List of most important english proverbs part 4

Abhishek Ranavat
  1. Many a good cow has a bad calf: Even the best individuals can have offspring or descendants who are not as good.

  2. Many a good father has but a bad son: Even good fathers can have sons who are not good.

  3. Many a little makes a mickle: Many small amounts can add up to a large amount.

  4. Many a true word is spoken in jest: Sometimes, people make true statements in a humorous or sarcastic way.

  5. Many hands make light work: When many people work together, the workload becomes easier.

  6. Many men, many minds: People have different opinions and perspectives.

  7. Many words hurt more than swords: Words can be more hurtful and damaging than physical violence.

  8. Many words will not fill a bushel: Talking excessively will not necessarily result in getting things done or achieving goals.

  9. Marriages are made in heaven: A belief that marriages are predetermined and arranged by a higher power.

  10. Measure for measure: Retribution should be equal to the offense committed.

  11. Measure thrice and cut once: It is better to be cautious and take time to plan before taking action.

  12. Men may meet but mountains never: This proverb expresses the idea that some situations or differences are too great to overcome.

  13. Mend or end (end or mend): This proverb encourages people to fix their problems and relationships or end them completely.

  14. Might goes before right: Powerful individuals or groups may have more influence or control, regardless of what is morally right.

  15. Misfortunes never come alone (singly): Difficulties and hardships tend to come in multiples.

  16. Misfortunes tell us what fortune is: Bad experiences and hardships help people appreciate and recognize good fortune.

  17. Money begets money: Having money leads to opportunities to make more money.

  18. Money has no smell: The origin or legality of money does not matter as long as it is obtained.

  19. Money is a good servant but a bad master: Money should be a tool to help people, not the driving force in their lives.

  20. Money often unmakes the men who make it: Wealth and success can lead to arrogance and negative changes in a person's character.

  21. Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain: Education and personal growth are valuable investments that will always be useful.

  22. More haste, less speed: Rushing often leads to mistakes and slows down progress in the long run.

  23. Much ado about nothing: Making a big deal out of something trivial.

  24. Much will have more: Those who already have wealth or success will continue to accumulate more.

  25. Muck and money go together: Wealth and success often come at a cost or with some form of negative aspect.

  26. Murder will out: The truth will eventually be revealed, even if someone tries to keep it hidden.

  27. My house is my castle - This proverb emphasizes the importance of one's home and the feeling of security and privacy it provides. It means that a person's home is their own personal sanctuary where they can feel comfortable and safe from the outside world.

  28. Name not a rope in his house that was hanged - This proverb means that one should not speak ill of someone or reveal their secrets, especially if they have been generous to you in the past.

  29. Necessity is the mother of invention - This proverb suggests that when there is a pressing need or requirement for something, people are motivated to find a way to create or achieve it.

  30. Necessity knows no law - This proverb means that in certain circumstances, when there is a pressing need, people are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their objective, even if it means breaking the law.

  31. Neck or nothing - This proverb means that a person is willing to take great risks to achieve their goal, often without any concern for the potential consequences.

  32. Need makes the old wife trot - This proverb means that when there is a sense of urgency or necessity, even an elderly person will put forth a great effort to accomplish a task.

  33. Needs must when the devil drives - This proverb suggests that sometimes people are compelled to take certain actions, even if they do not want to, due to pressing circumstances.

  34. Neither fish nor flesh - This proverb means that something or someone does not fit into any particular category or cannot be classified easily.

  35. Neither here nor there - This proverb means that something or someone is irrelevant or has no significant impact on the matter at hand.

  36. Neither rhyme nor reason - This proverb means that something is without a logical explanation or basis.

  37. Never cackle till your egg is laid - This proverb means that one should not brag or boast about something until it is accomplished or achieved.

  38. Never cast dirt into that fountain of which you have sometime drunk - This proverb suggests that one should not speak ill of or harm someone or something that has been beneficial or helpful to them in the past.

  39. Never do things by halves - This proverb means that one should always put forth their best effort and complete tasks fully and thoroughly.

  40. Never fry a fish till it's caught - This proverb means that one should not assume a successful outcome until it is achieved.

  41. Never offer to teach fish to swim - This proverb means that one should not attempt to teach someone something they already know or are skilled at.

  42. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do (can be done) today - This proverb means that one should not procrastinate or delay completing tasks that can be done immediately.

  43. Never quit certainty for hope - This proverb means that one should not give up something certain for something uncertain or risky.

  44. Never too much of a good thing - This proverb means that excessive indulgence in something, even if it is pleasurable, can lead to negative consequences.

  45. Never try to prove what nobody doubts - This proverb means that one should not waste time and effort attempting to prove something that is already widely accepted or unquestioned.

  46. Never write what you dare not sign - This proverb means that one should not write or say something that they are not willing to stand behind and take responsibility for.

  47. New brooms sweep clean - This proverb means that when new people or leadership take over an organization or situation, they often make significant changes and improvements.

  48. New lords, new laws - This proverb means that when there is a change in leadership or authority, there are often new rules and regulations put in place.

  49. Nightingales will not sing in a cage - This proverb means that freedom is essential for creativity, growth, and productivity.

  50. No flying from fate: This proverb suggests that one cannot escape their destiny or the predetermined events in their life. No matter how hard one tries to avoid their fate, it will eventually catch up with them.

  51. No garden without its weeds: This proverb highlights the fact that in every good thing or situation, there are always negative aspects or challenges that come along with it. Even the most perfect garden will have some weeds that need to be removed.

  52. No great loss without some small gain: This proverb implies that even in the worst situations, there is always some positive outcome or lesson to be learned. It suggests that even if one experiences a significant loss, there may be some small benefits or advantages to be gained from it.

  53. No herb will cure love: This proverb means that love is a complex emotion that cannot be fixed or resolved simply with external remedies. No matter how much one tries to cure or change love, it cannot be altered with external solutions.

  54. No joy without alloy: This proverb suggests that happiness or joy always comes with some drawbacks or negative aspects. One cannot experience pure joy without encountering some sort of problem or challenge.

  55. No living man all things can: This proverb implies that no person can be an expert or knowledgeable in all aspects of life. Everyone has limitations and areas where they lack expertise or knowledge.

  56. No longer pipe, no longer dance: This proverb implies that when the source of something ends, the effect or consequence of it also ends. For example, if one stops playing music, people will stop dancing.

  57. No man is wise at all times: This proverb means that no person can be intelligent or wise in every situation. Everyone makes mistakes, and there are times when even the smartest person can make a wrong decision or choice.

  58. No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold: This proverb suggests that no one enjoys being restricted or limited, even if they have some benefits or advantages from it. No matter how attractive the chains or fetters may seem, they are still chains, and they limit one's freedom.

  59. No news (is) good news: This proverb implies that if there is no information or update about something, it is likely that everything is going well or as planned. It suggests that silence or lack of information can be a positive sign.

  60. No pains, no gains: This proverb suggests that one must work hard and endure difficulties or challenges to achieve success or progress. One cannot expect to gain something without putting in the necessary effort and hard work.

  61. No song, no supper: This proverb implies that one must work or perform in order to receive rewards or benefits. If one does not put in the effort or work, they cannot expect to receive any rewards or benefits.

  62. No sweet without (some) sweat: This proverb suggests that anything worth having requires some sort of effort or work. One must endure challenges or difficulties to achieve something sweet or worthwhile.

  63. No wisdom like silence: This proverb suggests that sometimes it is better to stay silent or listen than to speak. It implies that one can gain knowledge or wisdom by being quiet and observant.

  64. None but the brave deserve the fair: This proverb suggests that only those who are brave and courageous deserve good things or rewards. It implies that one must be willing to take risks and face challenges to achieve success or happiness.

  65. None so blind as those who won't see: This proverb implies that people who refuse to acknowledge the truth or reality are the most ignorant or blind. It suggests that one must be willing to see and accept the truth, even if it is difficult or unpleasant.

  66. None so deaf as those that won't hear - This proverb means that people who refuse to listen or accept advice or criticism are the hardest to communicate with or convince. It implies that stubbornness and closed-mindedness prevent one from understanding or acknowledging the truth.

  67. Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it - This proverb means that you can only expect to receive what was previously put into something or someone. It implies that the outcome of a situation or person is determined by what has been invested in it or them.

  68. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart - This proverb means that with determination and the right attitude, anything can be achieved. It implies that the power of the mind and the willingness to work hard can overcome even the most challenging obstacles.

  69. Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas - This proverb means that one should take their time and not rush into things, except for trivial matters that require immediate attention. It implies that patience and careful consideration lead to better outcomes in most situations.

  70. Nothing so bad, as not to be good for something - This proverb means that even a negative experience or situation can have some positive aspects or outcomes. It implies that one can learn from and grow through difficult experiences.

  71. Nothing succeeds like success - This proverb means that once you achieve success in a particular area, it becomes easier to achieve success in other areas. It implies that success breeds more success and attracts further opportunities.

  72. Nothing venture, nothing have - This proverb means that you need to take risks to achieve rewards. It implies that without taking any chances, you cannot expect to receive any benefits or opportunities.

  73. Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm - This proverb means that sometimes the seemingly weaker or more flexible option can withstand adversity better than the seemingly stronger or more rigid option. It implies that adaptability and flexibility can be advantageous in challenging situations.

  74. Of two evils choose the least - This proverb means that when faced with two undesirable options, it is better to choose the one that is less harmful. It implies that sometimes one has to make a difficult decision, but choosing the lesser of two evils can result in a more favorable outcome.

  75. Old birds are not caught with chaff - This proverb means that experienced and knowledgeable people cannot be easily fooled or deceived. It implies that those who have been around for a while have learned from their past mistakes and can recognize potential pitfalls.

  76. Old friends and old wine are best - This proverb means that long-lasting relationships and familiar things are more valuable and reliable than new ones. It implies that the comfort and security of established connections and routines can be more satisfying than novelty.

  77. On Shank's mare - This proverb means to travel on foot or to walk. It implies that one may not have any other transportation options available and has to rely on their own two feet.

  78. Once bitten, twice shy - This proverb means that after a negative experience, one becomes more cautious and avoids similar situations in the future. It implies that past experiences shape one's behavior and decision-making.

  79. Once is no rule (custom) - This proverb means that an isolated incident or experience cannot be used to establish a general rule or custom. It implies that one needs to observe a pattern of behavior before drawing any conclusions.

  80. One beats the bush, and another catches the bird - This proverb means that one person does the hard work, and someone else benefits from it. It implies that sometimes, those who do the behind-the-scenes work do not receive the credit or rewards they deserve.

  81. One chick keeps a hen busy - This proverb means that even a small task can require a lot of time and attention. It implies that sometimes, the simplest things can be the most time-consuming.

  82. One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine: This proverb means that even a small amount of evil can have a corrupting influence on a larger group or system.

  83. One fire drives out another: This proverb suggests that one problem or crisis can displace another, and a new problem can seem less significant than the one that preceded it.

  84. One good turn deserves another: This proverb implies that when someone does a good deed for another, that person should respond with a good deed of their own.

  85. One law for the rich, and another for the poor: This proverb highlights the idea that there is a double standard in society where the wealthy and powerful are treated differently under the law than the less fortunate.

  86. One lie makes many: This proverb suggests that one falsehood can lead to many others as people try to cover up or justify the original deception.

  87. One link broken, the whole chain is broken: This proverb means that if one part of a system fails, the entire system can collapse.

  88. One man, no man: This proverb implies that people are social creatures and that success and progress depend on working together.

  89. One man's meat is another man's poison: This proverb suggests that what is beneficial or enjoyable for one person may not be so for another.

  90. One scabby sheep will mar a whole flock: This proverb means that one bad or negative influence can have a detrimental effect on a larger group or community.

  91. One swallow does not make a summer: This proverb cautions against drawing general conclusions based on isolated incidents.

  92. One today is worth two tomorrow: This proverb means that it is better to take advantage of opportunities and accomplish tasks promptly rather than putting them off.

  93. Open not your door when the devil knocks: This proverb advises caution and discernment when dealing with unfamiliar or potentially dangerous situations.

  94. Opinions differ: This proverb acknowledges that people have different perspectives and beliefs, and that it is natural to disagree on certain issues.

  95. Opportunity makes the thief: This proverb suggests that temptation can be difficult to resist when opportunities present themselves.

  96. Out of sight, out of mind: This proverb means that people tend to forget or ignore things that are not immediately visible or present.

  97. Out of the frying-pan into the fire: This proverb means that someone may escape one difficult situation only to find themselves in an even worse one.

  98. Packed like herrings: This proverb describes a situation where people or things are tightly packed together.

  99. Patience is a plaster for all sores: This proverb suggests that patience can help alleviate many difficulties or problems.

  100. Penny-wise and pound-foolish: This proverb warns against being overly frugal or stingy in small matters at the expense of larger ones.

  101. Pleasure has a sting in its tail: This proverb warns that indulging in pleasure can have negative consequences.

  102. Plenty is no plague: This proverb means that having an abundance of something is not a bad thing.

  103. Politeness costs little (nothing), but yields much: This proverb suggests that being polite and respectful can have significant benefits in social interactions and relationships.

  104. Poverty is no sin: This proverb means that being poor is not a moral failing.

  105. Poverty is not a shame, but being ashamed of it is: This proverb suggests that it is not shameful to be poor, but feeling ashamed of one's poverty can be damaging.

  106. Practise what you preach: This proverb means that one should set an example by following their own advice or beliefs.

  107. Praise is not pudding: This proverb means that words of praise or flattery are not the same as tangible rewards or benefits.

  108. Pride goes before a fall: This proverb warns against being too arrogant or overconfident. It suggests that when one becomes too proud, they are likely to make mistakes that lead to their downfall or failure.

  109. Procrastination is the thief of time: This proverb highlights the negative effects of delaying tasks. It suggests that when we postpone important tasks, we waste valuable time that we can never recover.

  110. Promise is debt: This proverb implies that making a promise is like creating a debt. It suggests that when we make a commitment or a promise, we have a responsibility to fulfill it.

  111. Promise little, but do much: This proverb advises that instead of making grand promises, it's better to promise less and deliver more. It suggests that actions speak louder than words.

  112. Prosperity makes friends, and adversity tries them: This proverb emphasizes the fickleness of friendships. It suggests that when we are successful and prosperous, we attract many friends, but when we face difficulties, only true friends remain.

  113. Put not your hand between the bark and the tree: This proverb warns against getting involved in matters that don't concern us. It suggests that we should avoid interfering in situations where we don't have a role to play.

  114. Rain at seven, fine at eleven: This proverb is a weather prediction. It suggests that if it rains at seven in the morning, it will clear up by eleven o'clock.

  115. Rats desert a sinking ship: This proverb implies that when a situation becomes difficult or unfavorable, people or things may abandon it. It suggests that loyalty is often conditional and depends on circumstances.

  116. Repentance is good, but innocence is better: This proverb implies that avoiding wrongdoing altogether is better than seeking forgiveness after committing it. It suggests that it's better to stay away from temptation than to regret our actions later.

  117. Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you: This proverb emphasizes the importance of self-respect. It suggests that when we value and respect ourselves, others are likely to follow suit.

  118. Roll my log, and I will roll yours: This proverb implies that we should help others if we want them to help us in return. It suggests that cooperation and reciprocity are essential in building positive relationships.

  119. Rome was not built in a day: This proverb emphasizes the need for patience and persistence in achieving great things. It suggests that success takes time, effort, and dedication.

  120. Salt water and absence wash away love: This proverb suggests that love can fade away when we are separated from our loved ones for a long time or when we experience difficult circumstances. It implies that maintaining relationships requires constant effort and attention.

  121. Saying and doing are two things: This proverb emphasizes the importance of following through on our promises. It suggests that it's easy to talk about doing something, but it takes action to achieve it.

  122. Score twice before you cut once: This proverb advises us to think carefully before taking action. It suggests that it's better to plan and prepare thoroughly than to rush into a decision and regret it later.

  123. Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings: This proverb suggests that people who are too picky or critical may miss out on good opportunities. It implies that being open-minded and willing to try new things can lead to success.

  124. Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours: This proverb suggests that people may help each other out of self-interest rather than genuine kindness. It implies that there may be an expectation of reciprocity when we help others.

  125. Self-done is soon done: This proverb suggests that when we take responsibility for our tasks and complete them ourselves, we can do them quickly and efficiently.

  126. Self done is well done: This proverb means that when you complete a task or project by yourself, without the help of others, it is usually better done and more satisfying. It highlights the importance of personal effort, determination, and hard work.

  127. Self is a bad counsellor: This proverb implies that relying solely on one's own thoughts and ideas can sometimes lead to poor decision-making. It suggests that people should seek advice and guidance from others to make better decisions.

  128. Self-praise is no recommendation: This proverb suggests that boasting or speaking highly of oneself does not necessarily earn the respect or admiration of others. Instead, one's actions and accomplishments should speak for themselves.

  129. Set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the devil: This proverb implies that if someone who is poor or lacking in moral character is given power or wealth, they may become corrupt or engage in unethical behavior.

  130. Set a thief to catch a thief: This proverb suggests that sometimes the best way to catch a criminal is to use someone who has experience in their methods. In other words, sometimes the best person to catch a thief is another thief.

  131. Shallow streams make most din: This proverb means that people who make the most noise or fuss are often the ones with the least substance. It suggests that people should pay attention to actions rather than words.

  132. Short debts (accounts) make long friends: This proverb suggests that resolving financial obligations quickly and fairly can lead to stronger and longer-lasting relationships.

  133. Silence gives consent: This proverb implies that if someone remains silent in the face of something, they are essentially agreeing with it or allowing it to happen. It emphasizes the importance of speaking up and expressing one's opinions.

  134. Since Adam was a boy: This proverb is used to emphasize how long something has been happening or how old something is. It refers to the biblical character Adam, who is believed to be the first man created by God.

  135. Sink or swim!: This proverb implies that someone must either succeed or fail on their own merits, without any help or support from others.

  136. Six of one and half a dozen of the other: This proverb means that two alternatives are equally good or bad, so it doesn't matter which one is chosen.

  137. Slow and steady wins the race: This proverb means that taking a steady and consistent approach to a task or goal is more likely to lead to success than rushing or taking shortcuts.

  138. Slow but sure: This proverb implies that it is better to take one's time and be thorough than to rush and make mistakes. It emphasizes the importance of patience and attention to detail.

  139. Small rain lays great dust: This proverb means that even small actions or efforts can have a significant impact. It suggests that every little bit helps.

  140. So many countries, so many customs: This proverb recognizes that different cultures and countries have their own unique traditions and practices. It emphasizes the importance of cultural diversity and understanding.

  141. So many men, so many minds: This proverb means that everyone has their own unique perspective and opinions. It suggests that people should respect and appreciate the diversity of thought.

  142. Soft fire makes sweet malt: This proverb means that by taking things slowly and patiently, one can achieve a better result. It emphasizes the importance of taking a gentle approach.

  143. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: This proverb is a famous line from Shakespeare's play Hamlet. It suggests that there is something wrong or corrupt in a particular situation.

  144. Soon learnt, soon forgotten: This proverb implies that if someone learns something quickly, they are more likely to forget it quickly as well. It emphasizes the importance of practicing and reinforcing new knowledge or skills.

  145. Soon ripe, soon rotten: This proverb means that something or someone that develops or matures quickly may also deteriorate quickly. It suggests that it's better to be patient and allow things to develop at their natural pace to ensure long-term success and stability.

  146. Speak (talk) of the devil and he will appear (is sure to appear): This proverb means that if you talk about someone and they suddenly appear, it is believed that you have summoned them. It's often used humorously when someone is unexpectedly present after being talked about.

  147. Speech is silver but silence is gold: This proverb implies that it's often better to remain silent than to speak unnecessarily. It suggests that words have value but silence is more valuable and powerful.

  148. Standers-by see more than gamesters: This proverb means that people who are not directly involved in a situation may have a better perspective and understanding of it than those who are involved. It suggests that an objective point of view can often be more accurate and insightful.

  149. Still waters run deep: This proverb suggests that someone who is quiet and reserved may have a deep and complex personality or hidden qualities that are not immediately obvious.

  150. Stolen pleasures are sweetest: This proverb means that things that are obtained illegally or dishonestly can be more enjoyable or satisfying than things that are obtained legally and honestly. However, it also implies that such pleasures come with a high cost or risk.

  151. Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach: This proverb advises people not to take on more than they can handle or to make promises they cannot keep. It suggests that it's important to be realistic and not overextend oneself.

  152. Stretch your legs according to the coverlet: This proverb means that one should act in accordance with their means and not exceed their limits or abilities. It's similar to "Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach."

  153. Strike while the iron is hot: This proverb advises people to take advantage of opportunities when they arise and act quickly before they disappear. It suggests that timing is essential in achieving success.

  154. Stuff today and starve tomorrow: This proverb warns against excessive or reckless consumption, suggesting that it's important to save for the future and be prepared for hard times.

  155. Success is never blamed: This proverb means that people are often praised for their achievements and successes, even if they have made mistakes or taken risks. It suggests that success can overshadow or excuse any faults or errors.

  156. Such carpenters, such chips: This proverb suggests that people who associate with a certain group or community are likely to adopt similar behaviors, attitudes, and values. It implies that people are often influenced by their surroundings and environment.

  157. Sweep before your own door: This proverb advises people to take care of their own problems and faults before criticizing or judging others. It suggests that people should focus on their own shortcomings before blaming others.

  158. Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves: This proverb advises people to be careful with small amounts of money, as they can accumulate and lead to greater wealth. It suggests that being thrifty and wise with money can lead to financial stability and success.

  159. Take us as you find us: This proverb means that people should accept others as they are, without trying to change or criticize them. It suggests that people should respect each other's individuality and differences.

  160. Tarred with the same brush: This proverb means that people who are associated with a group or community that is perceived negatively are often judged and criticized as a group, even if they are not personally responsible for the negative behavior. It suggests that guilt by association is unfair.

  161. Tastes differ: This proverb means that people have different preferences or opinions, and what one person likes, another person may not.

  162. Tell that to the marines: This proverb is often used as a sarcastic response to an unbelievable story or statement. It implies that the person telling the story should try telling it to someone who is gullible enough to believe it, like a new recruit in the Marines.

  163. That cock won't fight: This proverb means that someone is unable or unwilling to participate in a particular situation or event. It may also imply that someone is lacking in courage or motivation.

  164. That which one least anticipates soonest comes to pass: This proverb means that unexpected things often happen, and sometimes the things we least expect are the ones that happen first.

  165. That's a horse of another color: This proverb means that something is different from what was previously discussed or expected. It can also mean that a situation has changed or is more complex than originally thought.

  166. That's where the shoe pinches!: This proverb means that someone is experiencing a problem or difficulty, usually related to a specific issue or situation.

  167. The beggar may sing before the thief (before a footpad): This proverb means that people who are perceived to be at the bottom of society may still have some dignity and pride. It can also mean that people may act differently depending on who they are interacting with.

  168. The best fish smell when they are three days old: This proverb means that things that are new or fresh may not always be the best, and that sometimes it's better to let things age or mature before making a judgment.

  169. The best fish swim near the bottom: This proverb means that the most valuable or talented people may not always be the most visible or showy. It can also mean that the best opportunities may not always be obvious or easy to find.

  170. The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good: This proverb means that striving for perfection can sometimes lead to a situation where good enough is no longer acceptable. It can also mean that focusing too much on what is best can lead to missing out on other opportunities or options.

  171. The busiest man finds the most leisure: This proverb means that people who are organized and efficient with their time are often able to find more free time than those who are less productive.

  172. The camel going to seek horns lost his ears: This proverb means that trying to achieve something that is impossible or unrealistic can lead to negative consequences or losses.

  173. The cap fits: This proverb means that someone is being accurately described or criticized, usually in a negative way.

  174. The cask savors of the first fill: This proverb means that first impressions can be long-lasting, and that the initial experience with something or someone can heavily influence how it is perceived in the future.

  175. The cat shuts its eyes when stealing cream: This proverb means that people may try to ignore or hide their wrongdoing, even if it is obvious to others.

  176. The cat would eat fish and would not wet her paws: This proverb means that some people may want to benefit from something without putting in any effort or taking any risks.

  177. The chain is no stronger than its weakest link: This proverb means that the strength or success of a group or system depends on the weakest member or component.

  178. The cobbler should stick to his last: This proverb means that people should focus on what they are good at and avoid getting involved in things they know little about.

  179. The cobbler's wife is the worst shod: This proverb means that people often neglect their own needs or the needs of those closest to them while focusing on the needs of others.

  180. The darkest hour is that before the dawn: This proverb means that the period of greatest difficulty or despair often occurs just before a positive outcome or resolution.

  181. The darkest place is under the candlestick: This proverb suggests that sometimes the things we fear the most are actually very close to us or right in front of us, and we just need to shine a light on them to see them clearly.

  182. The devil is not so black as he is painted: This proverb means that sometimes people or things are not as bad or evil as they are made out to be.

  183. The devil knows many things because he is old: This proverb implies that experience and age can bring wisdom and knowledge, even to those who are considered evil.

  184. The devil lurks behind the cross: This proverb suggests that even those who appear to be good or holy may have sinister motives or intentions.

  185. The devil rebuking sin: This proverb means that it is hypocritical for someone who is guilty of something to criticize others for the same thing.

  186. The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on: This proverb means that despite criticism or opposition, progress will continue to be made.

  187. The Dutch have taken Holland!: This proverb is a humorous way of saying that something very obvious or self-evident has occurred.

  188. The early bird catches the worm: This proverb means that those who start their day early and are diligent are more likely to succeed.

  189. The end crowns the work: This proverb means that the successful completion of a task or project is the most important thing.

  190. The end justifies the means: This proverb suggests that achieving a good outcome justifies using any means necessary to get there, even if those means are unethical or immoral.

  191. The evils we bring on ourselves are hardest to bear: This proverb means that the consequences of our own actions can be the most difficult to deal with.

  192. The exception proves the rule: This proverb means that an exception to a general rule or principle actually confirms the existence of that rule.

  193. The face is the index of the mind: This proverb suggests that a person's facial expressions can reveal their true thoughts and emotions.

  194. The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love: This proverb means that a temporary break or disagreement between lovers can actually strengthen their relationship.

  195. The fat is in the fire: This proverb means that a situation has become critical or dangerous.

  196. The first blow is half the battle: This proverb means that getting started is often the most difficult part of a task or project.

  197. The furthest way about is the nearest way home: This proverb means that sometimes taking a longer, more indirect route can actually be the quickest way to reach your destination.

  198. The game is not worth the candle: This proverb means that the potential reward of a task or project is not worth the effort or cost required to achieve it.

  199. The heart that once truly loves never forgets: This proverb suggests that true love is enduring and cannot be forgotten.

  200. The higher the ape goes, the more he shows his tail: This proverb means that the more power or success a person achieves, the more their true character is revealed.

  201. The last drop makes the cup run over: This proverb means that a small addition can cause something to become overwhelming or unbearable.

  202. The last straw breaks the camel's back: This proverb means that a small, seemingly insignificant event can be the final straw that causes a person to reach their breaking point.

  203. The leopard cannot change its spots: This proverb means that a person's character or nature cannot be changed.

  204. The longest day has an end: No matter how difficult or tiring a situation may seem, it will eventually come to an end.

  205. The mill cannot grind with the water that is past: You cannot change what has already happened, so there is no use dwelling on past events.

  206. The moon does not heed the barking of dogs: People who are powerful or important often do not pay attention to those who are beneath them.

  207. The more haste, the less speed: Rushing through a task can actually slow you down and lead to mistakes.

  208. The more the merrier: The more people who are involved in an activity or event, the more enjoyable it is.

  209. The morning sun never lasts a day: Good times and positive situations never last forever, so it's important to appreciate them while they last.

  210. The mountain has brought forth a mouse: A lot of effort or preparation has resulted in a small or insignificant outcome.

  211. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the flesh: The closer you get to something, the more you will enjoy it.

  212. The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last: Repeating the same action or behavior over and over again can eventually lead to negative consequences.

  213. The pot calls the kettle black: Someone who accuses another of something is often guilty of the same thing themselves.

  214. The proof of the pudding is in the eating: The true quality or value of something can only be judged by experiencing it firsthand.

  215. The receiver is as bad as the thief: Receiving stolen goods is just as bad as stealing them in the first place.

  216. The remedy is worse than the disease: Trying to solve a problem can sometimes make it worse.

  217. The rotten apple injures its neighbors: One bad person or thing can have a negative impact on everything around it.

  218. The scalded dog fears cold water: After experiencing something traumatic or painful, people can become afraid of similar situations in the future.

  219. The tailor makes the man: A person's appearance can greatly affect how they are perceived by others.

  220. The tongue of idle persons is never idle: Gossip and rumors tend to spread quickly among those who have nothing better to do.

  221. The voice of one man is the voice of no one: If only one person is advocating for something, their opinion is unlikely to be heard or considered.

  222. The way (the road) to hell is paved with good intentions: Even with the best intentions, one can unintentionally do harm.

  223. The wind cannot be caught in a net: Some things cannot be controlled or contained, no matter how hard you try.

  224. The work shows the workman: The quality of someone's work reflects their skills and abilities.

  225. There are lees to every wine: Even good things have negative aspects.

  226. There are more ways to the wood than one: There are multiple ways to achieve the same goal or objective.