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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The English are a nation of shipkeepers.

The exception proves the rule.

The eye of a master does more work than both his hands.

The eyes are the window of the soul.

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

The first duty of a soldier is obedience.

The fish always stinks from the head downwards.

The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.

The going gets tough, the tough get going.

The good die young.

The good is the enemy of the best.

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

The greater the sinner the greater the saint.

The greater the truth, the greater the libel.

The half is better than the whole.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

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

The husband is always the last to know.

The king can do no wrong.

The labourer is worthy of his hire.

The last drop makes the cup run over.

The leopard does not change his spots.

The longest way round is the shortest way home.

The man who is born in a stable is not a horse.

The mill cannot grind with the water that is past.

The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.

The more the merrier.

The more you get the more you want.

The more you stir it the worse it stinks.

The mother of mischief is no bigger than a midge’s wing.

The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat.

The nearer the church, the farther from God.

The only good Indian is a dead Indian.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

The pitcher will go to the well once too often.

The post of honour is the post of danger.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

The quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

The rich man has his ice in the summer and the poor man gets his in the winter.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The robin and the wren are God’s cock and hen; the martin and the swallow are God’s mate and marrow.

The rotten apple injures its neighbour.

The sea refuses no river.

The sharper the storm, the sooner it’s over.

The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot.

The sooner begun, the sooner done.

The squeaking wheel gets the grease.

The style is the man.

The sun loses nothing by shining into a puddle.