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Common Sayings & Proverbs

The following is a compilation of common wisdom passed down throughout the ages. Currently the database has over 2,300 entries, with new items being added daily. If you would like to see a proverb added, please contact us.

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"Bad news travels fast."

"Barking dogs seldom bite."

"Be a good sport - wherever you go."

"Be first at the feast, and last at the fight."

"Be just before you are generous."

"Be kind to people on the way up, you may need them when you are on your way down."

"Be kind to those that meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall."

"Be there with the day and be gone with the day."

"Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes."

"Beauty and honesty seldom agree."

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

"Beauty is only a light switch away."

"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone."

"Beauty is only skin deep."

"Beauty is only skin-deep."

"Beauty without grace is like a hook without bait."

"Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume."

"Because the caterpillar exists, there also exists a bird to eat it."

"Beef to the heels like a Mullingar heifer"

"Beer before wine is fine. Wine before beer makes you feel queer!"

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

"Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails."

"Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes"

"Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water; after enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water."

"Beggars and borrowers cannot be choosers."

"Beggars can't be choosers."

"Behind every great man there's a great woman."

"Being a grandfather doesn't bother me, but sleeping with a grandma certainly does."

"Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see."

"Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear."

"Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife."

"Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred."

"Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse."

"Better an idle house than a bad tenant."

"Better an open enemy, than a false friend."

"Better April showers than the breadth of the ocean in gold."

"Better bend than break."

"Better die with honor than live with shame."

"Better do it than wish it done."

"Better for a man to have even a dog welcome him than a dog bark at him"

"Better give a penny then lend twenty."

"Better is the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame."

"Better late than never."

"Better no doctor at all than three."

"Better one house spoiled than two."

"Better own a trifle than want a great deal."

"Better safe than sorry."

"Better sit beside him than in his place."

"Better the certainty of the straddle (packsaddle) than the mere loan of a saddle."

"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."

"Better to aim high and miss, than to aim low and reach target!"

"Better to be alone than in bad company."

"Better to be envied than pitied."

"Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud."

"Better to be safe than sorry."

"Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it"

"Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

"Better to have loved and lost, than never have loved at all."

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

"Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife."

"Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly."

"Better to remain silent and appear a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

"Better untaught than ill taught."

"Better wed over the mixen than over the moor."

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts"

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves"

"Big bellies were never generous. "

"Big men are not the only kind that can reap a harvest."

"Birds of a feather flock together."

"Bitter pills may have blessed effects"

"Bitter pills may have blessed effects."

"Blessings Are Not Valued Until They Are Gone."

"Blood is thicker than water."

"Bloom where you are planted"

"Blue are the hills that are far away."

"Books and friends should be few and good."

"Borrowed Garments Never Fit Well."

"Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die."

"Boys will be boys"

"Boys will be boys."

"Brain is better than brawn"

"Bread is the staff of life."

"Bread is the stuff of life"

"Building relationships is like fermenting wine; you may crush the grapes with ample efforts and give them enough warmth at the inception, yet the wine will age at its own leisurely pace"

"Bulls make money and bears make money, but hogs just get slaughtered."

"Business before pleasure."

"Business is business."

"Buy the best and you only cry once"

"By degrees the castles are built."

Total Proverbs: 90

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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