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  English Proverbs  

Commonly-used proverbs beginning with the letter 'A'

LIST A, page 4

from:  'a watched pot'   to:  'all that glitters'

  • A watched pot never boils.
    • If you wait anxiously for something to happen, it seems to take a long time.

  • A wise head keeps a still tongue
    • An intelligent person knows when to stay silent.

  • A wonder lasts but nine days.
    • The effects of an amazing or stirring event last only nine days; after that, life goes on as before.

  • A young idler, an old beggar.
    • If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old.

  • Absence is the mother of disillusion
    • A period of absence may enable you to see people in a truer but less favourable light.

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder
    • When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more.

  • Accidents will happen
    • Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable.

  • Actions speak louder than words
    • What a person actually does is more important than what they say they will do.

  • Admiration is the daughter of ignorance
    • Admiration can lead to blindness. Some people do not want to see any faults in those they admire.

  • Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
    • People of all origins who share the same misfortune are drawn together.

  • Advice is cheap
    • It doesn't cost anything to offer advice.

  • Advice is least heeded when most needed.
    • When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.

  • Advisors run no risks.
    • It's easier to give advice than to act.

  • After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a while.
    • Dinner is called 'lunch' nowadays, and supper has become 'dinner'.

  • Age before beauty
    • Older people should be given precedence over the younger (who are thought to be more beautiful).

  • Agree, for the law is costly.
    • A compromise is better than an expensive lawsuit.

  • All cats are grey in the dark.
    • People are undistinguished until they have made a name for  themselves.

  • All covet, all lose
    • If you try to obtain everything, you risk losing everything.

  • All days are short to industry and long to idleness.
    • Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do.

  • All good things come to those who wait.
    • If you are patient you will be rewarded.

  • All is well that ends well.
    • A happy ending makes up for any difficulties encountered along the way.

  • All that glitters is not gold.
    • Appearances can be deceptive.

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