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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


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


 List H :  "half a loaf..."  →  "a hungry wolf..."   



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


  • Half a loaf is better than none
    • You should be grateful for something, even if it is not as much as you wanted.

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

  • Handsome is what handsome does.
    • Behaviour is more important than appearance.

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

  • Hard words break no bones.
    • Criticism or verbal attacks may be unpleasant but will not kill anyone.

  • Haste makes waste
    • If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.

  • Hatred is as blind as love.
    • A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates.

  • (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.

  • He can who believes he can.
    • If you believe you can do something, you will be able to do it.

  • He has enough who is content.
    • A happy person needs nothing more.

  • He who digs a pit for others falls into it himself.
    • If you do harm to others you will get harmed yourself.

  • He who hesitates is lost.
    • If you delay your decision too long, you may miss a good opportunity.

  • He who is everywhere is nowhere.
    • It's not good to do too many things at the same time.

  • He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
    • People who are uninformed have no doubts. Knowledge leads us to make choices.



  • He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    • The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent.

  • He who plays with fire gets burnt.
    • If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems.

  • He who wills the end wills the means.
    • If you are determined to do something you will find a way.

  • He laughs best who laughs last.
    • Don't express your joy, or triumph, too soon.

  • Health is better than wealth.
    • It's better to be in good health than to be rich.

  • (The best) helping hand is at the end of your sleeve.
    • The best way to get something done is to do it yourself.

  • Home is where the heart is.
    • You call home the place where the people you love are.

  • Honesty is the best policy.
    • It's always better to be honest.

  • Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
    • You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.

  • However long the night, the dawn will break.
    • Bad things don't last forever.

  • Hunger is a good sauce.
    • All food tastes good when you are hungry.

  • (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.

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