Sayings beginning with S. Select a saying for more details.

Say well or be still

If you cannot speak good of someone or something, then it is better not to speak.

Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

I will help you if you will help me. If you do me a favour I'll do one for you in return.

Seeing is believing

The idea here is that we usually think something is true when we see it with our own eyes. We have to see something before we can accept its real value, or that it exists at all.

Share and share alike

Give everyone an equal portion.

Silence is golden

This saying emphasizes the value of saying nothing.

Silence means consent

The idea here is that if you don't disagree, you automatically agree. Keeping quiet is the same as giving permission.

Slow help is no help

When people need help they usually need it immediately. If you delay in helping, it is like not helping at all.

Soon learnt, soon forgotten

Something that is easy and quick to learn is easy to forget.

Speech is silver, silence is golden

Speaking is good but saying nothing is better. Discretion can be worth more than even eloquent words.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

A physical attack may injure me but a verbal attack cannot injure me.

Still waters run deep

Some rivers have rough surfaces with waves. That's usually because the water is shallow and there are rocks near the surface. But deep rivers have no rocks near the surface and the water is smooth and still. "Still waters run deep" means that people who are calm and tranquil on the outside, often have a strong, "deep" personality.

Strike while the iron is hot

Seize the opportunity! When we have the chance to do something, we should do it immediately. Otherwise it will be too late.

Contributor: Josef Essberger