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Proverbs / Wise Sayings

by Professor Muhammad Shafiq Malik
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Proverbs or wise sayings are defined as statements stating a general truth. These are concrete and traditional sayings that express perceived truth. Some commonly used proverbs are given below:

Commonly used Proverbs / Wise Sayings

  • An idle brain is a devil’s work shop.
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  • A mountain in labor and a mouse in the result.
  • All that glitters is not gold.
  • A blind man is no judge of colors.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • A burnt child dreads the fire.
  • A golden key opens all the locks.
  • As many mouths,so many opinions.
  • A blind man’s wife needs no paint.
  • As long as there is life,there is hope.
  • As you sow,so shall you reap.
  • A lie has no legs to stand upon.
  • A guilty mind is always suspicious.
  • A drowning man catches at a straw.
  • A cheap buyer takes bad meat.
  • An uninvited guest is not welcomed
  • A bad work man quarrels with his tools.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Beauty needs no paint.
  • Blind from the eyes and called Mr.Bright.
  • Better alone than in bad company.
  • Barking dogs seldom bite.
  • Beauty is no inheritance.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Between two stools you fall to the ground.
  • Beauty is short lived.
  • Cut your coat according to your cloth.
  • Charity begins at home.
  • Do at Rome as The Romans do.
  • Do good; have good.
  • Death keeps no calendar.
  • Death with friends is a festival.
  • Distant drums sound sweet.
  • Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Every dog has his day.
  • Evil pursuits bring evil repute.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • Easy come easy go.
  • Every thing looks pale to the jaundiced eye.
  • Every man doeth his business best.
  • Empty vessels make much noise.
  • Every potter praises his own pot.
  • Every cock fights best in his own dung hill.
  • For a born fool there is no school.
  • Face is the index of mind.
  • First deserve then desire.
  • Fair is not fair but that which pleasant.
  • Forbidden fruits are sweet.
  • Gone is the goose that laid golden eggs.
  • Greed is a curse.Great boast little roast.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • Grapes are sour.
  • Hope sustains the world.
  • Haste makes waste.
  • He who digs a pit for others himself falls into it.
  • Hunger is the best sauce.
  • Health is wealth.
  • Handsome is that hand does.
  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • Hours of pleasure are short.
  • It is no use crying over spilt milk.
  • It takes two to make a quarrel.
  • It is hard to live in Rome and fight with the pope.
  • If wishes were horses,beggars would not die.
  • If you play with a fool at home,he will play with you in the market.
  • It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait.
  • It is hard winter when dogs eat dogs.
  • Jack of all trades but master of none.
  • Kindness never goes unrewarded.
  • Let not the left hand know,what the right hand gives.
  • Love and a red rose can not be hidden.
  • Little drops make an ocean.
  • Let the sleeping dogs lie.
  • Let us see which way the wind blows.
  • lost reputation seldom regained.
  • Let it gone be by gone.
  • Life is not a bed of roses.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Light reflects life.
  • Money makes the mare go.
  • Might is right.
  • Man proposes God disposes.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Money is money and interest besides.
  • Money attracts money.
  • Mind your own business.
  • Nip the evil in the bud.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • New lords new laws.
  • Nearer the church farther from
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • No pains no gains.
  • Practice makes a man perfect.
  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • Penny wise pound foolish.
  • Pride hath a fall.
  • Positive men are often in error.
  • Rod is the logic of the fool.
  • Rome was not built in a day.
  • Riches have wings.
  • Some thing is better than nothing.
  • Some thing is wrong in the bottom.
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Self evident needs no proof.
  • Speech is silver but silence is gold.
  • Silent water runs deep.
  • Singing all the days in the week and going to church on Sunday.
  • Out of sight,out of mind.
  • One vacancy hundred candidates.
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire.
  • Old birds are not caught with chaff.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • The voice of the people is the voice of God.
  • Time and tide waits for none.
  • The innocent get punished with the guilty.
  • Two of the trade seldom agree.
  • Too much familiarity breeds contempt.
  • Truth is bitter.
  • Truth is ever green.
  • Take what comes your way,pursue not what goes the other way.
  • Tit for tat.
  • To err is human;to forgive divine.
  • Union is strength.
  • Virtue is its own reward.
  • Would have the fruit not a basket.
  • Where there is a will there is a way
  • Wolves may lose their teeth but not their nature.
  • Who will bell the cat?
  • When the old cock crows,the young cock follows.
  • What can not be cured must be endured.
  • When the sky falls we shall catch larks.
  • Walls have ears.
  • Youth is a blunder.
  • Do not cast pearls before swine.

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