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 English Proverbs and Sayings 


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


 List E :  "early to bed..."  →  "experience is the father.."   



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


  • Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
    • It is much better for you to go to bed early and to get up early in the morning;

  • (The) early bird catches the worm.
    • Act early, or before anyone else, if you want to have an advantage or be successful.

  • Easier said than done.
    • What is suggested sounds easy, but it is more difficult to actually do it.

  • Elbow grease is the best polish.
    • Hard work produces the best results.

  • Empty vessels make the most noise.
    • The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.

  • (An) empty purse frightens away friends.
    • When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.

  • (The) end justifies the means.
    • Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.

  • (An) Englishman's  home is his castle.
    • An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes.

  • Enough is as good as a feast.
    • A moderate amount is sufficient.

  • Even a worm will turn.
    • Even someone who never complains will react to an intolerable situation.

  • Every ass likes to hear himself bray.
    • People like to listen to themselves talking.

  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
    • There is a positive or hopeful side to every situation.

  • Every man for himself.
    • You must think of your own interests before the interests of others.

  • Every man has his price.
    • Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price.

  • Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
    • Life is what you make it.

  • Every man thinks his own geese swans.
    • Everyone tends to rate their own children, possessions or achievements more highly than others do.

  • Every path has its puddle.
    • Progress is rarely without difficulty.

  • Every rose has its thorn.
    • Every good thing has an unpleasant side.

  • Every why has a wherefore.
    • There is an explanation for everything.

  • Everything in the garden is rosy.
    • Everything is satisfactory.

  • Experience is the father of wisdom.
    • Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.

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