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No matter how far we travel, truth and wisdom always feel familiar and comforting , perhaps because the love and hope they tout truly are universal.

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Looking for the most unforgettable quotes about life, love, happiness and friendship? SayingImages has put together the best quotes for you.

Famous quotes are very helpful in different ways.

Quotable quotes from famous personalities give wise advice.

If you heed these words of wisdom, you can be guided to overcoming difficulties in your life. Famous personalities are not always loved for their looks only. They are also admired because of their unique qualities.

If you go through the biographies of famous people, you will learn how many of them have become successful by way of their hard work and unusual way of thinking. This fact makes these people stand out from the rest and it’s precisely why you should read their inspirational quotes — to gain insight and to gain invaluable advice.

Famous quotes help people see the bigger picture.

Quotes present both the simplest and grandest ideas in the simplest of ways. When you read quotes, it’s easy to have an AHA moment about all-encompassing truths about life, love, friendship and so on.

By reading these quotes, you will realize how easy it is to overlook daily problems and look at the bigger picture. The fact that these quotes come from people who may have had similar problems to you makes them authentic.

Famous quotes lead us to answers.

Quotes teach life lessons. You will understand your problems better and even find solutions to them.

Most of the time, when we are unable to find an answer, we ask our friends. However, as our friends are only as experienced as we are, they are not always able to help us. In such a case, it is a good idea to read famous quotes from people who have been through so much more than we have and succeeded.

Famous Quotes about Love

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ― Dr. Seuss

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. – Max Muller

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ― Marilyn Monroe

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ― Lao Tzu

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. – Loretta Young

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. – David Viscott

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – Jesus Christ

Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Franklin P. Jones

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. – Robert Frost

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

More love quotes & saying

Famous Quotes about Life

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. – Will Smith

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ― Oscar Wilde

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ― Mae West

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. – Sholom Aleichem

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. – Bruce Lee

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. – Irving Berlin

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. ― Bob Marley

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam

More famous life quotes

Famous Quotations about Happiness

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy  – it’s all that matters. – Audrey Hepburn

Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth. – Mark Twain

Also Read: The 30 Best Classic Mark Twain Quotes

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ― Helen Keller

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. ― Abraham Lincoln

Also Read: 30+ Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotes & Facts

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ― Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to be happy, be. – Leo Tolstoy

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

More happiness quotes

Famous Quotes about Friendship

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”. ― C.S. Lewis

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. – Jim Morrison

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. ― William Shakespeare

Also Read: Best of William Shakespeare Quotes and Sayings

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. – William Arthur Ward

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. – Len Wein

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. – Gloria Naylor

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the  most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. – Walter Winchell

A friend is one what the heart needs all the time. – Henry Van Dyke

Famous Inspirational Quotes

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ― Marilyn Monroe

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ― Albert Einstein

Also Read: Best 20+ Albert Einstein Quotes and Sayings

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

Also Read: 20 Most Memorable and Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. ― Bil Keane

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Also Read: More motivational & inspirational quotes

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proverbs for life and love

Weather

  • Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.
  • Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.
  • When rain comes before the wind, halyards, sheets and braces mind, but when wind comes before rain, soon you may make sail again.
  • When dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass.

The majority of the proverbs regarding the weather have grown into rhymes.

We have created a separate site titled
Folk Lore Weather Forecasting
to display the many great proverbs that deal with weather.

You will notice how once again many of the weather sayings refer to sailors, farmers and travellers, all of whom in the old days were outdoors and exposed to the weather.

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Friendship

  • A friend's frown is better than a fool's smile.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • A friend is easier lost than found.
  • A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
  • A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
  • False friends are worse than open enemies.
  • Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Grief divided is made lighter.
  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
  • Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • The best of friends must part.
  • The best things are not bought and sold.
  • There is no better looking-glass than an old friend.
  • To err is human (To forgive divine).
  • Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.

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Growth

  • A little body doth often harbour a great soul.
  • A point is the beginning of magnitude.
  • A spark can start a great fire.
  • A short cut is often a wrong cut.
  • Big fish eat little fish.
  • Everything has an end.
  • Failure is not an option.
  • Fall seven times. Stand up eight.
  • First in best dressed.
  • From trivial things, great contests often arise.
  • Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.
  • Grow angry slowly, there's plenty of time.
  • Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.
  • He who hesitates is lost.
  • It's either all or nothing.
  • It is easier to destroy than to build.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Many drops make a shower.
  • Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.
  • Necessity is a hard nurse, but she raises strong children.
  • Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Seize the day
  • Small faults indulged let in greater.
  • Some of the best gifts come in small packages.

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Love

  • A loveless life is a living death.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • All's fair in love and war.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Before you meet the handsome prince you have to kiss a lot of toads.
  • Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.
  • Cold hands, warm heart.
  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
  • First impressions are the most lasting.
  • Hatred is as blind as love.
  • Love and a cough cannot be hid.
  • Love does much but money does all.
  • Love levels all inequalities.
  • Love makes a good eye squint.
  • Love sees no faults.
  • Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
  • Love to live and live to love.
  • Love with life is heaven; and life unloving, hell.
  • Man is the head but woman turns it.
  • Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
  • The course of love never did run smooth.
  • The Lord loveth a cheerful liar.
  • There is a thin line between love and hate.
  • To eat one's heart out.
  • True beauty lies within.
  • You can't live on bread alone.

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Travel

  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.
  • Bad news travels fast.
  • Be aware that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  • Better to go back than go wrong.
  • Don't cross your bridges until you come to them.
  • Doubt is the deadliest enemy of any dream.
  • Everybody must row with the oars he has.
  • Every path has its puddle.
  • Good company on the road is the shortest cut.
  • He who stops at every stone never gets to his journey's end.
  • He who wants to travel far takes care of his beast.
  • If you don't know where you're going, then the journey is never ending.
  • It is the first step that is difficult.
  • On a long journey even a straw is heavy.
  • Show a clean pair of heels.
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Some roads aren't meant to be travelled alone.
  • Step by step one goes far.
  • The beaten path is safest.
  • The hardest part is leaving home.
  • The longest journey begins with the first step.
  • The longest way round is the sweetest way home.
  • You have to crawl before you walk.

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Conversation

  • A fool uttereth all his mind.
  • A bad excuse is better then none.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Angry words fan the fire like wind.
  • Call a spade a spade.
  • Do as I say not as I do.
  • Don't advertise: Tell it to a gossip.
  • Don't go off half-cocked.
  • Few words and many deeds.
  • For donkeys' ages.
  • Gossips are frogs, they drink and talk.
  • He who sings drives away sorrow.
  • If you don't say it you will not have to unsay it.
  • It takes two to have an argument.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
  • Listen to the pot calling the kettle black.
  • Many a true word spoken in jest.
  • Negotiation is preferable to confrontation.
  • No news is good news.
  • Nothing is ill said if it is not ill taken.
  • One picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Self praise is no recommendation.
  • Silence is an excellent remedy against slander.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Silence is less injurious than a bad reply.
  • Since before cocky was an egg.
  • Speak clearly, if you speak at all.
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
  • Stop beating around the bush.
  • Take your wife's first advice.

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Business

  • A good conscience is a soft pillow.
  • A good thing is soon snatched up.
  • A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing.
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  • Better safe than sorry.
  • Better late than never.
  • Business before pleasure.
  • Credit won by lying is quick in dying.
  • Damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich.
  • Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
  • Divide and conquer.
  • Don't rely on the label on the bag.
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bath-water.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Experience is the best teacher.
  • First come, first served.
  • Fore-warned is fore-armed.
  • Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
  • Hasty judgements are generally faulty.
  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
  • It's a poor job that can't carry one boss.
  • Keep It Simple (The KISS principal).
  • Let the buyer beware.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Nobody can serve two masters.
  • One false move may lose the game.
  • One man's loss, is another man's gain.
  • Peace begins just where ambition ends.
  • Plan for the worst; hope for the best.
  • Possession is nine tenths of the law.
  • Rules are made to be broken.
  • Successful people are persistent.
  • The customer is always right.
  • The gods help them that help themselves.
  • The golden age never was the present one.
  • To each his own.
  • We do not always gain by changing.
  • Where there's a will there's a way.

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Fools

  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • A fool in a gown is none the wiser.
  • A wise man doesn't need advice, and a fool won't take it.
  • Advice when most needed is least heeded.
  • Always in a hurry, always behind.
  • Cheap is dear in the long run.
  • Confess and be hanged.
  • Cut off one's nose to spite one's face.
  • Empty vessels make the most noise.
  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  • He that loves glass without a G, take away L and that is he.
    (This proverb plus many others can be located at Whimsical Proverbs)
  • He who won't be advised, can't be helped.
  • If the cap fits, wear it.
  • In one ear and out the other.
  • It can't happen here is number one on the list of famous last words.
  • It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
  • One of these days is none of these days.
  • People who living in glass houses should not throw stones.
  • Pride cometh before a fall.
  • Pride feels no pain.
  • See nothing, say nothing, know nothing.
  • The bigger they are the harder they fall.
  • The fool wanders, the wise man travels.
  • The hood does not make the monk.
  • The wise man is deceived once but the fool twice.
  • There is no fool like an old fool.
  • Use not today what tomorrow will need.
  • What's the good of home, if you are never in it?
  • You cannot lose what you never had.

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Money

  • Find a coin pick it up
  • All the day you'll have good luck.
  • Drop a penny leave it lay
  • Bring someone a lucky day.
  • A bad penny always comes back.
  • A light purse makes a heavy heart.
  • A little each day is much in a year.
  • A man's intentions seldom add to his income.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A poor man is better than a liar.
  • A single penny fairly got is worth a thousand that are not.
  • All that glitters is not gold.
  • Always you are to be rich next year.
  • Beggars can't be choosers.
  • Better to have than to wish.
  • Diamonds are forever.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Every man has his price.
  • Every man is the architect of his destiny.
  • Experience is the father of wisdom.
  • Fair exchange is no robbery.
  • He has enough who is content.
  • He that pays last never pays twice.
  • He is rich that is satisfied.
  • In for a penny, in for a pound.
  • It is better to be born lucky than rich.
  • Little and often fill the purse.
  • Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
  • Money burns a hole in your pocket.
  • Money doesn't grow on trees.
  • Money is not the key to happiness, but if you have enough money you can have a key made.
  • Never spend your money before you have it.
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
  • Penny wise, pound foolish.
  • Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
  • The best cast at dice is not to play.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • The safest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
  • There is no honour among thieves.
  • Waste not, want not.

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Work

  • Once a task has first begun, never quit until it's done, be the labour great or small, do it well or not at all.
  • A bad workman blames his tools
  • A good reputation is a fair estate.
  • A ship in the harbour is safe; but that is not what a ship is for.
  • Adversity is no match for tenacity.
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  • An honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
  • An idle man is the devil's playfellow.
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
  • Don't try kicking against the wind.
  • Hard work never did anyone any harm.
  • He who does nothing, does not damage anything.
  • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
  • If it is not broken, don't fix it.
  • If you can't help, don't hinder.
  • If you see something you like, take it and make it better.
  • It's all in a days work.
  • It is easy to criticise others work, when you are not working.
  • Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.
  • Least talk most work.
  • Many hands make light work.
  • More haste less speed.
  • Needs must when the devil drives.
  • Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today.
  • No life can be dreary when work is a delight.
  • Not to break is better than to mend.
  • The devil finds work for idle hands.
  • The harder you work, the luckier you are.
  • The hardest work is to do nothing.
  • The only time you should be late is for your own funeral.
  • Think thrice, measure twice, cut once.
  • Those who never do anything never make mistakes.
  • Work as if everything depends on me, but pray as if everything depends on God.

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Animal related

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A bird makes his nest little by little.
  • A cat has nine lives.
  • All cats are grey in the dark.
  • An elephant never forgets.
  • An old fox need learn no craft.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Curiosity killed the cat; Satisfaction brought it back.
  • Curses, like chickens come home to roost.
  • Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
  • His bark is louder than his bite.
  • If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
  • It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
  • It's an old dog for a hard road.
  • It's no use closing the stable door, after the horse has bolted.
  • It’s not the size of the dog in a fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog.
  • Kill two birds with the one stone.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Like a fish out of water.
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • No sense closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.
  • Nothing falls into the mouth of a sleeping fox.
  • One can win a rat race and still be a rat.
  • Putting the cart before the horse.
  • Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • The leopard does not change his spots.
  • The sleepy fox catches no chickens.
  • There's no use in flogging a dead horse.
  • To scare a bird is not the way to catch it.
  • What do you expect from a pig, but a grunt?
  • When a fox hears a rabbit screaming it comes running, but not to help.
  • While the cats away the mice play.
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
  • You can't buy a racehorse for the price of a donkey.
  • You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Rural

  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • After the storm comes the calm.
  • All aren't hunters that blow the horn.
  • As green as grass.
  • As is the gardener so is the garden.
  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
  • Best to bend it while it's a twig.
  • By hook or by crook.
  • Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.
  • Distance lends enhancement to the view.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Empty bags cannot stand upright.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • Every dog has its day.
  • Fresh as a daisy.
  • It is better to be green and growing than ripe and rotten.
  • It is hard to soar like an eagle when surrounded by turkeys.
  • It is too late closing the gate after the horse has bolted.
  • Leave no stone unturned.
  • Like looking for a needle in a haystack.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Milk the cow but don't pull off the udder.
  • Never cackle unless you lay.
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • Oaks may fall when reeds take the storm.
  • One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster.
  • Shake the hand before you plough the field.
  • Strike while the iron's hot.
  • The best ground bears weeds as well as flowers.
  • The darkest night brings the brightest dawn.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
  • The more you stir, the more it stinks.
  • The sun shines on both sides of the hedge.
  • The worst wheel always creaks most.
  • There's always one rotten apple in every box.
  • Too many irons in the fire.
  • Useless as a screen door on a dunny.
        (A dunny is an old style Australian outside toilet)
  • You can't get blood out of a stone.

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Relationships

  • A good friend is one's nearest relation.
  • A man is known by the company he keeps.
  • A man of straw needs a woman of gold.
  • Apples don't fall far from the tree.
  • A wink is as good as a nod, to a blind man.
  • An injury is forgiven better than an injury revenged.
  • Anger and hate hinder good counsel.
  • Appearances are deceptive.
  • At a round table there's no dispute about the place.
  • Attack is the best form of defence
  • Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing.
  • Behind every great man stands a strong woman.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Cheerfulness smooths the road of life.
  • Confess and be hanged.
  • Conscience makes cowards of us all.
  • Don't blow your own trumpet.
  • Do as you would be done by.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
  • Grow angry slowly; there's plenty of time.
  • He bears misery best that hides it most.
  • He that hurts another, hurts himself.
  • He who wronged you will hate you.
  • Heavy givers are light complainers.
  • Honour is a gift you give yourself.
  • I am rubber and you are glue. Your words bounce off me and stick to you.
  • If you lose your temper, don't look for it.
  • It's not over till it's over.
  • Joy shared is double joy; grief shared is (only) half grief.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.
  • Never let the sun set on angry heart.
  • Never let the sun go down on your anger.
  • Never let the sun set on thy wrath.
  • Never quarrel with one's bread and butter.
  • No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry.
  • Open confession is good for the soul.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Patience is a virtue.
  • Persuasion is better than force.
  • Spare the rod and spoil the child.
  • Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.
  • The greater joy is in giving - not receiving.
  • There is nothing as sharp as a woman's tongue.
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
  • You made your bed, now you must lie in it.

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Life

  • A bully is always a coward.
  • A handsome shoe often pinches the foot.
  • A good thing is all the sweeter when won with pain.
  • A man too careful of danger lives in continual torment.
  • A miss is as good as a mile.
  • Adversity flatters no man
  • Adversity and loss make a man wise
  • All promises are either broken or kept.
  • All things come to those that wait.
  • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
  • An open door may tempt a saint.
  • As one door closes, another always opens.
  • As you go through life, make this your goal, watch the doughnut and not the hole.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
  • Cut your coat according to the cloth.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Do right and fear no man.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
  • Fortune favours the brave.
  • Hall binks are oft sliddery.     An explanation
  • He who laughs last, laughs longest.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
  • In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  • It never rains but it pours.
  • Leave tomorrow till tomorrow.
  • Life begins at forty.
  • Life's trials may be hard to bear, but patience can outlive them.
  • Live and learn.
  • Manners maketh the man.
  • No man is worse for knowing the worst of himself.
  • Only the good die young.
  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
  • The best things in life are free.
  • The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.     An explanation
  • The family that prays together, stays together.
  • The longer you live the more you see.
  • The meek shall inherit the earth.
  • The receiver is as bad as the thief.
  • To wait and be patient soothes many a pang.
  • To promise yourself a future means to rob yourself of the present.
  • Up and down like a fiddler's elbow.
  • We cannot erase the sad records from our past.
  • What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
  • While there's life there's hope.

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Wisdom

  • A change is as good as a rest.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • A throne is only a bench covered in purple velvet.
  • A wise man shall hold his tongue till he sees his opportunity.
  • Accidents will happen.
  • All's well that ends well.
  • Attack is the best means of defence.
  • Charity begins at home.
  • Different strokes for different folks.
  • Do not in an instant what an age cannot recompense.
  • Don't knock on death's door, ring the doorbell and run.
  • Don't try to teach your grand-mother to suck eggs.
  • Empty vessels make the most sound.
  • Empty barrels make the most noise.
  • Four eyes are better than two.
  • Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
  • He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.
  • Innocent as a new born babe.
  • It's an ill wind that blows no-one some good.
  • It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • No one can be caught in places he does not visit.
  • No point in making a mountain out of a molehill.
  • No wise man ever wishes to be younger.
  • Not in a month of Sundays.
  • One man's junk is another man's treasure.
  • Only desire what you deserve.
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire.
  • Still waters run deep.
  • Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.
  • The darkest hour is before the dawn.
  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
  • The wise shall understand.
  • Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
  • Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.
  • Tomorrow is a new day.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • You can't tell a book by its cover.
  • When water is above your head a thousand fathoms is as one.
  • Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind.
  • Where there's smoke there's fire.
  • Wisdom is better than strength.
  • Wisdom is neither inheritance nor a legacy.
  • Wisdom is the wealth of the wise.
  • Wise it is to comprehend the whole.
  • You can't put an old head on young shoulders.
  • You never know what you can do till you try.

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Health & Food

  • A watched pot never boils.
  • A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • An onion a day keeps everyone away.
  • An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.
  • Another pot ! Try the teapot.
  • As fit as a fiddle.
  • As hard as nails.
  • As sick as a dog.
  • As you go through life, make this your goal, watch the doughnut and not the hole.
  • Be not a baker if your head is made of butter.
  • Beauty is but skin deep.
  • Better late thrive than never do well.
  • Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.
  • Better to wear out than rust out.
  • Bread never falls but on its buttered side.
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
  • Content is health to the sick and riches to the poor.
  • Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
  • Drink like a fish, water only.
  • Early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy & wise.
  • Enough is as good as a feast.
  • Fair words butter no cabbage.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day. Give him a fishing rod, and he will eat forever.
  • Good wine ruins the purse, and bad wine ruins the stomach.
  • Greediness burst the bag.
  • Grumbling makes the loaf no larger.
  • Half a loaf is better than none.
  • He who rises late must trot all day.
  • He who drinks a little too much drinks much too much.
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.
  • Hunger is the best sauce.
  • It is no use crying over spilt milk.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • One man's meat is another man's poison.
  • Ready money is ready medicine.
  • Sound as a bell.
  • The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
  • There's many a slip, twixt cup and the lip.
  • To add insult to injury.
  • To look as if butter will not melt in his mouth.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • What can't be cured must be endured.
  • What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
  • What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow.
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
  • You are what you eat.
  • You can't have your cake and eat it too. -
    When you analyse it you see that short term you can have you cake and then eat it. But, long term, once you have eaten your cake you don't have your cake as it has been eaten. So "You can't have your cake and eat it too", is correct.
  • You can eat an elephant if you do it one mouthful at a time.
  • You can't unscramble a scrambled egg.

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The 50 most important English proverbs

What are proverbs?

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs".

How can you use proverbs to learn English?

It's good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all the time. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a friend. More often, someone will say just part of a proverb like this:

You know what they say: when the going gets tough...

(Read #5 below to learn the rest of this proverb and what it means.)

Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking cultures think about the world.

Proverbs can also give you good example sentences which you can memorize and use as models for building your own sentences.

The most important English Proverbs

This is a list of some of the most important and well-known English proverbs. Below each one, there's a simple explanation.

The meanings of some of these phrases have shifted over the years, so a proverb might have originally had a different meaning than the one I explain.

  1. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

     Tweet This! When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

  2. "The pen is mightier than the sword."

     Tweet This! Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
  3. "When in Rome, do as the Romans."

     Tweet This! Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you're traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you're used to.
  4. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

     Tweet This! You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's going to help you.
  5. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

     Tweet This! Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
  6. "No man is an island."

     Tweet This! You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.
  7. "Fortune favors the bold."

     Tweet This! People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.
  8. "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."

     Tweet This! Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.
  9. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."

     Tweet This! Bad things might happen, so be prepared.
  10. "Better late than never."

     Tweet This! It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.
  11. "Birds of a feather flock together."

     Tweet This! People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
  12. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

     Tweet This! If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.
  13. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

     Tweet This! Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations. That's why PhraseMix has illustrations :)
  14. "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

     Tweet This! Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.
  15. "There's no place like home."

     Tweet This! Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
  16. "Discretion is the greater part of valor."

     Tweet This! Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.
  17. "The early bird catches the worm."

     Tweet This! You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
  18. "Never look a gift horse in the mouth."

     Tweet This! If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.
  19. "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."

     Tweet This! When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.
  20. "God helps those who help themselves."

     Tweet This! Don't just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.
  21. "You can't always get what you want."

     Tweet This! Don't whine and complain if you don't get what you wanted.
  22. "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

     Tweet This! Be clean. God likes that.
  23. "A watched pot never boils."

     Tweet This! If something takes time to finish, don't watch it too closely because it will seem like it's taking forever.
  24. "Beggars can't be choosers."

     Tweet This! If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.
  25. "Actions speak louder than words."

     Tweet This! Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.
  26. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

     Tweet This! Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing new problems.
  27. "Practice makes perfect."

     Tweet This! You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.
  28. "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

     Tweet This! When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it's confusing and leads to bad results. Jobs and projects should have one or two strong leaders.
  29. "Easy come, easy go."

     Tweet This! When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it's easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
  30. "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

     Tweet This! If someone's paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.
  31. "All good things must come to an end."

     Tweet This! You can't keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it will stop.
  32. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

     Tweet This! When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you're trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
  33. "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

     Tweet This! Different people have different ideas about what's valuable.
  34. "There's no time like the present."

     Tweet This! If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.
  35. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

     Tweet This! Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.
  36. "Necessity is the mother of invention."

     Tweet This! When you're really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
  37. "A penny saved is a penny earned."

     Tweet This! Save your money. Saving money is just like making money.
  38. "Familiarity breeds contempt."

     Tweet This! When you're around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.
  39. "You can't judge a book by its cover."

     Tweet This! Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.
  40. "Good things come to those who wait."

     Tweet This! Be patient. Eventually something good will happen to you.
  41. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

     Tweet This! Have a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or time in one plan.
  42. "Two heads are better than one."

     Tweet This! When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.
  43. "The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill."

     Tweet This! People tend to want whatever they don't have.
  44. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

     Tweet This! Don't do mean things to people.
  45. "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

     Tweet This! If one member of a team doesn't perform well, the whole team will fail.
  46. "Honesty is the best policy."

     Tweet This! Don't lie.
  47. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

     Tweet This! Sometimes it's good to be away from your partner, because it makes you want to see each other again.
  48. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

     Tweet This! If you try to help someone, but they don't take your advice or offers, give up. You can't force someone to accept your help.
  49. "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

     Tweet This! Your plans might not work out, so don't start thinking about what you'll do after you succeed. Wait until you've already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.
  50. "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."

     Tweet This!Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.

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Here are enough proverbs to last for a month. To test your vocabulary or stretch your interpretation skills, try translating them and coming up with an English equivalent, although be warned that there isn't always a direct English counterpart. Very loose translations or English equivalent proverbs are in parentheses.

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

Translation: Flies don't enter a closed mouth. (You won't make a mistake if you don't talk.)

31 Spanish Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

  1. El hábito no hace al monje.
    The habit doesn't make the monk. (Clothes do not make the man.)
  2. A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar.
    Here's to drinking and swallowing, for the world is going to end. (Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.)
  3. Algo es algo; menos es nada.
    Something is something; less is nothing. (It's better than nothing. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. No hay que ahogarse en un vaso de agua.
    It isn't necessary to drown oneself in a glass of water. (Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.)
  5. Borra con el codo lo que escribe con la mano.
    He/she erases with the elbow what his/her hand is writing. (Whatever good actions or decisions he makes, he invalidates by other actions)
  6. Dame pan y dime tonto.
    Give me bread and call me a fool. (Think of me what you will. As long as I get what I want, it doesn't matter what you think.)
  7. La cabra siempre tira al monte.
    The goat always heads toward the mountain. (The leopard doesn't change its spots. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.)
  1. El amor todo lo puede.
    Love can do it all. (Love will find a way.)
  2. A los tontos no les dura el dinero.
    Money does not last for fools. (A fool and his money are soon parted.)
  3. De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco.
    We all have a little bit of musician, poet and crazy person in ourselves. (We're all a little bit crazy.)
  4. Al mejor escribano se le va un borrón.
    To the best scribe comes a smudge. (Even the best of us make mistakes. Nobody's perfect.)
  5. Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
    The shrimp that falls asleep is carried by the current. (Don't let the world pass you by. Stay alert and be proactive. Don't fall asleep at the wheel.)
  6. A lo hecho, pecho.
    To what is done, the chest. (Face up to what is. What is done is done.)
  7. Nunca es tarde para aprender.
    It never is late for learning. (It is never too late to learn.)
  8. A otro perro con ese hueso.
    To another dog with that bone. (Tell that to someone who will believe you.)
  9. Desgracia compartida, menos sentida.
    Shared misfortune, less sorrow. (Misery loves company.)
  1. Donde hay humo, hay fuego.
    Where there's smoke, there's fire.
  2. No hay peor sordo que el que no quiere oír.
    There is not a worse deaf person than the one who doesn't want to hear. (There is none so blind as he who will not see.)
  3. No vendas la piel del oso antes de cazarlo.
    Don't sell the bear's hide before you hunt it. (Don't count your chickens before they hatch.)
  4. Qué bonito es ver la lluvia y no mojarse.
    How nice it is to see the rain and not get wet. (Don't criticize others for the way they do something unless you've done it yourself.)
  5. Nadie da palos de balde.
    Nobody gives sticks for free. (You can't get something for nothing. There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
  6. Los árboles no están dejando ver el bosque.
    The trees aren't allowing one to see the forest. (You can't see the forest for the trees.)
  7. El mundo es un pañuelo.
    The world is a handkerchief. (It's a small world.)
  8. A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín.
    Every pig gets its San Martín. (What goes around comes around. You deserve what you get. San Martín refers to a traditional celebration in which a pig is sacrificed.)
  1. Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído.
    Advice not asked for, advice poorly heard. (Someone who doesn't ask for advice doesn't want to hear it. Don't give advice unless you're asked.)
  2. Obras son amores y no buenas razones.
    Acts are love and good reasons aren't. (Actions speak louder than words.)
  3. Gobernar es prever.
    To govern is to foresee. (It is better to prevent problems than to fix them. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
  4. No dejes camino viejo por sendero nuevo.
    Don't leave the old road for a new trail. (It's better to stick with what works. A shortcut isn't always quicker.)
  5. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.
    Don't leave for tomorrow that which you can do today.
  6. Donde no hay harina, todo es mohina.
    Where there's no flour, everything is an annoyance. (Poverty breeds discontent. If your needs aren't met, you won't be happy.)
  7. Todos los caminos llevan a Roma.
    All roads lead to Rome. (There's more than one way to reach a goal. All actions have the same result.)

And a Bonus Handful

  1. La lengua no tiene hueso, pero corta lo más grueso.
    The tongue doesn't have a bone, but it cuts the thickest thing. (Words are more powerful than weapons.)
  2. La raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero.
    The root of all evils is love toward money. (Love of money is the root of all evil.)
  3. A falta de pan, tortillas.
    Lack of bread, tortillas. (Make do with what you have. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. El amor es como el agua que no se seca.
    Love is like water that never evaporates. (True love lasts forever.)
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