American Proverbs

  • A dog is a man's best friend.
  • A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.
  • A girl with cotton stockings never sees a mouse.
  • A malignant sore throat is a danger; a malignant throat not sore is worse.
  • A man can die just once.
  • A man can't do more than he can do. What says Don Ferdinando?
  • A man is as big as the things that made him mad.
  • A man never becomes an orator if he has something to say.
  • A miss is as good as a mile.
  • A poor man is always behind.
  • A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
  • All men are fools, but all fools are not men.
  • All men are not cast in the same mold.
  • An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee.
  • Bad news travels fast.
  • Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
  • Bad the crow, bad the egg.
  • Boys will be boys.
  • By the yard, life is hard. By the inch, it's a cinch.
  • Christmas comes, but once a year is enough.
  • Close, but no cigar.
  • Crap or get off the pot.
  • Don't close the barn door after the horse runs away.
  • Don't cry over spilt milk.
  • Don't cry till you are out of the wood.
  • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
  • Don't hide your light under a bushel.
  • Don't judge a book by its cover.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.
  • Don't throw out your dirty water until you get in fresh.
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
  • Don't upset the apple cart.
  • Don't use a lot where a little will do.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Easy does it.
  • Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.
  • Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked.
  • Every man has a fool up his sleeve.
  • Every man has one black patch, and some have two.
  • Every man hath a fool in his sleeve.
  • Every man hath his hobby-horse.
  • Feed a cold, starve a fever.
  • Feed sparingly and defy the physician.
  • Fish or cut bait.
  • For age and want save while you may, no morning sun lasts a whole day.
  • Free ships, free goods.
  • From little acorns mighty oaks do grow.
  • Gold is where you find it.
  • Good fences make good neighbors.
  • Here today, gone tomorrow.
  • Honesty is like an icicle; if once it melts that is the end of it.
  • I am just as good as you are, and a damned sight better.
  • I'd rather be red than dead.
  • I'd rather have them say "There he goes" than "Here he lies.".
  • If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.
  • If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus.
  • If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
  • Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution.
  • Ignorance is bliss.
  • In God we trust; all others pay cash.
  • In politics, a man must learn to rise above principle.
  • It takes a thief to catch a thief.
  • It takes nine months to have a baby, no matter how many people you put on the job.
  • It takes one to know one.
  • It takes three generation to make a gentleman.
  • It takes two to make a bargain.
  • Leave well enough alone.
  • Leaves enough, but few grapes.
  • Let the big dog eat.
  • Loose lips sink ships.
  • Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.
  • Make love, not war.
  • Man can't live in this world alone.
  • Man cannot live by bread alone.
  • Man is greater than the tools he invents.
  • Man is like a banana: when he leaves the bunch, he gets skinned.
  • Man is the only animal who can be skinned twice.
  • Many speak much who cannot speak well.
  • Men apt to promise are apt to forget.
  • Men are blind in their own cause.
  • Men seek less to be instructed than applauded.
  • Men that have much business must have much pardon.
  • Never be content with your lot. Try for a lot more.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • Never say die.
  • Never swap horses crossing a stream.
  • Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
  • Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the less hypocritical.
  • Old age is ripeness.
  • Once bitten, twice shy.
  • Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.
  • Paddle your own canoe.
  • Pain is forgotten where gain comes.
  • Poets are born, not made.
  • Practice what you preach.
  • Praise makes a bad man worse.
  • Put up or shut up.
  • Put your money where your mouth is.
  • Put your trust in God, and keep your powder dry.
  • Putting the cart before the horse.
  • Quarreling dogs come halting home.
  • Republicans will do anything for the poor except get off their backs.
  • Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
  • Silence is golden, speech is silver.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Stand up, cent, let the dollar sit down.
  • Step on a crack break your mother's back.
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
  • Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.
  • Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of your widow's next husband.
  • Take the bitter with the sweet.
  • Talk is cheap but it takes money to buy whiskey.
  • Talk is cheap.
  • The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.
  • The bad workman blames his tools.
  • The cemeteries are filled with people who thought the world couldn't get along without them.
  • The chickens have come home to roost.
  • The child is the father of the man.
  • The most dangerous food is a wedding cake.
  • The mountains are never so far apart but the animals find one another.
  • The reason some people are stingy is also the reason they are rich.
  • The receiver is as bad as the thief.
  • The show must go on.
  • The wish is the father of the deed.
  • The worm turns.
  • Time heals all wounds.
  • Turnabout is fair play.
  • Two's company, three's a crowd.
  • Variety is the spice of life.
  • We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.
  • What a story these old walls could tell.
  • When pleasure interferes with business, give up business.
  • Where there's smoke, there's fire.
  • Wishes won't wash dishes.
  • You can't fit a round peg in a square hole.
  • You can't unscramble an egg.
  • You don't put robbers to work in a bank.
  • You made your bed, now lie in it.
  • You make a mountain of a mole-hill.

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