I got my interest in writing while in primary school. I enjoy creating stories that can be read by people. And I am the first to read them.
What are Proverbs?
The wise men said that learning makes the wise wiser, but the fool more foolish. While going through my old unpublished works just the other day, I came across a list of useful proverbs I had jotted down somewhere.
I think I had done it while in high school. I have decided to share them with you.
Every culture in the world has a collection of wise sayings that are usually used to pass advice mostly concerning life. These wise sayings are what we call proverbs.
Collection of Proverbs and Wise Sayings
- A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- A bird is known by its note and a man by his talk.
- A blind man should not judge colours.
- A cold hand, a warm heart.
- A fool when he is silent is counted wise.
- A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- A man who can do everything can do nothing.
- A miss is as good as a mile.
- A rolling stone gathers no moss.
- A stitch in time saves nine.
- A wink is as good as a nod.
- Accidents will happen.
- All is grist that comes to his mill.
- An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.
- As you make your bed so you must lie on it.
- Beauty is only skin deep.
- Beauty is the eye of the beholder.
- Birds of a feather flock together.
- Blood is thicker than water.
- Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth.
- Boys will be boys.
- Bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
- Brevity is the soul of wit.
- Cast no dirt into the well that gives you water.
- Cast pearls before swine.
- Charity begins at home.
- Circumstances alter cases.
- Curiosity killed the cat.
- Dead men tell no tales.
- Discretion is the better part of valour.
- Do as you would be done by.
- Don’t count one’s chickens before they are hatched.
- Don’t swap horses in mid-stream.
- Enough is enough.
- Even a worm will turn.
- Every cloud has a silver lining.
- Every dog has its day.
- Every man has a goose that lays golden eggs if he only knew it.
- Everything in the garden is lovely.
- Faint heart never won fair lady.
- Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Fast bind, fast find.
- Give a dog a bad name (and hang him).
- Give somebody an inch and they will take a mile/yard.
- Give somebody enough rope and he’ll hang himself.
- Give the devil his due.
- Half a loaf is better than none.
- Handsome is as handsome does; Handsome is that handsome does.
- He laughs best who laughs last: He who laughs last laughs longest.
- He that sups with the devil must have a long spoon.
- He who hesitates is lost.
- He who pays the piper calls the tune.
- Hoist with one’s own petard.
- Homer sometimes nods.
- If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
- Ill weeds grow apace.
- In for a penny, in for a pound.
- It never rains but it pours.
- It takes all sorts to make a world.
- It takes two to make a quarrel.
- It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
- It’s never too late to mend.
- Kill the goose that lays golden eggs.
- Knowledge is a treasure but practise is a key to it.
- Learning makes the wise wiser, but the fool more foolish.
- Least said soonest mended.
- Leave well alone.
- Let sleeping dogs lie.
- Let well alone.
- Liars should have good memories.
- Lighting never strikes (in the same place) twice.
- Like father like son; like a man like master
- Look before you leap.
- Look for a needle in a haystack.
- Love me, love my dog.
- Make hay while the sun shines.
- Man proposes God disposes.
- Many hands make light work.
- Money talks.
- More haste, less speed.
Using Proverbs while writing
Collection of Proverbs
- Murder will out.
- Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Needs must when the devil drives.
- Never say die.
- No news is good news.
- None but the brave deserve the fair.
- Nothing succeeds like success.
- Nothing venture nothing gain/win/have.
- Once bitten twice shy.
- One good turn deserves another.
- One has made one’s bed, so one must lie on/in it.
- One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
- One swallow doesn’t make a summer.
- Out of sight, out of mind.
- Out of the mouths of the babes and sucklings.
- People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
- Pride goes before a fall.
- Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Rome was not built in a day.
- Safety first.
- Seeing is believing.
- Sell the pass.
- Set a thief to catch a thief.
- Share and share-alike.
- Silence gives consent.
- Silence is golden.
- Slow help is no help.
- Some are wise and some are otherwise.
- Somebody’s eyes are bigger than their stomach.
- Sour grapes.
- Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind
- Spare the rod and spoil the child.
- Still water runs deep.
- Stolen waters are sweet.
- Strike while the iron is hot.
- Take the gilt off the gingerbread.
- The blind leading the blind.
- The child is father to the man.
- The die is cast.
- The early bird catches the worm.
- The end justifies the means.
- The exception proves the rule.
- The game is not worth the candle.
- The longest/farthest way round/about is the nearest way home.
- The onlooker sees most of the game.
- The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
- The spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak)
- The wish is father to the thought.
- There are no two ways about it.
- There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.
- There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
- There is honour among thieves.
- There is no fool like an old fool.
- There is no peace/rest for the wicked.
- There is no smoke without fire.
- There is no time like the present.
- There is one born every minute.
- There is safety in numbers.
- There’s as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.
- There’s many a slip twixt (the) cup and (the) lip.
- Time and tide wait for no man.
- Too many cooks spoil the broth.
- Turn in one’s grave.
- Two heads are better than one.
- Two’s company (three is a crowd)
- Virtue is its own reward.
- Walls have ears.
- Waste not want not.
- We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
- What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
- What’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
- When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
- Where there is a will there is a way.
- You are only young once.
- You can’t teach old dog new tricks.
- You cannot serve both God and Mammon.
- You lose on the swings what you make on the roundabout.
- You may go farther and fare worse.
- You may know a man by the company he keeps
- You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.
More Proverbs and Wise Sayings
You want to see more proverbs, time for you to contribute. Indicate the ones I have not listed in the comments area below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Patrick Kamau
Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 22, 2015:
Thanks lawdoctorlee for the visit, comment and compliments. I wish I was collecting more proverbs as I would be having a lot of them by now. All in all proverbs are important to us writers and we often find ourselves using them in our works. I like the ones you have listed here. All the best.
Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on January 21, 2015:
I really like this hub, Patkay. I also like that the list is in alphabetical order. I, too, use proverbs in my writing and in my conversations. I'll share two of my favorites with you, which I learned from my grandmother:
1. "You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink it."
2. "Tell me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are."
Voting this hub "up" and interesting! Blessings to you & yours.
Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 15, 2011:
Thanks Phani vardhan for reading and commenting, but you didn't mention the changes.
Phani vardhan on December 14, 2011:
nice but should have some changes
Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 05, 2011:
Hi Brinafr3sh, I am glad you enjoyed going thro' the list of cool proverbs. They are good to use in your daily writing.
Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on June 04, 2011:
Thanks Patkay, cool proverbs, I've used some of those in my coversations. I have one to add, "You must be a follower, before you can be a leader." Voted up.
Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 15, 2011:
You are welcome Lady_E to read more of my hubs. Thanks.
Elena from London, UK on May 14, 2011:
Very interesting and wise words. I enjoyed reading it and will read it again. Thanks.