot never
boils

A woman is only a
woman, but a good
cigar is a smoke

A woman's place is in
the home

A woman's work is
never done

A word to the wise is
enough

Absence makes the
heart grow fonder

Absolute power
corrupts absolutely

Accidents will happen (in the best-regulated
families).

Actions speak louder
than words

Adversity makes
strange bedfellows

After a storm comes a
calm

All good things come
to he who waits

All good things must
come to an end

All is grist that comes
to the mill

All publicity is good
publicity

All roads lead to
Rome

All that glisters is not
gold

All that glitters is not
gold

All the world loves a
lover

All things come to
those who wait

All things must pass

All work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy

All you need is love

All's fair in love and
war

All's for the best in the
best of all possible
worlds

All's well that ends
well

A miss is as good as a
mile
An apple a day keeps
the doctor away

An army marches on
its stomach

An Englishman's
home is his castle

An eye for an eye, a
tooth for a tooth

An ounce of
prevention is worth a
pound of cure

Another day, another
dollar

Any port in a storm

Appearances can be
deceptive

April is the cruellest
month

April showers bring
forth May flowers

As thick as thieves

As you make your
bed, so you must lie
upon it

As you sow so shall
you reap

Ashes to ashes dust
to dust

Ask a silly question
and you'll get a silly
answer

Ask no questions and
hear no lies

Attack is the best
form of defence
Bad money drives out
good

Bad news travels fast

Barking dogs seldom
bite

Be careful what you
wish for

Beat swords into
ploughshares

Beauty is in the eye of
the beholder

Beauty is only skin
deep

Beggars should not
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

Better to light a candle
than to curse the
darkness

Better to remain silent
and be thought a fool
than to speak and
remove all doubt

Beware of Greeks
bearing gifts

Beware the Ides of
March

Big fish eat little fish

Birds of a feather
flock together
Blessed are the
peacemakers

Blood is thicker than
water

Blue are the hills that
are far away

Boys will be boys

Brevity is the soul of Business before
pleasure

Caesar's wife must be
above suspicion

Carpe diem (Pluck the day; Seize the day)

Charity begins at
home

Charity covers a
multitude of sins

Cheaters never win
and winners never
cheat

Cheats never prosper

Children and fools tell
the truth

Children should be
seen and not heard

Christmas comes but
once a year

Cleanliness is next to
godliness

Clothes maketh the
man

Cold hands, warm
heart

Comparisons are
odious

Count your blessings

Cowards may die
many times before
their death

Crime doesn't pay

Cut your coat to suit
your cloth

Dead men tell no tales

Devil take the
hindmost

Discretion is the
better part of valour
Distance lends
enchantment to the
view

Do as you would be
done by

Do unto others as you
would have them do
to you

Don't bite the hand
that feeds you

Don't burn your
bridges behind you

Don't cast your pearls
before swine

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 cut off your
nose to spite your
face

Don't get mad, get
even

Don't keep a dog and
bark yourself

Don't leave your
manners on the
doorstep

Don't let the bastards
grind you down

Don't let the cat out of
the bag

Don't let the grass
grow under your feet

Don't meet troubles
half-way

Don't mix business
with pleasure

Don't put all your eggs
in one basket

Don't put the cart
before the horse

Don't put new wine
into old bottles

Don't rock the boat

Don't shoot the
messenger

Don't spoil the ship for
a ha'porth of tar

Don't sweat the small
stuff
Don't throw pearls to
swine

Don't teach your
Grandma to suck
eggs

Don't throw the baby
out with the bathwater

Don't trust anyone
over thirty

Don't try to run before
you can walk

Don't try to walk
before you can crawl

Don't upset the apple-
cart

Don't wash your dirty
linen in public

Doubt is the beginning
not the end of wisdom

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

East is east, and west
is west

East, west, home's
best

Easy come, easy go

Eat, drink and be
merry, for tomorrow
we die

Empty vessels make
the most noise

Enough is as good as
a feast

Enough is enough

Even a worm will turn

Every cloud has a
silver lining

Every dog has its day

Every little helps

Every man for himself,
and the

Devil take the
hindmost

Every man has his
price

Every picture tells a
story

Every stick has two
ends

Everyone wants to go
to heaven but nobody
wants to die

Everything comes to
him who waits
Failing to plan is
planning to fail

Faint heart never won
fair lady

Fair exchange is no
robbery

Faith will move
mountains

Familiarity breeds
contempt

Feed a cold and
starve a fever

Fight fire with fire

Fight the good fight

Finders keepers,
losers weepers

Fine words butter no
parsnips

First come, first
served

First impressions are
the most lasting

First things first

Fish always stink from
the head down

Fish and guests smell
after three days

Flattery will get you
nowhere

Fools rush in where
angels fear to tread

For everything there
is a season

For want of a nail the
shoe was lost; for
want of a shoe the
horse was lost; and
for want of a horse
the man was lost

Forewarned is
forearmed

Forgive and forget

Fortune favours the
brave

From the sublime to the ridiculous is the only way
Genius is an infinite
capacity for taking
pains

Genius is one percent
inspiration, ninety-
nine percent
perspiration

Give a man a fish and
you will feed him for a
day...

Give a dog a bad
name and hang him , give a man enough
rope and he will hang
himself

Give credit where
credit is due

Go the extra mile

God helps those who
help themselves

Good fences make
good neighbours

Good talk saves the
food

Good things come in
small packages

Good things come to
those who wait

Great minds think
alike

Half a loaf is better
than no bread

Handsome is as
handsome does Hard cases make bad
law

Hard work never did
anyone any harm

Haste makes waste

He that goes a-
borrowing, goes a-
sorrowing

He who can does, he
who cannot, teaches
He who fights and
runs away, may live to
fight another day

He who hesitates is
lost

He who laughs last
laughs longest

He who lives by the
sword shall die by the
sword

He who pays the piper
calls the tune

He who sups with the
Devil should have a
long spoon

Hindsight is always
twenty-twenty History repeats itself

Home is where the
heart is

Honesty is the best
policy

Hope springs eternal Horses for courses

If anything can go
wrong, it will

If a job is worth doing
it is worth doing well

If at first you don't
succeed try, try and
try again

If God had meant us
to fly he'd have given
us wings

If ifs and ands were
pots and pans there'd
be no work for tinkers

If it ain't broke, don't
fix it

If life deals you
lemons, make
lemonade

If the cap fits, wear it

If the mountain won't
come to Mohammed,
then Mohammed must
go to the mountain

If the shoe fits, wear it

If wishes were horses,
beggars would
If you build it they will
come

If you can't be good,
be careful

If you can't beat 'em,
join 'em

If you can't stand the
heat get out of the
kitchen

If you lie down with
dogs, you will get up
with fleas

If you pay peanuts,
you get monkeys

If you want a thing
done well, do it
yourself

Ignorance is bliss

Imitation is the
sincerest form of
flattery

In for a penny, in for a
pound

In the kingdom of the
blind the one eyed
man is king

In the midst of life we
are in death

Into every life a little
rain must fall

It ain't over till the fat
lady sings

It goes without saying

It is best to be on the
safe side

It is better to give than
to receive

It is easy to be wise
after the event

It never rains but it
pours

It takes a thief to
catch a thief

It takes all sorts to
make a world

It takes one to know
one

It takes two to tango

It's all grist to the mill It's an ill wind that
blows no one any
good

It's better to give than
to receive
Jack of all trades,
master of none

Judge not, that ye be
not judged

Keep your chin up

Keep your friends
close and your
enemies closer

Keep your powder dry

Laugh and the world
laughs with you, weep
and you weep alone

Laughter is the best
medicine

Least said, soonest
mended

Less is more

Let bygones be
bygones

Let not the sun go
down on your wrath

Let sleeping dogs lie

Let the buyer beware

Let the dead bury the
dead

Let the punishment fit
the crime

Let well alone

Life begins at forty

Life is just a bowl of
cherries

Life is what you make
it

Life's not all beer and
skittles

Lightning never
strikes twice in the
same place

Like father, like son

Little pitchers have big
ears

Little strokes fell great
oaks

Little things please
little minds

Live and learn
Live for today for
tomorrow never
comes

Look before you leap

Love of money is the
root of all evil

Love is blind

Love makes the world
go round

Love thy neighbour as
thyself

Love will find a way

Make hay while the
sun shines

Make love not war

Man does not live by
bread alone

Manners maketh man

Many a little makes a
mickle

Many a mickle makes
a muckle

Many a true word is
spoken in jest

Many are called but
few are chosen

Many hands make
light work

March comes in like a
lion, and goes out like
a lamb March winds and April
showers bring forth
May flowers

Marriages are made
in heaven

Marry in haste, repent
at leisure

Might is right

Mighty oaks from little
acorns grow

Misery loves company

Moderation in all
things
Monday's child is fair
of face,
Tuesday's child is full
of grace,
Wednesday's child is
full of woe, Thursday's child has
far to go,
Friday's child is loving
and giving,
Saturday's child
works hard for its living,
And a child that's born
on the Sabbath day
Is fair and wise and
good and gay.

Money does not grow on tree

Money is the root of
all evil

Money isn't
everything

Money makes the
world go round

Money talks

More haste, less
speed

Music has charms to
soothe the savage
breast

Nature abhors a
vacuum

Necessity is the
mother of invention

Needs must when the
devil drives

Ne'er cast a clout till
May be out

Never give a sucker
an even break

Never go to bed on an
argument

Never judge a book
by its cover

Never let the sun go
down on your anger

Never look a gift
horse in the mouth

Never put off until
tomorrow what you
can do today

Never speak ill of the
dead

Never tell tales out of
school

Nine tailors make a
man

No man can serve two
masters
No man is an island

No names, no pack-
drill

No news is good news

No one can make you
feel inferior without
your consent

No pain, no gain

No rest for the wicked

Nothing's new under
the sun

Nothing is certain but
death and taxes

Nothing succeeds like
success

Nothing ventured,
nothing gained

Oil and water don't
mix

Old soldiers never die,
they just fade away

Once a thief, always a
thief

Once bitten, twice shy

One good turn
deserves another

One half of the world
does not know how
the other half lives

One hand washes the
other

One man's meat is
another man's poison

One might as well be
hanged for a sheep
as a lamb

One law for the rich
and another for the
poor

One swallow does not
make a summer

One volunteer is
worth ten pressed
men

One year's seeding
makes seven years
weeding

Only fools and horses
work

Opportunity never
knocks twice at any
man's door

Opposites attract

Out of sight, out of
mind
Parsley seed goes
nine times to the Devil

Patience is a virtue

Pearls of wisdom

Penny wise and
pound foolish

People who live in
glass houses
shouldn't throw
stones

Physician, heal thyself

Possession is nine
points of the law

Power corrupts;
absolute power
corrupts absolutely

Practice makes
perfection

Practice what you
preach

Prevention is better
than cure

Pride goes before a
fall

Procrastination is the
thief of time

Put your best foot
forward

Rain before seven,
fine before eleven

Red sky at night
shepherd's delight;
red sky in the
morning, shepherd's
warning

Revenge is a dish
best served cold

Revenge is sweet

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Rome wasn't built in a
day
See a pin and pick it
up, all the day you'll
have good luck; see a
pin and let it lie, bad
luck you'll have all day

See no evil, hear no
evil, speak no evil

Seeing is believing

Seek and ye shall find

Set a thief to catch a
thief

Share and share alike

Shrouds have no
pockets

Silence is golden

Slow but sure

Softly, softly, catchee
monkey

Spare the rod and
spoil the child

Speak as you find

Speak softly and
carry a big stick

Sticks and stones
may break my bones,
but words will never
hurt me

Still waters run deep

Strike while the iron is
hot

Stupid is as stupid
does

Success has many
fathers, while failure is
an orphan

Take care of the
pence and the pounds
will take care of
themselves

Talk is cheap

Talk of the Devil, and
he is bound to appear

Tell the truth and
shame the Devil

That which does not
kill us makes us
stronger

The age of miracles is
past

The apple never falls
far from the tree

The best defence is a
good offence
The best is the enemy
of the good

The best-laid
schemes of mice and
men gang aft agley

The best things in life
are free

The bigger, the better

The bigger they are,
the harder they fall

The bottom line is the
bottom line

The boy is father to
the man

The bread always falls
buttered side down

The child is the father
of the man

The cobbler always
wears the worst
shoes

The course of true
love never did run
The customer is always right

The darkest hour is just before the dawn


The Devil finds work for idle hands to do


The Devil is in the details


The Devil looks after his own


The early bird catches the worm

The end justifies the means

The exception which proves the rule

The female of the species is more deadly than the male

The fruit does not fall far from the tree

The good die young

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

The husband is always the last to know

The labourer is worthy of his hire

The law is an ass

The leopard does not change his spots

The longest journey starts with a single step

The more the merrier
The more things change, the more they stay the same

The only good Indian is a dead Indian

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings

The pen is mightier than sword

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot

The squeaking wheel gets the grease

The truth will out

The wages of sin is death

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream

There are none so blind as those, that will not see

There are two sides to every question

There but for the grace of God, go I

There's a time and a place for everything

There's an exception to every rule

There's always more fish in the sea

There's honour among thieves

There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle

There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip

There's more than one way to skin a cat

There's no accounting for tastes

There's no fool like an old fool

There's no place like home

There's no smoke without fire

There's no such thing as a free lunch

There's no such thing as bad publicity

There's no time like the present

There's none so blind as those who will not see

There's none so deaf as those who will not hear

There's nowt so queer as folk

There's one born every minute

There's safety in numbers

They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind
Third time lucky

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas

Thou shalt not kill

Time and tide wait for no man

Time flies

Time is a great healer

Time is money

Time will tell

'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all

To err is human; to forgive divine

To every thing there is a season

To the victor go the spoils

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

Tomorrow is another day

Tomorrow never comes

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Truth is stranger than fiction

Truth will out

Two blacks don't make a white

Two heads are better than one

Two is company, but three's a crowd

Two wrongs don't make a right

Variety is the spice of life

Virtue is its own reward

Walls have ears

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs

Waste not want not

What can't be cured must be endured

What goes up must come down

What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

When the cat's away the mice will play

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over

Where there's a will there's a way

Where there's muck there's brass

While there's life there's hope

Whom the Gods love die young

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Women and children first

Wonders will never cease

Work expands so as to fill the time available

Worrying never did anyone any good

You are never too old to learn

You are what you eat

You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family

You can have too much of a good thing

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

You can't have your cake and eat it

You can't get blood out of a stone

You can't get blood out of a turnip

You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

You can't make bricks without straw

You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

You can't take it with you [when you die]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

You can't judge a book by its cover

You can't win them all

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

You pays your money and you takes your choice

You reap what you sow

You win some, you lose some

Youth is wasted on the young

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