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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


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


 List U-V :  "union is strength"  →  "virtue is its own reward"   



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


  • Union is strength
    • A group has more force than an individual.

  • Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.
    • A person who doesn't want to do something always finds a reason to avoid it.

  • Variety is the spice of life.
    • Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting.

  • Virtue is its own reward.
    • You should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way.

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