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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of proverbs and sayings - list T1

 List T, page 1 :  from: "tall oaks grow ..."   to: "the way to a man's heart ..."  


  • Tall oaks grow from little acorns.
    • Great things may come from small beginnings.

  • The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
    • Children resemble their parents.

  • The best advice is found on the pillow.
    • A good night's sleep may help us find an answer to our problem.re

  • The best things in life are free.
    • You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness, friendship, good health.

  • The darkest hour is just before dawn.
    • The most difficult moment is just before a problem is solved.

  • The devil looks after his own.
    • Success comes to those who deserve it least.

  • The devil makes work for idle hands.
    • People who have no work, or who are idle, often get into trouble.

  • The die is cast.
    • A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.

  • The early bird catches the worm.
    • Act early, or before anyone else, if you want to have an advantage or be successful.

  • The end justifies the means.
    • Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.

  • The first step is the hardest.
    • The most difficult part of an action is the beginning.

  • 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.

  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
    • Words and communication have a greater effect than war and fighting.

  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
    • The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested.

  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
    • It is not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.

  • The tongue wounds more than a lance.
    • Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries.

  • The truth is in the wine.
    • People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.

  • The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
    • Feed a man well and he will love you.

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