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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


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


 List M :  "make a silk purse.."  →  "the mouse that has..."   



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


  • Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
    • Manage to produce something good using poor material.

  • Man is the head of the family and woman is the neck that turns the head.
    • Men's actions are guided by their wives.

  • Man proposes, God disposes.
    • Our destiny depends on God's will.

  • (A) man can die but once.
    • If death comes now, you will not have to experience it later.

  • (A) man is as old as he feels himself to be.
    • Your age doesn't matter as long as you are fit and healthy.

  • (A) man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.
    • A person is judged on what he/she actually does, not on what they say they will do.

  • (A) man is known by the company he keeps.
    • A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time.

  • Manners make the man.
    • A person's manners reveal their origins.

  • Many a true word is spoken in jest.
    • Even if something is said as a joke it can still be true.

  • Many hands make light work.
    • Sharing work makes the task easier.

  • March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
    • The weather at the beginning of March is stormy and at the end is mild.

  • March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.
    • The storms and rain in March and April produce flowers in the month of May.



  • Mark, learn and inwardly digest.
    • Note and reflect upon something in order to thoroughly assimilate it.

  • Marry in haste, repent as leisure.
    • If you get married too quickly, you may spend your whole life regretting it.

  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
    • A good memory is very precious.

  • Men make houses, women make homes.
    • Women give a house its comfort and character.

  • Might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb.
    • If the penalty is going to be same, you might as well commit the greater offence.

  • Misery loves company
    • When people are sad they often like others to feel sad too.

  • Money begets money.
    • If you have money you can make more money.

  • Money doesn't grow on trees.
    • You should not waste money because it is not plentiful or obtained easily.

  • (A) monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
    • No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath.

  • (The) more haste, the less speed.
    • A person makes more progress if they take time to do things carefully.

  • (The) more you have, the more you want.
    • People have a constant desire to possess more.

  • (The) mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken.
    • If you depend on just one thing, and it fails, you have no alternatives.

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