Proverbs


Proverbs

Friendship
  • A friends frown is better than a fools smile.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • A friend is easier lost than found.
  • A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
  • False friends are worse than open enemies.
  • Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Grief divided is made lighter.
  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
  • Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • The best of friends must part.
  • There is no better looking-glass than an old friend.
  • Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.
Love
  • A loveless life is a living death.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • All's fair in love and war.
  • Before you meet the handsome prince you have to kiss a lot of toads.
  • Cold hands, warm heart.
  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
  • First impressions are the most lasting.
  • Hatred is as blind as love.
  • Love does much but money does all.
  • Love levels all inequalities.
  • Love makes a good eye squint.
  • Love sees no faults.
  • Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
  • Love to live and live to love.
  • Man is the head but woman turns it.
  • Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
  • The course of love never did run smooth.
  • To eat one's heart out.
Relationships
  • A good friend is one's nearest relation.
  • A man is known by the company he keeps.
  • A man of straw needs a woman of gold.
  • Anger and hate hinder good counsel.
  • At a round table there's no dispute about the place.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Cheerfulness smooths the road of life.
  • Don't blow your own trumpet.
  • Do as you would be done by.
  • Grow angry slowly; there's plenty of time.
  • He bears misery best that hides it most.
  • He that hurts another, hurts himself.
  • It's not over till it's over.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Patience is a virtue.
  • Persuasion is better than force.
  • Spare the rod and spoil the child.
  • Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
Life
  • A good thing is all the sweeter when won with pain.
  • A man too careful of danger lives in continual torment.
  • All promises are either broken or kept.
  • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
  • An open door may tempt a saint.
  • As you go through life, make this your goal, watch the doughnut and not the hole.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
  • Cut your coat according to the cloth.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
  • Fortune favours the brave.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
  • Life begins at forty.
  • Live and learn.
  • Manners maketh the man.
  • The longer you live the more you see.
  • The receiver is as bad as the thief.
  • To look as if butter will not melt in his mouth.
  • To wait and be patient soothes many a pang.
  • We cannot erase the sad records from our past.
  • What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
  • While there's life there's hope.
Health
  • After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Another pot ! Try the teapot.
  • A fit as a fiddle.
  • As hard as nails.
  • As sick as a dog.
  • Beauty is but skin deep.
  • Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.
  • Better to wear out than rust out.
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
  • Content is health to the sick and riches to the poor.
  • Drink like a fish, water only.
  • Early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy & wise.
  • Good wine ruins the purse, and bad wine ruins the stomach.
  • He who drinks a little too much drinks much too much.
  • He who rises late must trot all day.
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.
  • Hunger is the best sauce.
  • Ready money is ready medicine.
  • Sound as a bell.
  • To add insult to injury.
  • What can't be cured must be endured.
Conversation
  • A fool uttereth all his mind.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Angry words fan the fire like wind.
  • To call a spade a spade.
  • Do as I say not as I do.
  • Few words and many deeds.
  • Gossips are frogs, they drink and talk.
  • He who sings drives away sorrow.
  • If you don't say it you will not have to unsay it.
  • It takes two to have an argument.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
  • Many a true word spoken in jest.
  • Nothing is ill said if it is not ill taken.
  • One picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Silence is an excellent remedy against slander.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Silence is less injurious than a bad reply.
  • Speak clearly, if you speak at all.
  • Stop beating around the bush.
  • Take your wife's first advice.
  • Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.
Wisdom
  • A change is as good as a rest.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • Accidents will happen.
  • All's well that ends well.
  • Bread never falls but on its buttered side.
  • Charity begins at home.
  • Different strokes for different folks.
  • Empty vessels make the most sound.
  • Faith is beleiving in something when common sense tells you not to.
  • Four eyes are better than two.
  • Innocent as a new born babe.
  • It's an ill wind that blows no-one some good.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • No one can be caught in places he does not visit.
  • No wise man ever wishes to be younger.
  • Not in a month of Sundays.
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire.
  • Show a clean pair of heels.
  • Still waters run deep.
  • The darkest hour is before the dawn.
  • The wise shall understand.
  • Tomorrow is a new day.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • You can't tell a book by its cover.
  • Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind.
  • Wisdom is better than strength.
  • Wisdom is neither inheritance nor a legacy.
  • Wisdom is the wealth of the wise.
  • Wise it is to comprehend the whole.
  • You never know what you can do till you try.
Work
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  • An idle man is the devil's playfellow.
  • It's all in a days work.
  • Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.
  • Least talk most work.
  • Many hands make light work.
  • No life can be dreary when work is a delight.
  • The devil finds work for idle hands.
  • The hardest work is to do nothing.
Animal related
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A bird makes his nest little by little.
  • An old fox need learn no craft.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Curses, like chickens come home to roost.
  • Every dog has its day.
  • If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
  • It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
  • It is no use closing the stable door, after the horse has bolted.
  • Kill two birds with the one stone.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Like a fish out of water.
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • Putting the cart before the horse.
  • Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • The leopard does not change his spots.
  • The sleepy fox catches no chickens.
  • To scare a bird is not the way to catch it.
  • What do you expect from a pig, but a grunt?
  • While the cats away the mice play.
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
  • You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Rural
  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • After the storm comes the calm.
  • All aren't hunters that blow the horn.
  • As green as grass.
  • As is the gardener so is the garden.
  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
  • Better to go back than go wrong.
  • By hook or by crook.
  • Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Don't cross your bridges until you come to them.
  • Empty bags cannot stand upright.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • Fresh as a daisy.
  • Good company on the road is the shortest cut.
  • It is no use crying over spilt milk.
  • Leave no stone unturned.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Never cackle unless you lay.
  • Oaks may fall when reeds take the storm.
  • Shake the hand before you plough the field.
  • Strike while the iron's hot.
  • The beaten path is safest.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
  • The longest journey begins with the first step
  • The more you stir, the more it stinks.
  • The sun shines on both sides of the hedge.
  • Too many irons in the fire.
Growth
  • A point is the beginning of magnitude.
  • A spark can start a great fire.
  • A short cut is often a wrong cut.
  • Big fish eat little fish.
  • Everything has an end.
  • From trivial things, great contests often arise.
  • Grow angry slowly, there's plenty of time.
  • He who hesitates is lost.
  • It is easier to destroy than to build.
  • It is the first step that is difficult.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Many drops make a shower.
  • Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.
  • Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Small faults indulged let in greater.
  • You can eat an elephant if you do it one mouthful at a time.
Money
  • A light purse makes a heavy heart.
  • A little each day is much in a year.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A single penny fairly got is worth a thousand that are not.
  • Always you are to be rich next year.
  • Diamonds are forever.
  • Every man is the architect of his destiny.
  • Experience is the father of wisdom.
  • Fair exchange is no robbery.
  • He has enough who is content.
  • He that pays last never pays twice.
  • He is rich that is satisfied.
  • In for a penny, in for a pound.
  • It is to be born lucky than rich.
  • Little and often fill the purse.
  • Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
  • Money burns a hole in your pocket.
  • Never spend your money before you have it.
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
  • Penny wise, pound foolish.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • There is no honour among thieves.
  • There's many a slip, twixt cup and the lip.
Business
  • A good conscience is a soft pillow.
  • A good thing is soon snatched up.
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  • Better safe than sorry.
  • Better late than never.
  • Business before pleasure.
  • Divide and conquer.
  • Don't rely on the label on the bag.
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
  • Experience is the best teacher.
  • First come, first served.
  • Fore-warned is fore-armed.
  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
  • It's a poor job that can't carry one boss.
  • Let the buyer beware.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Nobody can serve two masters.
  • One man's loss, is another man's gain.
  • Possession is nine tenths of the law.
  • The customer is always right.
  • The gods help them that help themselves.
  • The golden age never was the present one.
  • To each his own.
  • We do not always gain by changing.
  • Where there's a will there's a way.
Fools
  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • A fool in a gown is none the wiser.
  • A wise man doesn't need advice, and a fool won't take it.
  • Advice when most needed is least heeded.
  • Always in a hurry, always behind.
  • Cheap is dear in the long run.
  • Cut off one's nose to spit one's face.
  • Empty vessels make the most noise.
  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  • If the cap fits, wear it.
  • In one ear and out the other.
  • It can't happen here is number one on the list of famous last words.
  • One of these days is none of these days.
  • Pride cometh before a fall.
  • The fool wanders, the wise man travels.
  • The hood does not make the monk.
  • The wise man is deceived once but the fool twice.
  • There is no fool like an old fool.
  • Use not today what tomorrow will need.
  • What's the good of home, if you are never in it?
  • Waste not, want not.
  • You cannot lose what you never had.



Torben Laurberg