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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Proverbs
 
  A bad beginning has a bad, or makes a worse, ending.  1
  A bad dog never sees the wolf.  2
  A bad thing is dear at any price.  3
  A barren sow was never good to pigs.  4
  A beggar’s purse is always empty.  5
  A big head and little wit.  6
  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  7
  A black hen will lay a white egg.  8
  A blind man should not judge of colours.  9
  A bon chat bon rat—A good rat to match a good cat. Tit for tat.  10
  A burnt child dreads the fire.  11
  A careless master makes a negligent servant.  12
  A carper will cavil at anything.  13
  A carrion kite will never make a good hawk.  14
  A child may have too much of its mother’s blessing.  15
  A clear conscience is a sure card.  16
  A cold hand, a warm heart.  17
  A crafty knave needs no broker.    Quoted in Hen. VI.  18
  A crown is no cure for the headache.  19
  A danger foreseen is half avoided.  20
 
 
  A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.  21
  A drowning man will catch at a straw.  22
  Ægroto, dum anima est, spes est—While a sick man has life, there is hope.  23
  Æmulatio æmulationem parit—Emulation begets emulation.  24
  A fair face may hide a foul heart.  25
  A fault confessed is half redressed.  26
  A fonte puro pura defluit aqua—From a pure spring pure water flows.  27
  A fool and his money are soon parted.  28
  A fool is wise in his own conceit.  29
  A fool knows more in his own house than a wise man in another’s.  30
  A fool may give a wise man counsel.  31
  A fool may make money, but it takes a wise man to spend it.  32
  A fool when he is silent is counted wise.  33
  A fool’s bolt may sometimes hit the mark.  34
  A friend in court makes the process short.  35
  A friend is never known till needed.  36
  A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.  37
  A fronte præcipitium, a tergo lupus—A precipice before, a wolf behind.  38
  A full cup is hard to carry.  39
  A gold key opens every door.  40
  A good bargain is a pick-purse.  41
  A good beginning makes a good ending.  42
  A good friend is my nearest relation.  43
  A good horse should be seldom spurred.  44
  A good marksman may miss.  45
  A good name is sooner lost than won.  46
  A good presence is a letter of recommendation.  47
  A good road and a wise traveller are two different things.  48
  A good surgeon must have an eagle’s eye, a lion’s heart, and a lady’s hand.  49
  A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.  50
  A green winter makes a fat churchyard.  51
  A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.  52
  A guilty conscience needs no accuser.  53
  A hair of the dog that bit him.  54
  A hedge between, keeps friendship green.  55
  A hook’s well lost to catch a salmon.  56
  A hundred years cannot repair a moment’s loss of honour.  57
  A hungry belly has no ears.  58
  A leaden sword in an ivory scabbard.  59
  A liar should have a good memory.  60
  A lie has no legs, but scandal has wings.  61
  A light heart lives long.  62
  A little body often harbours a great soul.  63
  A little is better than none.  64
  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.  65
  A living dog is better than a dead lion.  66
  A loan should come laughing home.  67
  A man can do no more than he can.  68
  A man at sixteen will prove a child at sixty.  69
  A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.  70
  A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time.  71
  A man is a fool or his own physician at forty.  72
  A man may do what he likes with his own.  73
  A man must ask his wife’s leave to thrive.  74
  A man’s best fortune or his worst is his wife.  75
  A man’s gift makes room for him.  76
  A man’s house is his castle.  77
  A man’s walking is a succession of falls.  78
  A miss is as good as a mile.  79
  A new broom sweeps clean.  80
  A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom.  81
  A pet lamb makes a cross ram.  82
  A place for everything, and everything in its place.  83
  A plant often removed cannot thrive.  84
  A pound of care won’t pay an ounce of debt.  85
  A ragged colt may make a good horse.  86
  A reconciled friend is a double enemy.  87
  A rolling stone gathers no moss.  88
  A saint abroad, a devil at home.  89
  A silver key can open an iron lock.  90
  A slow fire makes sweet malt.  91
  A sorrow shared is but half a trouble, / But a joy that’s shared is a joy made double.  92
  A spot is most seen on the finest cloth.  93
  A spur in the head is worth two in the heels.  94
  A stitch in time saves nine.  95
  A tale never loses in the telling.  96
  A tattler is worse than a thief.  97
  A thief knows a thief, as a wolf knows a wolf.  98
  A thing you don’t want is dear at any price.  99
  A threatened blow is seldom given.  100
  A travelled man has leave to lie.  101
  A tree is known by its fruit.  102
  A useful trade is a mine of gold.  103
  A wilful man must have his way.  104
  A willing mind makes a light foot.  105
  A wise man is never less alone than when alone.  106
  A wolf in sheep’s clothing.  107
  A woman conceals what she does not know.  108
  A word and a stone let go cannot be recalled.  109
  Ab inopia ad virtutem obsepta est via—The way from poverty to virtue is an obstructed one.  110
  Absens hæres non erit—The absent one will not be the heir.  111
  Abusus non tollit usum—Abuse is no argument against use.  112
  Accensa domo proximi, tua quoque periclitatur—When the house of your neighbour is on fire, your own is in danger.  113
  Actions speak louder than words.  114
  Adversus solem ne loquitor—Speak not against the sun, i.e., don’t argue against what is sun-clear.  115
  Afflictions are blessings in disguise.  116
  After dinner rest awhile; after supper walk a mile.  117
  After-wit is everybody’s wit.  118
  Agree, for the law is costly.  119
  Agues come on horseback and go away on foot.  120
  Alia res sceptrum, alia plectrum—Ruling men is one thing, fiddling to them another.  121
  Aliam excute quercum—Go, shake some other oak (of its fruit).  122
  Aliena optimum frui insania—It is best to profit by the madness of other people.  123
  Alienos agros irrigas tuis sitientibus—You water the fields of others, while your own are parched.  124
  Aliis lætus, sapiens sibi—Cheerful for others, wise for himself.  125
  All are not hunters that blow the horn.  126
  All are not saints that go to church.  127
  All are not soldiers that go to the wars.  128
  All are not thieves that dogs bark at.  129
  All cats are grey in the dark.  130
  All feet tread not in one shoe.  131
  All his geese are swans.  132
  All is good that God sends us.  133
  All is not gold that glitters.  134
  All is not lost that’s in peril.  135
  All the keys don’t hang at one man’s girdle.  136
  All the wit in the world is not in one head.  137
  All things are in perpetual flux and fleeting.  138
  All truth is not to be told at all times.  139
  All women are good, viz., for something or nothing.  140
  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  141
  All’s well that ends well.  142
  Almsgiving never made any man poor.  143
  Alter ipse amicus—A friend is a second self.  144
  Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat—He carries a stone in one hand, and shows bread in the other.  145
  Altera manu scabunt, altera feriunt—They tickle with one hand and smite with the other.  146
  Always have two strings to your bow.  147
  Amicorum esse communia omnia—Friends’ goods are all common property.  148
  Among the blind the one-eyed is a king.  149
  An archer is known by his aim, not by his arrows.  150
  An Argus at home, a mole abroad.  151
  An empty purse fills the face with wrinkles.  152
  An evening red and morning grey, is a sure sign of a fair day.  153
  An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.  154
  An ill wind that blows nobody good.  155
  An ill workman quarrels with his tools.  156
  An indifferent agreement is better than a good verdict.  157
  An old bird is not to be caught with chaff.  158
  An old knave is no babe.  159
  An open confession is good for the soul.  160
  An open door may tempt a saint.  161
  An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.  162
  An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.  163
  Animo ægrotanti medicus est oratio—Kind words are as a physician to an afflicted spirit.  164
  Anything for a quiet life.  165
  Apothecaries would not sugar their pills unless they were bitter.  166
  Arbore dejecta qui vult ligna colligit—When the tree is thrown down, any one that likes may gather the wood.  167
  Arenæ mandas semina—You are sowing grain in the sand.  168
  Ars varia vulpis, ast una echino maxima—The fox has many tricks; the hedgehog only one, and that greatest of all.  169
  As a tree falls, so shall it lie.  170
  As good be out of the world as out of the fashion.  171
  As he who has health is young, so he who owes nothing is rich.  172
  As long lives a merry heart as a sad.  173
  As proud go behind as before.  174
  As the fool thinks, the bell clinks.  175
  As the good man saith, so say we: / As the good woman saith, so it must be.  176
  As the old cock crows, the young one learns.  177
  As you do to others, expect others to do to you.  178
  As you make your bed you must lie on it.  179
  As you sow you shall reap.  180
  Asinum sub fræno currere docere—To teach an ass to obey the rein, i.e., to labour in vain.  181
  Asinus asino, et sus sui pulcher—An ass is beautiful to an ass, and a pig to a pig.  182
  Asinus inter simias—An ass among apes, i.e., a fool among people who make a fool of him.  183
  Astutior coccyge—More crafty than the cuckoo (who deposits her eggs in another bird’s nest).  184
  Audax ad omnia fœmina, quæ vel amat vel odit—A woman, when she either loves or hates, will dare anything.  185
  Auro loquente nihil pollet quævis ratio—When gold speaks, no reason the least avails.  186
  Aurora musis amica—Aurora is friendly to the Muses.  187
  Aut regem aut fatuum nasci oportere—A man ought to be born either a king or a fool.    In Seneca.  188
  Avarus, nisi cum moritur, nil recte facit—A miser does nothing right except when he dies.  189
  Bêtise—Folly; piece of folly.  190
  Barbæ tenus sapientes—Wise as far as the beard goes.  191
  Barking dogs seldom bite.  192
  Be as you would seem to be.  193
  Be just before you be generous.  194
  Be swift to hear, slow to speak.  195
  Bear wealth, poverty will bear itself.  196
  Beati monoculi in regione cæcorum—Blessed are the one-eyed among those who are blind.  197
  Beauty without grace is a violet without smell.  198
  Before you trust a man, eat a peck of salt with him.  199
  Beggars must not be choosers.  200
  Begun is half done.  201
  Benignus etiam dandi causam cogitat—The benevolent man even weighs the grounds of his liberality.  202
  Best time is present time.  203
  Better a fortune in a wife than with a wife.  204
  Better a living dog than a dead lion.  205
  Better an egg to-day than a hen to-morrow.  206
  Better be poor than wicked.  207
  Better bend than break.  208
  Better buy than borrow.  209
  Better deny at once than promise long.  210
  Better go back than go wrong.  211
  Better it is to be envied than pitied.  212
  Better lose a jest than a friend.  213
  Better never begin than never make an end.  214
  Better one-eyed than stone-blind.  215
  Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose.  216
  Better ten guilty escape than one innocent man suffer.  217
  Better to ask than go astray.  218
  Better to say “Here it is” than “Here it was.”  219
  Better untaught than ill taught.  220
  Between saying and doing there’s a long road.  221
  Beware of “Had I wist.”  222
  Beware of a silent dog and still water.  223
  Beware of a silent man and a dog that does not bark.  224
  Birds of a feather flock together.  225
  Birth is much, but breeding is more.  226
  Bis peccare in bello non licet—It is not permitted to blunder in war a second time.  227
  Blessed be nothing.  228
  Blood is thicker than water.  229
  Bos alienus subinde prospectat foras—A strange ox every now and then turns its eyes wistfully to the door.  230
  Bos in lingua—He has an ox on his tongue, i.e., a bribe to keep silent, certain coins in Athens being stamped with an ox.  231
  Bos lassus fortius figit pedem—The tired ox plants his foot more firmly.  232
  Bought wit is best—i.e., bought by experience.  233
  Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is better.  234
  Bread at pleasure, / Drink by measure.  235
  Brevis voluptas mox doloris est parens—Short-lived pleasure is the parent of pain.  236
  Bullies are generally cowards.  237
  By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome.  238
  By doing nothing we learn to do ill.  239
  By others’ faults wise men correct their own.  240
  Cæsar non supra grammaticos—Cæsar has no authority over the grammarians.  241
  Camelus desiderans cornua etiam aures perdidit—The camel begging for horns was deprived of his ears as well.  242
  Capiat, qui capere possit—Let him take who can.  243
  Caput artis est, decere quod facias—The chief thing in any art you may practise is that you do only the one you are fit for.  244
  Car tel est votre plaisir—For such is our pleasure.  245
  Care killed the cat.  246
  Carte blanche—Unlimited power to act (lit. blank paper).  247
  Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.  248
  Catus amat pisces, sed non vult tingere plantas—Puss likes fish, but does not care to wet her feet.  249
  Caution is the parent of safety.  250
  Cave ab homine unius libri—Beware of a man of one book.  251
  Charity begins at home.  252
  Charta non erubescit—A document does not blush.  253
  Chastity is like an icicle; if it once melts, that’s the last of it.  254
  Cheapest is the dearest.  255
  Chi si affoga, s’attaccherebbe a’ rasoj—A drowning man would catch at razors.  256
  Children and chickens are always a-picking.  257
  Children and drunk people speak the truth.  258
  Children and fools speak the truth.  259
  Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when they are old.  260
  Christmas comes but once a year.  261
  Cleanliness is near of kin to godliness.  262
  Close sits my shirt, but closer sits my skin.  263
  Cold hand, warm heart.  264
  Cold pudding settles one’s love.  265
  Common fame is seldom to blame.  266
  Commune naufragium omnibus est consolatio—A shipwreck (disaster) that is common is a consolation to all.  267
  Compagnon de voyage—A fellow-traveller.  268
  Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise to-day.  269
  Confine your tongue, lest it confine you.  270
  Conscientia mille testes—Conscience is equal to a thousand witnesses.  271
  Content is better than riches.  272
  Content is the true philosopher’s stone.  273
  Contre fortune bon cœur—Against change of fortune set a bold heart.  274
  Courage against misfortune, and reason against passion.  275
  Courage is the wisdom of manhood; foolhardiness, the folly of youth.  276
  Courtesy costs nothing.  277
  Cover yourself with honey and the flies will fasten on you.  278
  Covetousness bursts the bag.  279
  Cras credemus, hodie nihil—To-morrow we will believe, but not to-day.  280
  Creditors have better memories than debtors.  281
  Crimina qui cernunt aliorum, non sua cernunt, / Hi sapiunt aliis, desipiuntque sibi—Those who see the faults of others, but not their own, are wise for others and fools for themselves.  282
  Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.  283
  Crows do not pick out crows’ eyes.  284
  Cucullus non facit monachum—The cowl does not make the monk.  285
  Cui placet, obliviscitur; cui dolet, meminit—Acts of kindness are soon forgotten, but the memory of an offence remains.  286
  Cuilibet in arte sua perito credendum est—Every man is to be trusted in his own art.  287
  Cuique suum—His own to every one.  288
  Cura facit canos—Care brings grey hairs.  289
  Curses are like chickens; they always return home.  290
  Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.  291
  Cut your coat according to your cloth.  292
  Dames quêteuses—Ladies who collect for the poor.  293
  Damnum appellandum est cum mala fama lucrum—Gain at the expense of credit must be set down as loss.  294
  Danger past, God forgotten.  295
  Dare pondus idonea fumo—Fit only to give importance to trifles (lit. give weight to smoke).  296
  Dat Deus immiti cornua curta bovi—God gives the vicious ox short horns.  297
  Daub yourself with honey, and you’ll be covered with flies.  298
  De fumo in flammam—Out of the frying-pan into the fire.  299
  De pilo, or de filo, pendet—It hangs by a hair.  300
  Death pays all debts.  301
  Debt is the worst kind of poverty.  302
  Deliberat Roma, perit Saguntum—While Rome deliberates, Saguntum perishes.  303
  Desperate diseases need desperate remedies.  304
  Di irati laneos pedes habent—The gods when angry have their feet covered with wool.  305
  Diet cures more than doctors.  306
  Dii laboribus omnia vendunt—The gods sell all things to hard labour.  307
  Dives aut iniquus est aut iniqui hæres—A rich man is an unjust man, or the heir of one.  308
  Do not halloo till you are out of the wood.  309
  [Greek]—Don’t pronounce sentence till you have heard the story of both parties.  310
  Doing nothing is doing ill.  311
  Dolium volvitur—An empty vessel rolls easily.  312
  Domi manere convenit felicibus—Those who are happy at home should remain at home.  313
  Don’t reckon your chickens before they are hatched.  314
  Dulcibus est verbis alliciendus amor—Love is to be won by affectionate words.  315
  Duos qui sequitur lepores neutrum capit—He who follows two hares is sure to catch neither.  316
  Durum telum necessitas—Necessity is a hard weapon.  317
  E flamma cibum petere—To live by desperate means (lit. to seek food from the flames).  318
  E multis paleis paulum fructus collegi—Out of much chaff I have gathered little grain.  319
  E tenui casa sæpe vir magnus exit—A great man often steps forth from a humble cottage.  320
  Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.  321
  Eat at your pleasure, drink in measure.  322
  Eat what you like, but pocket nothing.  323
  Eating little and speaking little can never do harm.  324
  Ego apros occido, alter fruitur pulpamento—I kill the boars, another enjoys their flesh.  325
  Eloignement—Estrangement.  326
  Employment is enjoyment.  327
  Empta dolore docet experientia—Experience bought with pain teaches effectually.  328
  Empty vessels make the most noise.  329
  En amour comme en amitié, un tiers souvent nous embarrasse—A third person is often an annoyance to us in love as in friendship.  330
  Enough is as good as a feast.  331
  Enough is better than too much.  332
  Enquire not what is in another man’s pot.  333
  Et sanguis et spiritus pecunia mortalibus—Money is both blood and life to men.  334
  Eum ausculta, cui quatuor sunt aures—Listen to him who has four ears, i.e., who is readier to hear than to speak.  335
  Even a hair casts a shadow.  336
  Even a horse, though he has four feet, will stumble.  337
  Every bean has its black.  338
  Every bullet has its billet.  339
  Every cock is proud on his own dunghill.  340
  Every couple is not a pair.  341
  Every day hath its night, every weal its woe.  342
  Every door may be shut but death’s door.  343
  Every good gift comes from God.  344
  Every heart knows its own bitterness.  345
  Every honest miller has a golden thumb.  346
  Every light has its shadow.  347
  Every little helps.  348
  Every man has his weak side.  349
  Every one draws the water to his own mill.  350
  Every one for himself and God for us all.  351
  Every one knows best where his shoe pinches him.  352
  Every one should sweep before his own door.  353
  Every one thinks his own burden the heaviest.  354
  Every rose has its thorn.  355
  Every shoe fits not every foot.  356
  Every tub must stand on its own bottom.  357
  Everybody is wise after the event.  358
  Everybody’s business is nobody’s.  359
  Everybody’s friend is nobody’s.  360
  Everything is as you take it.  361
  Evil comes to us by ells and goes away by inches.  362
  Evil communications corrupt good manners.  363
  Ex auribus cognoscitur asinus—An ass is known by his ears.  364
  Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius—A Mercury is not to be made out of any log.  365
  Ex scintilla incendium—From a spark a conflagration.  366
  Ex umbra in solem—Out of the shade into the sunshine.  367
  Exercitatio optimus est magister—Practice is the best master.  368
  Experience is the mistress of fools.  369
  Experience makes even fools wise.  370
  Experience that is bought is good, if not too dear.  371
  Experientia docet—Experience teaches.  372
  Extra lutum pedes habes—You have got your feet out of the mud.  373
  Extrema gaudii luctus occupat—Grief treads on the confines of gladness.  374
  Extremes beget extremes.  375
  Extremes meet.  376
  Extremis malis extrema remedia—Extreme remedies for extreme evils.  377
  Fabricando fabri fimus—We become workmen by working.  378
  Fac et excusa—Do it and so justify yourself.  379
  Facile est inventis addere—It is easy to add to or improve on what has been already invented.  380
  Facile largiri de alieno—It is easy to be generous with what is another’s.  381
  Faint heart never won fair lady.  382
  Fair and softly goes far in a day.  383
  Fair enough, if good enough.  384
  Fair is not fair, but that which pleaseth.  385
  Fair play’s a jewel.  386
  Fair words butter no parsnips.  387
  Famæ laboranti non facile succurritur—It is not easy to repair a damaged character.  388
  Fame is but the breath of the people, and that often unwholesome.  389
  Fames et mora bilem in nasum conciunt—Hunger and delay stir up one’s bile (lit. in the nostrils).  390
  Familiarity breeds contempt.  391
  Fancy surpasses beauty.  392
  Fast bind, fast find.  393
  Fate leads the willing, but drives the stubborn.  394
  Faults are thick when love is thin.  395
  Fear can keep a man out of danger, but courage only can support him in it.  396
  Feasting makes no friendship.  397
  Feather by feather the goose is plucked.  398
  Feebleness is sometimes the best security.  399
  Feed a cold and starve a fever.  400
  Felicitas nutrix est iracundiæ—Prosperity is the nurse of hasty temper.  401
  Felicity lies much in fancy.  402
  Fervet olla, vivit amicitia—As long as the pot boils, friendship lasts.  403
  Festina lente—Hasten slowly.  404
  Festinatio tarda est—Haste is tardy.  405
  Few are fit to be entrusted with themselves.  406
  Few may play with the devil and win.  407
  Few take wives for God’s sake, or for fair looks.  408
  Fiat justitia, ruat cœlum—Let justice be done, though the heavens should fall in.  409
  Fiat justitiam, pereat mundus—Let justice be done, and the world perish.  410
  Fidelius rident tiguria—The laughter of the cottage is more hearty and sincere than that of the court.  411
  Fides facit fidem—Confidence awakens confidence.  412
  Find employment for the body, and the mind will find enjoyment for itself.  413
  Fine feathers make fine birds.  414
  Fingunt se medicos quivis idiota, sacerdos, Judæus, monachus, histrio, rasor, anus—Any untrained person, priest, Jew, monk, playactor, barber, or old wife is ready to prescribe for you in sickness.  415
  Finis coronat opus—The end crowns the work, i.e., first enables us to determine its merits.  416
  Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.  417
  First come, first served.  418
  Fit fabricando faber—A smith becomes a smith by working at the forge.  419
  Fit words are fine, but often fine words are not fit.  420
  Flattery brings friends, but the truth begets enmity.  421
  Flattery sits in the parlour when plain dealing is kicked out of doors.  422
  Fluvius cum mari certas—You but a river, and contending with the ocean.  423
  Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.  424
  Follow the river, and you will get to the sea.  425
  Fontes ipsi sitiunt—Even the fountains complain of thirst.  426
  Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.  427
  Fools ask what’s o’clock, but wise men know their time.  428
  Fools grow without watering.  429
  For one rich man that is content there are a hundred who are not.  430
  Forbidden fruit is sweetest.  431
  Force without forecast is of little avail.  432
  Forgetting of a wrong is a mild revenge.  433
  Formidabilior cervorum exercitus, duce leone, quam leonum cervo—An army of stags would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than one of lions commanded by a stag.  434
  Fortiter ferendo vincitur malum quod evitari non potest—By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome.  435
  Fortuna favet fatuis—Fortune favours fools.  436
  Fortuna favet fortibus—Fortune favours the brave.  437
  Fortune can take from us nothing but what she gave.  438
  Four eyes see more than two.  439
  Fretting cares make grey hairs.  440
  Friends may meet, / But mountains never greet.  441
  Friends, like mushrooms, spring up in out-of-the-way places.  442
  Friendship made in a moment is of no moment.  443
  [Greek]—From a bad crow a bad egg.  444
  From a bad paymaster get what you can.  445
  From hearing comes wisdom, from speaking repentance.  446
  From our ancestors come our names, from our virtues our honours.  447
  From pillar to post—originally from whipping-post to pillory, i.e., from had to worse.  448
  Frost and fraud both end in foul.  449
  Frugality is an estate.  450
  Fruit is seed.  451
  Frustra Herculi—In vain to speak against Hercules.  452
  Frustra laborat qui omnibus placere studet—He labours in vain who studies to please everybody.  453
  Fugere est triumphus—Flight (i.e., from temptation) is a triumph.  454
  Full vessels give the least sound.  455
  Furor fit læsa sæpius patientia—Patience, when outraged often, is converted into rage.  456
  Fury wasteth, as patience lasteth.  457
  Gallus in sterquilinio suo plurimum potest—The cock is proudest on his own dunghill.  458
  Gear is easier gained than guided.  459
  Get a good name and go to sleep.  460
  Get money, honestly if you can, but get money.  461
  Get spindle and distaff ready, and God will send the flax.  462
  Gifts make their way through stone walls.  463
  Give a dog an ill name and hang him.  464
  Give a hint to a man of sense and consider the thing done.  465
  Give a man luck and throw him into the sea.  466
  Give a rogue rope enough, and he will hang himself.  467
  Give and spend, / And God will send.  468
  Give and take.  469
  Give every man his due.  470
  Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell.  471
  Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it.  472
  Give the devil rope enough and he will hang himself.  473
  Give way to your betters.  474
  Gladiator in arena consilium capit—The gladiator is taking advice when he is already in the lists.  475
  Gluttony kills more than the sword.  476
  God comes at last, when we think He is farthest off.  477
  God comes to see us without bell.  478
  God comes with leaden feet, but strikes with iron hands.  479
  God deals His wrath by weight, but His mercy without weight.  480
  God defend me from the man of one book.  481
  God gives all things to industry.  482
  God helps those who help themselves.  483
  God is where He was.  484
  God never forsakes His own.  485
  God permits, but not for ever.  486
  God stays long, but strikes at last.  487
  Gold is the sovereign of all sovereigns.  488
  Good advice / Is beyond all price.  489
  Good and quickly seldom meet.  490
  Good bees never turn drones.  491
  Good bread needs baking.    In Goethe.  492
  Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.  493
  Good courage breaks ill-luck.  494
  Good husbandry is good divinity.  495
  Good is good, but better carrieth it.  496
  Good laws often proceed from bad manners.  497
  Good luck comes by cuffing.  498
  Good mind, good find.  499
  Good take heed / Doth surely speed.  500
  Good to begin well, but better to end well.  501
  Good ware makes a quick market.  502
  Good wine needs no bush, i.e., advertisement.  503
  Good words and no deeds.  504
  Good words cool more than cold water.  505
  Good words cost nothing and are worth much.  506
  Good works will never save you, but you will never be saved without them.  507
  Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.  508
  Government of the will is better than increase of knowledge.  509
  Grasp all, lose all.  510
  Grass grows not on the highway.  511
  Gratia gratiam parit—Kindness produces kindness.  512
  Gratitude is the least of virtues, ingratitude the worst of vices.  513
  Great boast, small roast.  514
  Great cry but little wool, as the devil said when he shear’d his hogs.  515
  Great gifts are for great men.  516
  Great souls are not cast down by adversity.  517
  Great talkers are like leaky pitchers, everything runs out of them.  518
  Great talkers are little doers.  519
  Greediness bursts the bag.  520
  Grief divided is made lighter.  521
  Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed sæpe cadendo—The drop hollows the stone not by force, but by continually falling.  522
  Gutta fortunæ præ dolio sapientiæ—A drop of good fortune rather than a cask of wisdom.  523
  Hæredis fletus sub persona risus est—The weeping of an heir is laughter under a mask.  524
  Habits are at first cobwebs, at last cables.  525
  Half a loaf is better than no bread.  526
  Handsome is that handsome does.  527
  Hap and mishap govern the world.  528
  Happy is he that is happy in his children.  529
  Happy is the man whose father went to the devil.  530
  Hard with hard builds no houses; soft binds hard.  531
  Harm watch, harm catch.  532
  Hasty resolutions seldom speed well.  533
  Have not thy cloak to make when it begins to rain.  534
  Have the French for friends, but not for neighbours.  535
  He dances well to whom fortune pipes.  536
  He frieth in his own grease.  537
  He has hard work who has nothing to do.  538
  He has seen a wolf.    Of one who suddenly curbs his tongue.  539
  He is a poor smith who cannot bear smoke.  540
  He is a wise child that knows his own father.  541
  He is all there when the bell rings.  542
  He is lifeless that is faultless.  543
  He is my friend that grinds at my mill.  544
  He is my friend that helps me, and not he that pities me.  545
  He is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.  546
  He is not the best carpenter who makes the most chips.  547
  He is richest that has fewest wants.  548
  He is the greatest conqueror who has conquered himself.  549
  He knocks boldly at the door who brings good news.  550
  He knows best what good is that has endured evil.  551
  He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue.  552
  He knows not what love is that has no children.  553
  He knows the water the best who has waded through it.  554
  He loses his thanks who promises and delays.  555
  He must needs go that the devil drives.  556
  He needs a long spoon who eats out of the same dish with the devil.  557
  He spends best that spares to spend again.  558
  He that builds by the wayside has many masters.  559
  He that buyeth magistracy must sell justice.  560
  He that buys what he does not want, must often sell what he does want.  561
  He that by the plough would thrive, / Himself must either hold or drive.  562
  He that can be won with a feather will be lost with a straw.  563
  He that cannot pay in purse must pay in person.  564
  He that ceases to be a friend never was a good one.  565
  He that cuts himself wilfully deserves no salve.  566
  He that deserves nothing should be content with anything.  567
  He that does what he can, does what he ought.  568
  He that does you a very ill turn will never forgive you.  569
  He that eats longest lives longest.  570
  He that endureth is not overcome.  571
  He that gives to the poor lends to the Lord.  572
  He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.  573
  He that goes softly goes safely.  574
  He that grasps at too much holds nothing fast.  575
  He that has a head of wax should not walk in the sun.  576
  He that has no sense at thirty will never have any.  577
  He that has no shame has no conscience.  578
  He that hears much and speaks not at all, / Shall be welcome both in bower and hall.  579
  He that hinders not a mischief is guilty of it.  580
  He that humbles himself shall be exalted.  581
  He that is born of a hen must scrape for a living.  582
  He that is doing nothing is seldom without helpers.  583
  He that is down, the world cries “Down with him!”  584
  He that is full of himself is very empty.  585
  He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody.  586
  He that is not handsome at twenty, strong at thirty, rich at forty, nor wise at fifty, will never be handsome, strong, wise, or rich.  587
  He that is surety for another, is never sure himself.  588
  He that kills a man when he is drunk must be hanged for it when he is sober.  589
  He that lies down with dogs will rise up with fleas.  590
  He that lives with cripples learns to limp.  591
  He that lives with wolves will learn to howl.  592
  He that marries for money sells his liberty.  593
  He that on pilgrimages goeth ever, / Becometh holy late or never.  594
  He that promises too much means nothing.  595
  He that runs in the dark may well stumble.  596
  He that runs may read.  597
  He that seeks others to beguile, / Is oft o’ertaken in his own wile.  598
  He that serves the altar should live by the altar.  599
  He that sows in the highway loses his corn.  600
  He that sows iniquity shall reap sorrow.  601
  He that spares the bad injures the good.  602
  He that spares the rod spoils the child.  603
  He that speaks the thing he should not / Must often hear the thing he would not.  604
  He that steals for others will be hanged for himself.  605
  He that strikes with the sword shall perish by the sword.  606
  He that talks much errs much.  607
  He that talks much lies much.  608
  He that will not when he may, / When he will he shall have nay.  609
  He that will not work shall not eat.  610
  He that would be rich in a year will be hanged in half a year.  611
  He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of the hens.  612
  He that would live in peace and rest / Must hear, and see, and say the best.  613
  He that would reap well must sow well.  614
  He who avoids the temptation avoids the sin.  615
  He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper.  616
  He who deals with honey will sometimes be licking his fingers.  617
  He who does me good teaches me to be good.  618
  He who has love in his heart has spurs in his heels.  619
  He who is weighty is willing to be weighed.  620
  He who is willing to work finds it hard to wait.  621
  He who laughs at crooked men should need walk very straight.  622
  He who lays out for God lays up for himself.  623
  He who likes borrowing dislikes paying.  624
  He who makes constant complaint gets little compassion.  625
  He who pleased everybody died before he was born.  626
  He who scrubs every pig he sees will not long be clean himself.  627
  He who sends mouths will send meat.  628
  He who serves God serves a good Master.  629
  He who stays in the valley will never cross the mountain.  630
  He who steals an egg would steal an ox.  631
  He who waits for dead men’s shoes may go barefoot.  632
  He whom God steers sails safely.  633
  He will never set the Thames on fire.  634
  He works hard who has nothing to do.  635
  He would fain fly, but wants wings.  636
  He’s a man who dares to be / Firm for truth when others flee.  637
  Health is better than wealth.  638
  Hear God, and God will hear you.  639
  Hearsay is half lies.  640
  Heaven is as near by sea as by land.  641
  Hedges between keep friendship green.  642
  Help which is long on the road is no help.  643
  Help yourself and your friends will help you.  644
  Hic funis nihil attraxit—This bait has taken no fish; this scheme has not answered.  645
  Home is home, be it never so homely.  646
  Homini ne fidas nisi cum quo modium salis absumpseres—Trust no man till you have eaten a peck of salt with him, i.e., known him so long as you might have done so.  647
  Honesta paupertas prior quam opes malæ—Poverty with honour is better than ill-gotten wealth.  648
  Honesty is the best policy.  649
  Honesty is the poor man’s pork and the rich man’s pudding.  650
  Honour and ease are seldom bedfellows.  651
  Hope is a good anchor, but it needs something to grip.  652
  Hope is a waking man’s dream.  653
  Housekeeping without a wife is a lantern without a light.  654
  How can he be godly who is not cleanly?  655
  However far a man goes, he must start from his own door.  656
  Hunger and cold betray a man to his enemy.  657
  Hunger is the best sauce.  658
  Hunger will break through stone walls.  659
  Hungry bellies have no ears.  660
  Husbands can earn money, but only wives can save it.  661
  I am black, but I am not the devil.  662
  I can’t work for nothing, and find thread.  663
  “I don’t care,” is a deadly snare.  664
  I have saved the bird in my bosom, i.e., kept my secret.  665
  I know enough to hold my tongue, but not to speak.  666
  I love my friends well, but myself better.  667
  I stout and you stout, who will carry the dirt out?  668
  I talk of chalk and you of cheese.  669
  I will get it from his purse or get it from his skin.  670
  I will lay a stone at your door, i.e., never forgive you.  671
  Idle folks lack no excuses.  672
  Idle people have the least leisure.  673
  Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds and the holiday of fools.  674
  Idleness is the greatest prodigality in the world.  675
  Idleness is the root of all evil.  676
  Idleness rusts the mind.  677
  If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him.  678
  If a man be born in a stable, that does not make him a horse.  679
  If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.  680
  If a man once fall, all will tread on him.  681
  If an ass goes a-travelling, he’ll not come home a horse.  682
  If coals do not burn, they blacken.  683
  If it rains—well! If it shines—well!  684
  If it were not for hope, the heart would break.  685
  If Jack were better, Jill would not be so bad.  686
  If one door shuts, another will open.  687
  If the cap fit, wear it.  688
  If the counsel be good, no matter who gave it.  689
  If the farmer cannot live who drives the plough, how can he live who drives a fast-trotting mare?  690
  If the pills were pleasant, they would not be gilded.  691
  If the sky fall, we shall catch larks.  692
  If the sun shines on me, what matters the moon?  693
  If the young knew, if the old could, there’s nothing but would be done.  694
  If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.  695
  If there were no fools, there would be no knaves.  696
  If virtue keep court within, honour will attend without.  697
  If you agree to carry the calf, they’ll make you carry the cow.  698
  If you can’t get a loaf, don’t throw away a cake.  699
  If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.  700
  If you cannot drive the engine, you can clear the road.  701
  If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have.  702
  If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.  703
  If you desire to enjoy my light, you must supply oil to my lamp.  704
  If you don’t do better to-day, you’ll do worse to-morrow.  705
  If you don’t touch the rope, you won’t ring the bell.  706
  If you have a good seat, keep it.  707
  If you lie upon roses when young, you will lie upon thorns when old.  708
  If you pity rogues, you are no great friend of honest men.  709
  If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.  710
  If you raise one ghost, you will have the churchyard in motion.  711
  If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.  712
  If you say nothing, nobody will repeat it.  713
  If you sell the cow, you sell her milk too.  714
  If you trust before you try, / You may repent before you die.  715
  If you want a pretence to whip a dog, say that he ate the frying-pan.  716
  If you want to know a man, make a solitary journey with him.  717
  If you want work done, go to the man who is already fully occupied.  718
  If you would be a smith, begin with blowing the fire.  719
  If you would be well served, you must serve yourself.  720
  If you would have it well done, you must do it yourself; you must not leave it to others.  721
  If your wife is short, stoop to her.  722
  Ignavis semper feriæ sunt—To the indolent every day is a holiday.  723
  Ignem ne gladio fodito—Do not stir the fire with a sword.  724
  Ignorance is the mother of impudence.  725
  Ignoti nulla cupido—There is no desire for what is unknown.  726
  Ill comes upon war’s back.  727
  Ill got, ill spent.  728
  Ill news comes apace.  729
  Ill weeds grow apace.  730
  Ill-doers are ill thinkers.  731
  Ill-gotten wealth seldom descends to the third generation.  732
  Im Wasser kannst du dein Antlitz sehn, / Im Wein des andern Herz erspähn—In water thou canst see thine own face, in wine thou canst see into the heart of another.  733
  In a calm sea, every man is a pilot.  734
  In a thousand pounds of law there is not an ounce of love.  735
  In annulo Dei figuram ne gestato—Wear not the image of the Deity in a ring, i.e., do not use the name of God on frivolous occasions, or in vain.  736
  In aqua scribis—You are writing on water.  737
  In arena ædificas—You are building on sand.  738
  In caducum parietem inclinare—To lean against a falling wall.  739
  In cauda venenum—Poison lurks in the tail; or, there is a sting in the tail.  740
  In courtesy rather pay a penny too much than too little.  741
  In deep waters men find great pearls.  742
  In doubtful matters courage may do much; in desperate, patience.  743
  In every beginning think of the end.  744
  In every country the sun rises in the morning.  745
  In every fault there is folly.  746
  In for a penny, in for a pound.  747
  In medio virtus—Virtue lies in the mean.  748
  In much corn is some cockle.  749
  In the coldest flint there is hot fire.  750
  In the end / Things will mend.  751
  In the evening one may praise the day.  752
  In the husband, wisdom; in the wife, gentleness.  753
  In utramvis dormire aurem—To sleep on both ears, i.e., soundly, as no longer needing to keep awake.  754
  In water you may see your own face; in wine the heart of another.  755
  Incedit in Scyllam qui vult vitare Charybdim—He falls into Scylla in struggling to escape Charybdis.  756
  Incendit omnem feminæ zelus domum—The jealousy of a woman sets a whole house in a flame.  757
  Industry is Fortune’s right hand, and Frugality her left.  758
  Inimicus et invidus vicinorum oculus—An enemy and an envious man is an eye over his neighbour.  759
  Injuriæ spretæ exolescunt, si irascaris agnitæ videntur—Injuries that are slighted and unnoticed are soon forgotten; if you are angry, they are seen to be acknowledged.  760
  Injuriarum remedium est oblivio—Oblivion is the best remedy for injuries.  761
  Insolence is pride when her mask is pulled off.  762
  Inter delicias semper aliquid sævi nos strangulat—In the midst of our enjoyments there is always some wrong to torture us.  763
  Inter pueros senex—An old man among boys.  764
  Into a mouth shut flies fly not.  765
  Ipse Jupiter, neque pluens omnibus placet, neque abstinens—Even Jupiter himself cannot please all, whether he sends rain or fair weather.  766
  Is cadet ante senem, qui sapit ante diem—He will die before he is old who is prematurely wise.  767
  Is your trumpeter dead, that you are obliged to praise yourself?  768
  It chanceth in an hour that cometh not in seven years.  769
  It costs more to revenge injuries than to bear them.  770
  It is a foul bird that dirties its own nest.  771
  It is a good horse that never stumbles, and a good wife that never grumbles.  772
  It is a great journey to life’s end.  773
  It is a great point of wisdom to find out one’s own folly.  774
  It is a hard winter when one wolf eats another.  775
  It is a long lane that has no turning.  776
  It is a poor heart that never rejoices.  777
  It is a poor mouse that has but one hole.  778
  It is a reproach to be the first gentleman of one’s race, but greater to be the last.  779
  It is a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.  780
  It is a sin against hospitality to open your doors and shut up your countenance.  781
  It is a sorry goose that will not baste itself.  782
  It is all in my eye, i.e., it is nowhere else.  783
  It is always term time in the court of conscience.  784
  It is an equal failing to trust everybody and to trust nobody.  785
  It is an ill sign to see a fox lick a lamb.  786
  It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.  787
  It is as much intemperance to weep too much as to laugh too much.  788
  It is best to take half in hand and the rest by and by.  789
  It is better to do well than to say well.  790
  It is cheap enough to say, “God help you.”  791
  It is folly to live in Rome and strive with the Pope.  792
  It is good to fear the worst; the best can save itself.  793
  It is hard even to the most miserable to die.  794
  It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.  795
  It is hard to be poor and honest.  796
  It is hard to carry a full cup.  797
  It is hard to kick against the pricks.  798
  It is hard to put old heads on young shoulders.  799
  It is hard to suffer wrong and pay for it too.  800
  It is harder to marry a daughter well than to bring her up well.  801
  It is ill standing in dead men’s shoes.  802
  It is ill to take out of the flesh what is bred in the bone.  803
  It is more painful to do nothing than something.  804
  It is never too late to mend.  805
  It is nobler to become great than to be born great.  806
  It is not lost that comes at last.  807
  It is not the beard that makes the philosopher.  808
  It is one thing to speak much, and another to speak pertinently.  809
  It is possible to sin against charity, when we do not sin against truth.  810
  It is sure to be dark if you shut your eyes.  811
  It is the company, and not the charge that makes the feast.  812
  It is the frog’s own croak that betrays him.  813
  It is the master-wheel which makes the mill go round.  814
  It is the ordinary way of the world to keep folly at the helm, and wisdom under the hatches.  815
  It is too late to husband when all is spent.  816
  It is too late to spare when the bottom is bare.  817
  It is truth that makes a man angry.  818
  It is wise not to know a secret, and honest not to reveal it.  819
  It never rains but it pours.  820
  It never smokes but there’s fire.  821
  It will be all the same a hundred years hence.  822
  It will be an ill web to bleach.  823
  It’s a poor man that always counts his sheep.  824
  It’s dogged as does it.  825
  It’s good sheltering under an old hedge.  826
  It’s hard sailing when there is no wind.  827
  It’s height makes Grantham steeple stand awry.  828
  It’s ill living where everybody knows everybody.  829
  It’s ill wool that will take no dye.  830
  It’s never too late to learn.  831
  It’s no use killing nettles to grow docks.  832
  It’s no use pumping a dry well.  833
  It’s not “What has she?” but “What is she?”  834
  It’s too late to cast anchor when the ship is on the rocks.  835
  Jack at a pinch.  836
  Jack is as good as Jill.  837
  Jack of all trades and master of none.  838
  Jack will never be a gentleman.  839
  Jack-o’-both sides is, before long, trusted by nobody, and abused by both parties.  840
  Jack’s as good as his master.  841
  Jeerers must be content to taste of their own broth.  842
  Jest not with the eye, nor religion.  843
  Jest with an ass, and he will flap you in the face with his tail.  844
  Jesting brings serious sorrows.  845
  Jesting lies bring serious sorrows.  846
  Joan is as good as my lady in the dark.  847
  Joy and sorrow / Are to-day and to-morrow.  848
  Joy surfeited turns to sorrow.  849
  Joys shared with others are more enjoyed.  850
  Judge not of men and things at first sight.  851
  Jugulare mortuos—To stab the dead; to slay the slain.  852
  Justice pleaseth few in their own house.  853
  Keep good company, and you shall be of the number.  854
  Keep some till more come.  855
  Keep the bowels open, the head cool, and the feet warm, and a fig for the doctors.  856
  Keep the common road and you are safe.  857
  Keep well while you are well.  858
  Keep your shop, and your shop will keep you.  859
  Keeping from falling is better than helping up.  860
  Kind words are worth much and they cost little.  861
  Kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish.  862
  Kindness is lost upon an ungrateful man.  863
  Kindnesses, like grain, increase by sowing.  864
  Kings alone are no more than single men.  865
  Kings have long arms.  866
  Kissing goes by favour.  867
  Knavery may serve for a turn, but honesty is best in the long-run.  868
  Know ere thou hint, and then thou may’st slack: / If thou hint ere thou know, then it is too late.  869
  Knowledge humbleth the great man, astonisheth the common man, and puffeth up the little man.  870
  Knowledge is no burden.  871
  Lætus sorte tua vives sapienter—You will live wisely if you live contented with your lot.  872
  La faiblesse de l’ennemi fait notre propre force—The weakness of the enemy forms part of our own strength.  873
  Labour past is pleasant.  874
  Lad’s love’s a busk of broom, hot awhile and soon done.  875
  Land was never lost for want of an heir.  876
  Lapis qui volvitur algam non generat—A rolling stone gathers no moss.  877
  Largitio fundum non habet—Giving has no bottom.  878
  Last in bed, best heard.  879
  Latrante uno, latrat statim et alter canis—When one dog barks, another straightway begins to bark too.  880
  Latrantem curatne alta Diana canem?—Does the high-stepping Diana care for the dog that bays her?  881
  Laus in proprio ore sordescit—Self-praise is offensive.  882
  Lavishness is not generosity.  883
  Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.  884
  Law is a bottomless pit; keep far from it.  885
  Law is a lottery.  886
  Law-makers should not be law-breakers.  887
  Laws, like cobwebs, catch flies, but let hornets go free.  888
  Lawyers and painters can soon make black white.  889
  Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.  890
  Lawyers are needful to keep us out of law.  891
  Lay by something for a rainy day.  892
  Lay by, like ants, a little store, / For summer lasts not evermore.  893
  Lay not all the load on the lame horse.  894
  Lay the blame at the right door.  895
  Lay thy hand upon thy halfpenny twice before thou partest with it.  896
  Lay up and lay out should go together.  897
  Lay up that you may lay out.  898
  Laziness begins with cobwebs and ends with iron chains.  899
  Laziness is nothing unless you carry it out.  900
  Lazy as Ludlam’s dog, that laid his head against the wall to bark.  901
  Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.  902
  Learn a craft while you are young, that you may not have to live by craft when you are old.  903
  Learn to creep before you leap.  904
  Learn to say before you sing.  905
  Learn wisdom from the follies of others.  906
  Learning is a sceptre to some, a bauble to others.  907
  Learning makes a man a fit companion for himself.  908
  Learning makes a man wise, but a fool is made all the more a fool by it.  909
  Learning without thought is labour lost.  910
  Least said is soonest mended.  911
  Leave a jest when it pleases you best.  912
  Leave a welcome behind you.  913
  Leave it if you cannot mend it.  914
  Leave not the meat to gnaw the bones, / Nor break your teeth on worthless stones.  915
  Leave off no clothes / Till you see a June rose.  916
  Leave to-morrow till to-morrow.  917
  Leave well alone.  918
  Leaves enough, but few grapes.  919
  Leaving for gleaner makes farmer no leaner.  920
  Leberide cæcior—Blinder than a serpent’s slough.  921
  Leges bonæ malis ex moribus procreantur—Good laws are begotten of bad morals.  922
  Leisure is the reward of labour.  923
  Lend only what you can afford to lose.  924
  Leonem larva terres—You frighten a lion with a mask.  925
  Leporis vitam vivit—He lives the life of a hare, i.e., always full of fear.  926
  Less of your courtesy and more of your purse.  927
  Less of your honey and more of your honesty.  928
  Lessons hard to learn are sweet to know.  929
  Let a good pot have a good lid.  930
  Let a horse drink when he will, not what he will.  931
  Let a man be a man, and a woman a woman.  932
  Let anger’s fire be slow to burn.  933
  Let another do what thou wouldst do.  934
  Let another’s shipwreck be your beacon.  935
  Let charity be warm if the weather be cold.  936
  Let each tailor mend his own coat.  937
  Let every fox take care of his own brush.  938
  Let every man do what he was made for.  939
  Let every man praise the bridge he goes over.  940
  Let every tailor keep to his goose.  941
  Let gleaners glean, though crops be lean.  942
  Let him that does not know you buy you.  943
  Let him that earns eat.  944
  Let him who is well off stay where he is.  945
  Let him who knows not how to pray go to sea.  946
  Let John Bull beware of John Barleycorn.  947
  Let not mirth turn to mischief.  948
  Let not plenty make you dainty.  949
  Let not poverty part good company.  950
  Let not your money become your master.  951
  Let not your mouth swallow you.  952
  Let the best horse leap the hedge first.  953
  Let the cobbler stick to his last.  954
  Let the night come before we praise the day.  955
  Let the world wag.  956
  Let the young people mind what the old people say, / And where there is danger keep out of the way.  957
  Let your purse be your master.  958
  Let your trouble tarry till its own day comes.  959
  Liberality is not giving largely but wisely.  960
  Libido effrenata effrenatam appetentiam efficit—Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire.  961
  Lie not in the mire, and say, “God help!”  962
  Lies hunt in packs.  963
  Lies may be acted as well as spoken.  964
  Lies need a great deal of killing.  965
  Lies that are half true are the worst of lies.  966
  Life would be too smooth if it had no rubs in it.  967
  Light another’s candle, but don’t put out your own.  968
  Light not your candle at both ends.  969
  Light without life is a candle in a tomb; / Life without love is a garden without bloom.  970
  Lightly come, lightly go.  971
  Like a lusty winter, frosty but kindly.  972
  Like a tailor’s needle, say, “I go through.”  973
  Like author, like book.  974
  Like cures like.  975
  Like draws to like, the world over.  976
  Like father, like son.  977
  Like master, like man.  978
  Like mistress, like maid.  979
  Like mother, like daughter.  980
  Like priest, like people.  981
  Like prince, like people.  982
  Like Scotsmen, aye wise ahint the hand (after the event).  983
  Like the dog in the manger, he will neither eat himself nor let the horse eat.  984
  Likely tumbles in the fire, / When unlikely rises higher.  985
  Limit your wants by your wealth.  986
  Lions are not frightened by cats.  987
  Lions’ skins are not to be had cheap.  988
  Lis litem generat—Strife genders strife.  989
  Litem parit lis, noxa item noxam parit—Strife begets strife, and injury likewise begets injury.  990
  Little and often fills the purse.  991
  Little bantams are great at crowing.  992
  Little boats must keep near shore.  993
  Little bodies have great souls.  994
  Little by little the little bird builds its nest.  995
  Little children, little sorrows; big children, great sorrows.  996
  Little chips light great fires.  997
  Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.  998
  Little fishes should not spout like whales.  999
  Little folks like to talk about great folks.  1000
  Little griefs are loud, great sorrows are silent.  1001
  Little is done when every man is master.  1002
  Little minds, like weak liquors, are soonest soured.  1003
  Little pigeons can carry great messages.  1004
  Little pigs eat great potatoes.  1005
  Little pitchers have long ears—i.e., children have.  1006
  Little pot, / Don’t get hot / On the spot.  1007
  Little strokes fell great oaks.  1008
  Little things please little minds.  1009
  Little troubles are great to little people.  1010
  Little wealth, little sorrow.  1011
  Little wit in the head makes much work for the feet.  1012
  Little wrongs done to others are great wrongs done to ourselves.  1013
  Live and let live.  1014
  Live in to-day, but not for to-day.  1015
  Live not for yourself alone.  1016
  Live not to eat, but eat to live.  1017
  Live only a moment at a time.  1018
  Live to learn and learn to live.  1019
  Live upon trust, / And pay double you must.  1020
  Live with a singer if you would learn to sing.  1021
  Live with your friend as if he might become your enemy.  1022
  Living well is the best revenge.  1023
  Loans and debts make worries and frets.  1024
  Loans should come laughing home.  1025
  Loaves put awry in the oven come out awry.  1026
  Lock the stable before you lose the steed.  1027
  Locking the stable door when the steed is stolen.  1028
  Loin de la cour, loin du souci—Far front court, far from care.  1029
  Long lent is not given.  1030
  Long talk makes short work.  1031
  Look above you, and then look about you.  1032
  Look at paintings and fightings from a distance.  1033
  Look at your own corn in May, / And you’ll come weeping away.  1034
  Look before you leap.  1035
  Look before you, or you’ll have to look behind you.  1036
  Look for squalls, but don’t make them.  1037
  Look not a gift horse in the mouth.  1038
  Look through a keyhole, and your eye will be sore.  1039
  Lookers-on see more than the players.  1040
  Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.  1041
  Lose thy fun rather than thy friend.  1042
  Lost time is never found again.  1043
  Loudness is a foe to melody.  1044
  Love and lordship like not fellowship.  1045
  Love and poverty are hard to hide.  1046
  Love and pride stock Bedlam.  1047
  Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness.  1048
  Love can neither be bought nor sold; its only price is love.  1049
  Love does much, but money does more.  1050
  Love furthers knowledge.  1051
  Love hath a large mantle.  1052
  Love in the heart is better than honey in the mouth.  1053
  Love is a secret no man knows / Till it within his bosom glows.  1054
  Love is as warm in fustian as in velvet.  1055
  Love is neither bought nor sold.  1056
  Love is the mother of love.  1057
  Love laughs at locksmiths.  1058
  Love lightens labour and sweetens sorrow.  1059
  Love me, love my dog.  1060
  Love rules his kingdom without a sword.  1061
  Love rules without a sword and binds without a cord.  1062
  Love should not be all on one side.  1063
  Love will creep where it cannot go.  1064
  Love’s fire, if it once go out, is hard to kindle.  1065
  Lovers’ purses are tied with cobwebs.  1066
  Lovers’ time runs faster than the clock.  1067
  Luck is the idol of the idle.  1068
  Lupus non curat numerum (ovum)—The wolf is not scared by the number of the sheep.  1069
  Lupus pilum mutat, non mentem—The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.  1070
  Lying and stealing live next door to each other.  1071
  Lying pays no tax.  1072
  Lying rides on debt’s back.  1073
  Mad bulls cannot be tied up with a pack-thread.  1074
  Mad dogs cannot live long.  1075
  Mad people think others mad.  1076
  Magis gaudet quam qui senectam exult—He rejoices more than an old man who has put off old age, i.e., has become young again.  1077
  Magis magni clerici non sunt magis sapientes—The greatest scholars are not the wisest men.  1078
  Magni refert quibuscum vixeris—It matters a great deal with whom you live.  1079
  Magnus Alexander corpore parvus erat—The great Alexander was small in stature.  1080
  Maidens should be mild and meek, / Swift to hear, and slow to speak.  1081
  Maids should be seen and not heard.  1082
  Make a crutch of your cross.  1083
  Make all sure, and keep all pure.  1084
  Make every bargain clear and plain, / That none may afterwards complain.  1085
  Make good cheese, if you make little.  1086
  Make haste slowly.  1087
  Make hay while the sun shines.  1088
  Make not another’s shoes by your own foot.  1089
  Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.  1090
  Make not thy tail broader than thy wings.  1091
  Make not two sorrows of one.  1092
  Make short the miles with talk and smiles.  1093
  Make the plaster as large as the sore.  1094
  Make your hay as best you may.  1095
  Make your mark, but mind what your mark is.  1096
  Mala gallina, malum ovum—Bad ben, bad egg.  1097
  Mala ultro adsunt—Misfortunes come unsought.  1098
  Male parta male dilabuntur—Things ill gotten go ill.  1099
  Malo nodo malus quærendus cuneus—For a hard knot a hard tool must be sought.  1100
  Malum vas non frangitur—A worthless vessel is seldom broken.  1101
  Man doth what he can, and God what He will.  1102
  Man is a bundle of habits.  1103
  Man is fire and woman tow; the devil comes and sets them in a blaze.  1104
  Man proposes, God disposes.  1105
  Man’s best candle is his understanding.  1106
  Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.  1107
  Man’s life is filed by his foe.  1108
  Man’s work lasts till set of sun; / Woman’s work is never done.  1109
  Manners are stronger than laws.  1110
  Many a cow stands in the meadow and looks wistfully at the common.  1111
  Many a fine dish has nothing on it.  1112
  Many a good cow hath a bad calf.  1113
  Many a good drop of broth may come out of an old pot.  1114
  Many a good father hath but a bad son.  1115
  Many a man settleth more by an inch of his will than by an ell of his thrift.  1116
  Many a one is good because he can do no mischief.  1117
  Many a true word is spoken in jest.  1118
  Many acres will not make a wiseacre.  1119
  Many an honest man stands in need of help that has not the face to beg it.  1120
  Many are wise in jest but fools in earnest.  1121
  Many beat the sack, and mean the miller.  1122
  Many can bear adversity, but few contempt.  1123
  Many can make bricks, but cannot build.  1124
  Many commit sin and blame Satan.  1125
  Many cooks spoil the broth.  1126
  Many cut broad thongs out of other people’s leather.  1127
  Many estates are spent in the getting, / Since women, for tea, forsook spinning and knitting, / And men, for their punch, forsook hewing and splitting.  1128
  Many find fault without any end, / And yet do nothing at all to mend.  1129
  Many get into a dispute well that cannot get out well.  1130
  Many go out for clothes, and come home stript.  1131
  Many hands make light work.  1132
  Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths.  1133
  Many have come to port after a great storm.  1134
  Many kiss the hand they wish cut off.  1135
  Many lick before they bite.  1136
  Many littles make a mickle.  1137
  Many old camels carry the skins of the young ones to the market.  1138
  Many rendings need many mendings.  1139
  Many talk like philosophers and live like fools.  1140
  Many there be that buy nothing with their money but repentance.  1141
  Many ventures make a full freight.  1142
  Many words hurt more than swords.  1143
  Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.  1144
  Many would have been worse if their estates had been better.  1145
  Mar not what, marred, cannot be mended.  1146
  March winds and April showers.  1147
  Margarita e stercore—A pearl from a dunghill.  1148
  Marriage with peace is the world’s paradise; with strife, this life’s purgatory.  1149
  Marriages are made in heaven.  1150
  Marry above your match, and you get a master.  1151
  Marry for love, but only love that which is lovely.  1152
  Marrying is easy, but housekeeping is hard.  1153
  Masters are mostly the greatest servants in the house.  1154
  Masters should be sometimes blind and sometimes deaf.  1155
  Masters two / Will not do.  1156
  Match-makers often burn their fingers.  1157
  Mature fieri senem, si diu velis esse senex—You must become an old man soon if you would be an old man long.    In Cicero.  1158
  Maximus novator tempus—Time is the greatest innovator.  1159
  “May-be” is very well, but “must” is the master.  1160
  Meals and matins minish never.  1161
  Measure men around the heart.  1162
  Measure three times before you cut once.  1163
  Meat and matins hinder no man’s journey.  1164
  Meat is more than its carving, and truth is more than oratory.  1165
  Medicines are not meant to feed on.  1166
  Meekness is not weakness.  1167
  Mellitum venerium, blanda oratio—A flattering speech is honied poison.  1168
  Men apt to promise are apt to forget.  1169
  Men are never wise but returning from law.  1170
  Men are not to be measured by inches.  1171
  Men are very generous with that which costs them nothing.  1172
  Men chew not when they have no bread.  1173
  Men rattle their chains to show that they are free.  1174
  Men will blame themselves for the purpose of being praised.  1175
  Men’s actions are not to be judged of at first sight.  1176
  Mendico ne parentes quidem amici sunt—To a beggar not even his own parents show affection.  1177
  Mendings are honourable, rags are abominable.  1178
  Mens bona regnum possidet—A good mind possesses a kingdom.  1179
  Merces virtutis laus est—Applause is the reward of virtue.  1180
  Mere wishes are bony fishes.  1181
  Merry be the first, / And merry be the last, / And merry be the first of August.  1182
  Merx ultronea putret—Proffered service stinks (i.e., is despised).  1183
  Mésalliance—A marriage with one of inferior rank.  1184
  Mildness governs more than anger.  1185
  Mind the corner where life’s road turns.  1186
  Mind your P’s and Q’s.  1187
  Mind your work, and God will find your wages.  1188
  Minima de malis—Of two evils choose the least.  1189
  Miramur ex intervallo fallentia—We admire at a distance things which deceive us.  1190
  Misfortunes come on wings and depart on foot.  1191
  Misfortunes never come single.  1192
  Misfortunes when asleep are not to be wakened.  1193
  Misreckoning is no payment.  1194
  Misunderstanding brings lies to town.  1195
  Moderate riches will carry you; if you have more, you must carry them.  1196
  Modest dogs miss much meat.  1197
  Modesty ruins all that bring it to court.  1198
  Moles and misers live in their graves.  1199
  Monday religion is better than Sunday profession.  1200
  Money answers everything, / Save a guilty conscience sting.  1201
  Money begets money.  1202
  Money borrowed is soon sorrowed.  1203
  Money calls, but does not stay: / It is round and rolls away.  1204
  Money is the ruin of many.  1205
  Money is the sinew of love as well as of war.  1206
  Money makes the mare to go.  1207
  Money masters all things.  1208
  Money often unmakes the men who make it.  1209
  Money refused loses its brightness.  1210
  Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain.  1211
  More credit may be thrown down in a moment than can be built up in an age.  1212
  More light, more life, more love.  1213
  More meat and less mustard.  1214
  More springs up in the garden than the gardener sows there.  1215
  More than we use is more than we want.  1216
  Mores amid noveris, non oderis—Know well, but take no offence at the manners of a friend.  1217
  Mortuo leoni et lepores insultant—Even hares insult a dead lion.  1218
  Most felt, least said.  1219
  Most of our evils come from our vices.  1220
  Most things have two handles, and a wise man takes hold of the best.  1221
  Mother’s darlings are but milksop heroes.  1222
  Mother’s love is the cream of love.  1223
  Mother’s truth keeps constant youth.  1224
  Mourning tendeth to mending.  1225
  Mrs. Chatterbox is the mother of mischief.  1226
  Much bruit, little fruit.  1227
  Much corn lies under the straw that is not seen.  1228
  Much learning is a weariness of the flesh.  1229
  Much meat, much disease.  1230
  Much religion, but no goodness.  1231
  Much rust needs a rough file.  1232
  Mud chokes no eels.  1233
  Muddy spring, muddy stream.  1234
  Mules deliver great discourses because their ancestors were horses.  1235
  Mulier quæ sola cogitat male cogitat—The thoughts of a woman when alone tend to mischief.  1236
  Multæ manus onus levius faciunt—Many hands make light work.  1237
  Multa docet fames—Hunger (i.e., necessity) teaches us many things.  1238
  Multa novit vulpis, sed felis unum magnum—The fox knows many shifts, the cat only one great one, viz., to run up a tree.  1239
  Multas amicitias silentium diremit—Silence, or neglect, dissolves many friendships.  1240
  Multos in summa pericula misit / Venturi timor ipse mali—The mere apprehension of coming evil has driven many into positions of great peril.  1241
  Multos ingratos invenimus, plures facimus—We find many men ungrateful; we make more.  1242
  Multum sapit qui non diu desipit—He is very wise who does not long persist in folly.  1243
  Music will not cure the toothache.  1244
  My dame fed her hens on thanks, but they laid no eggs.  1245
  My house is my castle.  1246
  My house, my house, though thou art small, / Thou art to me the Escurial.  1247
  My son is my son till he have got him a wife, / But my daughter’s my daughter all the days of her life.  1248
  Nature abhors a vacuum.  1249
  Nature is beyond all teaching.  1250
  Nature passes nurture.  1251
  Nature takes as much pains in the forming of a beggar as an emperor.  1252
  Ne depugnes in alieno negrotio—Do not take up the cudgels in another man’s affairs.  1253
  Ne Jupiter quidem omnibus placet—Not even Jupiter can please everybody.  1254
  Near is my shirt, but nearer is my skin.  1255
  Nec caput nec pedes—In confusion, neither head nor tail.  1256
  Nec cui de te plusquam tibi credas—Do not believe any man more than yourself about yourself.  1257
  Nec obolum habet unde restim emat—He hasn’t a penny left to buy a halter.  1258
  Necessity is the mistress of the arts.  1259
  Necessity is the mother of invention.  1260
  Necessity makes even cowards brave.  1261
  Needles and pins, needles and pins! / When a man marries his trouble begins.  1262
  Neither crow nor croak.  1263
  Neither lead nor drive.  1264
  Neither wise men nor fools / Can work without tools.  1265
  Neither women nor linen by candlelight.  1266
  Nemo læditur nisi a seipso—No man is harmed but by himself.  1267
  Nemo potest nudo vestimenta detrahere—You cannot strip a garment off a naked man.  1268
  Nemo sibi nascitur—No one is born for himself.  1269
  Nequicquam sapit qui sibi non sapit—He is wise to no purpose who is not wise for himself.  1270
  Never bray at an ass.  1271
  Never burn your fingers to snuff another man’s candle.  1272
  Never buy a pig in a poke.  1273
  Never cackle till your egg is laid.  1274
  Never despise the day of small things.  1275
  Never do things by halves.  1276
  Never fall out with your bread and butter.  1277
  Never find fault with the absent.  1278
  Never fish in troubled waters.  1279
  Never fry a fish till it’s caught.  1280
  Never give up the ship.  1281
  Never grudge a penny for a pennyworth.  1282
  Never grumble nor mumble.  1283
  Never hang a man twice for one offence.  1284
  Never have an idle hour, or an idle pound.  1285
  Never hold a candle to the devil.  1286
  Never is a long day.  1287
  Never lean on a broken staff.  1288
  Never leave a certainty for an uncertainty.  1289
  Never look a gift-horse in the mouth.  1290
  Never look for a knot in a bulrush.  1291
  Never meet trouble half way.  1292
  Never mind who was your grandfather. What are you?  1293
  Never offer to teach fish to swim.  1294
  Never preach beyond your experience.  1295
  Never put your hand into a wasp’s nest.  1296
  Never repeat old grievances.  1297
  Never say die! / Up, man, and try!  1298
  Never say of another what you would not have him hear.  1299
  Never shirk the hardest work.  1300
  Never sigh, but send.  1301
  Never speak ill of those whose bread you eat.  1302
  Never spur a willing horse.  1303
  Never stint soap and water.  1304
  Never swap horses while crossing a stream.  1305
  Never tell in the parlour what you heard in the kitchen.  1306
  Never throw a hen’s egg at a sparrow.  1307
  Never too old to turn; never too late to learn.  1308
  Never trouble yourself with trouble till trouble troubles you.  1309
  Never trust a wolf with the care of lambs.  1310
  Never try to prove what nobody doubts.  1311
  Never venture all in one bottom.  1312
  Never write what you dare not sign.  1313
  New brooms sweep clean.  1314
  New laws, new frauds.  1315
  New lords, new laws.  1316
  Nightingales will not sing in a cage.  1317
  Nihil scire est vita jucundissima—To know nothing at all is the happiest life.  1318
  Nil sole et sale utilius—Nothing so useful as the sun and salt.  1319
  Nil tam difficile est quod non solertia vincat—There is nothing so difficult but skill will surmount it.  1320
  Nimia cura deterit magis quam emendat—Too much pains may injure rather than improve your work.  1321
  Nimium altercando veritas amittitur—In too eager disputation the truth is lost sight of.  1322
  Nine tailors cannot make a man.  1323
  No answer is also an answer.  1324
  No autumn fruit without spring blossoms.  1325
  No bees, no honey; / No work, no money.  1326
  No cloth is too fine for moth to devour.  1327
  No errors are so mischievous as those of great men.  1328
  No fishing like fishing in the sea.  1329
  No fool was ever so foolish, but some one thought him clever.  1330
  No frost can freeze Providence.  1331
  No gains without pains.  1332
  No greater promisers than those who have nothing to give.  1333
  No herb will cure love.  1334
  No horse so blind as the blind mare.  1335
  No house without mouse; no throne without thorn.  1336
  No joy without alloy.  1337
  No longer pipe, no longer dance.  1338
  No man can gather cherries in Kent at the season of Christmas.  1339
  No man can make a good coat with bad cloth.  1340
  No man can see over his own height.  1341
  No man has a worse friend than he brings with him from home.  1342
  No man hath a velvet cross.  1343
  No man is always wise except a fool.  1344
  No man is born wise or learned.  1345
  No man is the worse for knowing the worst of himself.  1346
  No man lives so poor as he was born.  1347
  No man loveth his fetters, be they made of gold.  1348
  No mill, no meal.  1349
  No need to teach your grandames to suck eggs.  1350
  No news is good news.  1351
  No one claims kindred with the poor.  1352
  No one eats goldfish.  1353
  No one knows the weight of another’s burden.  1354
  No one knows where the shoe pinches but him who wears it.  1355
  No one likes to bell the cat.  1356
  No pains, no gains.  1357
  No penny, no paternoster.  1358
  No receiver, no thief.  1359
  No safe wading in an unknown water.  1360
  No tale so good but may be spoiled in the telling.  1361
  No vice goes alone.  1362
  No weather’s ill when the wind’s still.  1363
  No weeping for shed milk.  1364
  No whip cuts so sharply as the lash of conscience.  1365
  No wonder lasts over three days.  1366
  No word is ill spoken if it be not ill taken.  1367
  No work, no recompense.  1368
  Noble housekeepers need no doors.  1369
  Nobody calls himself rogue.  1370
  Nodum in scirpo quæris—You look for a knot in a bulrush, i.e., are too scrupulous.  1371
  Non est bonum ludere cum Diis—It is not good to trifle with the gods.  1372
  Non est de sacco tanta farina tuo—So much meal cannot have come from your own sack.  1373
  Non est ejusdem et multa et opportuna dicere—The same person will not both talk much and to the purpose.  1374
  Non progredi est regredi—Not to advance is to go back.  1375
  Non purgat peccata qui negat—He who denies his sins does not atone for them.  1376
  Non uti libet, sed uti licet, sic vivamus—We must live not as we like, but as we can.  1377
  Nondum omnium dierum sol occidit—The sun of all days has not yet set.  1378
  None are so well shod but they may slip.  1379
  None can pray well but he who lives well.  1380
  None is so deaf as he who will not hear.  1381
  None so blind as they who will not see.  1382
  None think the great unhappy but the great.  1383
  Nosce tempus—Know your time; make hay while the sun shines.  1384
  Not every parish priest can wear Dr. Luther’s shoes.  1385
  Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man.  1386
  Nothing for nothing, and very little for a halfpenny.  1387
  Nothing for nothing.  1388
  Nothing is cheap if you don’t want it.  1389
  Nothing is lasting that is feigned.  1390
  Nothing is safe from fault-finders.  1391
  Nothing stands in need of lying but a lie.  1392
  Nothing stings so bitterly as loss of money.  1393
  Nothing that is violent is permanent.  1394
  Nothing venture, nothing win.  1395
  Novacula in cotem—He has met his match (lit. the razor against the whetstone).  1396
  “Now” is the watchword of the wise.  1397
  Nulla dies sine linea—Let no day pass without its line.  1398
  Nullum numen abest si sit prudentia—Where there is prudence, a protecting divinity is not far away.  1399
  Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit—No simile runs on all fours, i.e., holds in every respect.  1400
  Nuts are given us, but we must crack them ourselves.  1401
  Oaks fall when reeds stand.  1402
  Obedience is better than sacrifice.    From Bible.  1403
  Occasio facit furem—Opportunity makes the thief.  1404
  Oculus domini saginat equum—The master’s eye makes the horse fat.  1405
  Of all studies, study your present condition.  1406
  Of two evils choose the least.  1407
  Offenders never pardon.  1408
  Old age is a heavy burden.  1409
  Old age is honourable.  1410
  Old age, though despised, is coveted by all.  1411
  Old birds are hard to pluck.  1412
  Old birds are not caught with chaff.  1413
  Old head and young hand.  1414
  Old head upon young shoulders.  1415
  Old heads will not suit young shoulders.  1416
  Old men are twice children.  1417
  Old ovens are soon heated.  1418
  Old oxen have stiff horns.  1419
  Old shoes are easiest.  1420
  Old wounds soon bleed.  1421
  Olla male ferret—It does not look hopeful; the pot boils poorly.  1422
  Omne nimium vertitur in vitium—Every excess develops into a vice.  1423
  Omnem movere lapidem—To leave no stone unturned.  1424
  Omnia bonos viros decent—All things are becoming in good men.  1425
  Omnia ejusdem farinæ—All things are of the same stuff, lit. grain.  1426
  Omnia venalia Romæ—All things can be bought at Rome.  1427
  Omnis commoditas sua fert incommoda secum—Every convenience brings its own inconveniences along with it.  1428
  On a long journey even a straw is heavy.  1429
  On his own saddle one rides safest.  1430
  On Monday morning don’t be looking for Saturday night.  1431
  On prend le peuple par les oreilles, comme on fait un pot par les anses—The public are to be caught by the ears, as one takes a pot by the handles.  1432
  On some men’s bread butter will not stick.  1433
  On the sea sail, on the land settle.  1434
  Once a knave, always a knave.  1435
  Once a man and twice a child.  1436
  Once is no custom.  1437
  Once is no rule.  1438
  One abides not long on the summit of fortune.  1439
  One barking dog sets all the street a-barking.  1440
  One beats the bush, and another catches the bird.  1441
  One can live on little, but not on nothing.  1442
  One chick keeps a hen busy.  1443
  One cloud is enough to eclipse all the sun.  1444
  One crow never pulls out another’s eyes.  1445
  One dog can drive a flock of sheep.  1446
  One enemy is too many, and a hundred friends too few.  1447
  One enemy may do us more harm than a hundred friends can do us good.  1448
  One eye of the master does more than both his hands.  1449
  One eye-witness is better than ten hearsays.  1450
  One false move may lose the game.  1451
  One fool makes many.  1452
  One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.  1453
  One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.  1454
  One good turn deserves another.  1455
  One grain fills not a sack, but helps his fellows.  1456
  One hand washes another.  1457
  One hard word brings on another.  1458
  One head cannot hold all wisdom.  1459
  One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.  1460
  One jeer seldom goeth forth but it bringeth back its equal.  1461
  One keep-clean is better than ten make-cleans.  1462
  One lie makes many.  1463
  One lie needs seven lies to wait upon it.  1464
  One link broken, the whole chain is broken.  1465
  One loss brings another.  1466
  One man makes a chair, and another man sits in it.  1467
  One man may lead a horse to the water, but twenty cannot make him drink.  1468
  One man may steal a horse more safely than another may look at him over a hedge.  1469
  One man’s meat is another man’s poison.  1470
  One man’s opinion is no man’s opinion.  1471
  One may see that with half an eye.  1472
  One must not look a gift horse in the mouth.  1473
  One of these days is none of these days.  1474
  One pirate gets nothing of another but his cask.  1475
  One ploughs, another sows; / Who will reap, no one knows.  1476
  One sheep follows another.  1477
  One sickly sheep infects the flock.  1478
  One sin opens the door to another.  1479
  One swallow does not make a summer.  1480
  One sword keeps another in the scabbard.  1481
  One wrong step may give you a great fall.  1482
  One’s too few, three’s too many.  1483
  Onus segni impone asello—Lay the burden on the lazy ass.  1484
  Open not your door when the devil knocks.  1485
  Open rebuke is better than secret love.  1486
  Opinion is the mistress of fools.  1487
  Opportunities neglected are irrecoverable.  1488
  Optimi consiliarii mortui—The best counsellors are the dead.  1489
  Optimum obsonium labor—Labour is the best sauce.  1490
  Otiosis nullus adsistit Deus—No deity assists the idle.  1491
  Our fear commonly meets us at the door by which we think to run from it.  1492
  Our flatterers are our worst enemies.  1493
  Out of debt, out of danger.  1494
  Out of the frying-pan into the fire.  1495
  Ouvrage de longue haleine—A long-winded or tedious business.  1496
  Overdone is worse than underdone.  1497
  Oysters are not good in a month that hath not an R in it.  1498
  Pain past is pleasure.  1499
  Par le droit du plus fort—By the right of the strongest.  1500
  Parents’ blessings can neither be drowned in water nor consumed in fire.  1501
  Patch and long sit, / Build and soon flit.  1502
  Patience is a plaister for all sores.  1503
  Patience is a stout horse, but it will tire at last.  1504
  Patience, money, and time bring all things to pass.  1505
  Patient waiters are no losers.  1506
  Patriæ fumus igne alieno luculentior—The smoke of our own country is brighter than fire in a foreign one.  1507
  Paul Pry is on the spy.  1508
  Pay beforehand if you would have your work ill done.  1509
  Pay good wages, or your servants will pay themselves.  1510
  Pay the reckoning over-night, and you won’t be troubled in the morning.  1511
  Pay well when you are served well.  1512
  Pay what you owe, and what you’re worth you’ll know.  1513
  Pay without fail, / Down on the nail.  1514
  Pelt all dogs that bark, and you will need many stones.  1515
  Pence well-spent are better than pence ill-spared.  1516
  Penny goes after penny, / Till Peter hasn’t any.  1517
  Penny wise is often pound foolish.  1518
  People throw stones only at trees which have fruit on them.  1519
  People who are too sharp cut their own fingers.  1520
  People who live in glass houses should never throw stones.  1521
  “Perhaps” hinders folks from lying.  1522
  Perimus licitis—We come to ruin by permitted things.  1523
  Perseverance performs greater works than strength.  1524
  Persevere and never fear.  1525
  Persuasion is better than force.  1526
  Peter’s in, Paul’s out.  1527
  Pigs grow fat where lambs would starve.  1528
  Pigs grunt about everything and nothing.  1529
  Pigs when they fly go tail first.  1530
  Plain dealing is dead, and died without issue.  1531
  Plain dealing’s a jewel, but they that use it die beggars.  1532
  Plaster thick, / Some will stick.  1533
  Plough or not plough, you must pay your rent.  1534
  Plures adorant solem orientem quam occidentem—More do homage to the rising sun than the setting one.  1535
  Plures crapula quam gladius—Excess kills more than the sword.  1536
  Poor folks must say “Thank ye” for little.  1537
  Poor men’s tables are soon placed.  1538
  Porte fermée, le diable s’en va—The devil goes away when he sees a shut door.  1539
  Possession is nine-tenths of the law.  1540
  Post epulas stabis vel passus mille meabis—After eating, you should either stand or walk a mile.  1541
  Pot! don’t call the kettle black.  1542
  Potatoes don’t grow by the side of the pot.  1543
  Poverty breeds strife.  1544
  Poverty has no greater foe than bashfulness.  1545
  Poverty is no crime and no credit.  1546
  Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.  1547
  Practice makes perfect.  1548
  Practise thrift, or else you’ll drift.  1549
  Præcepta ducunt, at exempla trahunt—Precept guides, but example draws.  1550
  Praise a fool, and you water his folly.  1551
  Praise God more, and blame neighbours less.  1552
  Praise makes good men better, and bad men worse.  1553
  Praise Peter, but don’t find fault with Paul.  1554
  Praise the bridge which carries you over.  1555
  Praise the hill, but keep below.  1556
  Pray devoutly, / And hammer stoutly.  1557
  Pray to God, but keep the hammer going.  1558
  Pray to God, sailor, but pull for the shore.  1559
  Prayer and provender never hinder a journey.  1560
  Prayer knocks till the door opens.  1561
  Prayer must not come from the roof of the mouth, but from the root of the heart.  1562
  Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.  1563
  Precious ointments are put in small boxes.  1564
  Prejudice is a prophet which prophesies only evil.  1565
  “Pretty Pussy” will not feed a cat.  1566
  Prevention is better than cure.  1567
  Pride and poverty are ill met, yet often live together.  1568
  Pride feels no cold.  1569
  Pride must suffer pain.  1570
  Pride will have a fall; for pride goeth before, and shame cometh after.  1571
  Pride with pride will not abide.  1572
  Pride’s chickens have bonny feathers, but bony bodies.  1573
  Priestcraft is no better than witchcraft.  1574
  Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.  1575
  Procul a Jove, procul a fulmine—Far from Jove, far from his thunderbolts.  1576
  Proffered service stinks—i.e., is not appreciated.  1577
  Prope ad summum, prope ad exitum—Near the summit, near the end.  1578
  Prosperity destroys fools and endangers the wise.  1579
  Proverbs are the wisdom of the streets.  1580
  Providence may change, but the promise must stand.  1581
  Providence often puts a large potato in a little pig’s way.  1582
  Providence provides for the provident.  1583
  Punctuality is the soul of business.  1584
  Punishment follows hard upon crime.  1585
  Put the saddle on the right horse.  1586
  Put your foot down where you mean to stand.  1587
  Put your hand no farther than your sleeve will reach.  1588
  Put your hand quickly to your hat and slowly to your purse, and you’ll take no harm.  1589
  Put your own shoulder to the wheel.  1590
  Quæ e longinquo magis placent—Things please the more the farther fetched.  1591
  Quæ infra nos nihil ad nos—The things that are below us are nothing to us.  1592
  Quæ peccamus juvenes ea luimus senes—We pay when old for the excesses of our youth.  1593
  Quæ supra nos nihil ad nos—Things which are above us are nothing to us.  1594
  Quære verum—Seek the truth.  1595
  Quævis terra alit artificem—Every land supports the artisan.  1596
  Quackery has no friend like gullibility.  1597
  Qualis rex, talis grex—Like king, like people.  1598
  Quality is better than quantity.  1599
  Quem Jupiter vult perdere dementat prius—Him whom Jupiter wishes to ruin, be first infatuates.  1600
  Qui capit ille facit—He who takes it to himself has done it.  1601
  Qui medice vivit, misere vivit—He who lives by medical prescription lives miserably.  1602
  Qui non proficit, deficit—He who does not advance loses ground.  1603
  Qui perd péche—He who loses sins.  1604
  Qui spe aluntur, pendent, non vivunt—Those who feed on hope, hang on, they do not live.  1605
  Quick removals are slow prosperings.  1606
  Quick resentments are often fatal.  1607
  Quick returns make rich merchants.  1608
  Quick steps are best over miry ground.  1609
  Quick to borrow is always slow to pay.  1610
  Quicker by taking more time.  1611
  Quit not certainty for hope.  1612
  Quum Romæ fueris, Romano vivite more—When you are at Rome live after the fashion at Rome.  1613
  Raison d’état—A reason of state.  1614
  Re opitulandum non verbis—We should assist by deeds, not in words.  1615
  Rebuke ought to have a grain more of salt than of sugar.  1616
  Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.  1617
  Reckoners without their host must reckon twice.  1618
  Religion lies more in walk than in talk.  1619
  Remis velisque—With oars and sails; with tooth and nail.  1620
  Remove the cause, and the effect will cease.  1621
  Repentance costs very dear.  1622
  Repentance is good, but innocence is better.  1623
  Report makes crows blacker than they are.  1624
  Reproof never does a wise man harm.  1625
  Reputation is commonly measured by the acre.  1626
  Reputation serves to virtue as light does to a picture.  1627
  Reserve the master-blow.  1628
  Respect a man, he will do the more.  1629
  Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.  1630
  Rest and success are fellows.  1631
  Rest is won only by work.  1632
  Riches bring cares.  1633
  Riches have wings.  1634
  Right wrongs no man.  1635
  Rivers need a spring.  1636
  Robbing Peter to pay Paul.  1637
  Rore vixit more cicadæ—He lived upon dew like a grasshopper.  1638
  Roses grow among thorns.  1639
  Round the world, but never in it.    Of sailors.  1640
  Sæpe est etiam sub palliolo sordido sapientia—Wisdom is often found even under a shabby coat.  1641
  Sabbath profaned, / Whate’er may be gained, / Is sure to be followed by sorrow.  1642
  Sabbath well spent / Brings a week of content.  1643
  Sadness and gladness succeed each other.  1644
  Safe bind, safe find.  1645
  Sallow wits censure everything that is beyond their depth.  1646
  Sapiens dominabitur astris—A wise man will lord it over the stars.  1647
  Satan’s friendship reaches to the prison door.  1648
  Satires run faster than panegyrics.  1649
  Satius est recurrere, quam currere male—It is better to run back than run on the wrong way.  1650
  Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  1651
  Save a thief from the gallows, and he’ll cut your throat.  1652
  Save something for a sore foot.  1653
  Say nay, and take it.  1654
  Say no ill of the year till it be past.  1655
  “Say well” is good, but “Do well” is better.  1656
  Say well or be still.  1657
  Saying and doing are two different things.  1658
  Scald not thy lips with another man’s porridge.  1659
  Scandal will not rub out like dirt when it is dry.  1660
  Scatter with one hand, gather with two.  1661
  Scotsmen reckon ay frae an ill hour.  1662
  Screw not the chord too sharply lest it snap.  1663
  Seek not to reform every one’s dial by your own watch.  1664
  Seek till you find, and you’ll not lose your labour.  1665
  Seek your salve where you got your sore.  1666
  Self loves itself best.  1667
  Send a fool to the market, and a fool he’ll return.  1668
  Send a wise man of an errand, and say nothing to him.  1669
  Send your charity abroad wrapt in blankets.  1670
  Septem convivium, novem convitium—Seven is a banquet, nine a brawl.  1671
  Septem horas dormisse sat est juvenique, senique—Seven hours of sleep is enough both for old and young.  1672
  Sero clypeum post vulnera sumo—I am too late in taking my shield after being wounded.  1673
  Sero sapiunt Phryges—The Trojans became wise when too late.  1674
  Sero venientibus ossa—The bones for those who come late.  1675
  Serpens ni edat serpentem, draco non fiet—Unless a serpent devour a serpent, it will not become a dragon, i.e., unless one power absorb another, it will not become great.  1676
  Serum auxilium post prælium—Help comes too late when the fight is over.  1677
  Serving one’s own passions is the greatest slavery.  1678
  Set a beggar on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil.  1679
  Set a thief to catch a thief.  1680
  Set not your loaf in till the oven’s hot.  1681
  Shallow streams make most din.  1682
  Shame of poverty is almost as bad as pride of wealth.  1683
  She that is ashamed to eat at table eats in private.  1684
  She that is born handsome is born married.  1685
  She that takes gifts herself she sells, / And she that gives them does nothing else.  1686
  Short boughs, long vintage.  1687
  Short prayers reach heaven.  1688
  Short reckonings make long friends.  1689
  Si caput dolet omnia membra languent—If the head aches, all the members of the body become languid.  1690
  Si claudo cohabites, subclaudicare disces—If you live with a lame man you will learn to limp.  1691
  Si gravis brevis, si longus levis—If severe, short; if long, light.  1692
  Si jeunesse savait! si vieillesse pouvait!—If youth knew; if age could!  1693
  Si leonina pellis non satis est, assuenda vulpina—If the lion’s skin is not enough, we must sew on the fox’s.  1694
  Silence gives (or implies) consent.  1695
  Silence is wisdom, when speaking is folly.  1696
  Silent men, like still waters, are deep and dangerous.  1697
  Simile gaudet simili—Like loves like.  1698
  Sit in your own place, and no man can make you rise.  1699
  Six feet of earth make all men equal.  1700
  Skill is stronger than strength.  1701
  Sloth is the key to poverty.  1702
  Slow fire makes sweet malt.  1703
  Slow help is no help.  1704
  Small faults indulged let in greater.  1705
  Small profits and quick returns.  1706
  Small rain lays great dust.  1707
  Smooth waters run deep.  1708
  Smooth words make smooth ways.  1709
  So many servants, so many enemies.  1710
  So many slaves, so many enemies.  1711
  Soft words win hard hearts.  1712
  Soft, or fair, words butter no parsnips.  1713
  Solitude is often the best society.  1714
  Some evils are cured by contempt.  1715
  Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.  1716
  Some men are wise, and some are otherwise.  1717
  Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.  1718
  Some that speak no ill of any do no good to any.  1719
  Soon enough, if well enough.  1720
  Soon hot, soon cold.  1721
  Soon ripe, soon rotten.  1722
  Sorex suo perit indicio—The mouse perishes by betraying himself.  1723
  Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.  1724
  Sorrow will pay no debt.  1725
  Sow good works and you will reap gladness.  1726
  Spare but to spend, and only spend to spare.  1727
  Spare the rod and spoil the child.  1728
  Speak little and to the purpose.  1729
  Speak little, but speak the truth.  1730
  Speak the truth and shame the devil.  1731
  Speak well of your friend; of your enemy say nothing.  1732
  Speak when you are spoken to, and come when you are called for.  1733
  Speaking without thinking is shooting without aim.  1734
  Speedy execution is the mother of good fortune.  1735
  Step by step one goes far.  1736
  Still swine eat all the draff.  1737
  Still waters run deep.  1738
  Storms make oaks take deeper root.  1739
  Straws show which way the wind blows.  1740
  Strike while the iron is hot.  1741
  Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.  1742
  Stultus semper incipit vivere—The fool is always beginning to live.  1743
  Stultus, qui, patre occiso, liberos relinquat—He who kills the father and leaves the children is a fool.  1744
  Submitting to one wrong often brings on another.  1745
  Supple knees feed arrogance.  1746
  Surfeit has killed more than hunger.  1747
  Sweep before your own door.  1748
  Tête de fou ne blanchit jamais—A fool’s head never grows grey.  1749
  Take a hair of the same dog that bit you, and it will heal the wound.  1750
  Take care of the pence; the pounds will take care of themselves.  1751
  Take heed of the vinegar of sweet wine.  1752
  Take heed you find not that you do not seek.  1753
  Take time in turning a corner.  1754
  Talk of the devil and he’ll appear.  1755
  Talking of love is making it.  1756
  Tam Marte quam Minerva—As much by Mars as by Minerva; as much by courage as by wisdom.  1757
  Tanquam ungues digitosque suos—As well as his nails and fingers; at his fingers’ ends.  1758
  Tarde venientibus ossa—To those who come late the bones.  1759
  Taurum tollet qui vitulum sustulerit—He who has carried the calf will be able by and by to carry the ox.  1760
  Teaching others teacheth yourself.  1761
  Tenterden steeple was the cause of Goodwin Sands.  1762
  That grief is light which is capable of counsel.  1763
  That is but an empty purse that is full of other men’s money.  1764
  That is gold that is worth gold.  1765
  That is well spoken that is well taken.  1766
  That must be true which all men say.  1767
  That one will not, another will.  1768
  That suit is best that best fits me.  1769
  That that comes of a hen will scrape.  1770
  That which is good to take is good to keep.  1771
  That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass.  1772
  That which proves too much proves nothing.  1773
  That which two will takes effect.  1774
  That which was bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.  1775
  That which we may live without we need not much covet.  1776
  That which will not be butter must be made into cheese.  1777
  That which will not be spun, let it not come between the spindle and the distaff.  1778
  That’s a lee wi’ a lid on, / And a brass handle to tak ho’d on.  1779
  That’s my good that does me good.  1780
  That’s the best gown that goes up and down the house.  1781
  The absent party is still faulty.  1782
  The archer who overshoots the mark misses, as well as he that falls short of it.  1783
  The back of one door is the face of another.  1784
  The back-door robs the house.  1785
  The beaten road is the safest.  1786
  The best fish swim near the bottom.  1787
  The best is best cheap.  1788
  The best mirror is an old friend.  1789
  The best of the sport is to do the deed and say nothing.  1790
  The best remedy against an ill man is much ground between both.  1791
  The best use of money is to pay debts.  1792
  The best work in the world is done on the quiet.  1793
  The bishop has set his foot in it—i.e., the broth is singed.    (The explanation of which, according to Grose, is: Whenever a bishop passed through a town or a village, all the inhabitants ran out to receive his blessing; this frequently caused the milk on the fire to be left till burnt.)  1794
  The biter is often bit.  1795
  The burden one likes is cheerfully borne.  1796
  The cat shuts its eyes when stealing the cream.  1797
  The charitable give out at the door, and God puts in at the window.  1798
  The counsel thou wouldst have another keep, first keep thyself.  1799
  The danger past and God forgotten.  1800
  The darkest hour is nearest the dawn.  1801
  The devil is an ass.  1802
  The devil lurks behind the cross.  1803
  The devil may get in by the keyhole, but the door won’t let him out.  1804
  The dog that fetches will carry.  1805
  The donkey means one thing and the driver another.  1806
  The earthen pot must keep clear of the brass kettle.  1807
  The evil that goeth out of thy mouth flieth into thy bosom.  1808
  The evil wound is cured, but not the evil name.  1809
  The example of good men is visible philosophy.  1810
  The exception proves the rule.  1811
  The eye is the mirror of the soul.  1812
  The eye that sees all things else sees not itself.  1813
  The face is the index of the mind.  1814
  The fair maid who, the first of May, / Goes to the fields at break of day, / And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree, / Will ever after handsome be.  1815
  The faithful servant is a humble friend.  1816
  The falling out of faithful friends is the renewing of love.  1817
  The fire in the flint shows not till it’s struck.  1818
  The fire that does not warm me shall never scorch me.  1819
  The first article that a young trader offers for sale is his honesty.  1820
  The first breath / Is the beginning of death.  1821
  The first faults are theirs that commit them, / The second are theirs that permit them.  1822
  The first of the nine orders of knaves is he that tells his errand before he goes it.  1823
  The first step towards greatness is to be honest.  1824
  The first year let your house to your enemy; the second to your friend; the third, live in it yourself.  1825
  The foot of the owner is the best manure for his land.  1826
  The fox thrives best when he is most curst.  1827
  The full moon brings fair weather.  1828
  The good mother saith not, “Will you?” but gives.  1829
  The gown is hers that wears it, and the world is his who enjoys it.  1830
  “The grapes are sour,” said the fox when he could not reach them.  1831
  The great thieves punish the little ones.  1832
  The greatest expense we can be at is that of our time.  1833
  The greatest scholars are not always the wisest men.  1834
  The greatest vessel hath but its measure.  1835
  The grey mare is the better horse.  1836
  The groundsel speaks not save what it heard at the hinges.  1837
  The hand that gives, gathers.  1838
  The hardest step is over the threshold.  1839
  The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.  1840
  The heart sees farther than the head.  1841
  The heart that once truly loves never forgets.  1842
  The highest price a man can pay for a thing is to ask for it.  1843
  The horse thinks one thing, and he that rides him another.  1844
  The house that is a-building looks not as the house that is built.  1845
  The king’s errand may come in at the cadger’s gate.  1846
  The last drop makes the cup run over.  1847
  The last ounce breaks the camel’s back.  1848
  The longest day soon comes to an end.  1849
  The man who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.  1850
  The mastiff is quiet while curs are yelping.  1851
  The mill will never grind with the water that is past.  1852
  The mob has many heads, but no brains.  1853
  The more haste, the worse speed.  1854
  The mother’s heart is always with her children.  1855
  The nearer the church the farther from God.  1856
  The noblest vengeance is to forgive.  1857
  The old fox is caught at last.  1858
  The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.  1859
  The ox lies still while the geese are hissing.  1860
  The pitcher goes so often to the water that it comes home broken at last.  1861
  The poor man’s budget is full of schemes.  1862
  The rainbow in the morning / Is the shepherd’s warning; / The rainbow at night / Is the shepherd’s delight.  1863
  The road to ruin is always kept in good repair, and the travellers pay the expense of it.  1864
  The road’s afore you, the sky’s aboon you.  1865
  The shortest answer is doing.  1866
  The smoke of a man’s own house is better than the fire of another’s.  1867
  The snail sees nothing but his own shell, and thinks it the grandest place in the world.  1868
  The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.  1869
  The stomach has no ears.  1870
  The stone that lieth not in your way need not offend you.  1871
  The stream can never rise above the springhead.  1872
  The sun can be seen by nothing but its own light.  1873
  The sun may do its duty, though your grapes are not ripe.  1874
  The sweetest wine makes the sharpest vinegar.  1875
  The thin edge of the wedge is to be feared.  1876
  The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.  1877
  The tongue is not of steel, but it cuts.  1878
  The tree is no sooner down than every one runs for his hatchet.  1879
  The vulgar keep no account of your hits, but of your misses.  1880
  The whole man to one thing at a time.  1881
  The wife is the key of the house.  1882
  The wished-for comes too late.  1883
  The words of the wise are as goads.  1884
  The world is as you take it.  1885
  The worse things are, the better they are.  1886
  The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.  1887
  There are more ways to the wood than one.  1888
  There are two sides to every question.  1889
  There is a skeleton in every house.  1890
  There is a snake in the grass.  1891
  There is a time for all things.  1892
  There is always life for a living one.  1893
  There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.  1894
  There is no better counsellor than time.  1895
  There is no going to heaven in a sedan.  1896
  There is no grief that time will not soften.  1897
  There is no jesting with edge tools.  1898
  There is no joy without alloy.  1899
  There is no true love without jealousy.  1900
  There is no venom like that of the tongue.  1901
  There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.  1902
  There is not the thickness of a sixpence between good and evil.  1903
  There is nothing like leather.    A cobbler’s advice in an emergency.  1904
  There is nothing so secret but it comes to light.  1905
  There were no ill language if it were not ill taken.  1906
  There’s always life for the living.  1907
  There’s many a slip / ’Twixt the cup and the lip.  1908
  There’s no seeing one’s way through tears.  1909
  There’s nothing certain but uncertainty.  1910
  They love most who are least valued.  1911
  They love us truly who correct us freely.  1912
  They must hunger in winter that will not work in summer.  1913
  “They say so” is half a lie.  1914
  They that are booted are not always ready.  1915
  They that know one another salute afar off.  1916
  They who seek only for faults see nothing else.  1917
  Things will never be bettered by an excess of haste.  1918
  Think and thank God.  1919
  Those who do nothing generally take to shouting.  1920
  Those who make the best use of their time have none to spare.  1921
  Though he says nothing, he pays it with thinking, like the Welshman’s jackdaw.  1922
  Though the cat winks a while, yet sure she is not blind.  1923
  Though we lose our fortune, yet we should not lose our patience.  1924
  Though you stroke the nettle ever so kindly, yet it will sting you.  1925
  Threatened folks live long.  1926
  Three things drive a man out of doors—smoke, a leaking roof, and a scolding wife.  1927
  Thrift must begin with little savings.  1928
  Throw no gift again at the giver’s head; / Better is half a loaf than no bread.  1929
  Thursday come, and the week’s gone.  1930
  Thy hand is never the worse for doing thy own work.  1931
  Thy secret is thy prisoner.  1932
  Tickle me, Bobby, and I’ll tickle you.  1933
  Time and thinking tame the strongest grief.  1934
  Time brings roses.  1935
  Time devours all things.  1936
  Time is money.  1937
  Time trieth truth.  1938
  Time works great changes.  1939
  Timidi mater non flet—The mother of the coward has no occasion to weep.  1940
  ’Tis a folly to fret; grief’s no comfort.  1941
  ’Tis a good ill that comes alone.  1942
  ’Tis better to cry over your goods than after them.  1943
  ’Tis day still while the sun shines.  1944
  Tit for tat is fair play.  1945
  To be born with a silver spoon in the mouth.  1946
  To do good to the ungrateful is to throw rose-water into the sea.  1947
  To draw a long bow, i.e., exaggerate.  1948
  To every deep there is a deeper still.  1949
  To keep the wolf from the door.  1950
  To open your windows be ever your care.  1951
  To pour oil on the fire is not the way to quench it.  1952
  To put the cart before the horse.  1953
  To seem and not to be, is throwing the shuttle without weaving.  1954
  To shoot wide of the mark—i.e., guess foolishly when you don’t know.  1955
  To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.  1956
  Too many cooks spoil the broth.  1957
  Tourner casaque—To change sides; become a turncoat.  1958
  True blue will never stain.  1959
  True coral needs no painter’s brush.  1960
  Trust begets truth.  1961
  Trust dies because bad pay poisons him.  1962
  Trust, but not too much.  1963
  Truth and oil are ever above.  1964
  Truth hath always a fast bottom.  1965
  Truth is God’s daughter.  1966
  Truth is the daughter of Time.  1967
  Truth may languish, but can never perish.  1968
  Truth seeks no corners.  1969
  Try and Trust will move mountains.  1970
  Two dogs over one bone seldom agree.  1971
  Two dogs strive for a bone, and a third runs away with it.  1972
  Two heads are better than one, or why do folks marry?  1973
  Two in distress make sorrow less.  1974
  Two is company, but three is none.  1975
  Two kitchen fires burn not on one hearth.  1976
  Two may keep counsel, putting one away.  1977
  Two of a trade seldom agree.  1978
  Two removals are as bad as a fire.  1979
  Two things a man should never be angry at; what he can help, and what he cannot.  1980
  Ubi bene, ibi patria—Where it is well with me, there is my country.  1981
  Ubi uber, ibi tuber—There are no roses without thorns.  1982
  Ubt dolor, ibi digitus—Where the pain is, there the finger will be.  1983
  Undertake no more than you can perform.  1984
  Unequal marriages are seldom happy ones.  1985
  Union is strength.  1986
  Unkindness destroys love.  1987
  Unus vir nullus vir—One man is no man.  1988
  Upbraiding turns a benefit into an injury.  1989
  Usus est tyrannus—Custom is a tyrant.  1990
  Usus promptum facit—Practice makes perfect.  1991
  Ut canis e Nilo—Like the dog by the Nile, i.e., drinking and running.  1992
  Vache ne sait ce que vaut sa queue jusqu’à ce-qu’elle l’ait perdue—The cow doesn’t know the worth of her tail until she has lost it.  1993
  Vainglory blossoms, but never bears.  1994
  Valour is worth little without discretion.  1995
  Vanity is a blue-bottle, which buzzes in the window of the wise.  1996
  Vanity is the pride of Nature.  1997
  Vel cæco appareat—Even a blind man could perceive it.  1998
  Velocem tardus assequitur—The slow overtakes the swift.  1999
  Velvet paws hide sharp claws.  2000
  Vengeance is wild justice.  2001
  Vent au visage rend un homme sage—Wind in the face (i.e., adversity) makes a man wise.  2002
  Verbum sat sapienti—A word is enough to a wise man.  2003
  Vestibulum domus ornamentum est—The hall is the ornament of a house, i.e., first impressions have great weight.  2004
  Vestis virum facit—The garment makes the man.  2005
  Vice is its own punishment.  2006
  Violent fires soon burn out.  2007
  Virtue is the queen of labourers.  2008
  Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.  2009
  Vultus est index animi—The countenance is the index of the mind.  2010
  Want is the mother of industry.  2011
  Want makes wit.  2012
  Watched pot never boils.  2013
  Waters that are deep do not babble as they flow.  2014
  We are bound to be honest, but not to be rich.  2015
  We can live without our friends, but not without our neighbours.  2016
  We hate delay, yet it makes us wise.  2017
  We must take the world as we find it.  2018
  We readily believe what we wish to be true.  2019
  We should eat to live, and not live to eat.  2020
  We should not spur a willing horse.  2021
  Weave in faith and God will find thread.  2022
  Welcome is the best cheer.  2023
  Welcome, Misfortune, if thou comest alone.  2024
  Well thriveth that well suffereth.  2025
  Well to work and make a fire, / Doth both care and skill require.  2026
  What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.  2027
  What comes from the heart goes to the heart.  2028
  What devilry soever kings do, the Greeks must pay the piper.  2029
  What God makes he never mars.  2030
  What is bought is cheaper than a gift.  2031
  What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.  2032
  What is done by night appears by day.  2033
  What is done in a hurry is never done well.  2034
  What is known to three is known to everybody.  2035
  What is learned in the cradle is carried to the tomb.  2036
  What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  2037
  What the eye does not admire, / The heart does not desire.  2038
  What the eye don’t see, the heart don’t grieve.  2039
  What will you have? quoth God; pay for it and take it.  2040
  What’s good for the bee is good for the hive.  2041
  What’s the good of a sun-dial in the shade?  2042
  Whatever you are, be a man.  2043
  When a man is going downhill, everybody gives him a kick.  2044
  When a Sark-foot wife gets on her broomstick, the dames of Allonby are ready to mount.  2045
  When Adam dolve and Eve span, / Who was then the gentleman?  2046
  When caught by a tempest, wherever it be, / If it lightens and thunders, beware of a tree.  2047
  When children stand quiet, they have done some harm.  2048
  When clouds appear like rocks and towers, / The earth’s refreshed with frequent showers.  2049
  When God will, no wind but brings rain.  2050
  When it’s dark at Dover, / It is dark all the world over.  2051
  When money’s taken, / Freedom’s forsaken.  2052
  When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window.  2053
  When rogues fall out, honest men get their own.  2054
  When the cat’s away, / The mice will play.  2055
  When the devil dies, he never lacks a chief mourner.  2056
  When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.  2057
  When the heart is afire, some sparks will fly out at the mouth.  2058
  When the hungry curate licks the knife, there is not much for the cleric.  2059
  When the sun is highest, he casts the least shadow.  2060
  When things are at their worst, they will mend.  2061
  When three know it, all know it.  2062
  When two friends have a common purse, one sings and the other weeps.  2063
  When we can’t do as we would, we must do as we can.  2064
  When whins are out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion.  2065
  When you are all agreed upon the time, quoth the vicar, I’ll make it rain.  2066
  When you see a snake, never mind where he came from.  2067
  Where content is there is a feast.  2068
  Where drink goes in, wit goes out.  2069
  Where God helps, nought harms.  2070
  Where it is weakest, the thread breaketh.  2071
  Where no fault is, there needs no pardon.  2072
  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean.  2073
  Where one is wise, two are happy.  2074
  Where the carcase is, the ravens will gather.  2075
  Where there is no love, all are faults.  2076
  Where there is no shame, there is no honour.  2077
  Where there is smoke there is fire.  2078
  Where there’s a will there’s a way.  2079
  Where your will is ready, your feet are light.  2080
  Wherever a man dwells he will be sure to have a thorn-bush near his door.  2081
  Whether the pitcher strike the stone or the stone the pitcher, it is bad for the pitcher.  2082
  Whether you boil snow or pound it, you can have but water of it.  2083
  While thy shoe is on thy foot, tread upon the thorns.  2084
  Who chatters to you, will chatter of you.  2085
  Who doth not work shall not eat.  2086
  Who goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing.  2087
  Who looks not before finds himself behind.  2088
  Whoso does not good, does evil enough.  2089
  Wide will wear, but tight will tear.  2090
  Wilful waste makes woeful want.  2091
  Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.  2092
  Wine neither keeps secrets nor fulfils promises.  2093
  Wine washes off the daub.  2094
  Wink at small faults.  2095
  Wisdom sometimes walks in clouted shoes.  2096
  Wit once bought is worth twice taught.  2097
  Women, priests, and poultry have never enough.  2098
  Women’s jars breed men’s wars.  2099
  Words are fools’ pence.  2100
  Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.  2101
  Yielding is sometimes the best way of succeeding.  2102
  You can’t be lost on a straight road.  2103
  You can’t see the wood for the trees.  2104
  You can’t tell a nut till you crack it.  2105
  You cannot climb a ladder by pushing others down.  2106
  You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  2107
  You cannot push a man far up a tree.  2108
  You gazed at the moon and fell in the gutter.  2109
  You know not where a blessing may light.  2110
  You may grow good corn in a little field.  2111
  You must be content sometimes with rough roads.  2112
  You must lose a fly to catch a trout.  2113
  You must not measure every man’s corn by your own bushel.  2114
  Zeal is like fire; it needs both feeding and watching.  2115
  Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.  2116
 
 
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