101 Proverbs that everyone should know

PROVERBSThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings that express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So, see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs (1-25):

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine-tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave

101 Proverbs (26-50):

  1. Give credit where credit’s due
  2. Children and fools tell the truth
  3. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  4. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  5. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  6. Once a thief, always a thief
  7. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  8. If anything can go wrong, it will
  9. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  10. Into every life, a little rain must fall
  11. It never rains but it pours
  12. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  13. There’s an exception to every rule
  14. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  15. The early bird catches the worm
  16. Once bitten, twice shy
  17. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  18. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  19. Least said, soonest mended
  20. Let the buyer beware
  21. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  22. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  23. Many are called but few are chosen
  24. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  25. Necessity is the mother of invention

101 Proverbs (51-75):

  1. No pain, no gain
  2. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  3. Oil and water don’t mix
  4. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  5. One good turn deserves another
  6. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  7. Prevention is better than cure
  8. Procrastination is the thief of time
  9. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  10. Still waters run deep
  11. Stupid is as stupid does
  12. Talk is cheap
  13. The apple never falls far from the tree
  14. The customer’s always right
  15. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  16. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  17. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  18. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  19. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  20. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  21. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  22. You can’t win them all
  23. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  24. Never give a sucker an even break
  25. You reap what you sow

101 Proverbs (76-101):

  1. The Devil is in the details
  2. The end justifies the means
  3. To the victor go the spoils
  4. The exception which proves the rule
  5. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  6. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  7. In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
  8. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  9. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  10. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  11. Familiarity breeds contempt
  12. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  13. There’s one born every minute
  14. Time is money
  15. There’s safety in numbers
  16. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  17. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  18. The pen is mightier than the sword
  19. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  20. Time and tide wait for no man
  21. Tomorrow never comes
  22. Truth is stranger than fiction
  23. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  24. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  25. You win some, you lose some
  26. Youth is wasted on the young

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