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English Sayings



Better safe than sorry.

Beggars can't be choosers.

All's well that ends well.

A still tongue keeps a wise head.

All bark and no bite.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A fool and his money are easily parted.

A day late and a dollar short.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

For every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong.

Many a mickle makes a muckle.

No bait, no bite. (Found by chance in Murakami's Hard-boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World.)

Brevity is the soul of wit. (Shakespeare's Hamlet)

No muss, no fuss.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Pointless thinking is worse than no thinking at all. (Line found in Murakami's delicious book Kafka on the Shore.)

That geezer was cruising for a bruising. (That's a good one, "cruising for a bruising"; the

exact sentence is barely audible as part of the sequence of spoken words at the end of the

Pink Floyd song Money in the Dark Side of the Moon album.)

While the cat's away the mice will play.

There's more to the picture than meets the eye.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

A hedge between keep friendship green.

A thing you don't want is dear at any price.

Two wrongs do not make a right.

Well begun is half done.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Work won't kill but worry will.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Don't make yourself a mouse, or the cat will eat you.

If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Better lose the saddle than the horse.

The strength of the chain is in the weakest link.

You may know by a handful the whole sack.

Whether the pitcher strikes the stone, or the stone the pitcher, it is bad for the pitcher.

He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin.

Give the devil his due.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Good fences make good neighbours.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

I think therefore I am (Descartes)

Liars should have good memories.

Fire is a good servant but a bad master.

Curiosity killed the cat.

False friends are worse than bitter enemies.

Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.

He who limps is still walking (Joan Rivers).

Slow and steady wins the race.

Half a loaf is better than no bread.

Necessity knows no law.

Make making ends meet no philosophy (Mr. Noone).

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

Do not ask the learned but the experienced.

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year (Roger Waters)

The universe's a place inside your DNA (George Harrison)

When two quarrel both are to blame.

Life is not all beer and skittles.

All books are written.

Young pigs grunt as old pigs grunted before them.

Another one bites the dust.

No big deal.

Take it easy.

Appearances are deceiving.

Prejudice is ignorance.

Love hurts (song title, to Mr. Noone's knowledge)

Rust never sleeps (Neil Young' song, to Mr. Noone's knowledge)

What goes up must come down.

You can learn more, if you admit you don't know more.

A swallow doesn´t make a summer.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Life´s a bitch, then you die.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Far off hills are greener.

Walk the walk, talk the talk.

Shit happens.

Ignorance is bliss.

Life is not a perfume's ad.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing (Benjamin Franklin).

Never say never.

"Don't worry —you'll do it again". (Herbert Stein's mother-in-law. In the Jewish tradition, this sardonic remark is intended to comfort a person who is grieving over having made a serious mistake).


To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage (Confucius, Analects).


If you want to test a friendship, travel together (Samsonite)

Laughter: The shortest distance between two people.

Life is uncertain...eat dessert first!

Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.

Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.

Some things have got to be believed to be seen.

The longer the title, the less important the job.

There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.

To test a man's character, give him power.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer

Some people are just educated beyond their intelligence.

A politicians worst nightmare? An intelligent voter with a memory!

...after all was said and done, people kept saying and doing!

I ams what I am, and that's all that I am! - Popeye the sailor man.

I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma.

Forgive me Father for it has been 5 months since my last backup...

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.

Syntax? Why not? They tax everything else!

An ounce of image is worth a pound of performance.

I think I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.

At least in science, one shows the greatest respect for an author by leaving him behind. - Peter L. Berger

Those who require certitude should not turn to science - Peter L. Berger

To be happy, do not add to your possessions but subtract from your desires.

Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.

Justice is incidental to law and order.

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. - H.L. Mencken.

Think cynically, act morally. (Eduard Fabra)

I believed in the Great Principles until an olive branch took my eye out. (Eduard Fabra)

There are no aliens in the Internet. (Eduard Fabra)

Beach, sun, fun, and peace of mind. (Eduard Fabra)

Give credit where credit is due

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others (George Orwell)

Ashes and diamonds, foe and friend, we are all equal in the end (Roger Waters)

Give me some time and I'll give you some pleasure; give some pleasure and I'll give you some time (Eduard)

If you want a tiger's cub you have to enter a tiger's den (Old Jap)

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well

A bad workman always blames his tools

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A good conscience is a soft pillow

A watched pot never boils

Actions speak louder than words

All cats are grey in the dark

All good things come to an end

All roads lead to Rome

All that glitters is not gold

All's well that ends well

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth

Appearances are deceptive

Ask no questions and be told no lies

Bad news travels fast

Barking dogs seldom bites

Better be alone than in ill company

Better late than never

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know

Birds of a feather flock together

Brain is better than brawn

Call a spade a spade

Catch the bear before you sell its skin

Desperate ills need desperate remedies

Despise not your enemy

Discontent is the first step in progress

Divide and rule

Don't cry stinking fish

Don't empty the baby out with the bath water

Don't put all your eggs in one basket

Don't put the cart before the horse

Don't wash your dirty linen in public

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise

Easier said than done

East or West, home is best / There's no place like home

Easy come, easy go

Every ass likes to hear himself bray

Everybody's business is nobody's business

Everyone to his taste / There's no disputing about tastes

Everything comes to him who waits

First things first

Foolish talk, deaf ears

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Grasp all, lose all

Great oaks from little acorns grow

Grin and bear it

Half a loaf is better than no bread

Haste makes waste

He who pays the piper calls the tune

It takes two to make a quarrel

Live and let live

Long absent, soon forgotten

Make yourself all honey and the flies will devour you

Much ado about nothing

Never look a gift horse in the mouth

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you

No gain without pain

No news is good news

No temptation, no sin

One of these days is none of these days

Out of sight, out of mind

Prevention is better than cure

Rome was not built in a day

Seeing is believing

Silence gives consent

Still waters run deep

Take the rough with the smooth

The bull must be taken by the horns

The devil finds work for idle hands to do

The early bird catches the worm

The higher up, the greater the fall

The last straw breaks the camel's back

The more you have, the more you want

There is no smoke without fire

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Walls have ears

We never miss the water till the well runs dry

You cannot see the wood for the trees

You must not expect old heads on young shoulders

You never know what you can do till you try

Garbage in, garbage out

You may lead a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink


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