An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown



Dictionary of English World Proverbs and Sayings 






Money makes the man.


One swallow does not make spring.

Aristotle, Ethic--Nicom (bk. I)


As drunk as a lord.

As innocent as a babe unborn.

As like as an apple to an oyster.

As like as two peas.

As old as the hills.

As plain as the nose on a man's face.

As plain as two and two make four.

As snug as a bug in a rug .

As sure as eggs is eggs.

As the call, so the echo.

As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks.

As the old cock crows, so does the young.

As the tree falls, so shall it lie.

As the tree, so the fruit.

As welcome as flowers in May.

As welcome as water in one's shoes.

As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.

As you brew, so must you drink.

As you make your bed, so must you lie on it.

As you sow, so shall you reap.

Ask no questions and you will be told no lies.

At the ends of the earth.

Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune .

Bad news has wings.

Barking does seldom bite.

Be slow to promise and quick to perform.

Be swift to hear, slow to speak.

Beauty is but skin-deep.

Beauty lies in lover's eyes.

Before one can say Jack Robinson.

Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him.

Beggars cannot be choosers.

Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear.

Best defense is offense.

Better a glorious death than a shameful life.

Better a lean peace than a fat victory.

Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us.

Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.

Better an open enemy than a false friend.

Better be alone than in bad company.

Better be born lucky than rich.

Better be envied than pitied.

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.

Better deny at once than promise long.

Better die standing than live kneeling.

Better early than late.

Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown.

Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt.

Better late than never.

Better lose a jest than a friend.

Better one-eyed than stone-blind.

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.

Better the foot slip than the tongue.

Better to do well than to say well.

Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.

Better unborn than untaught.

Better untaught than ill-taught.

Between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip.

Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea.

Between two evils 'tis not worth choosing.

Between two stools one goes (falls) to the ground.

Between the upper and nether millstone.

Betwixt and between.

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

Bind the sack before it be full.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Blind men can judge no colours.

Blood is thicker than water.

Borrowed garments never fit well.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse.

Business before pleasure.

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

By hook or by crook.

By the street of 'by-and-bye' one arrives at the house of 'Never'.

Calamity is man's true touchstone.

Care killed the cat.

Catch the bear before you sell his skin.

Caution is the parent of safety.

Charity begins at home.

Cheapest is the dearest.

Cheek brings success.

Children and fools must not play with edged tools.

Children are poor men's riches.

Choose an author as you choose a friend.

Christmas comes but once a year, (but when it comes it brings good cheer).

Circumstances alter cases.

Claw me, and I will claw thee.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Company in distress makes trouble less.

Confession is the first step to repentance.

Counsel is no command..

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Cross the stream where it is shallowest.

Crows do not pick crow's eyes.

Curiosity killed a cat.

Curses like chickens come home to roost.

Custom is a second nature.

Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Death is the grand leveler.

Death pays all debts.

Death when it comes will have no denial.

Debt is the worst poverty.

Deeds, not words.

Delays are dangerous.

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Diligence is the mother of success (good luck).

Diseases are the interests of pleasures.

Divide and rule.

Do as you would be done by.

Dog does not eat dog.

Dog eats dog.

Dogs that put up many hares kill none.

Doing is better than saying.



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