1001 Truisms!

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


 1.        A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

2.        A closed mouth gathers no foot.

3.        A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. (COCKS)

4.        A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies but once.

5.        A corporation is an ingenius device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

6.        A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. (WILDE)

7.        A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine. (T.V.-ADVER)

8.        A fool and his money are soon parted.

9.        A friend in need is a friend indeed (or a Ďpest indeedí).

10.     A friend to all is a friend to none.

11.     A good lawyer makes a bad neighbor.

12.     A house divided against itself cannot stand.

13.     A job worth doing, is worth doing well.

14.     A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (LAO-TZU)

15.     A leader is a dealer in hope. (NAPOLEON)

16.     A liberal is a man who is willing to spend someone elseís money.

17.     A lie, told often enough, becomes the truth.

18.     A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

19.     A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. (BIBLE)

20.     A man cannot serve two masters. (BIBLE)

21.     A man is known by the company he keeps.

22.     A man that donít lie ainít got nuthiní to say.

23.     A man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.

24.     A manís got to know his limitations.

25.     A manís gotta do what a manís gotta do.

26.     A manís home is his castle.

27.     A minute on the lips, a lifetime in the heart.

28.     A new broom sweeps clean.

29.     A penny for your thoughts.

30.     A penny saved is a penny earned.

31.     A pictureís worth a thousand words.

32.     A prophet is never accepted in his own country. (BIBLE)

33.     A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.

34.     A rolling stone gathers no moss.

35.     A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.

36.     A rose, is a rose, is a rose.

37.     A soft word turneth away wroth. (BIBLE)

38.     A solid house for shifting sands, a solid law for shifty lawyers. (GARTH)

39.     A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. (HOLLYWD)

40.     A stitch in time, saves nine.

41.     A strangerís just a friend youíve never met.

42.     A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

43.     A watched pot never boils.

44.     A wise head makes a closed mouth.

45.     A woman is like a teabag. Only in hot water do you realize how strong she is. (E. ROOSEVELT) (REAGAN)

46.     A womanís place is in the home.

47.     A womanís work is never done.

48.     A word to the wise is sufficient.

49.     A workman is worthy of his hire.

50.     Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

51.     Actions speak louder than words.

52.     Age before beauty.

53.     Age is strictly a case of mind over matter....if you donít mind, it doesnít matter. (BENNY)

54.     All roads lead to Rome.

55.     All sins are attempts to fill voids. (WEIL)

56.     All that glitters is not gold.

57.     All the worldís a stage.

58.     All things come to he who waits.

59.     All things in moderation.

60.     All things work together for good. (BIBLE)

61.     All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

62.     Allís fair in love and war.

63.     Allís well that ends well (or Ďends in a wellí).

64.     Always get a second opinion.

65.     An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

66.     An army marches on itís stomach.

67.     An elephant never forgets.

68.     An inch is as good as a mile.

69.     An injury is sooner forgotten than an insult.

70.     An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

71.     Another day, another dollar.

72.     Any man who hates children and dogs canít be all bad. (ROSTEN/FIELDS)

73.     Any port in a storm.

74.     Ape must not kill ape. (HOLLYWOOD)

75.     April showers bring May flowers.

76.     ĎArchitectureí is the art of how to waste space.

77.     Art and Science are two sides of the same coin. (GARTH)

78.     As above, so below.

79.     As sure as death and taxes.

80.     As the teeth go, so goes the body. (HOLLYWD)

81.     Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. (BIBLE)

82.     Ask, and ye shall receive. (BIBLE)

83.     Ask me no questions, Iíll tell you no lies.

84.     Ask not, what your country can do for you,... ask what you can do for your country. (KENNEDY)

85.     Back to the old drawing board.

86.     Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.

87.     Be careful who you step on while climbing the ladder of success; youíre liable to meet them on the way down.

88.     Be sure your sins will find you out. (BIBLE)

89.     Be thankful for what youíve got.

90.     Be there,Öor be square.

91.     Beauty and brains donít mix.

92.     Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. (or 'Beer Holder')

93.     Beauty is only skin deep.

94.     Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame, each to his passion, whatís in a name? (H.H.JACKSON)

95.     Being there is half the fun.

96.     Beggars canít be choosers.

97.     Better late than never.

98.     Better Red than dead. (POLIT.)

99.     Better safe than sorry.

100. Better the devil you know than the devil you donít know.

101. Better to be healthy than wealthy.

102. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. (HIST.)

103. Big brother is watching. (LITER.)

104. Birds of a feather flock together.

105. Black is beautiful.

106. Blondes have more fun. (T.V.-ADVER.)

107. Bloodís thicker than water.

108. Boys will be boys.

109. Brevity is the soul of wit.

110. Broad is the path, but narrow is the way. (BIBLE)

111. Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat  a path to your doorstep.

112. Burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice, shame on me.

113. Business is business.

114. By the needles which prick my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

115. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

116. Cats always land on their feet.

117. Chance favors the prepared mind. (HOLLYWD)

118. Change is good for the soul.

119. Character is what a man is in the dark. (MOODY)

120. Charity begins at home.

121. Cheaters never prosper.

122. Children should be seen and not heard.

123. Christmas comes but once a year.

124. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

125. Close,Öbut no cigar.

126. Clothes make the man.

127. Cold hands- warm heart.

128. Comedy is not pretty. (MARTIN )

129. Common sense is not so common. (VOLTAIRE)

130. Confession is good for the soul.

131. Count your blessings.

132. Cross that bridge when you come to it.

133. Curiousity killed the cat (but satisfaction brought him back).

134. Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!

135. Dead men tell no tales.

136. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

137. Diamonds are a girlís best friend.

138. Discretion is the better part of valor.

139. Divide and conquer.

140. Do not judge another until youí ve walked for two moons in his moccasins.

141. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

142. Do unto others, but do it first.

143. Donít ask of others what you yourself can do.

144. Donít beat a dead horse.

145. Donít believe everything you hear.

146. Donít bet the rent on it.

147. Donít bite off more than you can chew.

148. Donít bite the hand that feeds you.

149. Donít borrow trouble.

150. Donít cast caution to the winds.

151. Donít change horses in midstream.

152. Donít confuse me with the facts.

153. Donít count your chickens before theyíre hatched.

154. Donít cry over spilt milk.

155. Donít cut off your nose to spite your face.

156. Donít do the crime if you canít do the time.

157. Donít eat yellow snow. (N.A.F.T.)

158. Donít feed the bears.

159. Donít forget your raincoat (i.e. condom)

160. Donít get caught with your pants down.

161. Donít give up the ship.

162. Donít go against the grain.

163. Donít go off half cocked.

164. Donít go off the deep end.

165. Donít grab the tiger by the tail.

166. Donít kick a man when heís down.

167. Donít kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

168. Donít kill the messenger.

169. Donít knock it Ďtil youíve tried it.

170. Donít let the cat out of the bag.

171. Donít live in a foolís paradise.

172. Donít look a gift horse in the mouth.

173. Donít look back. Somethiní might be gaininí on ya. (PAIGE)

174. Donít make a federal case out of it.

175. Donít make a mountain out of a molehill.

176. Donít make promises you canít keep.

177. Donít nit pick.

178. Donít pick green fruit.

179. Donít pour salt on the wound.

180. Donít put all your eggs in one basket.

181. Donít put the cart before the horse.

182. Donít quit your day job.

183. Donít ride the fence.

184. Donít rob Peter to pay Paul.

185. Donít rub people the wrong way.

186. Donít send a boy to do a manís job.

187. Donít shoot Ďtil you see the whites of their eyes. (HIST.)

188. Donít spit into the wind.

189. Donít split hairs.

190. Donít start something you canít finish.

191. Donít sweat the small stuff.

192. Donít take any wooden nickels.

193. Donít take it lying down.

194. Donít throw out the baby with the bathwater.

195. Donít throw stones in the well you drink from.

196. Donít toot your own horn.

197. Donít tread on me. (HIST.)

198. Donít trust anyone over thirty. (POLIT)

199. Donít worry about bitiní off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.

200. Donít yell fire in a crowded theatre.

201. Dreams die hard.

202. Drowning men catch at straws.

203. Dumb breeds dumb.

204. Dying is easy; comedy,Öthatís hard. (GWYNN)

205. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. (FRANKLIN)

206. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. (MOORE)

207. Easy come, easy go.

208. Easy does it.

209. England and America are two countries seperated by the same language. (SHAW)

210. Et tu Brutus? (HIST.)

211. Every cloud has a silver lining.

212. Every dog has his day.

213. Every little bit helps.

214. Every man has his price.

215. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. (Attaboy Clarence!) (HOLLYWD)

216. Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. (MILLER)

217. Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.

218. Everybody wants ta get into da act! (DURANTE)

219. Everybodyís got a racket.

220. Everyone loves a clown.

221. Everything is funny as long as itís happening to somebody else. (ROGERS)

222. Evil takes many forms.

223. Excuses are like bellybuttons (or some other body part), everybodyís got one. (N.A.F.T.)

224. Exemptions are the rule.

225. Expect a miracle everyday.

226. Expect the unexpected.

227. Experience is the best teacher.

228. Failure is no crime, too low an aim is.

229. Faint heart never won fair maiden.

230. Fair is fair.

231. Fake it Ďtil you make it.

232. Fame is fleeting.

233. Familiarity breeds contempt.

234. Fashions may come and fashions may go, but good manners never go out of style.

235. Fast cars, faster women.

236. Fate is the hunter.

237. Father knows best. (T.V.)

238. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. (BIBLE)

239. Feed a cold-starve a fever. (Not true, by the way)

240. F.I.G.M.O.  ( Authorís note: Itís an armed services thing ).

241. Finders keepers, losers weepers.

242. First come, first served.

243. First impressions are the strongest.

244. First things first.

245. Fish and guests. Both stink in three days.(LYLY)

246. Follow the drinking gourd. (HIST.)

247. Follow the money.

248. Follow your dreams.

249. Follow your heart.

250. Follow the yellow brick road. (HOLLYWD)

251. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. (BIBLE)

252. Force begets force.

253. Force without judgement falls of itís own weight. (HORACE)

254. Forgive your enemies - but donít forget their names.

255. Form follows function.

256. Fortune favors the brave.

257. Frailty, thy name is woman.(SHAKESPEAR)

258. Friends donít let friends drive drunk (T.V.-ADVER.-SLOGAN)

259. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.(MARX)

260. Garbage in Ė garbage out.

261. Gas, grass or ass Ė nobody rides for free. (BUMPER) (N.A.F.T.)

262. Get a life.

263. Get real.

264. Get the lead out.

265. Get thee behind me Satan. (BIBLE)

266. Get with the program.

267. Get your kicks on route 66. (T.V.)

268. Getting there is half the fun.

269. Gimme that old-time religion.

270. Girlfriends bring fun. Wives bring happiness.

271. Give a little, get a little.

272. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

273. Give Ďem an inch, and theyíll take a mile.

274. Give the devil his due.

275. Go ahead,Ömake my day. (H. CALLAHAN) (HOLLYWD)

276. Go west young man. (GREELEY)

277. Go where the money is.

278. God created mankind. Smith and Wesson made them equal. (BUMPER)

279. God, guts and guns. (BUMPER.)

280. God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.(FRANKLIN)

281. God is on the side of those with the heaviest artillery.

282. God watches over BABIES and DRUNKS.

283. Gone, but not forgotten.

284. Good enough for government work.

285. Good fences make good neighbors.

286. Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

287. Good things come in small packages.

288. Good things, when short, are twice as good. (GRACIAN)

289. Gravity sucks.

290. Happiness walks on busy feet.

291. Hard work never hurt nobody.

292. Haste makes waste.

293. Have a nice day. (SOC-PSYCH)

294. He is armed without who is innocent within. (POPE)

295. He who calls the tune, pays the piper.

296. He who dies with the most toys wins. (BUMPER)

297. He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

298. He who hesitates is lost.

299. He who hesitates is probably right.

300. He who is to be a good ruler, must first have been ruled. (ARISTOTLE)

301. He who laughs last, laughs best.

302. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.

303. He who smelt it, dealt it. (N.A.F.T.)

304. Hearts are not judged by how much we love, but by how much we are loved by others. (OZ) (HOLLYWD)

305. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

306. Here today, gone tomorrow.

307. Heís not (or ďSheís notĒ) the only fish in the sea.

308. Hindsight is 20/20.

309. History repeats itself.

310. Hit Ďem low, and hit Ďem hard.

311. Home is where the heart is.

312. Home sweet home.

313. Honesty is the best policy.

314. Hope is the parent of faith.

315. Hope springs eternal.

316. How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door youíre on.

317. How the mighty have fallen.

318. I am Spartacus! (HOLLYWD)

319. I calls Ďem as I seeís Ďem.

320. I came, I saw, I conquered.(JULIUS CAESAR)

321. I have not yet begun to fight. (J.P. JONES)

322. I like Ike. (POLIT.)

323. I owe, I owe, so off to work I go. (BUMPER)

324. I shall return. (MacArthur)

325. I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty. I awoke, and found that life was Duty. (HOOPER)

326. I would rather be RIGHT than president. (CLAY)

327. Idle hands are the devilís tools.

328. Idle minds are the devilís workshop.

329. If at first you donít succeed, Öthe hell with it. (BUMPER)

330. If at first you donít succeed,Ötry, try again.

331. If attacked by a bear Ė play dead.

332. If everything is coming your way, youíre in the wrong lane.

333. If God be for us, who can be against us?

334. If it ainít broke, donít fix it.

335. If it bleeds, it leads.

336. If it feels good, do it. (N.A.F.T.)

337. If it isnít taxed, itís regulated. If it isnít regulated, itís about to be.

338. If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

339. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

340. If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck,Öitís a duck.

341. If itís too loud, youíre too old.

342. If looks could killÖ

343. If man were meant to fly, heíd have wings.

344. If money goes before, all ways lie open.

345. If the shoe fits, wear it.

346. If this vanís a-rockiní, donít come a-knockiní.(BUMPER)(N.A.F.T.)

347. If thou wouldst keep money, save money. If thou wouldst reap money, sow money.

348. If wishes were fishes, beggars would ride.

349. If you can pinch an inch, youíre fat.

350. If you canít beat Ďem, join Ďem.

351. If you canít dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls - - -.

352. If you canít find Ďem, grind Ďem. (Refers to shifting gears)

353. If you canít take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

354. If you canít win for losing, you might as well quit.

355. If YOU donít say it, THEY canít repeat it.

356. If you donít work, you donít eat.

357. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

358. If you get to thinkiní youíre a person of some influence, try ordering someone elseís dog around.

359. If you gotta ask, you canít afford it.

360. If you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

361. If you play with a hot piano, youíll get your fingers burned. (T.V.)

362. If you talk to God, youíre praying. If God talks to you, itís schizophrenia.(TILLICH)

363. If youíre gonna steal something, might as well be something big.

364. If youíre gonna steal, steal from the best.

365. If youíre riding ahead of the herd, take a look back now and then to make sure itís still there.

366. If youth knew; if age could.

367. Ignorance is bliss.

368. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

369. Ignore alien transmissions.

370. Iíll be back. (HOLLYWD)

371. Iím okay - youíre okay. (SOC.-PSYCH.)

372. Iím rubber, youíre glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

373. Image is everything.

374. Imagination is more important than science. (EINSTEIN)

375. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

376. Impropriety is the soul of wit.(MAUGHAM)

377. In Christianity, one man sacrifices himself for all. In Fascism, all men sacrifice themselves for one.

378. In for a penny, in for a pound.

379. In order to get a loan, you must first prove you donít need it.

380. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. (M.L. KING)

381. Into each life, a little rain must fall.

382. Invention breeds invention. (EMERSON)

383. Iron bars do not a prison make.

384. It ainít over Ďtil itís over.

385. It ainít over Ďtil the fat lady sings.

386. It donít mean a thing if it ainít got that swing.

387. It donít take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

388. It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

389. It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

390. It is better to rule in hell, than to serve in heaven. (LITER.)

391. It is easier to fight for oneís principles than to live up to them. (ADLER)

392. It is what it is.

393. It isnít the quarry that makes the hunt, nor is the goal the game.

394. It pays to advertise.

395. It shouldnít happen to a dog.

396. It takes a whole village to raise a child.

397. It takes money to make money.

398. It takes one to know one.

399. It takes two to tango (or Ďtangleí).

400. Itíll all come out in the wash.

401. Itís a dog-eat-dog world.

402. Itís a manís world.

403. Itís a nice place to visit, but I wouldnít want to live there.

404. Itís always darkest just before the dawn.

405. Itís better to ask dumb questions, than to make dumb mistakes.

406. Itís better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.(TENNYSON)

407. Itís good to be the king.(HOLLYWOOD)

408. Itís more blessed to give than to receive.

409. Itís not nice to fool Mother Nature.

410. Itís not polite to stare.

411. Itís not the age,Öitís the mileage. (JONES) (HOLLYWD)

412. Itís not the heat, itís the humidity.

413. Itís not the men in my life that matters; itís the life in my men. (WEST)

414. Itís not the size of the man that counts in a fight, itís the size of the fight in the man.

415. Itís not WHAT you know, itís WHO you know.

416. Itís not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

417. Itís the top of the building that sways the furthest out of line. (GARTH )

418. Itís what you DONíT see that matters.

419. Jack-of-all-trades,Ömaster of none.

420. Jesus-others-you (spells J.O.Y.).

421. Jesus saves.

422. Joy & temperance and repose, slams the door on the doctorís nose. (LONGFELLOW)

423. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

424. Jump my chest and Iíll do the rest. (Portland, OR. 1967)

425. Just because you can, doesnít mean you should.

426. Just because youíre not paranoid doesnít mean everybody isnít out to get you.

427. Justice is blind.

428. Justice shines by itís own light. (CICERO)

429. Keep a stiff upper lip.

430. Keep-it-simple-stupid (or K.I.S.S.).

431. Keep the faith.

432. Keep on keepiní on.

433. Keep on thinking free. (MOODY BLUES )

434. Keep on truckiní. (BUMPER)

435. Keep the homefires burning.

436. Keep your eye on the bottom line.

437. Keep your eyes on the prize.

438. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

439. Keep your hands to yourself.

440. Keep your powder dry.

441. Kill or be killed.

442. Kill them with kindness.

443. Kindness begets kindness.

444. Klaatu Nikto Barada. (HOLLYWD)

445. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. (BIBLE)

446. Knowledge is power.

447. Knowledge puffeth up. (BIBLE)

448. Know thyself.

449. Last hired, first fired.

450. Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone.

451. Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets pass through.(SWIFT)

452. Lead, follow or get out of the way. (MOTTO)

453. Leaflets three, leave it be.

454. Less is more.

455. Let a smile be your umbrella.

456. Let by-gones be by-gones.

457. Let China sleep, for when she wakes, all the world will know it.

458. Let God.

459. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. (BIBLE)

460. Let sleeping dogs lie.

461. Let the buyer beware.

462. Let the chips fall where they may.

463. Let the facts speak for themselves.

464. Let tomorrow take care of itself.

465. Let your conscience be your guide.

466. Letís not and say we did.

467. Lettiní the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttiní it back in.

468. ĎLibertyí is just the legal right to con others into doing what you want.

469. Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.(KIERKAGAARD)

470. Life goes on.

471. Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know just what youíre gonna get. (HOLLYWD)

472. Life is a bed of roses.

473. Lifeís just a bowl of cherries.

474. Lightning never strikes twice.

475. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. (T.V.)

476. Live and learn.

477. Live and let live.

478. Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse. (N.A.F.T.)

479. Live for today.

480. Live free or die. (POLIT.)

481. Live long and prosper. (T.V.)

482. Live simply, so that others may simply live.

483. Live to ride-ride to live.

484. Living well is the best revenge.

485. Little pitchers have big ears.

486. Location, location, location.

487. LOCKS keep honest people honest.

488. Look before you leap.

489. Look sharp, feel sharp.

490. Loose lips sink ships.

491. Love conquers all.

492. Love hurts.

493. Love is a many splendored thing

494. Love is blind.

495. Love is fleeting-herpes is forever.

496. Love is the drug.

497. Love makes the world go round.

498. Love means you never have to say youíre sorry.

499. Love the life you live-live the life you love.

500. Love the one youíre with.

501. Luck be a lady tonight. (SINATRA)

502. Lucky tie-lucky guy.

503. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.

504. Make Ďem laugh.

505. Make hay while the sun shines.

506. Make love not war.

507. Man does not live by bread alone.

508. Man may work from sun to sun, but a womenís work is never done.

509. Manís best friend is his dog.

510. Many are called, few are chosen. (BIBLE)

511. Many hands make light work.

512. March goes in like a lion, but out like a lamb.

513. Married in black, canít go back.

514. Married in hast, repent in leisure.

515. May the best man win.

516. Men donít make passes at girls who wear glasses.

517. Mess with the best, die like the rest.

518. Might makes right.

519. Milk it for all itís worth.

520. Mind your Pís and Qís.

521. Misery loves company.

522. Money begets money.

523. Money canít buy love (or Ďhappinessí).

524. Money doesnít grow on trees.

525. Money is a good servant, but a bad master.

526. Money is like muck, not good unless it is spread.

527. Money talks (Bulls--- walks). (N.A.F.T.)

528. Monkey see-monkey do.

529. More power. (ALLEN)

530. Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast (or Ďbeastí).

531. My country, right or wrong.

532. Nature abhors a vacuum.

533. Neatness counts.

534. Necessity is the mother of invention.

535. Necessity never made a good bargain. (FRANKLIN)

536. Neither a borrower nor a lender be. (LITER.)

537. Neither cast your pearls before swineÖ.(BIBLE)

538. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night will stay this courier from his appointed rounds. (MOTTO) (POST OFFICE)

539. Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

540. Never ASSUME, because that makes an ASS out of U & ME. (N.A.F.T.)

541. Never be first, never be last, never volunteer.

542. Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

543. Never follow good whiskey with water, unless youíre out of whiskey.

544. Never follow kids and animals. (HOLLYWD/VAUDEVILLE)

545. Never invest in anything that eats.

546. Never let the facts get in the way of a carefully thought out bad decision. (MARSHALL)

547. Never look directly into the sun.

548. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

549. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

550. Never say Ďdieí.

551. Never say never.

552. Never smack a man whoís chewiní tobacco.

553. Never talk important matters where you cannot see who listens.

554. Nice guys finish last.

555. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. (T.ROOSEVELT)

556. Nip it in the bud. (FIFE)

557. Nixon now. (POLIT.)

558. No accounting for taste.

559. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. (AESOP)

560. No fear.

561. No glove, no love.(refers to Ďcondomsí)

562. No guts, no glory.

563. No hero is immortal until he dies.(AUDEN)

564. No honor among thieves.

565. No man is an island.

566. No matter what goes wrong, there is always someone who knew it would.

567. No news is good news.

568. No pain, no gain. (HOLLYWD)

569. No problem is so bad it canít fester awhile longer. (DAVIES)

570. No rest for the wicked.

571. No shirt, no shoes, no service. (MOTTO)

572. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.(R.FROST)

573. No time like the present.

574. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

575. Nobody loves a winner who wins all the time.

576. Not-in-my-back-yard ( N.I.M.B.Y.)

577. Not in my Marine Corps.

578. Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.

579. Nothing happens until firstÖa dream!

580. Nothing improves creativity like a lack of supervision.

581. Nothing is certain except death and taxes.

582. Nothing is impossible for God.

583. Nothing lasts forever.

584. Nothing says loviní like something from the oven (Or Ďa bun in the ovení).

585. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

586. Numbers donít lie.

587. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. (or ďconceiveĒ).

588. Old and smart beats young and fast everytime.

589. On a galloping horse, who can tell?

590. Once bitten, twice shy.

591. Once black, never back. (N.A.F.T.)

592. Once on the lips, forever on the hips.

593. One good turn deserves another.

594. One hand washes the other.

595. One manís myth is another manís gospel.

596. One manís wage rise is another manís price increase. (WILSON)

597. One, on Godís side, is a majority.(PHILLIPS)

598. One person dies and itís a tragedy. A million people die and itís a statistic. (STALIN)

599. One personís trash is another personís treasure.

600. One thing leads to another.

601. Only time will tell.

602. Only Nixon could go to China. (SPOCK)

603. Only the good die young.

604. Only the lead dog gets a change of scenery.

605. Opportunities are seldom labeled.

606. Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.

607. Opportunity knocks but once.

608. Opportunity usually comes disguised as hard work.

609. Opposites attract.

610. Our true size is the size of our God. (HOLLYWD)

611. Out of sight, out of mind.

612. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

613. Out of the mouths of babesÖ

614. Out with the old, in with the new.

615. Parting is such sweet sorrow (Shakespeare).

616. People only want the truth when the truth is convenient.

617. People who live in glass houses, shouldnít throw stones.

618. Perfection, like principles, do not belong in business.

619. Physician, heal thyself.

620. Pick your battles carefully.

621. Popular statements never need explaining, but unpopular ones do.(GARTH)

622. Positive things happen to positive people.

623. Possession diminishes the perception of value immediately.

624. Possession is nine-tenths of the law (or 90% of ownership).

625. Poverty sucks.

626. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

627. Practice makes perfect.

628. Practice what you preach.

629. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. (HIST.)

630. Pretty is as pretty does.

631. Pride goeth before a fall. (BIBLE)

632. Promises, promises.

633. Proverbs are short sayings drawn from long experience. (CERVANTES)

634. Proverbs may not improperly be called the philosophy of the common people. (J.HOWELL)

635. Pucker up buttercup. (ROONEY)

636. Put da lime in da coconut-den you feel betteh. (NILSSON)

637. Put your best foot forward.

638. Put your ducks in a row.

639. Put your money where your mouth is.

640. Put your nose to the grindstone.

641. Put your shoulder to the wheel.

642. Put up or shut up.

643. Que sera sera. (HOLLYWD)

644. Question assumptions.

645. Question authority. (BUMPER)

646. Question everything.

647. Rank has its privileges.

648. Reach for the stars.

649. Ready money is Aladdinís lamp.

650. Real leaders have no need to lead. They are content to point the way. (MILLER)

651. Reality bites.

652. Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red skies in morning, sailors take warning!

653. Red to black - poisons lack. Red to yellow - kills a fellow (refers to color patterns on snakes).

654. Religion and politics donít mix.

655. Religion is the opiate of the masses. (MARX)

656. Remember the Alamo! (HIST.)

657. Render unto Caesar that which is Caesarís, and render unto God that which is Godís. (BIBLE)

658. Respect has to be earned.

659. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

660. Riches, like dung, stinks in a heap,..but when spread abroad, it makes the whole earth fruitful.

661. Ring out the old, ring in the new.

662. Rise and shine (and give God glory!)

663. Rome wasnít built in a day.

664. Row well and live. (41) (HOLLYWD)

665. Rules were made to be broken.

666. Sacred cows make the best hamburger.

667. Safety first.

668. Say it, donít spray it.

669. See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil Ė no!

670. Seeing is believing.

671. Seize the day (or ďCarpe DiemĒ). (HIST)

672. Sex sells. (N.A.F.T.)

673. Share and share alike.

674. Shop Ďtil you drop. (BUMPER)

675. Shoot first and ask questions later.

676. Short but sweet.

677. Show me a hero and Iíll show you a tragedy. (HEMINGWAY)

678. Show-me-the-money!!! (HOLLYWD)

679. Silence is golden.

680. Sink the Bismarck! (HIST.)

681. So many men, so little time. (N.A.F.T)

682. Sock it to me! (T.V.)

683. Some day my prince will come. (HOLLYWD)

684. Some day my ship will come in.

685. Some days it doesnít pay to get outta the bed.

686. Some days you get the bear, some days the bear gets you.

687. Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.

688. Sometimes you just have to gut it through. (GARTH)

689. Soylent Green is People!

690. Spare the rod and spoil the child. (BIBLE)

691. Speed kills. (ADVER.)

692. Speak of the devil (and who shows up?)

693. Speak the truth and shame the devil.

694. Stand by your man. (WYNETTE)

695. Stand up and be counted.

696. Statistics are for those who believe in nothing, but wish to act on something.

697. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.

698. Still waters run deep.

699. Stop, look and listen.

700. Storms make trees take deeper root.

701. Sweets to the sweet.

702. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

703. Take no prisoners.

704. Take the money and run.

705. Talk is cheap.

706. Tell not all you know, believe not all you hear, do not all you are able.

707. Thank God itís Friday (T.G.I.F.).

708. Thank heaven for little girls.(Chevalier)

709. That everything may be had for money, is no less ancient than true.

710. Thatís life.

711. Thatís no lady, thatís my wife.

712. Thatís the blind leading the blind.

713. Thatís the pot calling the kettle black.

714. The apple never falls far from the tree.

715. The ballot is stronger than the bullet. (LINCOLN)

716. The basic law of capitalism is you or I; not both you and I.

717. The best defense is a good offense.

718. The best things in life are free.

719. The bigger they are the harder they fall.

720. The bird who feathers it nest, leaves nothing to chance.

721. The bloom is off the rose.

722. The buck stops here. (TRUMAN)

723. The check is in the mail. (SOC-PSYCH)

724. The cheese stands alone.

725. The criminal always returns to the scene of his crime.

726. The customer is always right.

727. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

728. The devil dances in an empty pocket.

729. The devil finds work for idle hands.

730. The devil take the hindmost.

731. The devilís in the details.

732. The devilís in the fine print.

733. The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease.

734. The early bird gets the worm.

735. The ends donít justify the means.

736. The evil that men do lives after them.

737. The eyes are the windows to the soul.

738. The faster I go, the behinder I get. (BUMPER)

739. The female is the deadlier of the species.

740. The first casualty of war is truth.

741. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

742. The hand is quicker than the eye.

743. The hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world. (Wallace)

744. The higher the monkey climbs a tree, the more you see his ugly side.

745. The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. (YEATS)

746. The lair of the wicked is ANONYMITY, but the refuge of the righteous is COMMUNITY. (GARTH)

747. The leopard canít change his spots.

748. The lion is known by his claw. (A contemporary describing Isaac Newton)

749. The Lord helps he who helps himself.

750. The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

751. The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights. (GETTY)

752. The middle of the road is the most dangerous place to walk.

753. The mob has many heads but no brains. (FULLER)

754. The more the merrier.

755. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

756. The more you pay, the more itís worth.

757. The most cooperative man in the world is a dead man. (OKMYX)

758. The most wasted day of all, is the one in which we have not laughed. (CHAMFORT)

759. The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on. (KHAYYAM)

760. The nail that sticks upÖgets the hammer.

761. The night has a thousand eyes.

762. The only certainty is that nothing is certain. (PLINY)

763. The only thing you find in the middle of the road is Ďyellow stripesí and dead armadillos.

764. The operation was a success, but the patient died.

765. The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. (C.THOMAS)

766. The pen is mightier than the sword.

767. The perception of beauty is a moral test. (THOREAU)

768. The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss. (RAVITCH)

769. The playís the thing.

770. The postman always rings twice.

771. The proof is in the pudding.

772. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

773. The right tool for the right job.

774. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

775. The sea is cold, but has the hottest blood of all.

776. The sequel is never the equal.

777. The show must go on!

778. The South will rise again. (HIST.)

779. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

780. The third timeís the charm.

781. The truth cuts both ways.

782. The truth hurts.

783. The truth is out there.

784. The truth will out.

785. The wages of sin is death. (BIBLE)

786. The walls have ears.

787. The way to a manís heart is through his stomach.

788. The way to procure insults is to submit to them.

789. The world is a grindstone-life is your nose. (ALLEN)

790. The world loves a spice of wickedness.

791. The worm is the spice, the spice is the worm.(HERBERT)

792. Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die.

793. There ainít no justice.

794. There are lies, damn lies, and then thereís STATISTICS.

795. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.

796. There are ways,Öand then there are WAYS.

797. There comes a time in every project when you have to shoot the engineer and proceed to production.

798. There comes a time when you canít hit your brother anymore, because either you, him, or the hate has died. (GARTH)

799. There is no armor against fate.

800. There is no God, but God.

801. There is no Ďroyal roadí to Geometry. (EUCLID)

802. There is no such thing as justice, in or out of court.(DARROW)

803. There is nothing new under the sun. (BIBLE)

804. There is nothing so small it canít be blown out of proportion.

805. There is nothing to fear, but fear itself. (ROOSEVELT)

806. Thereís a fine line between genius and madness.

807. Thereís a little larceny in everybody.

808. Thereís a sucker born every minute.

809. Thereís always a light at the end of the tunnel.

810. Thereís more then one way to skin a cat.

811. Thereís never a cop around when you need one.

812. Thereís no atheists in the foxholes. (CUMMINGS)

813. Thereís no business like show business.

814. Thereís no fool like an old fool.

815. Thereís no place like home.

816. Thereís no room for sentiment in business.

817. Thereís no way to tell where the DTís leave off and Hollywood begins. (FIELDS)

818. Thereís none so blind as those who will not see.

819. Thereís safety in numbers.

820. Thereís small choice in rotten apples.(SHAKESPEARE)

821. Thereís something rotten in Denmark.

822. Thereís two theories to arguiní with a woman; Neither one works.

823. They also serve who only stand and wait.

824. Think God. (BUMPER)

825. This far and no farther.

826. Those who CAN, have a moral obligation to do for those who CANíT. (GARTH)

827. Those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

828. Three on a match is bad luck.

829. Three things the public clamors for: NOVELTY, NOVELTY, NOVELTY.

830. Time and tide wait for no man.

831. Time flies when youíre having fun.

832. Time for the old Ďtried and trueí.

833. Time heals all wounds.

834. Time is money.

835. Time is the great healer.

836. Time marches on.

837. Time waits for no one.

838. Timing is everything.

839. To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.(JOHNSON)

840. To err is human, but it feels divine. (MAE WEST)

841. To err is human, to forgive divine.

842. To the victor go the spoils.

843. To thine own self be true.

844. To whom much is given, much is required.

845. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. (BUMPER)

846. Tomorrow IS another day! (HOLLYWD)

847. Tomorrow never comes.

848. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

849. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

850. Too much is never enough.

851. Top Oí the world Ma! (HOLLYWD)

852. Tough times donít last. Tough people do.

853. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (BIBLE)

854. Trouble rides a fast horse.

855. Troubles come in threes.

856. Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

857. Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.

858. Trust is a two-way street.

859. Trust only those who stand to lose as much as you when things go wrong.

860. Trust works both ways.

861. Truth is stranger than fiction.

862. Turn out the lights, the partyís over. (NFL - MEREDITH) (T.V.)

863. Turn the other cheek. (BIBLE)

864. Turnabout is fair play.

865. Two can live as cheaply as one.

866. Two heads are better than one.

867. Twoís company, threeís a crowd.

868. Two wrongs donít make a right.

869. Uneasy lies the head that bears the crown.

870. United we stand, divided we fall.

871. Up the establishment. (POLIT.)

872. Upward and onward.

873. Use it or lose it.

874. Use the force Luke! (HOLLYWD)

875. ĎVí for victory. (POLIT. SLOGAN)

876. Variety is the soul of pleasure.

877. Variety is the spice of life.

878. Virtue and vice divide the stars, but vice has the greater share. (SARIGAR)

879. Virtue is its own reward.

880. Visualize  world  peace (or Ď whirled peasí). (BUMPER)

881. Vote for Pat Paulson  or get off the pot! (T.V. Ė HIST)

882. Walk softly but carry a big stick. (ROOSEVELT?)

883. War is hell.

884. War makes strange bedfellows.

885. Warped minds think alike.

886. Waste not - want not.

887. Watch the skies.

888. Water seeks itís own level.

889. Water takes the easiest path.

890. We all learn from our mistakes.

891. We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.

892. We must all hang together or we will all hang seperately. (FRANKLIN)

893. We sleep, they live.

894. What baby wants, baby gets. (BOGART)

895. What doesnít kill me only makes me stronger.

896. What goes around, comes around.

897. What goes up must come down.

898. What man calls Ďcivilizationí, always results in deserts. (MARQUIS)

899. What,Öme worry? (NEUMAN)

900. What one man can do, another man can do.

901. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly.

902. What you donít know, canít hurt you.

903. Whatever floats your boat.

904. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong (a.k.a. Murphyís law).

905. Whateverís fair.

906. Whatís done is done.

907. Whatís good for General Motors is good for the country. (WILSON)(a misquote)

908. When God shuts a door, he opens a window.

909. Whatís good for the goose is good for the gander.

910. When a body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

911. When bad men combine, the good must associate. (BURKE)

912. When elephants make war, it is the mice that suffer.

913. When in doubt, run Ďem out. (???)

914. When in doubt, run like hell. (BUMPER)

915. When in Rome, do as the Romans. (HIST)

916. When in trouble,Ötravel. (ĎPresidentialí advice)

917. When it grows too long, the tail wags the dog.

918. When it rains, it pours.

919. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

920. When nature calls, you answer.

921. When the chips are down, you know the buffalo is empty. (???)

922. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

923. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. (BUMPER)

924. When you give a lesson in mean-ness to a critter or a person, donít be surprised if they learn their lesson.

925. When you play  with fire, you get burned.

926. When youíre throwiní your weight around, be ready to have it thrown back by someone else.

927. When youíve eliminated all other possibilities, whatever remains, no matter how unlikely, is it. (DOYLE)

928. Where there is no vision, the people perish. (BIBLE)

929. Where thereís a will, thereís a lawsuit.

930. Where thereís a will, thereís a way.

931. Where thereís life, thereís hope.

932. Where thereís smoke, thereís fire.

933. Whereís the beef? (T.V. Ė ADVER.)

934. While the catís away, the mice will play.

935. White man speak with forked tongue.

936. Who controls the past, controls the future. (ORWELL)

937. Who dares, wins.

938. Whoever has the gold, makes the rules.

939. Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad. (EURIPEDES)

940. Why walk when you can ride?

941. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

942. Winning isnít everything.

943. Winning isnít everything, itís the ONLY thing. (BUMPER)

944. Women and children first.

945. Women; Canít live with Ďem, canít live without Ďem.

946. Woodsman, spare that tree.

947. Worldly hearts are penny-wise, but pound-foolish.

948. Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

949. Write with the learned, pronounce with the vulgar. (FRANKLIN)

950. Ď X Ď  marks the spot.

951. Ya gotta put down the ducky ( if you wanna play the saxophone). (T.V.)

952. Yeah, but will it play in Peoria?

953. You always hurt the one you love.

954. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

955. You can dress him up, but you canít take him out.

956. You can fool SOME of the people all of the time, and ALL of the people some of the time, but you canít fool ALL of the people ALL of the time! (LINCOLN)

957. You can have a dog for a friend, or whiskey for a friendÖbut if you have a girl for a friend, youíll end up drunk and kissing your dog.

958. You can lead a horse to water but you canít make him drink.

959. You can never go home again.

960. You can never plan the future by the past. (BURKE)

961. You can pick your friends, but you canít pick your relatives.

962. You can take Ďgloryí with you,Öwhen itís your time to go. (HOLLYWD)

963. You can take the boy out of the country, but you canít take the country out of the boy.

964. You canít cheat an honest man.

965. You canít fight City Hall.

966. You canít fool Mother Nature.

967. You canít have the rainbow without the rain.

968. You canít have your cake and eat it too.

969. You canít judge a book by its cover.

970. You canít make a silk purse out of a sowís ear.

971. You canít take it with you when you go.

972. You canít teach an old dog new tricks.

973. You canít win Ďem all.

974. You donít know what youíve got Ďtil itís gone.

975. You go to heaven for the weather, and hell for the company.

976. You gotta  look out for number one.

977. You just never can tell about some things.

978. You learn something new everyday.

979. You never know whoís right, but you always know whoís in charge..

980. You only go around once in life. (T.V./ADVER.)

981. You only live once. (Or Ďtwiceí if youíre James Bond)

982. You seen one, youíve seen Ďem all.

983. You scratch my back and Iíll scratch yours.

984. You snooze, you lose.

985. You watch my back, and Iíll watch yours.

986. Youíd be surprised at what you can live through.

987. Youíre as young as you feel.

988. Youíre either part of the solution, or part of the problem.

989. Youíre never fully dressed without a smile. (IODENT)

990. Youíre never too old to learn.

991. Youth condemns, maturity condones. (LOWELL)

992. Youth is a blunder,Ömanhood a struggle,Öold age a regret. (DISRAELI)

993. Youth looks forward, age looks back.

994. Youth will be served.

995. Youíve got to go along to get along.

996. Youíve got to know when to hold Ďem, know when to fold Ďem, know when to walk away, know when to run. (Don Schlitz)

997. Youíve got to walk before you can run.

998. Youíve got to watch your stepÖ when you know the chips are down. (PATTY)

999. Youíve got to play the hand youíre dealt.

 1000.  Youíve got to stop and smell the roses along the way.

 1001.  Youíve never lived,Öuntil youíve almost died.

 1002.  Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-day! My-oh-my! What a wonderful day!

        (AUTHORíS NOTE: Itís not really a truism so I didnít count it as one,

         but I needed an entry for the ĎZís and this was all I could think of,

         Öand itís a great way to end the list.)

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