Proverbs are the wisdom of the nations ! It's good to know them when you travel to english speeking countries. English proverbs can be very wise and useful.


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Honey catches more flies than vinegar.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

Hope springs eternal.

Horses for courses.

Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood.

Hunger is the best sauce.

Hurry no man’s cattle.

Idle people have the least leisure.

Idleness is the root of all evil.

If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.

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

If Candlemas day be sunny and bright, winter will have another flight; if Candlemas day be cloudy with rain, winter is gone and won’t come again.

If every man would sweep his own door-step the city would soon be clean.

If ifs and ands were pots and pans, there’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.

If in February there be no rain, ’tis neither good for hay nor grain.

If it were not for hope, the heart would break.

If Saint Paul’s day be fair and clear, it will betide a happy year.

If the cap fits, wear it.

If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

If the sky falls we shall catch larks.

If there were no receivers, there would be no thieves.

If two ride on a horse, one must ride behind.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

If you can’t be good, be careful.

If you can’t ride two horses at once, you shouldn’t be in the circus.

If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.

If you don’t make mistakes you don’t make anything.

If you don’t speculate, you can’t accumulate.

If you don’t work you shan’t eat.

If you gently touch a nettle it’ll sting you for your pains grasp it like a lad of mettle, an’ as soft as silk remains.

If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.

If you play with fire you get burnt.

If you run after two hares you will catch neither.

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

If you want peace, you must prepare for war.

If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.

If you would be happy for a week take a wife; if you would be happy for a month kill a pig; but if you would be happy for all your life plant a garden.

If you would be well served, serve yourself.

If you’re born to be hanged then you’ll never be drowned.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it.

Ill weeds grow apace.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king

In vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird.

It is a long lane that has no turning.

It is a poor dog that’s not worth whistling for.