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 English Proverbs and Sayings  

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

 List S :  "save me from my friends"  →  "one swallow does not"   

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

  • Save me from my friends
    • Friends can sometimes be more dangerous than enemies.

  • Saying is one thing, doing is another.
    • People don't always do what they announce.

  • Short reckonings make long friends.
    • Debts paid quickly encourage friendship.

  • Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.
    • Physical suffering can lead to sadness or depression.

  • Silence gives consent.
    • If you don't object to something, it is assumed that you agree with it.

  • (A) soft answer turneth away wrath.
    • If your reply is polite and tactful you will avoid anger.

  • (A) smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
    • Overcoming adversity leads to competence.

  • Snug as a bug in a rug.
    • Feeling very comfortable.

  • Spare the rod and spoil the child.
    • If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.

  • Speech is silver, silence is golden.
    • Speaking is good, but discretion can be better.

  • Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.
    • Physical attacks may harm me, but cruel words will  not.

  • Still waters run deep.
    • A quiet person with a calm outward appearance can have much knowledge or wisdom.

  • (A) stitch in time saves nine.
    • It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage so as to prevent it from getting worse.

  • Stolen fruit is sweet / the sweetest.
    Stolen pleasures are the sweetest.
    • What is forbidden is the most tempting.

  • (A) stumble may prevent a fall.
    • Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.

  • (One) swallow does not make the summer.
    • One good event does not mean that everything is alright.

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