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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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"Daddies know best."

"Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

"Danger can never be overcome without taking risks."

"Dead men have no friends."

"Dead men tell no lies."

"Dead men tell no tales."

"Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own."

"Death always comes too early or too late."

"Death is the great leveler."

"Death is the great leveller."

"Death pays all debts."

"Denial ain't a river in Egypt!"

"Desperate Diseases Call for Desperate Remedies."

"Desperate times call for desperate measures."

"Diamonds cut diamonds."

"Different strokes for different folk."

"Different strokes for different folks."

"Diligence is the mother of good fortune."

"Dirt washes off easier than blood."

"Discord is less painful than loneliness."

"Discretion is the better part of valor."

"Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow."

"Distance lends enchantment to the view."

"Distance makes the heart grow fonder."

"Divide and conquer."

"Divide and rule."

"Do as I say, and not as I do."

"Do as you would be done by."

"Do it as if there was fire in your skin."

"Do not be talkative in an alehouse."

"Do not buy either the moon or the news, for in the end they will both come out."

"Do not keep your tongue under your belt."

"Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped."

"Do not mistake a goats beard for a fine stallions tail"

"Do not praise yourself while going into battle; praise yourself coming out of battle."

"Do not search for a calf under an ox."

"Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions."

"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from a friends forehead."

"Do not wear out your welcome."

"Do right and fear no man."

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

"Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you."

"Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you."

"Doctors make the worst patients."

"Don't allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship."

"Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."

"Don't be ever in court or a castle without a woman to make your excuse."

"Don't bid the devil good day till you meet him."

"Don't bite off more than you can chew."

"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

"Don't bless the fish till it gets to the land."

"Don't bother trying to teach a pig to sing; you're only waste your time and annoying the pig."

"Don't bring a knife to a gun fight."

"Don't build the sty until the litter comes"

"Don't change horses midstream."

"Don't count your chickens before they are hatched"

"Don't count your chickens before your eggs hatch."

"Don't cross the bridge till you come to it."

"Don't cry over spilt milk."

"Don't cut off your nose to spite your face."

"Don't eat yellow snow."

"Don't fall before you're pushed."

"Don't get mad, get even."

"Don't go early or late to the well."

"Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim."

"Don't have too many irons in the fire."

"Don't judge a book by its cover."

"Don't judge a man by the size of his hat, but by the angle of his tilt"

"Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

"Don't keep a dog and bark yourself."

"Don't let your tongue cut your throat"

"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

"Don't lose sight of the forest through the trees."

"Don't make a mountain out of a molehill."

"Don't measure your neighbor's honesty by your own."

"Don't mention him and a decent man in the one day."

"Don't piss off the alligator until after you've crossed the river."

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

"Don't put new wine into old bottles."

"Don't put the cart before the horse."

"Don't rest your eyes beyond what is your own."

"Don't rub where there's already a rash."

"Don't say everything you want to say lest you hear something you would not like to hear"

"Don't spit into the wind."

"Don't take life too seriously; you'll never get out of it alive."

"Don't talk back."

"Don't tell secrets to the children of your relatives."

"Don't tell your complaint to one who has no pity."

"Don't tell your secret even to a fence."

"Don't throw out the dirty water until you have the clean water in."

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater."

"Don't try to teach your grandma to suck eggs."

"Don't try to walk before you can crawl."

"Don't wash your dirty linen in public."

"Don't wear out your welcome."

"Don't worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon."

"Dont count the days, make the days count!"

"Dont make love at the garden gate, love is blind but the neighbours aint."

"Dont teach your grandmother to suck eggs."

"Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom."

"Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom."

"Draw Not Your Bow Till the Arrow is Fixed."

"Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage."

"Dreams are not the ones which come when you sleep, but they are the ones which will not let you sleep."

"Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbour. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him."

"Drunkenness and anger, 'tis said tell the truth."

"Due to the presence of fools, wise people stand out."

"Dump husband in September, you have to get rid of the spiders."

Total Proverbs: 108

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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