Proverbes et dictons

A barking dog never bites.A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glassAbsence sharpens love; presence strengthens it.Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.A friend in need is a friend indeed.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.All are not merry that dance lightly.All clouds bring not rain.A merry heart makes good medicine.An apple a day keeps the doctor away.A penny saved is a penny earned.A person is known by the company he keeps. [nowadays, in politically correct language, you should say "…by the company THEY keep".]A place for everything and everything in its place.A rolling stone gathers no moss.A stitch in time saves nine.A watched pot never boils.A word to the wise is sufficient.Absence makes the heart grow fonder.Actions speak louder than words.All good things must come to an end.All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.All that glitters is not gold.All's well that ends well.An empty barrel makes the most noise.As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Beauty is only skin deep.Beggars can't be choosers.Behind bad luck comes good luck.Better late than never.Better safe than sorry.Better to have education than wealth. (a Welsh proverb)Big thunder, little rain.Birds of a feather flock together.Boys will be boys.Brain is better than brawn.Brevity is the soul of wit.Burning the candle at both ends will soon leave you without a light. (an Irish Proverb)

Charity begins at home.Children should be seen not heard.Cleanliness is next to godliness.Clothes don't make the man.Contentment is better than riches.Cowards die many times, but a brave man only dies once.Curiosity killed the cat.Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.Discretion is the better part of valor.Do as you would be done by.Don't burn your bridges before they're crossed.Don't change horses in midstream.Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.Don't cry over spilt milk.Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.Don't put all your eggs in one basket.Don't put the cart before the horse.Don't spit into the wind.Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.Every cloud has a silver lining.Everybody can't be a big frog in a small pool.Everything comes to those who wait.

Faith will move mountains.Faint heart never won a fair maid.Fine feathers make fine birds.Fine words butter no parsnips.First come, first served.Forewarned is forearmed.Friend to all is a friend to none.

Give a dog a bad name and hang him.God helps those who help themselves.Good fences make good neighbors. [Suggested reading : "Mending Walls," a poem by R. Frost.]

Handsome is as handsome does.Haste makes waste.He teaches ill who teaches all.He that lives too fast, goes to his grave too soon.He who dances must pay the piper.He who hesitates is lost.He who laughs last, laughs best.He who steals my purse steals trash.Health is better than wealth.Honesty is the best policy.

Idleness is the thief of time.If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.If you want a friend, be a friend.In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.It never rains but it pours.It's better to give than to receive.It's easy to be wise after the event.It takes all sorts to make a world.It takes a thief to catch a thief.It takes two to make a quarrel.It's always darkest before dawn.It's an ill wind that blows no good.It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.It's never too late to learn.It's no use crying over spilt milk.

Keep your eyes open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.Laughter is the best medicine.Learn to walk before you run.Learning cannot be inherited. (a Yiddish proverb)Let sleeping dogs lie.Lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas.Like father, like son.Life is not a bed of roses.Life is just a bowl of cherries.Live and learn.Live and let live.Love is blind.

Make hay while the sun shines.Many hands make light work.Marry in haste; repent at leisure.Misery loves company.More haste, less speed.

Nature abhors a vacuum.Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.Necessity is the mother of invention.Never look a gift horse in the mouth.Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.No gain without pain.No news is good news.Nothing succeeds like success.Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Oil and water don't mix.Once bitten, twice shy.One good turn deserves another.One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two hours after.One man's meat is another man's poison.One swallow doesn't make a summer.Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.Opportunity seldom knocks twice.Opposites attract.Out of sight, out of mind.Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.Practice makes perfect.Pretty is as pretty does.Prevention is better than cure.

Rome wasn't built in a day.Rules are made to be broken.

Seek and you shall find.Silence gives consent.Speech is silver, but silence is golden.Strike while the iron is hot.

Take care of the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves.The apple doesn't fall from the tree.The best things in life are free.The devil finds work for idle hands.The early bird catches the worm.The end justifies the means.The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.The pen is mightier than the sword.The proof of the pudding is in the eating.There are two sides to every coin.There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.There's no place like home.The road to hell is paved with good intentions.The squeaky wheel gets the grease.Things are not always what they seem.Time is money.Too many cooks spoils the broth.Two's company, three's a crowd.Two wrongs don't make a right.

Variety is the spice of life.

Waste not, want not.Well done is better than well said.Well done, or not at all.What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.What goes up must come down.What's good for the goose is good for the gander.When a man's wrapped up in himself, the package is small.When in Rome, do as the Romans do.When the cat's away, the mice will play.When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.Where there's a will there's a way.While there's life, there's hope.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.You can't have your cake and eat it too.You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.You can't see the valley if you don't climb the hill.You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.You can't teach an old dog new tricks.You can't tell a book by its cover.You get what you pay for.You'd better quit while you're ahead.You never know what you've got till it's gone.You reap what you sow.You're never too old to learn.You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours.


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