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English proverbs in Alphabetical form (C to Z)


Chance favors the prepared mind.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.


Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Different sores must have different salves.

Do unto others as you would have done to you.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

Don't cry over spilt milk.

Don't have too many irons in the fire.

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

Don't mend what ain't broken.(If it ain't broke, don't fix it).

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Don't put the cart before the horse.

Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone.


Everyone wants to go to heaven but no-one wants to die.

Even a Broken Clock is Right Twice a day.


Fine feathers make fine birds.

Fine words butter no parsnips.

First come, first served.

First deserve then desire.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


Give and take is fair play.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Corollary, humorous: Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day; set him on fire and he's warm for the

rest of his life.

God cures and the physician takes the fee.

Good eating deserves good drinking.

Good men are scarce.

Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ.

Give respect take respect.

Girls will be Girls.


Half a loaf is better than none.

Hang a thief when he's young, and he'll no' steal when he's old.

Happy wife, happy life.

Haste makes waste.

He who dares wins (motto of the Special Air Service (aka SAS)).

Health is better than wealth.

He that lives too fast, goes to his grave too soon.

He who hesitates is lost.

He's all hat and no cattle.

His bark is worse than his bite.

History repeats itself.

History never repeats itself, but it does rhyme. - Mark Twain

Home is where the heart is.

Honesty is the best policy.

Hope is life.


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

If something is worth doing, then it's worth doing right.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

If wishes were horses, pigs would fly.

If you can't beat them, join them.

If you can't join them, beat them.

If you catch the rabbit, you can fry the rabbit, you can boil the rabbit, you can roast the rabbit,

you can bake the rabbit, you can make a gumbo out of the rabbit, you can even use the fur of the rabit

to make a pair of gloves; there are many things you can do with the rabbit, but you first have to

catch the rabbit. Old Italian proverb remembered by Frank Assunto of Lake Charles, LA

If you don't have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all!

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

If you want what you've never had, you must do what you've never done. (Tito D)

If you're in a hole, stop digging.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

It never rains, but it pours.

It takes two to make a quarrel.

It takes two to tango.

It takes two to lie, one to lie and one to listen.

It's easy to be wise after the event.

It's never too late to mend.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.


Jack is as good as his master.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Just do it! (Nike slogan).


Keep a thing seven years and you will always find a use for it.

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Kill not the goose that laid the golden egg.

Kill two birds with one stone.

Knowledge is power.


Laughter is the best medicine.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Learn to walk before you run.

Life begins at forty.

Like father like son.

Like water off a duck's back.

Little things mean a lot.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

Look before you leap.

Look on the sunny side of life.

Love is blind.


Measure twice, cut once.

Misery loves company.

Money makes the world go around.

More haste, less speed.


Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.

Necessity is the mother of all invention.

Never judge the book by its cover.

Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.

No gain without pain.(No pain no gain)

No news is good news.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Once bitten, twice shy.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising everytime we fall. --Confucius

Out of sight... Out of mind.


Pain is only weakness leaving the body.(U.S. Marines proverb)

Patience is a virtue.

Pen is mightier than sword.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Practice makes perfect.

prevention is better than cure.


Raining cats and dogs.

Rolling stone gathers no moss.

Rome wasn't built in a day.


Scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

Seek and ye shall find.

Simple minds think alike. (William Truong)

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

Still waters run deepest.

Strike while the iron is hot.


Talk of the devil - and the devil appears.

The best things come in small packages.

The cure is worse than the disease.

The early bird catches the worm.

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

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. --Mahatma Gandhi

The exception proves the rule.

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

The key to all action lies in belief.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The third time someone tries to put a saddle on you, you should admit you're a horse.

The truth will set you free.

There's always a calm before a storm.

There is no 'I' in TEAM.

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

There's no place like home.

Think globally, act locally.

Time flies.(Latin: Tempus fugit!)

Time is money.

Time is of the essence.

This too, shall pass.

To err is human; to forgive is divine.

To kill two birds with one stone.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

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

Two's company, three's a crowd.


Up a creek without a paddle.


Variety is the spice of life.

Vengeance is a dish best served cold.


Waste not, want not.

We all make mistakes.

We are all in this together.

Well begun is half done.

'Well done' is better than 'Well said'

What goes around comes around.

What you see is what you get.

When in Rome do as the Romans do.

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

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

Wide ears and short tongue are the best.

Winners never cheat and cheaters never win.

Without sleep, no health.


You can lead (take) a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

You can't judge a book by its cover.

You never know what you've got till it's gone.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.


Zebras aren't black and white, they are white and black.

Zebras have black skin underneath their fur but whether they have white fur and black stripes or black

Fur and white stripes depends on the zebra and also on how you look at it.

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