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Sufficient is a word to the wise.......


The Proverbs of Time




A bad beginning makes a good ending.

A bad excuse is better than none at all.

A bad husband cannot be a good man.

A beggar can never be bankrupt.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

A burnt child dreads fire.

A cheerful wife is the joy of life.

A drowning man will catch at a straw.

A drunkardís purse is a bottle.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A fool may give a wise man counsel.

A fool may make money, but it takes a wise man to spend it.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend is easier lost than found.

A friendís frown is better than a foolís smile.

A good dog deserves a good bone.

A good horse seldom needs the spur.

A good husband makes a good wife.

A good name is better than riches.

A good name is sooner lost than won

A great talker is a great liar.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

A hungry man is an angry man.

A man in debt is caught in a net.

A man is as old as he feels.

A manís house is his castle.

A penny for your thoughts.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

A pound of care wonít pay an ounce of debt.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A rose between two thorns

A short cut is often a wrong cut.

A thing began is half done.

A wise man changes his mind sometime, a fool never.

A word to the wise is enough.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Action speaks louder than words.

Advice when most needed is least heeded.

After the storm comes the calm

All that glisters is not gold.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

Allís fair in love and war.

Allís well that ends well.

Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An empty bag will not stand upright.

An idle brain is the devilís workshop.

An old bird is not to be caught with chaff.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

An ounce of a prevention is worth a pound if cure.

Any port in a storm.

Appetite comes with eating.

As a man lives so shall he die.

As you make your bed so you must lie on it.

As you sow, so you shall reap.

Ask much to get little.

Avoid evil and it will avoid thee.




Barking dogs seldom bite.

Be just before you are generous.

Be not the first to quarrel, nor the last to make it up.

Be sure before you marry, of a house wherein to tarry.

Beggars must not be choosers.

Better to be alone than in ill company.

Better late than never.

Better be happy than wise.

Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Blood is thicker than water.

Books and friends should be few and good.

Boys will be boys.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Bullies are generally cowards.

By othersí faults wise men correct their own.

By timely mending save much spending.



Call a spade a spade.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Catch the bear before you smell his skin.

Charity begins at home but should not end there.

Cheapest is dearest.

Children are what you make them.

Christmas comes bout once a year.
Comparison are odious

Courtesy cost nothing.

Curses are like chicken, they come home to roost.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.




Dead men tell no tales.

Delays are dangerous.

Diligence is a good teacher.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

Distance lends enchantment to the view.

Do as I say, not as I do

Do not cut off your nose to spite your face.

Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

Do not count your chickens before they hatched.

Do not spur a willing horse.




Early to bed and early to rise,

          Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Eat to live, but do not live to eat.

Employment brings enjoyment.

Empty vessels makes the most noise.

Enough is better than too much.

Every ass loves to hear himself bray.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Every dog has his day.

Every little helps.

Every man has a price.

Every man for himself and God for us all.

Every man must carry his own cross.

Every man has a weakness.

Every why has a wherefore.

Everyone can find a fault, few can do better.

Everyone knows best where the shoe pinches.

Everyone thinks his own burden is the heaviest

Everyone thinks he is the best able to advise others.

Everything comes to those who wait.

Example is better than precept.

Exchange is no robbery.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Extremes are dangerous





Facts are stubborn things

Failure teaches success

Faint heart never won a fair lady.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Fancy kills and fancy cures.

Fine feathers makes fine birds.

Fingers where made before forks.

Fire is a good servant but a bad master.

First come first served.

Flattery brings friends, truth enemies.

Flies are easier caught with honey than with vinegar.

Follow the river and you will find the sea.

Fools build house wise men buy them.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Fortune favours the brave.

Fortune favours fools.




Give a fool rope enough and he will hang himself.

Give and spend and God will send.

Give everyone his due.

God helps those who help themselves.

God never shuts one door but he opens another.

Good beginnings make good endings.

Good to begin well, better to end well.

Good wine need no bush.

Grasp all, lose all.

Gratitude is the least of all virtues, ingratitude the worst of vices.

Great haste makes great waste.

Great minds think alike.

Great profit, great risks.

Great talkers are little doers.




Habit is second nature.

Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Hasty climbers have sudden fails.

He knows most who speak least.

He knows which way the wind blows

He laughs best laughs last.

He runs with the hounds and hunts with the hare.

He that by the plough would thrive,  Himself must either hold or drive.

He that comes first to the hill,  may sit where he likes.

He that knows little soon repents it.

He that know nothing, doubt nothing.

He that love glass without G, take away L, and that is he

He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut.

He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.

He who ceases too pray ceases to prosper.

He who likes borrowing dislikes paying.

Heís no man who cannot say ďNOĒ

His bark is worse than his bite.

His heart in his boots.

Honest men marry soon, wise men not at all.

Honesty is the best policy.

Hope is the last thing that we lose.





If a man deceive me once, shame on him; if twice, shame on me.

If the cap fits, wear it.

If the mountain will not go to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.

If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.

If you canít make a man think as you do, make him do as you think.

If you wish for peace, prepare for war.

It is a good horse that never stumbles, and a good wife that never grumbles.

It is always time to do good.

It is easier to get money than to keep it.

It is easier to pull down than to build up.

It is easy to be wise after the event.

It is no use crying over spilt milk.

It never rains but it pours.

I takes two to quarrel




Jack of all trades master of none.





Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Kind words worth much and cost little.

Kindle not a fire you cant put out.

Knowledge is power.




Lazy people take the most pains.

Learning makes the wise wiser, but the fool more foolish.

Lend only what you cant afford to lose.

Let bygones be bygones.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Liars should have good memories.

Life is never one sweet song.

Like father, like son. Like mother, like daughter.

Little boats must keep the shore, Larger boats may venture more.

Live and let live.

Live not to eat, but eat to live.

Loans and debts make worries and frets

Look before you leap





Make every bargain clear and plain, that none may afterwards complain

Make short the mile, with talk and smiles.

Manners maketh the man

Many find fault without an end, and yet do nothing at all to mend.

Many hands make light work.

Many straws may bind an elephant.

Men are as old as they feel, women as old as they look.

Men take houses, women take homes.

Much cry, little wool.  (Great cry, little wool)





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