1001 Truisms!

( Proverbs-Maxims-Adages-Aphorisms-Cliches and 'Wise Old Sayings'. )

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet.

Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.

A bad workman blames his tools.

The belly has no ears.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

Bloom where you are planted.

Brag is a good Dog, but Holdfast is a better.

A broken watch is right two times a day.

One bitten by a snake for a snap dreads a rope for a decade.

A burnt child dreads the fire.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

The door swings both ways.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Even a dog can distinguish between being stumbled over and being kicked.

Everyone talks of changing the world, but no one talks of changing himself. (Leo Tolstoy)

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.

From those to whom much is given, much is expected. (BIBLE)

Fortune favours the brave.

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

Give a dog a bad name and hang him.

Give a dog a bad name and he'll live up to it. (or repay you for it)

Give and take is fair play.

God cures and the physician takes the fee.

A good beginning makes (for) a good ending.

Good eating deserves good drinking.

A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.

Good wine needs no bush.

Great events cast their shadows before them.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

A half truth is a whole lie.

The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm.

Handsome is what handsome does.

I complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

If it can't be cured, it must be endured.

If the truth hurts, you are not living right.

If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.

If you buy quality, you only cry once.

If you can't be good, be careful.

If you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.

If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die.

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.

In order to get where you want to go, you first have to leave where you are.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

It's a cracked pitcher that goes longest to the well.

It's a good horse that never stumbles.

It's a long lane that has no turning.

It is better to die on one's feet than live on one's knees.

It's cheaper to keep her.

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

It's easy to be wise after the event.

It's never too late to mend.

It's the empty can that makes the most noise.

It takes all sorts to make a world.

It takes two to tango.

Jack of all trades and master of none.

Joan is as good as my lady in the dark.

Justice pleaseth few in their own house.

Kindness, like grain, increase by sowing.

Knaves and fools divide the world.

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

The law is a jealous mistress.

Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.

Let the cobbler stick to his last.

A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Life is too short to drink bad wine.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.

Like cures like.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

The longest mile is the last mile home.

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.

Love is like war, Easy to start, Hard to end, Impossible to forget.

Love is not finding someone to live with; it's finding someone whom you can't live without.

Love is stronger than any addiction, baby. Hell, it is one.

Love laughs at locksmiths.

Make hay while the sun shines.

Make the best of a bad bargain.

Manners maketh the man.

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

Many things are lost for want of asking.

Many words will not fill a bushel.

Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.

Measure twice, cut once.

Misfortunes never come singly.

Money can't buy you friends, but it will buy you a better class of enemies.

More haste, less speed.

The more you study, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. The less you know the more you study.

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out.

Never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.

Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you.

A night with Venus and a life with mercury.

Noblesse oblige. (French expression: the nobility is obligated to care for the lower classes.)

None but the brave deserve the fair.

Nothing to be feared in life, but understood.

One grain of sand can tip the scale.

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. (Ronald Reagan)

One swallow doesn't make a summer.

The only free cheese is in the mouse trap.

The only stupid question is the one that is not asked.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. (Confucius)

Owt for Nowt.

Perfect Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. (a.k.a The six P's)

The pitcher which goes too often to the well gets broken.

Politeness costs nothing and gains everything. (MONTAGU)

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Proverbs run in pairs.

Put a beggar on horseback and he'll ride it to death.

Reality is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Repetition is the mother of memory.

A rising tide lifts all boats.

The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way. (Virgil)

Self trust is the first secret of success.

Set a thief to catch a thief.

Slow and steady wins the race.

A son is a son 'till he gets him a wife; a daughter's a daughter all her life.

A still tongue makes a wise head.

Stolen fruit is the sweetest.

Success (only) comes after every necessary precaution.

Success is a journey not a destination.

Take an old dirty, hungry, mangy, sick and wet dog and feed him and wash him and nurse him back to health, and he will never turn on you and bite you. This is how man and dog differ.

The best things in life aren't things.

There is luck in odd numbers.

The teacher has not taught, until the student has learned.

There are no small parts, only small actors.

There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip.

A thief thinks everyone steals.

Time will tell.

Today is yesterday tomorrow. To know the road ahead ask those coming back.

Too much of one thing, good for nothing.

Tread on a worm and it will turn.

Trouble shared is trouble halved.

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

Two things prolong your life: A quiet heart and a loving wife.Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.

Virtue which parleys is near a surrender.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. (Japanese proverb)

We can't always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean,but the ocean would be less without that drop.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Where there's muck there's brass.

Well begun is half done.

Well done is better than well said.

What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

What goes up must come down.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

When a thing is done advice comes too late.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Where vice goes before, vengeance follows after.

The whole dignity of man lies in the power of thought. (Pascal)

The wish is father to the thought.

Women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. (Gurian)

A word spoken is past recalling.

The world is your oyster.

Worship the Creator not His creation.

Work is worship.

You always admire what you really dont understand.

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