Most commonly used proverbs

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  • A bad workman quarrels with his tools. - An inefficient man complains of cicrumstances.
  • A barking dog seldom or never bites. - Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats.
  • A burnt child dreads the fire or Once bitten, twice shy. - Experience teaches us caution; if something has hurt you once, you avoid it after that.
  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
  • If one can do it, You too can do it. If none can do it, you must do it. - Japanese Proverb.
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Better late than never.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
  • Practice makes a man perfect.
  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Where there is a will, there is a way.
  • He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever - Chinese Proverb.
  • I hear: I forget. I see: I remember. I do: I understand. - Chinese proverb
  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
  • Fortune favours the brave / bold.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • Good things come to those who wait.
  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel.
  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
  • If you play with fire, you’ll get burned.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Like father, like son.
  • Like mother, like daughter.
  • People who live in the glass houses should not throw stones.
  • There is no place like home.
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch. (Nothing is free.)
  • Time is money.
  • Two heads are better than one. - It’s easier to do something as a team than by yourself.
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
  • Oil your own machine.
  • A guilty mind is always suspicious. - A criminal is always weak in mind though he tries to conceal this weakness.
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing.
  • A still tongue makes a wise head. - A wise man does not talk very much.
  • A tree is known by its fruit. - A man’s actual character is known by his actions.
  • A word to the wise is sufficient. -Wise people do not need long explanation.
  • Grasp all, lose all
  • As many men, so many minds
  • All that glitters is not gold.
  • An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.
  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • As is the tree, so is the fruit.
  • As you sow so you reap.
  • Better alone than in bad company.
  • Better an empty house than an ill tenant.
  • Civility/courtesy costs nothing

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