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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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"Salt water and absence wash away love."

"Same meat, different gravy."

"Same trouble, different day."

"Say something nice or say nothing at all."

"Saying is one thing; doing another."

"Scattering is easier than gathering."

"Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

"Second place is first loser."

"See Naples and die."

"See not what you see and hear not what you hear."

"Seeing is believing."

"Seek and ye shall find."

"Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh."

"Seldom seen, soon forgotten."

"Self trust is the first secret of success."

"Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity."

"Sending the goose on a message to the fox's den."

"Sense doesn't come before age."

"Set a thief to catch a thief."

"Seven trades but no luck."

"Seven-fifths of all people do not understand fractions."

"Sex takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble."

"Shall the gosling teach the goose to swim?"

"Shallow waters mak' maist din."

"Shame is ever a part of poverty."

"Share and share alike!"

"She wipes the plate with the cat's tail."

"She would drink the cream and say the cat she had was an old rogue."

"Shopping is a therapy ."

"Show the fatted calf but not the thing that fattened him."

"Shut up and sit down."

"Sign on the dotted line."

"Silence is golden."

"Silence is the fence around wisdom."

"Simple minds think alike."

"Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble."

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself."

"Six of one, and half a dozen the other."

"Six of one, half a dozen of the other."

"Size matters."

"Sleep is better than medicine."

"Slow and steady wins the race."

"Smile and the world smiles with you, snore and you sleep alone."

"Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone."

"Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep."

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."

"Snuff at a wake is fine if there's nobody sneezing over the snuff box."

"So long as you do your best in life, whatever happens will be for the best."

"Soft words butter no parsnips but they won't harden the heart of the cabbage either."

"Soft words butter no turnips."

"Softly, softly, catchee monkey."

"Some are wise and some are otherwise."

"Some days you get the bear, other days the bear gets you."

"Some will, some don't, so what!"

"Someone who gossips to you will gossip about you."

"Something worth doing is worth doing well."

"Something's better than nothing."

"Sometimes the majority only means all the fools are on the same side."

"Soon learnt, soon forgotten."

"Sow early and mow early"

"Spare the rod and spoil the child."

"Speak of the devil and he's sure to appear."

"Speak softly and carry a big stick."

"Speak when you are spoken to."

"Speech is silver, silence is golden."

"Speed and accuracy do not agree."

"Spots before the eyes."

"Spread your cloth only as you can draw it."

"St. Swithins Day, if thou does rain, for forty days it will remain. St. Swithins day if thou be fair for forty days twill rain no more."

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me."

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."

"Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will break your heart."

"Still waters run deep."

"Stir with a knife, stir up strife."

"Stolen foods taste the best."

"Stolen fruit is the sweetest."

"Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both."

"Strangers are just friends you have not met yet."

"Strength is not enduring."

"Strike while the iron is hot."

"Stupid is as stupid does."

"Success grows out of struggles to overcome difficulties."

"Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan."

"Success is a journey not a destination."

"Success is not final and failure is not fatal."

"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

"Sunlight penetrates even the thinnest crack."

"Sweet are the uses of adversity."

"Sweet is the voice of the man who has wealth."

"Sweet things are bad for the teeth."

"Swim in the sea."

"Sympathy without relief is like mustard without beef."

Total Proverbs: 92

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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