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The following is a compilation of common wisdom passed down throughout the ages. Currently the database has over 2,300 entries, with new items being added daily. If you would like to see a proverb added, please contact us.

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"I always complained because my work was being interrupted - until I realized the interruptions were my work."

"I felt bad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."

"I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet."

"I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger."

"I think, therefore I am."

"I'll go there tonight for evening is speedier than morning."

"Idle people lack no excuses."

"Idleness is a fool's desire."

"If a cat had a dowry, she would often be kissed."

"If a grain of sand were gold, we'd all be rich."

"If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well."

"If a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity."

"If a rogue deceives me once, shame on him. If he deceives me twice, shame on me."

"If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame."

"If anything can go wrong, it will."

"If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again."

"If fortune calls, offer him a seat."

"If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings."

"If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers."

"If ifs and buts where candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas."

"If in doubt, mumble."

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

"If it can't be cured, it must be endured."

"If it's a secret, it's binding."

"If it's got badly, it'll go badly."

"If it's too good to be true, then it probably is."

"If life deals you lemons make lemonade."

"If life deals you lemons, make lemonade."

"If loving her would be a sin, I wish to sin for the rest of my life."

"If one has life, he is already rich."

"If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

"If the cap fits, wear it."

"If the dog is not at home, he barks not."

"If the knitter is weary, the baby will have no new bonnet."

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

"If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain."

"If the shoe fits, wear it."

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

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

"If there were no lossers there could be no winners."

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice. If you are planning for a decade, sow trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."

"If you believe everything you read, you better not read."

"If you believe that dreams can come true be prepared for the ocasional nightmare."

"If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly."

"If you can't be good, be careful."

"If you can't be good, be good at it."

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

"If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen."

"If you cross your bridges before you come to them you will have to pay the toll twice."

"If you don't buy a ticket, you can't win the raffle."

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"

"If you don't know the way, walk slowly."

"If you don't know where you're going, any train will get you there."

"If you don't want flour on your shoes, don't go into the mill."

"If you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a family."

"If you expect to soar with the eagles during the day, you can't hoot with the owls at night."

"If you fake it, you can't make it."

"If you fall off a cliff, you might as well try to fly. After all, you got nothing to lose."

"If you get a good wife you will be happy, if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher."

"If you get it overnight, you can lose it just as quick."

"If you have a roving eye, it's no use having the other one fixed on Heaven."

"If you have one pair of good soles its better than two pairs of good uppers."

"If you keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it."

"If you lend your coat, don't cut off the buttons."

"If you lie down with dogs you will come up with fleas."

"If you lie down with dogs you'll rise with fleas."

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were."

"If you meet a red-haired woman, you'll meet a crowd."

"If you put a silk dress on a goat he is a goat still."

"If you snooze you lose."

"If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die."

"If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are."

"If you want a place in the sun, you must leave the shade of the family tree."

"If you want a thing done right, do it yourself."

"If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen."

"If you want to judge a man's character, give him power."

"If you were born to be shot, you'll never be hung."

"If you wish to be loved, love."

"If you would enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower."

"If you're going through hell, just keep going."

"If you're in a hole, stop digging."

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

"If your ship doesn't come in, you have to row out to meet it."

"Ignorance is bliss."

"Ignorance of the law excuses no man."

"Ill comes often on the back of worse."

"Ill-gotten gains never prosper."

"Imagination is the highest kite you can fly."

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

"In a battle between elephants, the ants get squashed."

"In April,a young man's thoughts turn to fancy."

"In for a penny, in for a pound."

"In order to get where you want to go, you first have to leave where you are."

"In studying the way, realizing it is hard; once you have realized it, preserving it is hard. When you can preserve it, putting it into practice is hard."

"In the coldest flint there is hot fire."

"In the end, a man's motives are second to his accomplishments."

"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has."

"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."

"In the land of hope there is never any winter."

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"

"In the middle of difficulties lie opportunities."

"In the midst of life we are in death."

"In winter the milk goes to the cow's horns."

"Infatuations are a plenty. Love is rare."

"Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results."

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results."

"Instinct is stronger than upbringing."

"Into every life a little rain must fall."

"Irishwomen have a dispensation from the pope to wear the thick ends of their legs downwards."

"Is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

"It ain't over till the fat lady sings."

"It destroys the craft not to learn it."

"It has to get worse before it gets better."

"It is a hard task to comfort the proud."

"It is a lonely washing that has no man's shirt in it."

"It is a long lane that has no turning."

"It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait."

"It is better to be alone than wish you were."

"It is better to be born lucky than rich."

"It is better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees."

"It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand."

"It is better to love and lost than never to love at all."

"It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."

"It is better to wear out than to rust out."

"It is difficult to soothe the proud."

"It is easier to get forgiveness than permission."

"It is easy to bear the misfortunes of others."

"It is foolish to deal with a fool."

"It is frequently more economical to be inefficient."

"It is good to be knowledgeable, but better to be lovable."

"It is good to have company in misery."

"It is in vain to cast your net where there is no fish."

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

"It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice."

"It is no secret that is known to three."

"It is no shame to tell the truth."

"It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead."

"It is not so much the gift that is given but the way in which the gift is driven."

"It is not the most beautiful woman who has the most sense."

"It is possible to give without loving but it is impossible to love without giving."

"It is the deaf people that create the lies."

"It is through the small things we do that we learn, not the big things"

"It is what is in the mind when sober, that comes out of the mouth when drunk."

"It never rains but it pours."

"It pays to pay attention."

"It should be better to blame friends at a distance."

"It takes a thief to catch a thief."

"It takes all sorts to make a world."

"It takes both rain and sunshine to make rainbows."

"It takes one bad apple to spoil the barrel!"

"It takes one day to destroy a house but to build a new one will take months, perhaps years."

"It takes one to know one."

"It takes two to lie."

"It takes two to make a quarrel."

"It takes two to tango."

"It will all come out in the wash."

"It will all come right in the wash."

"It's a bad hen that won't scratch herself."

"It's a bad hound that's not worth the whistling"

"It's a cracked pitcher that goes longest to the well."

"It's a good horse that never stumbles."

"It's a long lane that has no turning."

"It's a poor job that can't stand at least one supervisor."

"It's a small thing that outlives a man"

"It's all grist to the mill."

"It's always darkest before the dawn"

"It's an ill wind that blows no one any good."

"It's as hard to see a woman crying as it is to see a barefooted duck."

"It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged."

"It's better than it's want."

"It's better than the loan you couldn't get."

"It's better to be safe than sorry."

"It's better to be sorry and stay, than to be sorry and go away."

"It's better to eat salty food and speak the truth than to eat vegetarian and tell lies."

"It's better to find a whole worm in your apple than half a worm."

"It's better to give than to receive."

"It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

"It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness."

"It's better to play it safe."

"It's better to return from the centre of the ford than drown in the flood."

"It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive."

"It's cheaper to keep her."

"It's difficult to choose between two blind goats."

"It's difficult to trust a woman."

"It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."

"It's easy to be wise after the event."

"It's easy to knead when meal is at hand."

"It's for her own good that the cat purrs."

"It's hard to take britches off bare hips."

"It's just a wisp in place of a brush."

"It's never too late to mend."

"It's never too late."

"It's no delay to stop to edge the tool."

"It's no use boiling your cabbage twice"

"It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking."

"It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted."

"It's not over till it's over."

"It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean."

"It's not worth a cuckoo-spit."

"It's not worth crying over spilt milk."

"It's often a man's mouth broke his nose."

"It's often a person's mouth broke their nose."

"It's the early bird that gets the worm."

"It's the empty can that makes the most noise."

"It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease."

"It's the thought that counts."

"It's time to pay the fiddler."

"Its a dog's life."

"Its a wise child that knows its own father."

"Its only rock n roll but I like it."

"Its too late to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted."

Total Proverbs: 212

All Proverbs in Database: 2309

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