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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs and sayings in English.


 List D :  "a danger foreseen..." → "a dry March..."   



Proverbs and sayings are short statements of wisdom or advice that are transmitted from generation to generation and have passed into general use.


  • (A) danger foreseen is half avoided.
    • If you are prepared to face a problem or difficulty, it will be easier to deal with.

  • (The) darkest hour is just before dawn.
    • The most difficult moment is just before a problem is solved.

  • (A) day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy.
    • Times goes by very quickly when you are happy and very slowly when you are sad.

  • Dead men tell no lies.
    • A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal.

  • Death is the great leveller.
    • All people are equal when they die.

  • (The) devil looks after his own.
    • Success comes to those who deserve it least.

  • (The) devil makes work for idle hands.
    • People who have no work, or are idle, often get into trouble.

  • Diamonds cut diamonds.
    • Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.

  • (The) die is cast.
    • A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.

  • Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
    • Hard work brings rewards.

  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
    • It is sometimes better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.

  • Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than those of the body.
    • Thought to refer to mental and emotional disorder or spiritual torment as opposed to bodily pain.

  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
    • When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.

  • Dogs of the same street bark alike.
    • People of the same background have the same behaviour.

  • Don't bark if you can't bite.
    • Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view.

  • Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
    • You must not be too confident that something will be successful.

  • Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
    • Don't do something yourself that causes your own downfall.

  • Don't judge a book by its cover.
    • Don't judge by appearances.

  • (A) drop of ink may make a million think.
    • A thought expressed in writing (for example, published in a newspaper) can influence a large number of people.

  • (A) dry March, a wet April and a cool May may fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
    • Harvest predictions according to the weather.

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