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"Tailors and writers must mind the fashion."

"Take a hair of the dog that bit you."

"Take an old dirty, hungry, mangy, sick and wet dog and feed him and wash him and nurse him back to health, and he will never turn on you and bite you. This is how man and dog differ."

"Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves."

"Take gifts with a sigh most men give to be paid"

"Take heed of reconciled enemies and of meat twice boiled."

"Take your time and time will take you."

"Talk about things of tomorrow and the mice inside the ceiling laugh."

"Talk is cheap."

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

"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."

"Teaching of others teacheth the teacher."

"Tell me with who you go with and I'll tell you who you are."

"Tell the truth and shame the devil"

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

"That's a spoon ye'll sup sorrow with yet."

"The absent are always in the wrong."

"The absent are always wrong."

"The absent party is always to blame."

"The absent saint gets no candle."

"The acorn never falls far from the tree."

"The apple falls on the head that's under it."

"The Ass Loaded With Gold Still Eats Thistles."

"The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears."

"The belly has no ears."

"The best advice is found on the pillow."

"The best candle is understanding."

"The best defense is a good offence."

"The best doctors are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and Dr Merryman."

"The best fish swim near the bottom."

"The best general is he who makes the fewest mistakes."

"The best go first."

"The best is yet to come."

"The best looking-glass is the eyes of a friend."

"The best of friends must part."

"The best of friends need not speak face to face."

"The best of men are but men at best."

"The best things come in small packages."

"The best things in life are free."

"The best throw of the dice is to throw them away."

"The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse."

"The best wine comes out of an old vessel."

"The big tree attracts the woodsman's axe."

"The bigger they are, the harder they fall."

"The bird that can sing and won't sing should be made to sing."

"The birds and the bees."

"The blacksmith's horse and the cobbler's wife are always the last to have shoes."

"The boy is father to the man."

"The buck stops here."

"The burnt child dreads the fire."

"The cat is always dignified, until the dog comes by."

"The coat makes the man."

"The cobbler always wears the worst shoes."

"The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra."

"The company makes the feast."

"The country is in ruins, and there are still mountains and rivers."

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

"The cure is worse than the disease."

"The customer is always right."

"The darker the night, the brighter the sunset. (My own)"

"The darkest hour is just before dawn."

"The darkest hour is just before the dawn."

"The devil find work for idle hands to do."

"The devil finds work for idle hands."

"The Devil goes shares in gaming."

"The Devil rides upon a fiddlestick."

"The devil tempts all, but the idle man tempts the devil."

"The difficult we do at once, the impossible takes a little longer."

"The dog that's always on the go, is better than the one that's always curled up."

"The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on."

"The doorstep of a great house is slippery."

"The early bird catches the worm."

"The early bird gets the worm."

"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."

"The early riser gets through his business but not through early rising."

"The early worm enjoys a leisurely breakfast."

"The educated man precedes the farmer. But when the rice begins to run short, it's the farmer who comes first."

"The end justifies the means."

"The end of a feast is better than the beginning of a fight."

"The ends justify the means."

"The English always credit the rest of us with the qualities they don't need themselves."

"The exception proves the rule."

"The eye should be blind in the home of another."

"The eyes are the window of the soul."

"The eyes speak as much as the mouth."

"The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory."

"The Fairest Rose at Last is Withered."

"The Family That Prays Together Stays Together."

"The female of the species is more deadly than the male."

"The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them."

"The first step is the hardest."

"The first step to health is to know that we are sick."

"The fish will soon be caught, that nibbles at every bait."

"The fox never found a better messenger than himself."

"The fruit does not fall far from the tree."

"The full man does not understand the wants of the hungry."

"The full stomach does not understand the empty one."

"The Gods Send Nuts to those who have no Teeth."

"The good leaves protect the worn-out ones."

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

"The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences."

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

"The greatest thing that could happen in my lifetime is for all my ideas to be stolen."

"The hand goes only where the leg goes."

"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."

"The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm."

"The heavier the purse, the lighter the heart."

"The higher the monkey climbs, the more he shows his tail."

"The higher the tree, the sweeter the plum."

"The higher you climb up the ladder, the more people can see your arse."

"The horse with the most scars is the one that highest kicks his rear."

"The horses of hope gallop, but the asses of experience go slowly."

"The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried."

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

"The key to all action lies in belief."

"The King can make a knight, but not a gentleman."

"The kite flies because of its tail."

"The last drop makes the cup run over."

"The law is a jealous mistress."

"The longest day must have an end."

"The longest mile is the last mile home."

"The longest road out is the shortest road home."

"The longest rope has an end."

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

"The man who was dividing Ireland didn't leave himself last."

"The mason who strikes often is better than the one who strikes too hard."

"The Mills of God Grind Slowly, Yet They Grind Exceedingly Small."

"The money-maker (profiteer) is never tired."

"The Moon does not heed the barking of dogs."

"The more one knows, the less one believes."

"The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell."

"The more the merrier."

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."

"The more you get, the more you want."

"The more you know, the more you know you don't know."

"The more you study, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why study?"

"The most beautiful women are made for lovers who lack imagination."

"The mountain labors and brings forth a mouse."

"The nail that sticks out gets pounded."

"The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat."

"The nearer to the church, the farther from God."

"The obstacle is the path."

"The old believe everything, the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything."

"The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke."

"The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune"

"The one true constant is change."

"The One who tells the stories rules the world."

"The one who waits the fine day, will get the fine day."

"The only free cheese is in the mouse trap."

"The only stupid question is the one that is not asked."

"The only thing you get from picking bottoms is a smelly finger."

"The pen is mightier than sword."

"The pen is mightier than the sword."

"The person of the greatest talk is the person of the least work."

"The person who brings a story to you will take away two from you."

"The pitcher which goes too often to the well gets broken."

"The pot calls the kettle black."

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."

"The pride of women and the pride of priests."

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

"The proof's in the pudding."

"The proverb cannot be bettered."

"The quiet pigs eat all the draff."

"The rabbit gets fat on what the hare misses."

"The real owners of the land are not yet born."

"The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him."

"The road to Heaven is well signposted, but it is badly lit at night."

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

"The rotten apple injures its neighbours."

"The secret of an old woman scolding."

"The seeking for one thing will find another."

"The silent are often guilty."

"The sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children."

"The slow horse reaches the mill."

"The slow hound often has good qualities."

"The smaller the cabin the wider the door."

"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."

"The stars make no noise."

"The start of a journey should never be mistaken for success."

"The stick is the surest peacemaker."

"The straw that broke the camel's back."

"The sty before the litter."

"The sweat of one's brow is what burns everyone."

"The teacher has not taught, until the student has learned."

"The thief is no danger to the beggar."

"The tide never goes out so far but it always comes in again."

"The tighter you squeeze, the less you have."

"The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth."

"The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit."

"The tongue ties knots that the teeth cannot loosen."

"The trouble with experience is that by the time you have it, you are too old to take advantage of it."

"The truth is in the wine."

"The truth shall set you free"

"The truth will out."

"The truth will set you free."

"The waiting man thinks the time long."

"The walls have ears."

"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

"The well-filled belly has little understanding of the empty."

"The West Wind Always Brings Wet Weather, The East Wind Wet and Cold Together, the South Wind Surely Brings Us Rain, the North Wind Blows It Back Again."

"The whole dignity of man lies in the power of thought."

"The whole is greater than its parts."

"The wind in one's face makes one wise."

"The windy day is not the day for thatching."

"The wish is father to the thought."

"The wood will renew the foliage it sheds."

"The work praises the man."

"The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them."

"The world's quiet and the pig is in the sty"

"The worst good day is always better than the best bad day."

"The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can't have them."

"The young man thinks the old mans stupid but the old man KNOWS the young man is."

"The young shed many skins."

"The younger brother the better gentleman."

"The youngest thorns are the sharpest."

"There are always ears on the other side of the wall."

"There are as many good fish in the sea as ever came out of it."

"There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught."

"There Are no atheists in foxholes."

"There are no endings: only new beginnings."

"There are no facts; only interpretations of facts."

"There are no small parts, only small actors."

"There are none so blind as those that will not see."

"There are none so deaf as those who will not hear."

"There are only twenty-four hours in a day."

"There are so many things to say that are better left unsaid."

"There are three creatures beyond ruling- a mule, a pig and a woman."

"There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening."

"There are three types of lies - lies, damned lies, and statistics."

"There are two sides to every question."

"There are two tellings to every story"

"There but for the grace of God go I."

"There is a crock of gold in the tomb of every chieftain, but they are all guarded by cats and fairies."

"There is a skeleton in every cupboard."

"There is a thin line between love and hate."

"There is a time and a place for everything."

"There is a time to speak and a time to be silent."

"There is always some madness in love But there is also always some reason in madness."

"There is always somebody worst of then yourself no matter how bad things seem."

"There is an exception to every rule."

"There is misfortune only where there is wealth."

"There is more than one way to skin a cat."

"There is no accounting for taste."

"There is no difference between a wise man and a fool when they fall in love."

"There is no god except God."

"There is no jollity but hath a smack of folly."

"There is no pain greater than the pain of rejection."

"There is no physician like a true friend."

"There is no point of knowledge or wisdom if not dotted."

"There is no smoke without fire."

"There is no such thing as a free lunch."

"There is no thing wickeder than a woman of evil temper."

"There is no time like the present."

"There is no virtue in the herb that is not got in time."

"There is not a tree in Heaven that is higher than the tree of patience."

"There is nothing in the world so poor as going to hell."

"There is nothing sharper than a woman's tongue."

"There is only eight years between success and failure in politics."

"There is safety in numbers."

"There never was an old slipper but there was an old stocking to match it."

"There was never a scabby sheep in a flock that didn't like to have a comrade."

"There will be rubs in the smoothest road."

"There'll be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot"

"There's a black sheep in every flock."

"There's a fool born every minute- and every one of them lives!"

"There's a method in the madness."

"There's a time and a place for everything."

"There's always a calm before a storm."

"There's always more fish in the sea."

"There's as many good horses in carts as in coaches."

"There's little to choose between two blind goats."

"There's little value in the single cow."

"There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle."

"There's many a ship lost within sight of harbour."

"There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip."

"There's money in muck."

"There's more than one way to skin a cat."

"There's neither success nor efficiency without authority and laws."

"There's no accounting for taste."

"There's no arguing with the barrel of a gun."

"There's no fool like an old fool."

"There's no honor among thieves."

"There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down."

"There's no peace for the wicked"

"There's no place like home."

"There's no smoke without fire."

"There's no such thing as a free lunch."

"There's no such thing as bad publicity."

"There's no time like the present."

"There's no use crying over spilt milk."

"There's no wise man without a fault"

"There's one law for the rich, and another for the poor."

"There's safety in numbers."

"There's trouble in every house and some in he street"

"There's two sides to every story."

"They Brag Most That Can Do the Least."

"They that dance must pay the fiddler."

"They that walk much in the sun will be tanned at last."

"Things are not always what they seem."

"Things can only get better."

"Things that come to those who wait may be things left by those who got there first."

"Think before you speak."

"Think much, speak little and write less."

"Thinking the worst always prepares you for the worst."

"Third time lucky."

"This, too, shall pass."

"Those above are going down, those below are going up."

"Those far, far away are seldom seen for what they really are."

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing Those who count the votes decide everything."

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

"Those who get the name of rising early may lie all day"

"Those who lie with dogs will rise with fleas."

"Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

"Those who play the game do not see it as clearly as those who watch."

"Though the proverb is abandoned, it is not falsified."

"Though the wound be healed, a scar remains."

"Though wisdom is good in the beginning it is better at the end"

"Three remedies of the physicians of Myddfai: water, honey, and labour."

"Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food."

"Three wise men."

"Time and Patience would bring the snail to Jerusalem."

"Time and tide wait for no man."

"Time and tide wait for no one."

"Time cures all things."

"Time flies when you're having fun."

"Time flies."

"Time is a good story-teller"

"Time is a great healer."

"Time is money."

"Time to spare."

"Time waits for nobody."

"Tis better to get things for free, than to work up a sweat."

"To a man show a pig leg, a woman show a bottle of wine."

"To be good tends to give absence later on."

"To be red-haired is better than to be without a head"

"To dead men and absent there are no friends left."

"To deceive oneself is very easy."

"To each his own."

"To eat slowly is good for stomach; to plough deeply is good for fields."

"To err is human, to forgive divine."

"To err is human."

"To every cow its calf; to every book its copy."

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."

"To have is to hold and to hold is to have."

"To know the road ahead ask those coming back."

"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."

"To listen is to learn, to understand is to inspire."

"To many people in a dustbin means there not much room in side."

"To put off repentance is dangerous."

"To say that a man cannot love one woman at a time is ridiculous. It is like saying a musician needs more than one violin to play the same piece of music."

"To the fighting man peace is sure"

"To the jaundiced eye all things look yellow."

"To the raven her own chick is white."

"To the victor go the spoils."

"To the victor the spoils."

"To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world."

"To thine own self be true."

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive."

"To whom God gives, to him also the people give."

"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

"Tomorrow is another day."

"Tomorrow never comes."

"Too funny for words."

"Too many chiefs and not enough Indians"

"Too many chiefs and not enough indians."

"Too many clicks spoil the browse."

"Too many cooks spoil the broth."

"Too much of one thing, good for nothing."

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

"Trapped between a rock and a hard place."

"Treachery returns"

"Tread on a worm and it will turn."

"Trouble hates nothing as much as a smile."

"Trouble shared is trouble halved."

"True blue will never stain."

"True love is like a teardrop in Niagra falls."

"True love never grows old."

"Trust is the mother of deceit."

"Truth is stranger than fiction."

"Truth speaks even though the tongue were dead"

"Truth stands when everything else falls"

"Truth will out."

"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value."

"Try praying Nothing pleses God more than to hear a strange voice."

"Try try but don't cry."

"Turn the other cheek."

"Two dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it."

"Two fools in a house are too many."

"Two heads are better than one."

"Two peas in a pod."

"Two sides of the same coin."

"Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help and what he cannot help."

"Two things prolong your life: A quiet heart and a loving wife."

"Two things that go for loss-turf on a mountain and the wisdom of a poor man."

"Two wrongs do not make a right."

"Two wrongs don't make a right."

"Two wrongs may not make a right but three rights make a left."

"Two's company, three's a crowd."

Total Proverbs: 402

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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