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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


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


 List L :  "laughter is the best medicine..."  →  "a loveless life..."   



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


  • Laughter is the best medicine.
    • Laughter makes people feel good.

  • Learn to walk before you run.
    • Don't rush into doing something before you know how to do it.

  • Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
    • Education is something that you keep forever.

  • Least said, soonest mended.
    • The less you talk about an incident, the more easily it will be forgotten.

  • (A) lender nor borrower be.
    • Do not lend or borrow money.

  • (A) leopard cannot change its spots.
    • It is impossible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.

  • Let bygones be bygones.
    • Let's forgive and forget past quarrels.

  • Let the chips fall where they may.
    • We should not try to control our destiny.

  • Liars need good memories.
    • People who do not tell the truth must be careful to remember what they say.

  • A lie begets a lie.
    • Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one.

  • Telling one lie will lead you to tell another one.
    • An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the same circumstances.

  • Like father, like son.
    • A son's character can be expected to resemble his father's.

  • (A) little fire is quickly trodden out.
    • If you deal with a minor problem quickly, it will not become a major issue.

  • (A) little of what you fancy does you good.
    • It's ok to give into a little temptation occasionally.

  • Little strokes fell good oaks.
    • If you divide a task into small parts, it become easier to do.

  • (A) loaded wagon makes no noise.
    • Really wealthy people do not talk about money.

  • Look before you leap.
    • Consider possible consequences before taking action.

  • Loose lips sink ships.
    • Disclosing important information (to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large losses.

  • Losers weepers, finders keepers.
    • If you lose something you lament, if you find something you keep it.

  • Love is blind.
    • A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves.

  • (A) loveless life is a living death.
    • Without affection, life is difficult.

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