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"A baby is an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other."

"A bad cause requires many words."

"A bad custom is like a good cake, better broken than kept."

"A bad excuse is better than none."

"A bad penny always turns up."

"A bad workman always blames his tools."

"A bad workman blames his tools."

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain."

"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 barking dog never bites."

"A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison."

"A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow."

"A best friend is like a four leaf clover, Hard to find and lucky to have."

"A bird can sing with a broken wing, but you cant pluck feathers off a frog."

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

"A black plum is as sweet as a white."

"A book holds a house of gold."

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."

"A boys best friend is his mother and there's no spancel stronger than her apron string."

"A broken hand works, but not a broken heart."

"A broken heart is hard to mend."

"A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe."

"A burnt child dreads fire."

"A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it."

"A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor."

"A camel is a horse designed by a committee."

"A camel is a horse designed by committee."

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

"A cat cannot be a lion wearing stripes."

"A cat has nine lives."

"A cat may look at a king."

"A cat may look at a queen."

"A celebrity is someone who works hard all his life to become known and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."

"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link."

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

"A chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of another."

"A change is as good as a holiday."

"A change is as good as a rest."

"A child is a person who can dismantle in 5 minutes the toy it took you 5 hours to put together."

"A clear conscience is a soft pillow."

"A close friend can become a close enemy."

"A closed mouth catches no flies."

"A closed mouth--a wise head"

"A cold bitter Christmas, a fat churchyard."

"A constant guest is never welcome."

"A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. "

"A courtyard common to all will be swept by none. "

"A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant tastes of death but once."

"A creaking door hangs longest."

"A crowd is not company."

"A danger foreseen is half avoided."

"A day late and a dollar short."

"A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy."

"A Deaf Husband and a Blind Wife are Always a Happy Couple."

"A dimple on the chin, the devil within. "

"A dishonest woman can't be kept in and an honest woman won't."

"A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master. "

"A dog who attends a flea circus most likely will steal the whole show."

"A drink precedes a story. "

"A drop of ink may make a million think."

"A drowning man is not troubled by rain."

"A drowning man will clutch at straws."

"A fair exchange is no robbery."

"A faithful friend is a medicine for life."

"A few fleas are good for the dog."

"A fly will not get into a closed mouth."

"A fool and his money are easily parted. "

"A fool and his money are no sooner parted."

"A fool and his money are soon parted."

"A fool at forty is a fool indeed."

"A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions."

"A fool gives; a wise man takes."

"A Fool May Give a Wise Man Counsel."

"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. "

"A fool will laugh when he is drowning."

"A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends."

"A foolish woman knows a foolish man's faults"

"A forest is in an acorn. "

"A fox smells its own lair first. Or A fox smells its own stink first."

"A friend advises in his interest, not yours."

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."

"A friend is not so soon gotten as lost."

"A friend to all is a friend to none."

"A friend's eye is a good mirror. "

"A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread."

"A gentleman without an estate is a pudding without suet."

"A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath."

"A golden key opens all doors."

"A golden ring can tie a man as tight as any chain."

"A good beginning is half the work."

"A good beginning makes a good ending."

"A good conscience is the best divinity."

"A good denial, the best point in law."

"A Good Example is the Best Sermon."

"A good husband is healthy and absent. "

"A good lawyer must be a great liar."

"A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all."

"A good man is hard to find."

"A good mate is the road map for the spaghetti junction of life."

"A good name is better than a good face."

"A good name is better than riches."

"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold."

"A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand."

"A Good Tongue is a Good Weapon."

"A good tree brings forth good fruit."

"A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret."

"A gossips mouth is the devils postbag."

"A great dowry is a bed full of brambles."

"A great talker is a great liar."

"A greyhound finds food in its feet."

"A Growing Youth Has a Wolf in His Belly."

"A guest should be blind in another man's house."

"A guilty conscience needs no accuser."

"A hairy man is a happy man, a hairy wife is a witch."

"A half truth is a whole lie."

"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains."

"A handstaff of holly, a buailtin of hazel,a single sheaf and a clean floor."

"A happy heart is better than a full purse ."

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."

"A hard beginning maketh a good ending. "

"A healthy man is a successful man. "

"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones."

"A heavy purse gives to a light heart."

"A heavy purse makes a light heart."

"A hedge between keeps friendship green. "

"A hedge between keeps friendship green."

"A helping hand is no farther than at the end of your sleeve."

"A hen is heavy when carried far. "

"A horse of good breed is not dishonored by his saddle."

"A horse that will not carry a saddle must have no oats."

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

"A house divided cannot stand."

"A house is not a home."

"A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel. "

"A huge part of real love is constant forgiveness."

"A hungry man is an angry man."

"A hut is a palace to a poor man."

"A job worth doing is a job worth doing well."

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

"A Kerry shower is of twenty-four hours."

"A king's son is not nobler than his food."

"A kingdom is lost for want of a shoe."

"A known mistake is better than an unknown truth."

"A lean agreement is better than a fat judgment."

"A leopard can't change his spots."

"A leopard cannot change its spots."

"A lie well stuck to is as good as the truth."

"A list full of gain and a village full of shame."

"A little dog can start a hare, but it takes a big one to catch it."

"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

"A little of anything isn't worth a pin; but a wee bit of sense is worth a lot"

"A little of what you fancy does you good."

"A little pleases a poor man"

"A little too late is much too late. "

"A live dog is better than a dead lion."

"A loaded wagon makes no noise."

"A lock is better than suspicion. "

"A loud voice can make even the truth sound foolish."

"A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end - and in the meantime it is good to drink a sip of vodka."

"A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man."

"A man in love is a fool, and an old man in love is the greatest fool of all."

"A man is at his tallest when he stoops to help a child."

"A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words."

"A man is judged by the company he keeps."

"A man is known by the company he keeps."

"A man is no more encumbered by his soul than the steed by his bridle or the lake by the swan."

"A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal. "

"A man is shy in another man's corner."

"A man may be his own ruin."

"A man of one cow-a man of no cow."

"A Man of Words and Not of Deeds is Like a Garden Full of Weeds."

"A man that breaks his word bids other be false to him."

"A man walks, God places the feet."

"A man who holds good cards would never say if they were dealt wrong."

"A man who runs through airport swing-doors is going to Bangkok."

"A man with a loud laugh makes truth itself seem folly, Truth is great and will win out"

"A man's home is his own castle."

"A meeting in sunlight is lucky, and a burying in the rain."

"A miss by an inch is a miss by a mile."

"A miss is as good as a mile."

"A miss is as good as a mr."

"A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring."

"A monkey in silk is a monkey no less."

"A mouth that praises and a hand that kills."

"A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig."

"A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners."

"A new broom sweeps clean."

"A night with Venus and a life with mercury."

"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind donkey."

"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse."

"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind man."

"A paragraph should be like a lady's skirt: long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep it interesting."

"A Pasoly in the eye is worth several in the shins."

"A penny always turns up."

"A penny saved is a penny earned."

"A person who can smile when things go wrong has found someone to blame."

"A picture paints a thousand words."

"A picture's worth a thousand words."

"A place for everything and everything in its place."

"A poem ought to be well made at first, for there is many a one to spoil it afterwards."

"A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands. "

"A positive pessimist is better than a negative optimist."

"A postponement till morning A postponement for ever."

"A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison."

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

"A problem shared is a problem halved."

"A promise is a debt"

"A prophet is not recognized in his own land."

"A proverb is a true word."

"A proverb never lies, it is only its meaning which deceives."

"A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener. "

"A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener."

"A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day."

"A reed before the wind lives on, while might oaks do fall."

"A ring on a good woman's finger is no good without a blouse on her back."

"A rolling stone gathers no moss."

"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet."

"A rotten apple spoils the barrel."

"A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops."

"A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths. "

"A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths."

"A scalded cat fears cold water."

"A scholars ink lasts longer than a martyrs blood"

"A secret is a weapon and a friend."

"A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing."

"A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life."

"A shamefaced man seldom acquires wealth."

"A short absence quickens love, a long absence kills it."

"A short visit is best and that not too often."

"A shrew gets her wish but suffers in the getting."

"A silent mouth is musical."

"A silent mouth is sweet to hear."

"A silent mouth never did any harm."

"A slap on the back is only a few inches away from a kick in the butt."

"A slip of the tongue is no fault of the mind and he who laughs is very unkind."

"A sly rabbit will have three openings to its den."

"A sly rogue is often in good dress."

"A Small Spark Makes a Great Fire."

"A Smith and Wesson or a Colt always beat four aces."

"A smokey cabin, a handful of spuds and a flea-filled bed"

"A soft answer turneth away wrath."

"A soft dropping April brings milk to cows and sheep."

"A son is a son 'till he gets him a wife; a daughter's a daughter all her life."

"A son is a son till he gets him a wife, but a daughter's a daughter the rest of your life."

"A spender gets the property of the hoarder"

"A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom."

"A sprat to catch a mackerel."

"A spy with flatulence will always blow his cover."

"A squirrel is just a rat with good PR."

"A stitch in time saves nine."

"A story without an author is not worth listening to."

"A stumble may prevent a fall."

"A tidy house holds a bored woman."

"A tiger can't change his stripes."

"A trouble shared is a trouble halved."

"A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea."

"A turkey never voted for an early Christmas."

"A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men."

"A watched kettle never boils."

"A watched pot never boils."

"A wedge from itself splits the oak tree."

"A welcome is a debtor's face"

"A whistling girl and a crowing hen never came to a good end."

"A whistling woman and a crowing hen will bring no luck to the house they are in."

"A whistling women and a crowing hen are neither fit for God or men."

"A wife's advice is not worth much, but woe to the husband who refuses to take it."

"A wild goose never reared a tame gosling."

"A windy day is the wrong one for thatching."

"A wise head keeps a shut mouth"

"A wise head keeps a still tongue."

"A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog traveling with good men becomes a rational being."

"A wise son brings joy to his father,but a foolish son grief to his mother."

"A woman can beat the devil."

"A woman is like a cup of tea; you'll never know how strong she is until she boils."

"A woman like a goat, a woman of rushing visits"

"A woman like a goose, a sharp pecking woman"

"A woman like a lamb, a quiet friendly woman"

"A woman like a pig, a sleepy-headed woman"

"A woman like a sheep, an affable friendly woman"

"A woman like a sickle, a strong stubborn woman"

"A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle."

"A woman without is she who has neither pipe nor child"

"A woman's place is in the home."

"A woman's work is never done."

"A wonder lasts but nine days."

"A word spoken is past recalling."

"A worry shared is a worry halved."

"A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught."

"Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

"About evening a man is known."

"Absence is to love as wind is to fire, it extinguishes the small and kindles the great."

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

"Abundance, like want, ruins many."

"Accidents happen."

"Accidents will happen in the best regulated families."

"Act today, tomorrow is too late."

"Action is the proper fruit of knowledge."

"Actions speak louder than words."

"Admiration is the daughter of ignorance."

"Adversity and loss make a man wise."

"Adversity comes with instruction in his hand."

"Adversity doesnt build character, it reveals it."

"Adversity is the touchstone of virtue."

"Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows."

"Advice most needed is least heeded."

"After a famine in the stall comes a famine in the hall."

"After all is said and done, more is said than done."

"After dark all cats are leopards."

"After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile."

"After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile."

"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."

"After the gathering comes the scattering"

"After the storm comes the calm."

"Age before beauty."

"Age has no friend but the wrinkles of the mind."

"Age is a very high price to pay for maturity."

"Agree, For The Law is Costly."

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."

"All are not cooks that walk with long knives."

"All beginning is difficult The first million is the hardest."

"All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet."

"All chili is hot; all women, jealous."

"All clouds bring not rain."

"All flowers are not in one garden."

"All for one and one for all."

"All frills and no knickers."

"All good things come to he who waits."

"All good things must come to an end."

"All happy endings are beginnings as well."

"All hat and no cattle."

"All in good time."

"All is for the best in the best of the possible worlds."

"All lay loads on a willing horse!"

"All roads lead to Rome."

"All sins cast long shadows."

"All sizzle and no steak."

"All sunshine makes a desert."

"All that glisters is not gold."

"All that glitters is not gold."

"All the world is your country, to do good is your religion."

"All the world loves a lover."

"All things are possible with God."

"All things come to those who wait."

"All things must come to an end."

"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 fish that comes in the net."

"All's well that ends well."

"Although the Sun May Shine, Leave Not Thy Cloak at Home."

"Always care about your flowers and your friends. Otherwise they'll fade, and soon your house will be empty."

"Always look at the bright side of life."

"Always the bridesmaid,never the bride."

"An ant may well destroy a whole dam."

"An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay."

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

"An enemy is better than a false friend."

"An English Summer, Three Hot Days and a Thunderstorm."

"An excuse is nearer to a woman than her apron"

"An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

"An eye is blind in another man's corner."

"An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

"An old broom knows the dirty corners best."

"An old dog will learn no tricks."

"An old fox is not easily snared."

"An old Ox makes a straight furrow."

"An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit."

"An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept."

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

"An ugly win looks better than a pretty loss."

"And my heart bleeds peanut butter..."

"Angry Men Make Themselves a Bed of Nettles."

"Another day, another dollar."

"Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain and most fools do."

"Any man can lose his hat in a fairy- wind."

"Any man who owns a cow can always find a woman to milk her."

"Any old stocking can find an old shoe."

"Any time means no time."

"Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it."

"Anyone who thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, is aiming ten inches too high."

"Appearances can be deceiving."

"April is the cruelest month."

"April showers bring May flowers."

"Arrogance diminishes wisdom."

"Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill."

"Art has no enemy but ignorance."

"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."

"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."

"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."

"As honest as a cat when the meat is out of reach."

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

"As is the gardener, so is the garden."

"As mad as a March hare."

"As proud as a peacock."

"As soon as man is born he begins to die."

"As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy."

"As the old cock crows the young cock learns."

"As useful as a chocolate fireguard."

"As we live, so we learn."

"As wrinkled as an elephant's hide."

"As you make your bed, so must you lie in it."

"As you sow, so shall you reap."

"Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer."

"Ask no questions and hear no lies."

"Ask the experienced rather than the learned."

"Ask thy purse what thou should'st buy."

"At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."

"At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend."

"Attack is the best form of defense."

"Aught for naught, and a penny change."

"Autumn days come quickly like the running of a hound on the moor."

Total Proverbs: 416

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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