A bad workman always blames his tools
A careless or unskilled worker blames bad work on his tools rather than himself.
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush
Something that one already has is better than going after something seemingly more worthwhile that one may not be able to get.
The best fish swim near the bottom
The best things are hard to come by
The best laid schemes of mice and men often fail
No matter how well planned, your arrangements can go wrong because you do not control all events and cannot see into the future
The best of friends must part
Even good friends sometimes need to part, if only for a while
The best things come in small packages
Expensive things which are considered among the best things, can come in small packages
The best things in life are free
The most important things in life such as love, kindness, generosity etc. are free
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
The bigger a problem the greater its impact
A burnt child dreads fire
A bad experience or a horrifying incident may scar one's attitude or thinking for a lifetime.
The buck stops here
It means final decision or total responsibility for an action
The blind leading the blind
A person helping or advising someone knows as little about the subject as the person who is being advised.
Bad news travels fast
People seem to hear bad news very fast
Bad is never good until worse happens
A bad situation you have been complaining about will suddenly seem a blessing when something worse happens
Barking dogs seldom bite
Those who make loud threats seldom carry them out.
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it
What you wish for may not really be what is good for you
Be on the safe side
To take special precautions to avoid making a mistake
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
What is beautiful to one person may not be beautiful to others.
Beauty is only skin-deep
Looks are not the most important thing about a person
Beggars can't be choosers
Someone in need should be grateful for what is given to him -- even if it's not what he wants or expects
Behind every successful man is a woman
A man's strongest and most loyal supporters are usually his mother and/or his wife
Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all
To have something, no matter how little or poor in quality, is better than to have nothing at all
Better be safe than sorry
It is wise to take precautions rather than be upset that you did not prepare for an eventuality after something has happened
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know
the problems you are facing at present may not be as bad as those in the place you are planning to move to
Better to be alone than in bad company
It is better to be by yourself than to be with people who are a bad influence
Better to die with honor than live with shame
It is more honorable to do the right thing even if you will be punished or have to die for it than to live as a coward or a liar
Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all
To have something, no matter how little or poor in quality, is better than to have nothing at all
Better late than never
It is more honorable to do the right thing even if you will be punished or have to die for it than to live as a coward or a liar
Between the devil and the deep sea
To choose between two equally bad alternatives in a serious dilemma.
Between a rock and a hard place
To be in a difficult situation from which there seems to be no escape
Bite off more than one can chew
To try to do something one is unable to do or incapable of doing.
Birds of a feather flock together
People of the same sort of character or belief always go together.
Bitter pills may have blessed effects
Something may be unpleasant or painful, but it can help you in the long run
Blood is thicker than water
Family ties are stronger than any other.
Books and friends should be few but good
You do not need to have too many friends or read too many books in order to live a balanced, fulfilled and complete life as long as the friends and books you do have are full of substance
Boys will be boys
Often applied to men who act childishly
Brain is better than brawn
Intelligence is more valuable than physical strength
Bread always falls buttered-side down
Of two possibilities, it often seems that the more negative one will occur
Brevity is the soul of wit
When you want to sound clever, it is better to be brief rather than long-winded
Business before pleasure
It is better to finish your work before you have a good time
Burn the candle at both ends
Those who are always busy and seem to get little rest
Buy a pig in a poke
Buy something without examining it for faults or checking to see if they are really getting what they believe they have purchased
By timely mending save much spending
Fix a problem as soon as you discover it to save money, expense, worry, etc having to deal with it later when it has become a bigger problem
A cat may look at a king
Anyone has the right to look at or speak to anyone else without having to worry about status, position, upbringing etc.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link
The success of a group or team depends on the full commitment of every member
A chicken and egg question
A mysterious question which can't be answered
A closed mouth catches no flies
It is better not to say anything than to say something that might get you into trouble
A constant guest is never welcome
We are apt to grow to dislike friends who visit us too often
A contented mind is a perpetual feast
Contentment of mind is the cause of lasting happiness.
The calm comes before the storm
There is usually peace before disaster strikes
The child is father to the man
Your experiences as a child mould you as an adult
The cure is worse than the disease
Some solutions seem worse than the problem
The customer is always right
The guiding principle of the service industry is that the customer must be satisfied, so never upset or contradict a customer
Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance
We should not waste time on trivial aspects of a matter and neglect the essential matter itself.
Call a spade a spade
If you say that someone calls a spade a spade, you mean that they speak frankly and directly, often about embarrassing or unpleasant subjects; an informal expression.
Charity begins at home
A person's first obligation should be to help the member of his own family before he can begin thinking of talking about helping others.
Chance favors the prepared mind
You should always be prepared to act so that when opportunities present themselves, you are ready to seize them
Cheapest is dearest
Some items may save you money because they are cheap, but their quality may be poor, and this may cost you a lot of money in repairs and getting replacements later
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
To be clean and tidy is just as important as being spiritually good and religious.
Catch as catch can
To do anything or use any means to achieve an aim or reach a goal.
Children should be seen and not heard
To stop a child from asking questions, talking, or making unnecessary noise.
Christmas comes but once each year
An excuse to indulge in food and drink and spend money during the Christmas season
Clothes make the man
The way you dress tells people something about you, and can influence their opinion of you
Comparisons are odious
It is bad to compare people to one another
Confessed faults are half-mended
When you own up to a fault, mistake or wrongdoing, you are halfway to changing into a better person
Courtesy costs nothing
Politeness should be a way of life for everyone
Cowards die many deaths
A coward is afraid of everything, and therefore, faces every problem or challenge with great fear
Crime does not pay
However much you may earn or make as a criminal, a life of crime does not pay because the law will catch up with you eventually
Cross the stream where it is shallowest
Don't make things difficult for yourself; always find the simplest means of achieving your objective.
Cry over spilled milk
It's pointless to get upset or feel regret about a loss or mistake that can't be undone
Curiosity killed the cat
To warn people not to show too much interest in affairs that don't concern them.
Curses are like chickens, they come home to roost
Curses you place on others may find their fulfillment in you, so it is best not to curse anyone
Cut off your nose to spite your face
When people are dissatisfied or angry, they sometimes react by doing foolish things that prove harmful to themselves.
Cut your coat according to your cloth
Live within your income; don't be too ambitious in your plans
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
An exception to the rule
Something does not conform to or agree with a rule
The eyes are the window of the soul
A person's eyes express his true feelings, thoughts etc
East or West, home is best
You feel safest, most comfortable and most at peace in your own home
Empty vessels make the most noise
Those people who have a little knowledge usually talk the most and make the greatest fuss.
Even a broken/stopped clock is right twice a day
  No one is ever wrong all the time      
Even Homer sometimes nods
Even the best of us are liable to make mistakes.
Every ass loves to hear himself bray
Conceited people love to boast about their achievements
Every bird loves to listen to himself sing
People who know they are good at something tend to boast about their ability
Every cloud has a silver lining
If you say that every cloud has a silver lining, you mean that every sad or unpleasant situation has a positive side to it. If you talk about silver lining you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or unpleasant situation.
Even a dog can distinguish between being stumbled over and being kicked
  Do not let people bully you, but be alert to when you are being taken advantage of      
Every dog has its day
Everyone will get a period of success or satisfaction during his lifetime.
Every family has a skeleton in the cupboard
Every family has their secrets
Every flow must have its ebb
Life has its ups and downs, neither good fortune nor ill fortune lasts forever.
Every man has his faults
No one is perfect
Every man has his price
If you offer someone enough money, he will be willing to do anything for you  
Every man is his own worst enemy
A lot of people tend to hurt their own chance at success because of negative-mindedness, fear, ignorance, unresolved issues  
Every man must carry his own cross
Everyone has to carry his burden or responsibilities in life  
Every one can find fault, few can do better
It is easier to find fault in other people's actions or methods than to do it properly or correctly.
Every oak must be an acorn
Everything has to have a small beginning.
Every picture tells a story
Every situation has an explanation  
Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die
Everyone wants to enjoy success, but few are willing to work hard or take the risks involved in achieving it  
Example is better than precept
It is better to show by example than to advise, order or tell people to be upright  
Experience is the best teacher
The best way to learn a job is to do it.
Experience is the mother of wisdom
You become wiser as you gain more experience in life
A fool and his money are soon parted
A person who spends his money foolishly will soon be penniless
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A friend who helps when one is in trouble is a real friend.
A friend to all is a friend to none
A person who makes himself close to everyone probably cannot be trusted by any one
The fat is in the fire
It is too late to do anything about a situation
The first step is the hardest
Starting is often the most difficult part of doing a job
The first step to health is to know that we are sick
You have to be willing to admit there is a problem before you can change yourself, a bad situation etc
Facts are stubborn things
You cannot change the facts of a case      
Failure teaches success
People can learn from their failures and mistakes
Faint heart never won fair lady
To succeed in life one must have the courage to pursue what he wants.
Fair exchange is no robbery
A contract is fair as long as both the parties understand and agree to the conditions willingly; after a deal is closed neither side can turn around and say that he was unfairly treated.
Faith will move mountains
Miracles will happen when you believe that they will
Familiarity breeds contempt
People tend to lose respect for people they are close to or in close company with all the time  
Fear is stronger than love
Fear is often a stronger emotion or motivation than even love  
Fear of death is worse than death itself
Fear is often a crippling emotion because it is so powerful
Fine feathers make fine birds
You can pretend to be rich, famous etc. by dressing the part
Fine words butter no parsnips
Just talking about something is not going to get the job done
Fire is a good servant but a bad master
Fire, like any other manmade tool or device, will serve man well only when it is controlled and used wisely.
First deserve, then desire
Before you begin to hope about possessing something, make sure you are qualified for it
First things first
Do the more urgent and important things first
First think, and then speak
Think about what you are going to say before you speak
Flattery brings friends, truth enemies
People like to hear good things said about them although they may not be the truth
Fling/throw mud at someone
To say evil or bad things about someone and in doing so, to damage his or her reputation.
Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me
You should be alert to people trying to get the better of you
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Foolish people tend to act too hastily and do things that wise people would avoid.
Forgive and forget
Excusing or pardoning someone for doing something
Fortune knocks once at every man's door
Everyone gets at least one good opportunity in his lifetime; everyone has the opportunity to be successful in life.
Fretting cares make grey hairs
Worrying is a negative activity that can age you prematurely
A good beginning makes a good ending
Something that starts off right will probably succeed all the way and end on the right note
A good name is better than riches
A good reputation is precious, difficult to earn and cannot be bought
A good name is sooner lost than won
It takes a long time to build up a good reputation which can be easily destroyed by misconduct.
A great talker is a great liar
A smooth and persuasive talker may be a good liar.
Garbage in, garbage out
If the information or input you provide is wrong, the end result will also be below par or flawed    
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
It is better to teach people how to be independent by teaching them how to do things for themselves than to do everything for them
Give and take is fair play
You should be willing to give in partly to others if you want them to give in partly to you      
Give credit where credit is due
Appreciate someone for the good work he ahs done
Give him an inch and he'll want a yard
Some people always take advantage of favor that is shown them    
Give someone enough rope and he will hang himself
If we allow someone to continue in his bad ways he'll eventually bring about his own downfall or ruin.
Give the devil his due
Be just and fair-minded , even to the one who does not deserve much or who is unfriendly or unfair; we should punish a person according to his wrongdoings.
Go from the sublime to the ridiculous
Move from one situation which is wonderful or perfect to another which is absurd or awful
God helps those who help themselves
God only helps those people who work hard and make an honest effort.
Good fences make good neighbors
Respect people's privacy and their territory      
Good wine needs no bush
Products of good quality do not need a lot of advertising, as their quality alone shows their worth      
Goodness is better than beauty
Inner beauty is more valuable than outer beauty
Grasp all, lose all
If you are too greedy and try to grab everything you see, you might lose that and everything you have too
Great haste makes great waste
If one does things hastily he will make a lot of mistakes - he will need to spend a lot of time correcting those mistakes later.
Great minds think alike
Wise people will normally think and behave alike in certain situations.
Great talkers are little doers
Those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not do much work.
Green leaves and brown leaves fall from the same tree
Everyone has a common beginning, and therefore, no one is above another      
Grin and bear it
To put up with discomfort or a bad situation without complaining.
A house divided against itself cannot stand
Discord breaks up families.
A hungry man is an angry man
A person who does not get what he wants or needs is a frustrated person and will be easily provoked to rage.
The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm
If you take care of the important matters, everything else will fall into place
Habit is secondnature
An act done repeatedly and often enough will sooner or later become a habit or second nature.
 Happy wife, happy life
If you have a happy or good life partner, you will be happy and contented
Hard words break no bones
Ignore insults as they cannot physically harm you, and will only harm you emotionally if you let them  
Haste makes waste
Things that are done in a hurry are usually done sloppily, and may contain careless mistakes
Have an old head on young shoulders
Youngsters who possess qualities of wisdom one would only expect to find in experienced older people.
Have eyes in the back of one's head
An ability to know what is happening not within the scope of one's vision.
Half a loaf is better than none
It's better to have or receive less than one desires than to have or receive nothing at all.
 He is rich who owes nothing
A person who owes no one a debt is free of worry, and therefore, rich, in a sense    
He is the best general who makes the fewest mistakes
A good leader rarely makes mistakes
He knows most who speaks last
The one who waits to listen to what others have to say before speaking has a better understanding of a situation
He that goes a-borrowing, goes a -sorrowing
Do not make borrowing a habit as you will suffer for it in the end
He that is master of himself, will soon be master of masters
Self-discipline will help you achieve greatness
He that knows nothing, doubts nothing
An ignorant person usually raises no questions because he is not aware that problems exist
He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses
If you do evil, do not expect good to come to you
He who dares, wins
You can only win or succeed if you are willing to take risks
He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail
lack of preparation will cause you to lose or fail
He who hesitates is lost
You will lose opportunities if you are indecisive and not fast enough to grab them
He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know
It is an ironic situation when someone who should speak up does not while the person who should not, does
He who likes borrowing dislikes paying
People who tend to borrow often are usually slow in settling debts
He who lives too fast, goes to his grave too soon
If you do not allow yourself to rest once in a while when you lead a fast-paced life, you will suffer from stress, burnt out and illness
He who sleeps forgets his hunger
sleeping is a good way to forget you are hungry, especially when there is no food for you and you have no money to buy any
He who serves two masters must lie to one
You cannot effectively or fully serve two people as your attention, loyalty, commitment etc. will be split between the two
He who stands for nothing will fall for everything
A person with no principles or opinions of his own will tend to go along with anything anyone tells him, and can, therefore, be easily cheated
He who sups with the devil has need of a long spoon
If you keep company with or work for dangerous or evil people, you will need to be very careful

He who pays the piper calls the tune
The person who pays for something has the right to do as he wants.
He who will steal an egg will steal an ox
A person who steals small things is likely to steal big things too
He laughs best who laughs last
A person who does his best is the one who will get the greatest satisfaction in the end.
Health is better than wealth
It is better to be healthy than rich, as without a healthy body you can do nothing, and cannot enjoy your wealth
Hide your light under a bushel
Concealing your talents, skills or abilities
History repeats itself
People tend to repeat mistakes made by others over the generations, not learning from them
History tends to repeat itself
What has happened once is liable to happen again.
Hitch one's wagon to a star
To Move forward in a way to improve your chances of achieving success.
Home is where the heart is
No matter where you are, 'home' is where you feel most comfortable and content.
Honesty is the best policy
Being honest is believed to be the best route to take.
Honey catches more flies than vinegar
Use the right incentives to motivate people to do something
Hope for the best, expect the worst
Never lose hope, but be prepared with an alternative if things do not go as planned
Hope is life
To live is to always be hopeful
Hope is the last thing that we lose
People are by nature hopeful, and must always be so because when we lose hope, we lose the will to live
Hope springs eternal
Hope is something that never dies, and people should never lose hope
Hunger is the best spice
When you are really hungry, everything tastes good, and you eat up everything placed in front of you
An idle brain is the devil's workshop
One who has nothing to do will be tempted to do many mischievous acts.
In for a penny, in for a pound
If we decide to do something, we should commit ourselves to it boldly and completely.
 If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Never stop trying to succeed at something
If it's not one thing it's another
The troubles seem to go on and on without end.
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch
Those without knowledge should not try to teach the ignorant.
If the shoe fits, wear it
If something said about you is true, you should accept it.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If we could get all the things we wanted just by making a wish, everyone would have all he ever wanted.
If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly
Cheap goods are usually not the best in terms of quality
If you buy quality, you only cry once
Items of good quality may be expensive, but they will last you a long time
If you can't lick them, join them
If you cannot defeat an opponent or get him to change his ideas, plans or way of doing things, the best thing is to change your ideas, plans, etc.
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen
If you cannot handle something, give it up
If you don't buy a ticket, you can't win the raffle
If you do not take the risk, you cannot expect success
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
Avoid being negative
If you keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it
Keep quiet, and you will say nothing wrong
If you want a thing done right, do it yourself
Do not rely on others to complete your work for you
If you were born to be shot, you'll never be hanged
You cannot escape your fate
If you're in a hole, stop digging
Do not create more trouble for yourself when you are already facing some
Ignorance is bliss
You can be happy when you do not know there are problems around you
Ignorance of the law excuses no man
Not knowing what you did was wrong does not excuse you from suffering the penalty
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
When someone copies what you do, it means they really admire you or the way you do things
It's a blessing in disguise
When an opportunity arrives through a crisis etc.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good
A bad or evil occurrence.
It is best to be on the safe side
Play safe, and be prepared for the worst to happen
It's better to give than to receive
Giving is more blessed than receiving
It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Do not be afraid to fall in love
It's never too late to mend
It is never too late to correct one's mistakes or faults.
It's no use crying over spilt milk
It is pointless to feel remorseful over a thing lost that can never be found or a mistake done that can never be corrected or rectified.
It is useless to flog a dead horse
It is no use spending your time and energy on an activity or belief that is already widely rejected or outdated.
It never rains but it pours
Events, especially misfortunes, always come together and not one at a time.
It takes all sorts to make a world
You should not expect everyone to think and act as you do.
It takes two to make a quarrel
Both parties in a quarrel should share the blame or take responsibility for it; no one can start a quarrel all by himself.
It takes two to tango
It takes two individuals to do certain things
A job worth doing is a job worth doing well
When you do something you should do it as well as you can.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
To progress at anything, you first need to get started
The journey is the reward
The most valuable, fulfilling and exciting part of achieving something is the work and effort put into the endeavour
Jack of all trades and master of none
Is a person who can do almost anything, but he rarely excels in any of them.
Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today
What you early hope for does not seem to be happening
Judge not, lest ye be judged
Do not judge others as you are not perfect yourself, so be merciful in the hope that others will show you mercy one day
Jump from the frying pan into the fire
To go from a bad position to a worse one.
Keep no more cats than will catch mice
Do not acquire more than what you need
Keep the wolf from the door
To avoid hunger and poverty
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer
Keep track of what your enemies are up to for your own protection
Kill not the goose that laid the golden egg
Do not be so foolish as to destroy the source of your good fortune out of pride, greed, anger etc
Kill two birds with one stone
Complete two tasks with one action
Kindle not a fire you cannot put out
Do not start something you cannot control or resolve
Kindness begets kindness
When you are kind to people, they will be kind to you in return
Knowledge is power
The more you learn, the greater influence you have over others
A leopard cannot change its spots
A person's nature cannot change.
A light purse makes a heavy heart
We cannot be cheerful when we have financial problems.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Knowing only a little about something can cause you to distort the truth or overestimate, misunderstand something
A loaded wagon makes no noise
People who are very rich do not feel the need to speak about their wealthy as they do not feel threatened in any way
The last straw that broke the camel's back
The final thing that, when added to a bad or unpleasant situation, causes failure or ruin.
The least said, the soonest mended
The less you say during a quarrel, the greater chance there is for you to patch up later
The longest day must have an end
All difficult jobs or situations also have an end.
The longest mile is the last mile home
The nearer you are to your destination, the further away from you it seems
Laugh and grow fat
Laughter creates a sense of well-being and happiness
Laugh and the world laughs with you
When someone is in a happy, cheerful mood, people like being with him.
Laughter is the best medicine
being cheerful is good for your total well-being
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people
Laughter is the best way to break the ice between strangers or enemies
Least said, soonest forgotten
The less we say about it the sooner the incident will be forgotten.
Learn to walk before you run
Do not rush into things before you are ready
Let bygones by bygones
One should consider forgiving one's and forget all the bad deeds done by others.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone
You qualify to judge someone only if you yourself are faultless
Let not the pot call the kettle black
A person who has a fault should not point out the same fault in another; do not criticize another person as you may have the same weakness.
Let sleeping dogs lie
One should preferably avoid discussing issues that are likely to create trouble.
Let the buyer beware
Always be aware of what you are getting yourself into
Let us go hand in hand, not one before another
Face problems together in unity, and not alone or in a spirit of enmity
Life is just a bowl of cherries
Life is full of happiness and pleasure
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
The same misfortune will probably not occur again in the same place or to the same people
Like a bull in a china shop
A clumsy or tactless person
Like cures like
People who have been through something are usually able to help others with the same problem
Like father, like son, like mother, like daughter
( used to describe a child's behavior when he or she acts like the father or mother )
Little boys should be seen and not heard
Children should not interrupt when adults are talking
Little by little and bit by bit
If you persevere at something, you will gradually accomplish it
Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised
Do not ignore people you have angered or hurt, however small the slight or injury, as they can harm you one day if they choose to bear a grudge
Little strokes feel great oaks
Continuous effort, however small the mount, will help you achieve your greatest dreams and ambitions
Little things please little minds
Childish people are thrilled by childish, petty things
Live and learn
Learn as much as you can from life
Live and let live
Get on with your own affairs and let other get on with theirs
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted
Once a mistake has been made or an error committed, it's too late to take precautions to prevent it from happening.
Long absent, soon forgotten
If you are away for too long, people may forget you
Look at the bright side
Be optimistic
Look after the pence, and the pounds will look after themselves
Take care of the details and the bigger issues will be solved
Look before you leap
Avoid acting hastily, without considering the possible consequences.

Look on the bright side
Be positive
Look on the sunny side of life
Be positive in life  
Loose lips sink ships
People who talk too much may give away important secrets that could harm themselves or others
Losers weepers, finders keepers
If someone loses something, he weeps -- but if someone finds it, he keeps it.
Love conquers all
Love motivates people to make things work
Love covers a multitude of sins
When you treat people with love, compassion, kindness, forebearing etc. you make up for a lot of your own faults because it is right to love people  
Love makes the world go round
Love is the important thing in life that makes life meaningful
Love me, love my dog
If we want a person's friendship we must accept him totally, faults and all.
Love sees no faults
Real love does not take into account the flaws of a person
Love will find a way
Love motivates people to look for solutions to all problems
A man is as old as he feels
A person's age is immaterial - it is only when he thinks and feels that he is ageing that he actually becomes old.
A man is known by the company he keeps
You can tell about a person by observing who he spends time with
A man is ruled by his passions
Your character, personality, attitude etc can be overtaken by your emotions if they are strong enough
A man's home is his castle
You feel most secure, free and in control in your own home
A miss is as good as a mile
Something that one already has is better than something that one may not be able to get
The more acquaintance, the more danger
The more casual friends you have, the greater the possibility that you will be led astray, betrayed etc
The more one knows, the less one believes
The more information you have about something, the more unsure or suspicious you can become of it
The more things change, the more they stay the same
Some changes are only outward, the actual problems remain the same
The more you get, the more you want
The more you have, the more you want to have because greed grows in you
The more you know, the more you know you don't know
The more knowledge you acquire, the more aware you are of how little you know about life
The mountain labors and brings forth a mouse
To work hard and long on a project that turns out to be pretty useless.
Man cannot live by bread alone
It takes more than food to complete your life
Make hay while the sun shines
Seize opportunities
Many hands make light work
Many people sharing a job or tasks make easier work of it.
Marry in haste, repent at leisure
Do not rush into marriage because if you marry the wrong person, you will spend the rest of your life regretting it   
Measure twice, cut once
Consider your options carefully in order to make a good decision
( The ) meek shall inherit the earth
The humble and the downtrodden but not the proud or the mighty will be rewarded with the best at the end of time   
Mirrors do everything we do, but they cannot think for themselves
man-made devices have their limits, and cannot do everything humans can  
Misery loves company
unhappy people seem to like to make others unhappy too
Money cannot buy happiness
You cannot buy joy, peace, contentment etc  
Money is the root of all evil
Crimes and wickedness are associated with money.
Money isn't everything
Riches cannot solve all your problems or bring you joy, peace, contentment etc.
A new broom sweeps clean
A person newly appointed is always eager and enthusiastic in his work.
A nod is as good as a wink
A hint or suggestion can be accepted and acted upon without further elaboration.
The nail that sticks out gets pounded
People who stand out in a group because they are different or because they raise questions, issues are quickly pressured into conforming with the rest of the group
The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat
The closer you get to your goal or objective, the more thrilled or excited you get
Nature, time and patience are three great physicians
  The goodness of nature, time and being patient can bring healing      
Necessity is the mother of invention
When a person is in great need of something, he will find a way of getting it.
Never do things by halves
One should not do an incomplete or imperfect job - certain tasks must not be left half done; they must be done away with immediately.
Never fall out with your bread and butter
Do not quarrel with the people who pay you your salary or with your customers
Never give advice unless asked
Do not assume that people need your help or that you have all the answers to help them, it is better to wait until you are asked for help      
Never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing
 Be discreet in all you do, do not tell others your deeds, especially your good deeds    
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today
Do not delay doing tasks and assignments
Never say die
Never give up      
Never say never
Always leave room for change
Never speak ill of the dead
Do not talk badly about the departed
( It is ) never too late to repent
  It is never too late to say you are sorry, and to change your ways      

(One is) never too old to learn
There is no age limit to acquiring knowledge

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you
Do not go looking for trouble      

( A ) nimble sixpence is better than a slow shilling
 A capable person, even if he is slow or not well qualified, is more valuable than an inefficient person who may be highly qualified      

No man can serve two masters
You can only be faithful to one boss, leader etc

No man is an island
Everyone needs the companionship of others

No man is content with his lot
Most people seem to be dissatisfied with what they have, and want other things  

No man is indispensable
 No man is so useful to others that people cannot do without him

No money, no justice
In a corrupt legal system, you can bribe lawyers and judges to win a case for you

No news is good news
When there is no news, it is likely that everything is all right.

No pain, no gain
You must be ready to make sacrifices to get what you want badly  

No revenge is more honorable than the one not taken lips sink ships
However tempted you may be to retaliate, try not to because revenge is a negative pursuit  

No rose is without a thorn
Nothing on earth is perfect  

No time like the present
Now is the best time to do something  

Nothing comes free
Unfortunately, everything in life has a price attached to it  

Nothing succeeds like success
When a person starts being successful, he is likely to continue being successful  

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
One must take risks in order to succeed at anything  
An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit
It is better to be careful and discrete than to be clever.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure
It is even better to be cautious and prevent a misfortune or an accident from happening.

Old habits die hard
It is difficult to change a long-time habit      

Once bitten twice shy
If a person has been tricked once he will more be careful and alert the next time.

One good turn deserves another
Always be ready to show kindness to people who have been kind to you

One man's junk is another man's treasure
People have different tastes, preferences, perceptions of the same thing
One man's loss is another man's gain
What is a disadvantage to one person can be an advantage to another
One man's meat is another man's poison
No two persons are alike - everyone has his own preferences, likes and dislikes.
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter
There are always two sides to an argument and two perspectives to consider
One swallow doesn't make a summer
One success doesn't guarantee complete success
Opportunity only knocks once
Seize an opportunity when it occurs for it may never happen again.
Opportunity seldom knocks twice
You must be ready to grab an opportunity when it comes your way
Out of sight, out of mind
You will soon forget friends you do not meet or keep in contact with.

A penny saved is a penny gained
By being thrifty one will be able to save up.
A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison
Something bad no matter how small can ruin all your plans, successes etc.
The pen is mightier than the sword
The written word is more to be feared than physical violence
Patience is a virtue
Patience is an advantage and a good trait to nurture in yourself
Politics makes a strange bedfellows
In politics, people who have always been opponents often work together at different times for their own interests
Possession is nine points of the law
In disputes over property ownership, the person in possession of something is sometimes said to have nine-tenths a chance of winning it in a legal argument
Poverty is no crime
The poor should not be despised
Practice makes perfect
It is believed that if one practices a certain skill often, he will excel in it
Practice what you preach
Do what you advise others to do
Prevention is better than cure
It is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem after it has arisen.
Pride comes before a fall
An extremely proud person runs the risk of being humbled in front of everyone
Promises are like pie crust
Most promises cannot be kept
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them
If you are rich and successful, you will attract many friends, but if you should suffer hardship or have misfortune ( adversity ), your friends will quickly depart.
Procrastination is the thief of time
To delay doing your work only wastes your time
Put a quart into a pint pot
Doing something that's impossible
Put a beggar on horseback, and he will ride to the devil
Sometimes, giving a person more than he needs or knows what to do with does not help him but instead, encourages him to go overboard
A rolling stone gathers no moss
A person who never settles in one place or who often changes his job will not succeed in life ; one who is always changing his mind will never get anything done.
A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet 
It is not what a thing is called that matters, but what it is.
( The ) race is to the swift
People who are able to overcome life's troubles quickly or do things quickly have the advantage over others      
The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike
No matter how good or bad a person, he must still face the everyday problems that confront us all.
Rats desert a sinking ship
When things go wrong in an organization, people tend to abandon it
Repeating a life doesn't make it true
Saying something is true when it is not just because you would like to believe it is so does not change the facts
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Revenge works well when the target least expects it  
Revenge is sweet
Some people feel good to be able to get back at someone who has hurt them
Rome was not built in a day
Any great plan or big dream cannot be achieved overnight or easily.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul
( this is quoted when one takes another loan to pay off an earlier loan ) taking from one to give another.
A small leak will sink a great ship 
Small problems are worth the time to fix as they can eventually cause great damage
A stitch in time saves nine
By taking immediate action we can prevent a fault, damage or trouble from getting worse
A straw will show which way the wind blows
A small incident can reveal an important event
The sky is the limit
There is no upper limit to something
The sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children
People will be punished for the wrongs committed by their parents, forefathers, or those who have preceded them.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
To do something unworthy just because it gives you the pleasure
Same meat, different gravy
The same thing presented differently
Scratch something and you'll find a something
When you know a person better, you will realize that he is not all he seems to be      
See which way the wind is blowing
Test how things stand      
Seek and ye shall find
When you set out to look for the truth with all your heart, you will find it      
Self trust is the first secret of success
  You need to believe in your abilities first of all in order to succeed in life      
Set a thief to catch a thief
Use the skill and experience of one wrongdoer to catch another      
Silence gives consent
If you do not protest, object or say anything in response to a proposal, plan etc. it means you are agreeable to it
Six of one and half a dozen of the other
The same or nearly the same in one case as in the other      
Slow and steady wins the race
Do things at your own pace and ability, and you will succeed in time      
Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone
  People are usually ready to share in your happiness but not in your sadness      
Someone's bark is worse than his bite
People sometimes bark but in time we learn they're not always as frightening as they seem.
Something is better than nothing
  Be thankful that you do have something, and do not complain about how little you have
Spare the rod and spoil the child
A child who is not punished and showed the error of his ways will become unruly.
Speak of the devil and he's sure to appear
What you say when you are talking of someone, and he appears
Speak when you are spoken to
Respond when you are asked a question
Speech is silver, silence is golden
Talk may be beneficial, but sometimes acquiescence may be the best option to take.
Starve a cold, feed a fever
The best way to treat a cold is to skip a meal or two; the best way to treat fever is to have a light meal
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me
The unkind words of small-minded people should not upset or depress you
Still waters run deep
One who is usually silent and goes about his business quietly may be a very wise person.
Stolen fruit is the sweetest
The most treasured part of an achievement is the experience and lessons you learn in the process
Strike while the iron is hot
Seize a good opportunity as quickly as possible.
Success is a journey, not a destination
The most treasured part of an achievement is the experience and lessons you learn in the process
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Do not be troubled about the problems you may face tomorrow, as you have enough to contend with today
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
It means that though something beautiful may not last, the happy memory of it will live forever.
A trouble shared is a trouble halved
Your troubles seem half as great when you discuss them with someone else
Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves
Pay attention to the details and the larger issues will work out well enough
Talk is cheap
Talk that is not backed up with action is useless
Teach an old dog new tricks
It is impossible to change someone's ways or habits, especially if he is old and resists change
Tell the truth and shame the devil
Tell the truth at all times
That's where the shoe pinches
That's the source or cause of a problem or an annoyance
The only free cheese is in the mouse trap
Be careful when people offer you something for nothing, as they may be trying to trap or cheat you
The only stupid question is the one that is not asked
The more questions you ask, the more you learn, so do not be shy or afraid to ask questions
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
How good something is can only be verified by evaluating it
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
A persons' good intentions are not enough to guarantee success
The start of a journey should never be mistaken for success
Do not assume you have succeeded at something when you have only just started on it
The thin end of the wedge
That something can appear to be small and of no particular importance - yet it can turn out to be the beginning of a major problem.
The truth is in the wine
People speak more freely when they are drunk, often revealing secrets
The truth hurts
Hearing the truth can sometimes be painful, especially when you have been believing something else for a long time
The truth will out
Truth about something will eventually be discovered or made known
There are no endings, only new beginnings
Do not think of an ending as the end of something but as the beginning of a new cycle or phase
There are no small parts, only small actors
A good actor is able to make any role interesting and realistic, no matter how insignificant it may be
There are none so blind as those that will not see
People ,who never admit they might be wrong, refuse to listen to the opinions or ideas of anyone
There are none so deaf as those who will not hear
People sometimes hear only what they want to hear
There are only twenty-four hours in a day
Time is a limited resource, so use it wisely
There are two sides to every question
There are always two ways of looking at something
There is a time and a place for everything
Act according to the occasion
There is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip
Anything can go wrong at any time before a matter is settled
There is many at a true word that is spoken in jest
A remark, such as something about a person's character, that is said jokingly, is often true to some extent
There's more than one way to skin a cat
There is more than one way of getting a job done
There is no fool like an old fool
When an older person acts silly, he appears really ridiculous because at his age, he is expected to be wise and sensible
There is no place like home
Even a simple home is the best place in the world for the people who live in it.
There is no honor among thieves
You cannot trust a thief
There is no point arguing with the barrel of a gun
It is pointless trying to argue with a very angry or violent person
There's no smoke without fire
Rumors do not spread unless there is some element of truth in them.
There is no such thing as a free lunch
Nothing comes free
There is no venom like that of the tongue
The cruel things people sometimes say to one another can hurt more than the deadliest poison can
There is nothing new under the sun
There is nothing in the world that has not been seen, heard, discovered, experienced before
There is one law for the rich, and another for the poor
When the law is unjust and does not treat people fairly, but considers their wealth and status before deciding to help them
There is safety in numbers
You are safer when others are around
They who dance must pay the fiddler
You must be ready to accept the consequences of your actions
Think before you speak
Think before you say anything so that you do not say something foolish or hurtful
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
People with obvious faults should not criticse the faults of others because they are themselves targets for criticism
Time and tide wait for no one
Time is precious, once it is past no one can go back and claim it thus everyone should be mindful of how his time is spent.
Time cures all things
With time, people are likely to forgive and forget hurts
Time heals old wounds
The passing of time helps us to forget things that have caused us pain or made us unhappy.
Time flies
Time seems to move very fast when you are having fun or doing something urgent
Time is a great healer
Time allows people to forgive and forget past hurts, injuries and loss as memories fade, and people become wiser and more mature
Time is money
Time is valuable, especially to business people, and should not be wasted
Time the deed to the need
Offer help when it is needed, and not when it is convenient for you
To err is human, to forgive divine
It is only normal for man to make mistakes and do wrong, but for one to forgive another for his wrong is indeed  great and gracious act.
To put the cart before the horse 
To do something in an incorrect order
To understand all is to forgive all
When you know why a person behaves in a certain way, you can forgive him what he does and says
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Too many people doing the same thing at the same time will not be successful
Tomorrow is another day
Tomorrow is a new day which gives you the opportunity to start over
Tomorrow never comes
If you do not do something today you will probably not do it the next day either
Truth is stranger than fiction
Real life can be more incredible than anything which can be imagined
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value
Good character and moral strength are more valuable than material success
Turn up like a bad penny
Something or someone disliked just won't go away
Two's company, three's a crowd
It is always fun while there are only two people whereas the third person is an unwelcome intrusion.
Two heads are better than one
It is always better to get the view of another than to rely entirely on one's own judgment.
Two things prolong your life: a quiet heart and a loving wife
Inner peace and a reliable life partner are a blessing to anyone
Two wrongs do not make a right
If a person does something to harm or offend us, that's wrong. If we do something to harm them back, that's wrong too.
Uneasy is the head that wears the crown
Notable or important people are often concerned about losing their positions.
Unity is strength
Unity brings strength to a team
United we stand, divided we fall
Unity bring strength to a team
Variety is the spice of life
Life becomes very monotonous without some break or change in the daily routine.
Virtue is its own reward
You should not expect payment for doing things that you should do or for acting in a morally correct way
A watched pot never boils
If you watch or wait for something to get done or to happen it seems to take forever
A wise man changes his mind sometimes, a fool never
It is wise to reconsider your plans, ideas, actions in the light of new information rather than to blindly stick to an earlier decision    
A word spoken is past recalling
What has been said cannot be taken back, so think before you speak
A word to the wise is enough
You need not be long-winded when speaking to intelligent people or those who understand you well
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
Most men love to eat so feed your husband well and he will always love you.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
Only a morally strong person is able to forgive people who have hurt him
The wish is father to the thought
Often, you think about and eventually act upon what you wish for
Walls have ears, shoes have tongues
Be careful what you say and who you speak to
Waste not, want not
If we're careful and waste nothing we'll never go without things we need.
We never miss the water till the well runs dry
You only realize the importance of something when it is gone
Wear out one's welcome
One is no longer welcome, usually because he has become a nuisance
What's done can't be undone
In life there are some things once done or decisions once made cannot be changed; malicious words once uttered or harmful actions once done cannot be taken back.
What goes around, comes around
How you treat people is how you will eventually be treated
What goes up must come down
Things will return to their natural state eventually
What is learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb
Everything you learn in life stays with you till you die
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
What is good for one person ought to be good enough for anyone else
What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts
The disadvantages you suffer in one area are equaled or cancelled by the advantages you win in others
What you sow is what you reap
You have to face the consequences of your actions
When in Rome do as the Romans do
When one is in a new place, country or situation he must adapt himself to the new manners and customs.
When one sows the wind one reaps the whirlwind
When you live too fast-paced or dangerous a life, be prepared for trouble or danger
When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window
As soon as a happily married couple begin having financial problems and the bills pile up their love will disappear.
When the cat is away the mice will play
When law enforcers are not present, certain public members will take the opportunity to break the law
When the going gets tough, the tough get going
Often, when things become difficult, people who seemed strong o who promised to help you leave you because they cannot take the pressure
Where there's a will there's a way
When a person really wants to do something, he will find a way of doing it.
Who keeps company with wolves, will learn to howl
If we associate with bad companions we, too, will become bad
Willful waste makes woeful want
Do not waste anything thoughtlessly because you may need it later
Winning isn't everything
Success is not everything, what you learn in the process of becoming successful is more important
Worship the ground somebody walks on
Very much in love with somebody
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink
We can help, show or encourage someone to do something but we can't make him do what he is unwilling or unable to do
You can't have your cake and eat it
You must choose between two things as it is impossible to have both at the same time
You can't have things both ways
You cannot avoid making a choice in some situations
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
You cannot change a person's real character
You can't make an omelet without breaking the eggs
You have to sacrifice something in order to gain something else
You can't please everyone
You cannot make everyone happy at the same time -- someone is going to be unhappy with your actions
You can't shoe a running horse
If you want help, or if you are in trouble, you will need to stop and ask for help
You could go a lot further and fare a lot worse
You are better off now because things could have been worse for you
You need to bait the hook to catch the fish
You need to prepare the necessary materials or items before you can actually get something done
You pays your money and you takes your chances
A humorous way of saying that we sometimes must trust in luck when buying something.
You will never know till you have tried it
You have to experience something yourself before you know what it is all about
You win some, you lose some
In life, you have to expect to win and lose
Youth and age will never agree
The young and the old do not always see eye to eye