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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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"Wait and see."

"Walk before you can run."

"Walk the walk and talk the talk."

"Walls have ears."

"Waste not, want not."

"Watching is a part of good play."

"We are all on this earth, we can't get off so get on."

"We can't always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."

"We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

"We have a fine day more often than a kiln-cast."

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

"We must take the bad with the good."

"We never miss the water till the well runs dry."

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less without that drop."

"We tend to be perfect. Thatís why when we make mistakes we are hard on ourselves."

"Well begun is half done."

"Well done is better than well said."

"What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

"What butter and whiskey will not cure there's no cure for"

"What goes around comes around."

"What goes up must come down."

"What I'm afraid to hear I'd better say first myself."

"What is in the marrow is hard to take out of the bone."

"What is nearest the heart is nearest the mouth."

"What will come from the briar but the berry."

"What would a young cat do but eat mice?"

"What would shame him would turn back a funeral."

"What you don't know can't hurt you."

"What you see is what you get."

"What you sow is what you reap."

"What's all the world to a man when his wife is a widow."

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

"What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

"When a cat steals a piece of meat, we chase it. But when a tiger takes a pig we stare wide-eyed and say nothing."

"When a heifer is far from home she grows longer horns."

"When a man gets his feet in lime he cannot easily get rid of it."

"When a thing is done advice comes too late."

"When all fruits fail welcome haws"

"When eating chew well."

"When eating choose the place, when playing choose your friends."

"When eating fruit, remember who planted the tree; when drinking clear water, remember who dug the well."

"When having a party, go first; when walking in the water, go after."

"When in doubt, do nothing."

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

"When it rains, it pours."

"When one door closes, another door opens."

"When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window."

"When the apple is ripe, it will fall."

"When the cat's away, the mice will play."

"When the fruit is scarcest, its taste is sweetest."

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

"When the old woman is hard pressed, she has to run"

"When the sky falls we'll catch larks."

"When wrathful words arise a closed mouth is soothing"

"When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me."

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice."

"Where comes a cow the wiseman lay down(St.Colmcille), there follows a woman, and where comes a woman follows trouble."

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."

"Where there's a will there's a way."

"Where there's no trust there's no love."

"Where there's smoke there's fire."

"Where vice goes before, vengeance follows after."

"Wherever there are women there's talking, and wherever there's geese there's cackling"

"Who let the cat out of the bag?"

"Whoever the cap fits, takes it."

"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

"Willful waste makes woeful want."

"Wind from the east is good for neither man nor beast."

"Winning is earning. Losing is learning."

"Wisdom is what makes a poor man a king, a weak person powerful, a good generation of a bad one, a foolish man reasonable."

"Without perseverance talent is a barren bed."

"Without pressing too little or too hard, hold tight the reins for he's a fool who would not get value from a borrowed horse"

"Woe to the man that entrusts his secrets to a ditch."

"Women are like different Brews of Coffee, Each one of them has her own Aroma and her own way of tantalising the tastebuds. Yet neither is better or worst than either of them, But the one that stands out for you is only a matter of acquired Taste."

"Women are shy and shame prevents them from refusing a man."

"Women are stronger than men, they do not die of wisdom."

"Words uttered only causes confusion. Words written only causes history."

"Working hard or hardly working?"

"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow."

"Worrying never did anyone any good."

"Write injuries in the sand, kindnesses in marble."

Total Proverbs: 81

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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