A drowning man will clutch at a straw


A desperate person will do anything to save himself




The darkest hour is that before the dawn


Relief or victory comes just after the worst phase of a bad situation




The devil finds work for idle hands


Unless one keeps busy doing useful or constructive things he could be tempted into mischief or evil.




The devil has the best tunes



To do something unworthy because it gives you pleasure




Danger and delight grow on the same stalk


Some pleasures will lead you to danger




Dead men tell no lies


( often used as an argument for killing someone whose knowledge of a secret may cause one loss or get into serious trouble.)




Death is the great leveler


Death, which comes to everyone without discrimination, makes everyone equal




Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves


Taking action is far better than just talking about problems or negative situations




Discretion is the better part of valor


If you say discretion is the better part of valor, you mean that avoiding a dangerous or unpleasant situation is sometimes the most sensible thing to do.




Desperate times call for desperate measures


Sometimes, a situation is so urgent or unexpected that you have to resort to doing things you normally would not   




Different strokes for different talks


You need different plans or strategies in managing different people as people are different in personality and temperament




Diligence is the mother of good fortune


Working hard will bring you riches and success




Distance lends enchantment to the view


When you are free of a problem or far away from troublesome people, you begin to feel that things were not so bad after all




Divide and rule


A method of ruling or managing people where you separate them into different groups to make sure they do not join forces against you




Do as I saw, and not as I do


Do something as you have seen it done although it may be different from your own way of doing it




Do unto others as you would others do unto you


Treat others as you would like them to treat you.




Doctors make the worst patients


It is difficult advising people on matters they are supposed to be experts on because they believe they know better




Don't count your chickens before they are hatched


Do not make plans based on something that has not happened.




Do not cross a bridge till you come to it


Do not worry about something before it has happened




Don't go near the water until you learn how to swim


Do not try to do something before you have learnt how to do it or before you are ready for it




Do not have too many irons in the fire


If we attempt to do too much at once, we shall not do anything properly




Don't make a mountain out of a molehill


Do not make a big fuss or issue over something minor or small




Don't mend what isn't broken


Do not change things that are working fine as they are




Don't put all your eggs in one basket


One should not risk everything he has in a single venture.




Do not ride the high horse


Do not be arrogant




Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone


prepare for emergencies and eventualities before they happen




Don't teach your grandmother how to suck eggs


Do not be presumptuous and teach an experienced person how things should be done