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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


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


 List W :  "walls have ears  →  "two wrongs do not make a right"   



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


  • Walls have ears.
    • Be careful. People could be listening.

  • Waste not, want not.
    • If you never waste anything, you will have is when you need it.

  • (A) watched pot never boils.
    • If you wait anxiously for something to happen, it seems to take a long time.

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

  • What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
    • If a person doesn't know about something, it cannot hurt them.

  • What a man says drunk, he thinks sober.
    • People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.

  • What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
    • People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.

  • When the cat's away, the mice play.
    • People sometimes misbehave when the person in authority, is absent.

  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    • You should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting and behave in the same way.

  • When poverty comes in the door, love goes out the window.
    • When a couple loses everything, their relationship becomes difficult.

  • Where there's life there's hope.
    • As long as a person is breathing, there is hope for recovery.

  • Where there's a will there's a way.
    • If you are determined to do something, you will find a way to do it.

  • Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves.
    • Possible interpretation: an easily influenced person can be mislead.

  • (A) wise head keeps a still tongue
    • An intelligent person knows when to stay silent.

  • Wisdom is better than strength.
    • It is preferable to use one's intelligence than one's physical strength.

  • (The) wish is father to the thought.
    • You think that something is true because you want it to be so.

  • (A) wonder lasts but nine days
    • The effects of an amazing or stirring event last only nine days; after that, life goes on as before.

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