Selected Proverbs

A proverb is a short, traditional saying in general use. It usually expresses some obvious truth or familiar experience. Here are some proverbs that are well known in English, though some of them come from other languages. You can also see the meanings of these proverbs.

"The best things in life are free."

"A stitch in time saves nine."

"Still waters run deep."

"He teaches ill, who teaches all."

"You can't take it with you when you die."

"Better untaught than ill taught."

"Don't cross your bridges before you come to them."

"Soon learnt, soon forgotten."

"Even a worm will turn."

"It was the last straw that broke the camel's back."

"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

"If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the egg!"

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

"Marry in haste, and repent at leisure."

"One tongue is enough for a woman."

"If you wish good advice, consult an old man."

"The best advice is found on the pillow."

"All clouds bring not rain."

"You can't tell a book by its cover."

"Bad news travels fast."

"No news is good news."

"Live and let live."

"Birds of a feather flock together."

"Tell me who you go with and I'll tell you who you are."

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