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A word to the wise is sufficient.........

 

The Proverbs of Time

 

N-Z

 

 

N

Nearest is dearest

Necessity has no law

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Neither wise men nor fools can work without tools

Never a rose without thorns.

Never cross a bridge until you have come to it

Never damn the bridge that you have crossed

Never do things by halves

Never hit a man when he is down

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.

Never say die! Up man, and try.

Never to old to learn, never too later to turn

Never trouble trouble till trouble trouble you

New brooms sweep clean

No gains without pains.

No man without enemies

No news is good news

No-one knows where the shoe pinches but he who wears it.

None so blind as those who will not see

None so deaf as those who will not hear

Nothing succeeds like success

 

 

  O

Oaks fall when reeds stand.

Of two evils choose the less

Old age is a heavy burden

Old birds are not caught with chaff

Old wounds soon bleed

On a long journey every straw is heavy

One can live on little, but not on nothing.

One cannot die twice

One fool makes many

One good turn deserves another

One may lead a horse to water, but twenty cannot make him drink.

One manís meat  is another manís poison

One may sooner fall than rise

One swallow does not make it summer

One today is worth two tomorrows

Other fish to fry

Out of sight, out of mind

Out of the frying pan into the fire

 

 P 

Penny wise, pound foolish

Pigs grow fat where lambs would starve

Plaster thick so some will stick

Practices makes perfect

Praise makes good men better and bad men worst

Presents keep friendships warm.

Prevention is better than cure

Pride and poverty are ill, yet often dwell together.

Procrastination is a thief of time

Punctuality is the soul of business.

Punctuality is the politeness of princes

Put not your trust in money; put your money in trust

 

R 

Rats desert a sinking ship

Reckless youth makes rueful age

Rome was not built in a day

Rumour is a great traveler

 

S 

Saying is one thing, doing is another

Scratch my back and I will scratch yours

Second thoughts are the best

Seeing is believing

Set a thief to catch a thief

Set not your loaf in till the oven is hot

Show me a liar and I can show a thief

Silence gives consent

Sink or swim

Six of one and half a dozen of the other

Skill is stronger than strength

Slow and steady wins the race

Slow and sure

Small beginnings make great endings

Soft words break no bones

Soft words win hard hearts

Some men are wise and some are otherwise

Sometime the best gain is to lose

Soon hot, soon cold

Sooner said than done

Spare the rod spoil the child

Speak the little but speak the truth

Speak well of your friends and of your enemies nothing

Speaking without thinking is shooting with out aim

Speech is silver, silence is golden

Spilt salt is never all gathered

Still water run deep

Strike while the iron is hot

Study the past if you would divine the future

Suspicion is the bane of friendship

Sympathy without relief is like mustard without beef

 

 T

Talk of the devil and heíll appear

That which I evil is soon learnt

That which proves too much proves nothing

The best of friends must part

The cat is fain of fish to eat, but hath no will to wet her feet

The cheapest comes the dearest in the end

The child is father of the man

The darkest hour is nearest the dawn

The devil lurk behind the cross

The early bird catches the worm

The end justifies the means

The exception proves the rule

The fountain is clearest at the source

The goat must browse where she is tied

The heart seeks further than the head

The last straw breaks the camelís back

The less people think, the more they will talk

The love of a woman and a bottle of wine, are sweet for a season but last for a time

The masterís eye fatten the horse

The morning sun never last the day.

The nearer the church the further from God

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

The receiver is as bad as the thief

The stone that lieth not in your way need not offend you

The strength of a chain is its weakest link

The unexpected always happen

The wise make jests and the fool repeats them

The wish is father to the thought

The world is a staircase; some are going up, some are coming down.

There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers

There are more ways to kill a dog than by hanging him.

There could be no great ones if there were no little

There is a ďButĒ in everything

There is no true love without jealousy

There is no venom like that of the tongue

There is a salve for every sore

Thereís safety in numbers

They who only seek for faults find nothing else.

Those who do nothing generally take to shouting

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

Those that make the best use of there time have none to spare

Time and tide wait for no man

Time cures more than the doctor

Time flies

Time is money

Tit for tat is fair play

To be born with a silver spoon in the mouth

To err is human; to forgive is divine

To forget a wrong is the best revenge

To kill two birds with one stone

To know the disease is half the cure

To look for a needle in a haystack

To make one hole to stop another

To make two bites at one cherry

To put the cart before the horse

To scare a bird is not the best way to catch it

To stir up a hornets nest

Too many cooks spoil the brooth

Too much of one thing is good for nothing

Train a tree while it is young

True love never grows old

True love never runs smoothly

Trust but not too much

Turn over a new leaf

Two eyes see more than one

Two heads at better than one

Two is company, three is a crowd

Two wrongs donít make it right

Throw a sprat to catch a whale

 

 U

Undertake no more than you can perform

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Union is strength

 

 V

Vice is it own punishment, virtue its own reward

 

 W

Walls have ears

Wash your dirty linen at home

Waste makes want

Waste not, want not

We are such stuff as dreams are made on

We can live without friends, but not without neighbors

Wedlock is like a place besieged; those within wish to get out, those

without wish to get in

Well began is half done

What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody

What canít be cured must with patience be endured

What cost nothing is worth nothing

Whatís done cant be undone

What is learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb

What is oneís man meat is another manís poison

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

What is worth doing at all is worth doing well

What man has done man can do

What the eyes does not admire the heart does not desire

What the eyes donít see the heart does not grieve for

What the heart thinketh the tongue speaketh

When a man is going down the hill everyone will give him a push.

When in Rome do as Romans do

When poverty comes in the door love flies out the window

When the cat is away the mice will play

When two friends have a common purse, one sings and the other weeps

When wits meet sparks fly out

Where ignorance is bliss, Ďtis folly to be wise

Where there is nothing to lose there is nothing to fear

Where there is smoke there is fire

Where thereís a will thereís a way

Where there is life there is hope

While the grass grows the horse starves

Who chatters to you will chatter of you

Who judges other condemns himself

Who knows most says least

Who spends more than he should, shall not have to spend when he would

Who will not hear must be made to feel

Wine and wenches empty menís purses

Words are wind, bit blows are unkind

 

 

Y

You cannot eat your cake and have it

You cannot get blood out of a stone

You cannot see the wood for the trees

You cannot shoe a running horse

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks

You will never know till you have tried

Young men think old men fools; old men know you men to be so

Youth and age will never agree

Youth lives on hope, age on remembrance

 

Z

Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse

 

 

 

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