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 English Proverbs and Sayings 


Alphabetical lists of proverbs - list A2

 List A, page 2 :  from: "a fly will not ..."   to: "a lie begets a lie"  


  • A fly will not get into a closed mouth.
    A closed mouth catches no flies.
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • A good beginning makes a good end.
    • If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be well done.

  • A good conscience is a soft pillow.
    • You sleep well when you have nothing to be guilty about.

  • A good example is the best sermon.
    • Giving a good example is better than giving advice.

  • A good mind possesses a kingdom.
    • Intellectual assets are more valuable than material ones.

  • A good name is better than a good face.
    • A good reputation is better than a good appearance.

  • A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
    • Young boys eat a lot / are often hungry.

  • A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
    • If you know that you have done something wrong, you don't need anyone to tell you that you're guilty.

  • A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
    • Patience is more precious than intelligence.

  • A happy heart is better than a full purse.
    • Happiness is better than wealth.

  • A heavy purse gives to a light heart.
    • When you have money you feel more cheerful and secure.

  • A hedge between keeps friendship green.
    • It is important to respect the privacy of others.

  • A hungry belly has no ears.
    • A hungry person is totally concentrated on their need for food and nothing else interests them.

  • A hungry wolf is fixed to no place.
    • A desperate person will go from place to place when they need to satisfy their needs.

  • A lender nor borrower be.
    • Do not lend or borrow money.

  • A leopard cannot change its spots.
    • It is impossible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.

  • A lie begets a lie.
    • Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one.

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