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 English Proverbs and Sayings 


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


 List F :  "facts speak louder..."  →  "friendship is.."   



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


  • 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. re

  • 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 often 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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