proverbs and sayings
proverbs and sayings

A big tree attracts the gale. - Chinese (on pride) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. - Latin Proverb A beautiful thing is never perfect. - Egyptian (on beauty) A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind. - Iranian (on wisdom) A body makes his own luck, be it good or bad. - unknown A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) A burden that one chooses is not felt. - Italian (on self-reliance) A carpenter is known by his chips. - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) A cat in gloves catches no mice. - 14th Century French Proverb A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. - Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904) A change is as good as a rest. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth. - Tagalog (Filipino) (on conscience) A clever person turns great problems into little ones and little ones into none at all. - Chinese (on attitude) A closed mouth catches no flies. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) A crab walks, so walks his children. - African proverb Kpelle Tribe A crown's no cure for a headache. - English (on basic truths) A crust in comfort is better than a feast in fear. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) A day is lost if one has not laughed. - French (on the conduct of life) A day of travelling will bring a basketful of learning.- Vietnamese (on journeys) A decision made at night may be changed in the morning.- Samoan (on permanence and change) A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone. - R. Forby (1830) on gossip A dog's life is a miserable life.

- Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536) A dripping June sets all in tune. - unknown A drowning man will clutch at a straw. - Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) A fair exchange is no robbery. - Scottish Proverb A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) A fault confessed is half redressed. - English Proverb A few germs never hurt anyone. - unknown A firm tree does not fear the storm. - Dayak (Indonesian) (on strength and weakness) A fool and his money are quickly parted. - J. Bridges (1587) A friend in need is a friend indeed. - James Ray (1678) A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) A friend- one soul, two bodies. - Chinese (on friendship) A friend's eye is a good mirror. - Gaelic (on friendship) A full person does not understand the needs of the hungry. - Irish (on food and hunger) A gentle hand may lead even an elephant by a hair.- Iranian (on leadership) A gentle word opens the iron gate. - Bulgarian (on eloquence) A great one must have a long heart.- Ethiopian (on leadership) A grudge is a heavy thing to carry. - unknown A guilty conscience needs no accuser. - English Proverb<> A good book praises itself. - German (on books and writers) A good example is the best sermon. - English (on advice) A good lather is half the shave. - William Hone (1780-1842) A good spectator also creates. - Swiss (on art and creativity) A good spouse and health is a person's best wealth. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) A good tree can lodge ten thousand birds. - Burmese (on good and evil) A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw. - English (on books and writers) A hand ready to hit, may cause you great trouble. - Maori (on anger) A hard beginning maketh a good ending. - John Heywood (c. 1497-1580) A horse may run quickly but it cannot escape its tail. - Russian proverb (on conscience) A house divided cannot stand. - Bible (Matthew 12:25) A library is a repository of medicine for the mind. - Greek (on books and writers) A little axe can cut down a big tree. - Jamaican (on permanence and change) A little learning is a dangerous thing. - Alexander Pope (1688-1744) A loan though old is not a gift.- Hungarian (on indebtedness) A loving heart is the truest wisdom. - Charles Dickens (1812-1870) A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. - Laurence J. Peter A man in a passion, rides a mad horse. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) A man is known by the company he keeps. - M. Coverdale (1541) A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life. - Chinese Proverb - (thanks to Alice Fonda-Marsland) A man who desires revenge should dig two graves. - unknown A man who never made a mistake, never made anything. - unknown A man with a cough cannot conceal himself. - African proverb Yoruba Tribe A man's got to do what a man's got to do. - unknown A man's house is his castle. - Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones. - Proverbs 17:22 A miser is like a person with bread who is starving. - Middle Eastern (on greed) A miss is as good as a mile. - unknown A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners. - Virgin Islander (on friendship) A penny for your thoughts. - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) A penny saved is a penny earned. - Scottish Proverb A person has learned much who has learned how to die. - German (on death and dying) A picture's worth a thousand words. - unknown A picture is a poem without words. - Latin (on art and creativity) A place for everything and everything in its place. - Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. - American (on proverbs)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom. - Lord John Russell (1792-1878)

Bad gains are true losses. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Bad is called good when worse happens. Norwegian (on relative worth) Be careful what you ask for; you may get it. - unknown (Thanks to J. Martin) Be careful what you wish for. - unknown Be ever vigilant but never suspicious. - English (on vigilance) Be gracious in defeat. - unknown Be it ever so humble there's no place like home. - unknown Be just before you are generous. - E. Haywood (1745) Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet 'em on your way down. - Jimmy Durante Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel and countenance. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Be not overcome by evil but repay evil with good. - Bible Be not water, taking the tint of all colors. - Syrian (on authenticity) Be slow in choosing a friend, slower still in changing. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Be sure you are right, then go ahead. - Davy Crockett (1786-1836) Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi Be the first in the field and the last to the couch. - Chinese (on work) Be true to yourself. - unknown Bear and forbear. - unknown Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. - Greek Proverb Beauty is only skin deep. - Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume. - French (on beauty) Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. - Egyptian (on caution and care) Before healing others, heal yourself.- Gambian (on health and wellness) Before you marry keep both eyes open; after marriage keep one eye shut.- Jamaican (on marriage) Beggars can't be choosers. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Beginning is easy; continuing, hard. - Japanese (on permanence and change) Behind every argument lies someone's ignorance. - Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) Being happy is better than being king. - Hausa (West African) (on comparable worth) Believe in yourself. - unknown Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. - unknown Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. - Chinese (on comparable worth) Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within it. - Arabic (on friends and foes) Better late than never. - Roman Proverb Better one true friend than a hundred relatives. - Italian (on friendship) Better slip with foot than tongue. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Better ten times ill than one time dead.- Yiddish (on health and wellness) Better the devil you know than the one you don't - R. Taverner (1539) Better to ask the way than go astray. - unknown Better to ask twice than to lose your way. - Danish (on practicality) Better to be safe than sorry. - Samuel Lover (1797-1868) Better to give than to receive. - Bible (Acts 20:35) Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Better yourself before others. - Darren Bateman Beware a rickety wall, a savage dog and a quarrelsome person. - Iranian (on caution and care) Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Beware of the person with two faces.- Dutch (on hypocrisy) Beware the door with too many keys. - Portuguese (on vigilance) Beware the fury of a patient man. - John Dryden (1631-1700) Beware the Greeks bearing gifts. - Virgil (70-19 BC) "I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts." Beware the person with nothing to lose. - Italian (on prudence) Birds of a feather, flock together. - Robert Burton (1577-1640) Blood is thicker than water. - German Proverb Bloom where you're planted. - unknown Boys, be ambitious. - William Smith Clark (1826-1886) Brains are better than brawn. - unknown Bread, oil, Salt and Heart - Albanian ( on honoring the guest) thanks to kravetsmaksim Bury the hatchet beneath the root of the tree. - Native American Saying (on war and peace) But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads. - Albert Camus Butterflies come to pretty flowers. - Korean (on beauty) Buyer beware. - Latin Proverb "Caveat emptor" Buying on credit is robbing next year's crop. - African American (on buying and selling) By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) By crawling, a child learns to stand. - Hausa (West African) (on experience)

By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest. - Ashanti (West African) (on persistence)

Caesar did not merit the triumphal car more than he that conquers himself. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Caesar's wife must be above suspicion. - Julius Caesar (c.102-44 BC) Can't get blood from a stone. - unknown Can't see the forest for the trees. - unknown Carve the peg by looking at the hole. - Korean (on appropriateness) Change is inevitable - Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Change yourself and fortune will change. - Portuguese (on fortune) Character building begins in infancy and continues until death. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) Character is easier kept than recovered. - English (on character and virtue) Character is habit long continued. - Greek Charity begins at home. - Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771) Charity covers a multitude of sins. - Bible (Peter 4:8) Chickens don't praise their own soup. - Martinican (on flattery and praise) Children are a poor man's riches. - English Proverb Children have more need of models than critics.- French (on parents and children) Choose the hills wisely on which you must do battle. - unknown Choose to be forgiven. - unknown Choose your neighbors before you buy your house. - Hausa (West African) (on planning) Chop your own wood; it will warm you twice. - Mack King Circumstances alter cases. - T. Rymer (1678) Civility costs nothing and buys everything. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) Clean your finger before you point at my spots. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades. - John Harvey MacDonald Jr. combat wounded, Vietnam 1969 Clothes don't make the man. - unknown Clothes may disguise a fool, but his voice will give him away. - unknown Clouds gather before a storm. - unknown Clouds that thunder, do not always rain. - Armenian (on vanity and arrogance) Cold hands, warm heart. - V.S. Lean (1903) Come what may, time and hour runs through the roughest day. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Common sense is not so common. - French (on common sense) Compete-- don't envy.- Yemeni (on jealousy and envy) Confession is good for the soul. - Scottish Proverb Conscience makes cowards of us all. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Constant dripping will wear away a stone. - Greek Proverb Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Control your emotions or they will control you. - Chinese Proverb Count your blessings. - unknown Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it. - William Danforth (1870-1955) Courage is the complement of fear. - Lazarus Long, thanks to D. Housel Cowards die many times before their death. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Creditors have better memories than debtors. - English (on business) Curses like chickens, come home to roost. - Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Curiosity killed the cat. - E. O'Neill (1888-1953) Cut your coat according to your cloth. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Cutting off a mule's ears doesn't make it a horse. - Creole (on authenticity)

Dally not with other folk's spouses or money. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Dead men don't bite. - Plutarch (46-120) Dead men tell no tales. - J. Wilson (1664) Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own. - Chinese Proverb Death is the great leveller. - Claudian Death keeps no calendar. - English (on death and dying) Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go. - Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) Death pays all debts. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Death takes no bribes. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Deeds are fruits; words are leaves. - English (on words and deeds) Depend on others and you will go hungry. - Nepalese (on self-reliance) Depend on your walking stick; not on other people. - Japanese (on self-reliance) Destroy your enemy by making him your friend. - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Diamond cuts diamond. - Marstow (1604) Different strokes for different folks. - Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Difficulties make you a jewel. - Japanese (on adversity) Diligence is the mother of good luck. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Discretion is the better part of valor. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Distance lends enchantment to the view. - Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) Do good and care not to whom. - Portuguese (on good and evil) Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping. - Hawaiian (on the conduct of life) Do not attempt too much at once. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Do not dissect a rainbow. In other words, do not destroy a beautiful phenomenon by overanalyzing it. - Denise LaFrance, artist, 1964 - now. Do not hold everything as gold which shines like gold. - unknown Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. - unknown Do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Do the math; count your blessings. - unknown Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. - Bible Do what comes natural. - unknown Do what is right, come what may. - unknown Dog is a man's best friend. - unknown Dogs bark but the caravan moves on. - Arab Proverb Don't be caught flat-footed. - unknown Don't be led around by the nose. - unknown Don't be too quick to judge. - unknown Don't believe everything you hear. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Don't bite off more than you can chew. - unknown Don't bite the hand that feeds you. - unknown Don't boast when you set out but only when you get there.- Russian (on journeys) Don't burn your bridges behind you. - unknown Don't buy other people's problems. - Chinese (on buying and selling) Don't bypass a town where there's a friend.- Malagasy (on journeys) Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river. - Belizean (on criticism) Don't cross the bridge til you come to it. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Don't cry before you are hurt. - Scottish Proverb Don't cry over spilt milk. - James Howell (1549-1666) Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. - Mid 14th century French Proverb Don't expect things to go right the first time. - unknown Don't find fault, find a remedy. - Henry Ford (1863-1947) Don't get your back up. - unknown Don't gild the lily. - unknown Don't give up the ship. - unknown Don't go barking up the wrong tree. - Davy Crockett (1786-1836) Don't go looking for trouble. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Don't halloo until you're out of the wood. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach. - Belizean (on balance and moderation) Don't have too many irons in the fire. - unknown Don't judge anyone unless you've walked in their moccasins one moon. - Native American Proverb Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Don't let anyone get your goat. - unknown Don't let the critics get you down. - unknown Don't let the grass grow on the path of friendship. - Blackfoot (Native American) (on friendship) Don't look where you fell but where you slipped. - Liberian (on practicality) Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. - Henry Ellis(1859-1939) Don't plant a seed in the sea. - Swahili (East African) (on appropriateness) Don't put all your eggs in one basket. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Don't put the cart before the horse. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Don't pretend to be something you aren't. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Don't reinvent the wheel. - unknown Don't rush the river. - unknown; appeared in a horoscope on Dec 2nd, 2003. Thanks to jenfromblock28. The river may be life or it may be financial wealth or it may be your desires. Don't sail out farther than you can row back. - Danish (on prudence) Don't say amen to an unacceptable prayer. - Turkish (on prayer) Don't shoot the messenger. - Old Latin Phrase, "Legatus non violatur." thank you to Graeme Harrison of Sidney, Australia who researched this one and updated our site. Don't spill the beans. - unknown Don't sweat the small stuff. - unknown Don't take any wooden nickels. - American (on authenticity) Don't take no for an answer. - unknown Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. - unknown Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. - unknown Don't toot your own horn. - unknown Don't treat the symptom, instead find the cause. - unknown Don't try to reinvent the wheel. - unknown Don't wish your life away. - unknown Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his brother. - Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Doubt is the key to knowledge. - Iranian (on education)

Drive gently over the stones. - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Each bay, its own wind. - Fijian (on differences) Each person has his strong point. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Eagles don't catch flies. - Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536) Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Earth is dearer than gold.- Estonian (on nature) Easier said than done. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) East, west, home's best. - W.K.Kelly (1859) Easy does it. - T. Taylor (1863) Easy come, easy go. - Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Eat coconuts while you have teeth. - Singhalese (on youth and age) Eat to live, not live to eat. - Socrates (469-399 BC) Economy is the wealth of the poor and the wisdom of the rich. - French (on thrift) E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Eggs have no business dancing with stones. - Haitian (on prudence) Empty sacks will never stand upright. - Italian Proverb Empty vessels make the most sound. - John Lydgate (c.1370-1451) Enough is as good as a feast. - Sir Thomas Malory (d.1471)) Envy has no rest.- Middle Eastern (on jealousy and envy) Envy is based on an incomplete understanding of the other person's situation. - George Chapman (c.1559-1634) Envy of others always shows. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - John Philpot Curran (1750-1817) Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut. - Korean (on common sense) Even a sheet of paper has two sides. - Japanese (on differences) Even a worm will turn. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) "Treade a worme on the tayle and it must turn agayne." Even Buddist priests of the same temple quarrel occasionally.- Singhalese (on the human comedy) Even children of the same mother, look different. - Korean (on differences) Even in Mecca, people make money. - Hausa (West African (on balance and moderation) Even monkeys fall out of trees. - Japanese Proverb Even the best laid plans go awry. - unknown Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often. - Korean (on art and creativity) Even the best writer has to erase. - Spanish (on books and writers) Even the largest army is nothing without a good general.- Afghan (on leadership) Even though you have ten thousand fields, you can eat but one measure of rice a day. - Chinese Proverb Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit. - Napolean Hill () Every age has its book. - Arabic (on books and writers) Every ass loves to hear himself bray. - English (on vanity and arrogance) Every burro has his own saddle. - Equadoran (on differences) Every cloud has a silver lining. - D.R. Locke (1863) Every day of your life is a page of your history.- Arabic (on life and living) Every dog has its day. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Every dog is allowed one bite. - V.S. Lean (1902) Every garden may have some weeds. - English Proverb Every head is a world. - Cuban (on differences) Every herring must hang by his own gill. - S. Harwood (1609) Every horse thinks his own pack heaviest. - Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) Every jack has his jill; if only they can find each other. - R. Cotgrave (1611) Every land has its own law. - J. Carmichael (1628) Every man for himself. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Every man has his price. - unknown Every man has to seek his own way to make himself more noble and to realize his own true worth. - Albert Schweitzer Every man is the architect of his own fortune. - Appius (c.470 BC) Every peddlar praises his own needles. - Portuguese (on flattery and praise) Every picture tells a story. - unknown Every pot will find its lid.- Yiddish (on marriage) Every tear has a smile behind it. - Iranian (on adversity) Everybody makes mistakes. - unknown Everyone gets their just deserts. - unknown Everyone is ignorant only on different subjects. - Will Rogers (1879-1935) Everyone is the age of their heart. - Guatemalan (on youth and age) Everyone wants to live long but no one wants to be called old. - Icelandic (on youth and age) Everything comes to those who wait. - unknown Everything in moderation. - unknown Everything is lovely when the geese honk high. - unknown Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper. - Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Example is the best precept. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Expect the worst, but hope for the best. - unknown Experience is the best teacher. - Latin Proverb Experience is the mother of wisdom. - unknown

Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes. - James Anthony Froude (1818-189)

Fact is stranger than fiction. - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)
Failure is a teacher; a harsh one, but the best. - Thomas J. Watson Sr. (1874-1956)
Failure is the path of least persistence. - unknown
Faint heart never won fair lady. - W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
Fair words can buy a horse on credit. - Trinidadian (on flattery and praise)
Fair words never hurt the tongue. - George Chapman (c.1559-1634)
Faith is the ability to not panic. - unknown
Falling is easier than rising. - Irish (on fame)
False friends leave you in times of trouble. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Familiarity breeds contempt. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. - German Proverb
Fear the Greeks bearing gifts. - Virgil (70-19 BC) "I fear the Greeks, even when bringing gifts."
Fear the person who fears you. - Middle Eastern (on courage and fear)
Feed a cold and starve a fever. - C. Morley (1939)
Fine feathers don't make fine birds. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Fine words butter no parsnips. - John Clarke (1639)
Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head. - German Proverb
First come, first served. - unknown
First food, then religion. - Afghan (on practicality)
First things first. - G. Jackson (1894)
Fish don't get caught in deep water. - Malay (on caution and care)
Fishing without a net is merely bathing. - Hausa (West African) (on authenticity)
Focus on what's right in your world instead of what's wrong. - unknown
Follow your dreams. - unknown
Following the path of least resistence is what makes both men and rivers crooked. - unknown - thanks to Brian Fierling
Fools and scissors require good handling. - Japanese (on foolishness)
Fools are like other folks as long as they are silent. - Danish (on foolishness)
Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. - Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
For every bow there is an arrow. (For everyone there is someone.) - unknown
For news of the heart, ask the face.- Guinean (on life and living)
Forgive and forget. - unknown
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Forethought is easy, repentance is hard. - Chinese (on discretion)
Forewarn'd, forearm'd. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Four horses cannot overtake the tongue. - Chinese (on gossip)
Friends are God's way of taking care of us. -unknown
Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Friendship is one mind in two bodies. - Mencius (c.371-289)
From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks. - Jesus Christ
Froth is not beer. - Dutch (on appearance and reality)

Gather the breadfruit from the farthest branches first. - Samoan (on practicality) Genius is only a great aptitude for patience. - Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon (1707-1788) Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration. - Thomas Edison (1847-1931) Get out of harms way. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Get to the root of the problem. - unknown Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever. - Chinese Proverb Give an extra piece of cake to a stepchild.- Korean (on parenting and children) Give assistance not advice in a crisis. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Give credit where credit is due. - M. Floy (1834) Give even an onion, graciously. - Afghan (on generosity) Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. - unknown Give good and get good. - Estonian (on generosity) Give the devil his due. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Give thy thoughts no tongue. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Give up the ghost. - Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Given a challenge, rise to the occasion. - unknown Glass, china and reputation are easily crack'd and never well mended. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Go for it. - American (on ambition) God did not create hurry. - Finnish (on balance and moderation) God gave us music that we might pray without words. - unknown God gave us the nuts but he doesn't crack them. - German Proverb God grant me a good sword and no use for it. - Polish (on war and peace) God helps those who help themselves. - George Herbert (1593-1632) God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. - unknown Going beyond is as bad as falling short. - Chinese (on balance and moderation) Gold is the devil's fishhook. - Italian (on temptation) Good counsellors lack no clients. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Good deeds are the best prayer. - Serbian (on prayer) Good example is the best sermon. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Good memories are our second chance at happiness. - Queen Elizabeth II Good things come in small packages. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Good things come when you least expect them. - unknown Good to forgive, better to forget. - Robert Browning (1812-1889) Good wine needs no bush. - R. Taverner (1545) Good words are worth much and cost little. - George Herbert (1593-1632) Goodness does not consist in greatness but greatness in goodness. - Athenaeus (c.200) Grace thou thy house and let not that grace thee. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle. - Yugoslavian (on patience) Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Great actions are not always true sons of great and mighty resolutions. - Samuel Butler (1612-1680) Great chiefs prove their worthiness. - Seneca Proverb Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Great ideas are the fuel of progress. - unknown Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. - Washington Irving (1783-1859) Great minds think alike. - "Punch" (c.1922) Great oaks from little acorns grow. - Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Great spenders are bad lenders. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Greed often overreaches itself. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Grin and bear it. - unknown

Half a loaf is better than none. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Half the truth is often a whole lie. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Half the world knows not how the other half lives. - George Herbert (1593-1633) Handsome is as handsome does. - Anthony Munday (1553-1633) Happiness depends on ourselves. - Aristotle (384-322 BC) Happiness is a state of mind. - unknown Happiness isn't a goal, it's a by-product. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) Happy is as happy does. - unknown Happy is the bride that the sun shines on. - Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Happy is the person who learns from the misfortunes of others. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Happy nations have no history. - Belgian (on war and peace) Hard words break no bones. - unknown Haste has no blessing.- Swahili (East African) (on patience) Haste makes waste. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Hasty climbers have sudden falls. - Robert Greene (c.1560-1592) Have confidence in yourself and you can lick anything. - unknown Have the courage of your convictions. - unknown Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak. - Turkish (on discretion) Hay is for horses. - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) He lives long who lives well. - J. Wilson (1553) He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good. - Jewish Proverb He that cannot obey, cannot command. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that complies against his will, is of the same opinion still. - Samuel Butler (1612-1680) He that first cries out "stop thief" is often he that has stolen the treasure. - William Congreve (1670-1729) He that goes aborrowing, goes asorrowing. - R. Taverner (1545) He that hath a trade, hath an estate. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) He that is rich need not live sparingly and he that can live sparingly need not be rich. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that lies down with the dogs riseth with fleas. - George Herbert (1593-1633) He that pays for work before it's done, has but a pennyworth for two pence. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that pays the piper, calls the tune. - unknown He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that respects himself is safe from others. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that steals an egg will steal an ox. - George Herbert (1593-1633) He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree. - Scottish Proverb He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself. - Phillip Massinger (1583-1640) He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He who bites the hand that feeds him, ends up licking the boot that kicks him. - unknown (thanks to Dale Cade) He who flees at the right time can fight again. - Marcus Trentius Varro (c.116-27 BC) He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) He who hesitates is lost. - Joseph Addison (1672-1719) He who laughs last, laughs best. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) He who rules must fully humor as much as he commands. - George Eliot (1819-1880) He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gates open. - R. Tagore Thakur Health is better than wealth. - unknown Hear reason or she will make you feel her. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. - William Congreve (1670-1729) Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. - Norwegian (on courage and fear) His bark is worse than his bite. - George Herbert (1593-1632) History repeats itself. - George Eliot (1819-1880) Hit the nail on the head. - John Heywood (c.1497-1580) Hold a true friend with both your hands. - Nigerian Proverb Hold fast to the words of your ancestors. - Maori (on proverbs) Home is where the heart is. - J.J. McCloskey (1870) Honesty is the best policy. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC) Honor is better than honors. - Flemish (on the conduct of life) Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. - Thomas Norton & Thomas Sackville (1536-1608) Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper. - W. Rawley (1661) Hope springs eternal. - Alexander Pope (1688-1744) However long the night, the dawn will break. - African Proverb - Hausa Tribe Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. - Martin Luther King Jr. Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood. - 14th Century French Proverb Hunger is the best sauce. - French Proverb Hurry is good only for catching flies. - Russian (on the conduct of life)

Hurry no man's cattle; you may come to own a donkey yourself. - Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

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