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Proverbs


A proverb is a short, but memorable, saying that expresses some fact of experience that many people accept as true. It is usually of unknown origin. Many proverbs have been used so frequently that they have long lost any originality, ingenuity, or impact. Although such proverbs have become hackneyed clichés, they are understood by most people. Below is a selection of overworked proverbs in common use in the English language.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
All good things come to those who wait.
All that glitters is not gold.
A miss is as good as a mile.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Bad news travels fast.
Beauty is only skin deep.
Boys will be boys.
Discretion is the better part of valor.
Don't air your dirty linen in public.
Don't bite your nose to spite your face.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Don't cry over spilt milk.
Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't put the cart before the house
Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Don't upset the apple cart.
Good fences make good neighbors.
Haste makes waste.
Here today, gone tomorrow.
If you can't beat them, join them.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Ignorance is bliss.
It is better to give than it is to receive.
It takes one to know one.
It takes two to tango.
It takes a thief to catch a thief.
Man cannot live by bread alone.
Money is the root of all evil.
No pain, no gain.
Out of the frying pan into the fire.
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Politics make strange bedfellows.
Put your money where your mouth is.
Rome wasn't built in as day.
Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
Silence is golden.
Talk is cheap.
The child is the father of the son.
The early bird catches the worm.
The grass is greener on the other side.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
There are plenty more fish in the sea.
There's no free lunch.
Time heals all wounds.
Turnabout is fair play.
Two is company, three is a crowd.
Variety is the spice of life.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
You can't get blood from a stone.
You can't fight city hall.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

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