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English Proverbs & Sayings

Alphabetical List - F

Facts speak louder than words People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what they say.
Failure teaches success. People can learn from their failures and be successful later on.
Fair exchange is no robbery Swapping two items of equal value is an honest deal.
False friends are worse than open enemies. It's better to know who your real enemies are rather than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back.
Familiarity breeds contempt Knowing someone very well can lead to a lack of respect for them.
(A) fault confessed is half redressed. Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.
Fear lends wings Fear makes you do things faster than would normally seem possible.
Fine words butter no parsnips No amount of talking can replace action.
First come, first served. The first person in the line will be attended to first.
(The) first step is the hardest. The most difficult part of an action is the beginning.
(A) flower blooms more than once. If you miss an occasion, you can avail yourself of it another time.
(A) fly will not get into a closed mouth. If you learn when to keep silent you will avoid trouble.
(A) fool and his money are (soon) easily parted. A foolish person usually spends money carelessly.
(A) fool at forty is a fool forever. If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. One should learn from one's mistakes.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Inexperienced people become involved in situations that more intelligent people would avoid.
Forbidden fruit is sweet. What you cannot have is what is always the  most desirable.
(A) friend in need is a friend indeed. Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.
(A) friend to all is a friend to none. Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.
(A) friend's eye is a good mirror. A real friend will tell you the truth.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Effort is necessary to keep a friendship alive.
Friendship is love with understanding. A friend is more tolerant than a lover/partner/spouse?

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