Proverbs that start with A | Famous Proverbs beginning with the letter ‘A’

Important Proverbs which start with the letter ‘A’

A bad bush is better than the open field.
Something is always better than nothing.

A bad boy sometimes makes a goodman.
Time factor is great, it can change bad into good.

A bad excuse is better than none.
Excuse matters, not its way.

A bad penny always comes back.
Bad penny always denied, so goes back to his owner.

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
Unskilled person can’t justify with his tools.

A bald head is soon shaven.
Easy task can easily be done.

A banker is a man who loans you an umbrella when the weather is fair and takes it away from you when it rains.
Help comes without need and taken off when actually needed.

A barber leams to shave by shaving fools.
Practice makes a man perfect, so the learning barber learns to shave by having fools.

A bargain is a bargain.
Bargain is like a toss, either head or tail.

A barley-corn is better than a diamond to a cock.
Suitable thing to suitable person.

A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison.
Freedom is better than a golden cage.

A beggar can never be bankrupt.
Beggar is one degree more bankrupt.

Proverbs that start with A 1

A beggar’s purse is bottomless.
Said for a person who cannot be satisfied.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Important is that, which you have, not that which you hope to get.

A bit in the morning is better than nothing all day.
Well begun equals half done.

A black hen lays a white egg.
Merits matter, not the looks.

A black (dark) man is a jewel (or pearl) in a fair woman’s eye.
A fair woman is loved much by dark person in the comparison a fair man.
Black man loves fair lady more and she knows that.

A black plum is as sweet as a white.
Indifferent of looks, merits are the same.

A blate (shy) cat makes a proud mouse.
One’s fault becomes other’s merit.

A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.
Utility belongs to exact person.

A blustering night, a fair day.
If winter comes then spring cannot be far behind. Delightness comes then sorrow cannot be far behind.

A boaster and a liar are all one.
Boaster and liar are chips of the same block.

A borrowed loan should come laughing home.
Borrowing of loan is not always the right solution of a problem excess of everything is bad.

A bow long bent grows weak.
Excess efforts usually unrewarded.

Proverbs that start with A 2

A bribe will enter without knocking.
Bribe is the key of all doors.

A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound.
Just like cracked bell which never sounds well though repaired too.
Once broken thing can never be original though repaired.

A broken sleeve holdeth the arm back.
Caring manners are entirely different.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Liking persons absence is more desirable

Absence sharpens love, Presence Strengthens it.
Love grows in absence and strengthens in presence. Absence increases love and presence gives it strength.

Abundance of law breaks no law.
Excess of law is no crime.

Abundance of money ruins the youth.
Excess of money demoralise the youth.

A bully is always a coward.
A wrong person adopts wrong tactics.

A bully never grows up.
Bad person never grow due to his badness.

A buxom widow must be either married, buried, or shut up in a convent.
When the options are limited and fixed too.

A candle lights others and consumes itself.
Kind persons kindness is beyond loss too.
Kind persons kindness always limitless and greater than own loss.

A carrion kite will never be a good hawk.
Devil deserves evil than any other good thing.

A cat has nine lives.
Person having enough opportunity.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.
No one can be efficient without proper manner’s and skills.

A cat’s walk; a little way and back.
Subject of alertness towards opportunity.

A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.
A cheerful face gives a pleasure lot.

A cherry year, a merry year, a plum year, a dumb year.
Cherry year=Excess crop of dry fruits; Plum year =Excess crop of fleshy fruits like black plum.

A child may have too much of his mother’s blessing.
Mothers blessings are always good either limited or limitless.

A chip of the old block.
A thing which is like old one.

A chip of the same block.
No difference between the two and both are alike in all manners.

A citizen of no mean city.
Citizen by birth.

A civil denial is better than a rude grant.
Deny with gentle manners are better than rude grant.

A close mouth catches no flies.
To keep mum saves from many difficulties.

A cock is bold on his own dunghill.
Every person is bold in his own house.

A cold hand and a warm heart.
Good heart and practical nature.

A common servant is no man’s servant.
All men’s responsibility is no men’s responsibility.

A contended mind is a continual feast.
Arguing person holds disputed thing a long?

A contented mind makes riches blush.
Satisfaction may blush to wealth. (Blush=Become red from shame.)

A cool mouth and warm feet, live long.
Cool mouth is a sign of good speech and warm feet is a sign of travelling for profession.

A covetous man is good to none, but worst to himself.
Greedy person is first enemy of himself than for others.

A cracked bell can never sound well.
Broken relations can never be maintained by efforts.

A crafty knave needs no broker.
Wicked person knows all the tricks.

A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
Foul things exists long.

A critic makes no innovations.
Because innovative person never criticize.

A crow is never whiter for washing herself often.
Once a knave always a knave person’s speciality never changes.

A cup in the plate is a mile in the gate.
Fate in your head (cup=Fate) may very huge and large.

A curst cow has short horns.
Evil person’s sources are always limited.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.
Alertness avoids half the danger.

A diligent scholar and the master’s paid.
Efficiency always be rewarded.

A dog will not howl if you beat him with a bone.
No one go against his needs.

Admonish your friends in private praise them in public.
Secret of true friendship if satisfied tell others if not tell the person.

A drowning man will catch at a straw.
Drowning man and almost ruin person does everything for his survival.

A dull belly neither fights nor flies away.
You do nothing great without satisfaction.

A dry cough is the trumpeter of death.
In old days dry cough was identified as a sign of death.

A dry May and dripping June bring all things into time.
It is a indication of cherry year and merry year.

A dwarf on a giant’s shoulder sees father of the two.
Great man’s fault is seen better than his quality.

A fair exchange is no robbery.
It is said when the both parties are satisfied.

A fair face and a foul heart.
When lookings are different to the intentions.

A fair face cannot have a crabbed heart.
Fair face is a sign of good nature and good heart.

A fair shop and little gain.
Where name is higher than its gains.

A fair officer is no cause of feud.
Good officer’s strife is not a long lasting thing, it ends, as the matter over.

A fair wife and a frontier castle breed quarrel.
Both are accused of increasing quarrel. Wife quarrels for needs and frontier castle is a cause of quarrel due to advancing nature.

A fair woman without virtue is like pallied wine.
Says when virtue never falls to the right person.

A falling master makes a standing servant.
Weak person, needs strong.

A fat housekeeper makes lean executors.
Needs of ill things are always healthy one.

A fault confessed is half redressed.
When person admitted his fault, than half of the fault is forgiven.

A feather in hand is better than a bird in the air.
What you have is expect better that what you.

A fish monger’s wife may feed a conger, but a serving man’s wife may starve from hunger.
Occupational difference, (based on ancient thinking).

A fool and his money are soon parted.
Might is right or money belongs to wise so fool can’t contained with.

A fool knows more in his own house than a wise man in another’s.
Fool praised in his own house and wise is everywhere.

A fool may ask more questions in an hour than wise man can answer in seven years.
Fools are like empty vessels, which makes the most noise.

A fool may give a wise man counsel.
Counsel should be good, who gives, matter not.

A fool will not give his bauble for the Tower of London.
Normally he thinks that his belongings are the costliest.

A fool’s bolt is soon shot.
Fools trick never be long lasting.

A forced kindness deserves no thanks.
Forced quest should not be a cause of thankfulness.

A foul mourn may turn to a fair day.
Unlikely youth may turn as a wise man.

A fox is not taken twice in the same snare.
Wise man cannot be deceived twice by the same trick.

A friend in court is better than a penny in purse.
Good is that, which helps.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend who helps when one is in trouble, is a real friend.

A friend is another self.
You and your friend means, both yourself.

A friend is never known till needed.
True friendship is justified by need.

A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.
It is easy to loose a friend than to have true friend.

A friend is one who dislikes the same people that you dislike.
Likings and dislikings are always the same in friendship.

A friend to all is a friend to none.
All men’s friend is no man’s friend because he cannot justify even a single friend.

A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.
Frown friend never hurt you but fool’s delightness may hurt you cause of harm.

A full belly neither fights nor flies well.
Satisfaction is good for nothing.

A gift long waited for is sold, not given.
Normally you are bound to pay, when a gift expected most.

A good beginning makes a good ending.
Well beginning is half done.

A good conscience is a continual feast.
Moral sense of right and wrong is like long lasting enjoyment.

A good deed is never lost.
Good deed is like an investment.

A good example is the best sermon.
The value of suitable example is like a moral reflection.

A good face is a letter of recommendation.
Value of a good face never be devalued at first look.

A good face needs no band, and a pretty wench no land.
Good face not to be prove good and good wench belongs to everybody so there is no need of any land (authority).

A good horse cannot be of a bad colour.
Virtues are better than looks.

A good imitation is the most perfect originality.
Good imitation is next to originality.

A good Jack makes a good Jill.
A good husband makes a good wife.

A good lather is half the shave.
Good tools makes half of the work.

A good man can no more harm than a sheep.
Good person are ever harmless.

A good name keeps its lustre in the dark.
Creditability pays in hard time.

A good neighbour, a good morrow.
A good neighbour is like a boon.

A good payer is master of another’s purse.
Lavishly paid up money belongs to others.

A good paymaster never wants workmen.
Workmen want him as a master.

A good salad may be the prologue to a bad supper.
Good presentation of something is prologue of ill desire.

A good saver is a good server.
The person who respect money, serves well.

A good sight is feast for the eyes.
Good vision is a delightness of eyes.

A good guest is not a pest.
Says when the guest is not troublesome.

A good surgeon must have an eagle’s eye, a lion’s heart, and a lady’s hand.
Physician should be watchful, courageous and delicate.

A good tale ill told is marred in the telling.
Says when good tools used by unskilled person.

A good thing is soon snatched up.
Good things are ever wanted.

A good tongue is a good weapon.
Cleverly speaking is a kind of weapon.

A good wife and health is a man’s best wealth.
Good wife never spends and good health saves and earns.

A good wife makes a good husband.
As the wife so the husband.

A good winter brings a good summer.
Good beginning brings good ending.

A good worker does not experiment all the time.
Talent proves himself very shortly.

A great city a great solitude.
Busy life caused loneliness.

A great dowry is a bed full of brambles.
A great dowry is a cause of ill married life.

A great fortune is a great slavery.
At the time of great fortune your efforts will be great too.

A great ship asks deep waters.
Requirements are always accordingly.

A great shoe fits not a little foot.
Greatness never suits to improper person.

A green winter makes a fat churchyard.
Green winter makes churchyard flourish.

A grey head is often placed on green shoulders.
It is said for a person who is young but wise too.

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
Growing youth feels much hunger.

A grunting horse and a groaning wife seldom fail their master.
Normally both are good to their master.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Says when other option is not required. No one is great accuser than the guilty conscience of accused.

A handful of good life is better than a bushel of learning.
Normal but satisfied life is ever greater than hard and tuff ! gains of life.

A handful of trade is a handful of gold.
An efficient trade person always be rich.

A hasty meeting, a hasty parting.
Quick meetings end also be quick.

A healthy body has a sound mind.
Healthy mind dwells in healthy body.

A heavy purse makes a light heart.
Delightness comes through richness.

A hedge between keeps friendship green.
Reasonable distance keeps flourish friendship.

A high building, a low foundation.
It is said for a thing which is attractive but never be long lasting.

A hired horse tires never.
Own ache is cared.

A hog is never bemired endeavours to bemire others.
Person who lives in a glass made house, never throw a stone to others house. One who is good for own, also good for others.

A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
Better by tongue but worst by heart.

A horse stumbles that has four legs.
Wise may be cheated. Skilled can commit mistake.

A horse, a wife and a fire to put her in.
Ancient advice.

A horse, a wife and a sword may be showed but not lent.
Says about to a person who will not avoid his habit.

A horse will not avoid oats.
Ancient advice.

A hungry horse makes clean manners.
Quality of horse.

A hungry man is an angry man.
Unsatisfied is impatient also.

A joke breaks no bones.
Normal things, normal results.

A just war is better than an unjust peace.
Continual cold war is worst that actual war.

A king’s face should give grace.
Grace comes title or rank.

A king without learning is but a crowned ass.
A person may get a title but if his abilities are not equalsome to the title then he is called titled ass, or says when the person is not fit for the title.

A lame traveller should get out betimes.
Normally it is said for a person who does all things on right time due to his lacking ability.

A lawyer must first get on, then get honour and then get honest.
Honour is lastly thing of lawyer.

A lawyer never goes to law himself.
Just like a doctor who does not go for his own treatment / Doctor never do his own treatment.

A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.
Unable persons thinks that his work is harder.

A leaden sword is an ivory sheath.
Ivory sheath (Royal security) belongs to the leader.

A leap year is never a good sheep year.
People do believe so because a day of winter increased and you need more wool so that’s why it is not good shed year.

A leg of a lark is better than the body of a kite.
Small trouble is better than big one.

A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
Once a liar always a liar/Defame person never be trusted.

A liar is worse than a thief.
Open fault is better than hidden one.

A lie begets a lie.
If you want to cover a lie than you should speak more lies.

A lighting before death.
A lighting before deaths indicate the conscience of departed person.

A light purse makes a heavy heart.
Lack of money caused to heavy heart (Sorrow).

A light-heeled mother makes a heavy-heeled daughter.
Says when daughter is different from her mother.

A lion may be beholden to a mouse.
Sometimes great person may thankful to a common person.

A lion’s skin is never cheap.
Great is great after death too.

A lion’s share.
Lion deserves for best share.

A lisping lass is good to kiss.
When mistake can be overlooked. If a young girl having rippling sound even though she is fit for kiss. Or 111 speech girl may be good to kiss. If someone is objectwise fit then his fault can be overlooked.

A little and good fills the trencher.
Little but right efforts do the hard work.

A little bird is content with a little nest.
One can be satisfied according to his requirement.

A little body doth often harbour a great soul.
Says when a normal person is having good soul.

A little good is soon spent.
More utility, more use.

A little house has a wide mouth.
Small person welcomes more.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lamp.
Little leaven efforts, huge change.

A little house well filled, a little land well filled and a little wife well willed.
Little house and little land may be fulfilled but you cannot fulfil little woman’s desires.

A little of everything is nothing in the main.
Says for a person who is little good to friends and relatives but bad to his own family.

A little pot is soon hot.
Short temperance of a weak person, or a weak person is soon angry.

A little labour much health.
Physical activities are helpful to health.

A little steam drives a light mill.
Small things can do big task.

A little wind kindles, much puts out the fire. Somewhere little is better than bigger.
Muchness can be worst and littlesome is good.

A little wood will heat a little oven.
Small resources, small result.
Result according to resources.

A little wit will serve a fortunate man.
Fortune is nourished by intelligence.

A long tongue is a sign of a short hand.
The person who makes the castles in air by talks generally does nothing. Lavish promise is followed by poor performance.

A long house is beggar’s companion.
Long (Craving desire) house is begger’s friend.

A low hedge is easily leaped over.
Simple works are easily done.

A loyal heart may be landed under traitor’s bridge.
Good things are always under the shadow of bad intentions.

A mackerel sky is never long dry.
Talent is never long overlooked. Day after night and night after day nothing is forever, neither pleasure nor sorrow.

A mad bull is not to be tied up with a pack thread.
Work according to capability.
Required efforts are the right efforts.

A maid that laughs is half taken.
Some actions indicates the willingness.
Where laughing of maid shows his half willingness for marriage proposal.

A maiden with many wooers often chooses the worst.
When the options are (Unlimited) more, selection cannot be perfect one. More options, make worst selection.

A man, a horse, and a dog are never weary of each others company.
Observed fact, says when each others company fit to themselves.

A man alone is either a saint or a devil.
Loneliness suit either to a saint or a devil. Alone person is always a special one.

A man among children will be long a child, a child among men will be soon a man.
Person mend by company. Bad company makes you corrupt and good company makes good.

A man at sixteen will prove a child as sixty.
Normally child and old person are all alike. So that’s why a sixteen year old man prove himself a child as sixty. It mean’s he may behave like a child.

A man assaulted is half taken.
Assaulter get the half advantage.
To assail first is like a half victory. The person who take first initiative always be with gains.

A man can die but once.
Says for the things which happens once only.

A man can do no more than he can.
Nothing beyond capacity. Nothing is unlimited.
Every person’s has a limit of doing or giving.

A man can’t give what he hasn’t got.
That person can give who got the thing.

A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time.
There are so many things which can’t be happen at the same time. Like day and night like cheers and sorrows.

A man far from his good is near his harm.
It is said for a person who is behind the target then he is near to lose.

A man is old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks.
Dignity of man is known by his feelings but woman’s dignity normally known by her looks.

A man is known by the company he keeps.
Normally person likes that company which is fitted for his likings too. Let me know your friends and I will tell about you so you are not different then to company. You and company both are alike.

A man is not so soon healed as hurt.
Anything can ruin in skill of seconds but making is rather difficult it takes time.

A man is weal or woe as he thinks himself so.
Every person have a nature. Weal and woe are also two parts of a coin so person is either a good or bad as coin having head or tail.

A man knows his companion in a long journey and a little inn.
In a journey, normally our companion talks much and while in inn he reacts much. So the difference between saying and doing proves the companion.

A man may bear till his back break.
Beyond limits nothing can survive. Limitless love ruin the child, limitless expenses ruin the savings.

A man may love his house well, though he ride not on the ridge.
When the work can be identified, than nobody proclaim it from the house top. Duties are duties so no need to show off.

A man may woo where he will, but he will wed where his hap is.
Destiny is above all the efforts and desires when subject is marriage.

A man must plough with such oxen as he hath.
One should not wait for great efforts and must start with the efforts which he has.

A man never surfeits of too much honesty.
Too much of honesty is never be ever good thing.

A man of many trades begs his bread on Sundays.
Jack of all the trades and master of none is a person who is good for nothing but beggary.

A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.
A person without substantial means, his worth is not beyond than a golden woman. (Golden woman hath worth but cannot be utilise as woman.)

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
It is said for a person who talks much but never perform well. Such kind of a person is like a garden which is full of weeds (useless plants).

A man’s destiny is always dark.
Destiny of a man cannot be known.

A man surprised is half beaten.
Somewhere surprising is a negative sign.

A man has choice to begin love, but not to end it.
Man may begin the love but end depends on beloved’s behaviours, merits and desires.

A man will never change his mind, if he has no mind to change.
Changing of mind also need a mindful mind. Normally only the fool and dead never change their mind.

A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.
Smiling face is also an assets or merit of a person who runs a business.

A mare’s shoe and a horse’s shoe are both alike.
Says when gender is not countable or good gain is a good gain, no matter that where it comes from.

A mare scholar, a mere ass.
When things are little better.

A man’s best fortune, or his worst, is a wife.
After marriage in man’s life his wife’s role is very important.
She can make his husbands life and ruin too.

A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle.
Religion teaches moral behaviour at its best.

A master of straw eats a servant of steel.
Says when inability kills ability.

A May cold is thirty day old.
When things are accordingly stick with.

A May flood never did good.
Unexpected happenings are always worst.

A merry heart maketh a careful countenance.
When a person reflects his careful face expression in happy moments.

A miss is as good as a mile.
Where mistake is like a reward.

A merchant that gains not loseth.
Lack of positiveness in like a negativeness.

A modest man never talks of himself.
Normally a bashful person never speaks for himself.

A moneyless man goes fast through the market.
He has no reason (money) to stay at market.

A mountain and a river are good neighbours.
Doing their own work and saying nothing. Without interference nature flourish the neighbourhood.

Ass loaded with gold still eats thistles.
Fool may be rich but cannot be wise by surplus money.

A new broom sweeps clean.
Every new person shows his ability well.

A nice wife and a back door do often make a rich man poor.
The wife spends and the servants steals.

A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.
Options are limited to a fool.

A nod is as good as a wink to a blend horse.
Says when two things are same to somebody.

A penny for your thoughts.
Money according to efforts. As efforts, as money.

A penny saved is a penny gained.
Actual earning is that which you saved, not that which you spent.

A penny soul never came to two pence.
A thing which is worth of one penny never came to two pence. So pay worthwise, not beyond.

A pennyweight of love is worth a pound of law.
Love is more worthful than law.

A person always christens his own child first.
Some work begins with himself first.

A piece of a churchyard fits everybody.
Grave of the churchyard fits to all.

A piece of a kid is worth two of a cat.
Says when value of something is greater than other in a understandable manner.

A pitiful look asks enough.
When words are not required and lookings or expression are more than sufficient.

A poet is born not made.
It is said for a talent which is God gifted.

A poor man’s table is soon spread.
Less items are easily spread.

A poor man’s cow dies, a rich man’s child.
Poors economical loss always a great one.

A poor man’s tale cannot be heard.
Poor man’s tale heard as a full of excuse or full of want so everything ignores, his tale.
All are waste which belong to poor, normally people think so.

A pound of care will not pay an ounce of debt.
Debt can be cared by only money than to anything else.

Apparel makes the man.
Where the man is better known by show off than ability.

Appetite comes with eating.
Where work depends on resources.

April showers bring forth May flowers.
When early action decided the onward result/gain.

A prophet is not without honour save in his own country.
Honour is a first requirement of the person who foretells others fortune. If he is not honourable then he cannot live in his country as a foreteller.

A proud man hath many crosses.
Proudy person always full of problems.

A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
A quiet conscience knows the trouble and thunder comes to pass on and never stays long.

A ragged colt may make a good horse.
A weak colt (Young of a horse) may make a good horse. A foolish child may make a wise man.

A rainbow at noon, put your hook in the com; a rainbow at eve put your head in the sheave.
Rain forecast while rainbow appears.

A rainbow in the morning is the shepherd’s warning; a rainbow at night is the shepherds’s delight.
Morning rainbow warns shepherd that next day will be die hard rainy day and he should not be put the sheep out to graze. While evening rainbow delights shepherd that next day weather will be calm and quiet so he may go with sheep to fields for grazing.

A reconciled friend is a double enemy.
Reliability of reconciled friend is always doubtful. Such kind of friend is like a spark, which make fire any time.

A red cow gives good milk.
Ancient thinking.

A right Englishman knows not when a thing is well.
Normally a right Englishman knows not the time, when things will be favourable to him.

Arm yourself against chance acquaintance.
One should know his opportunity very well.

A rolling eye, a roving heart.
Rolling eye is a sign of faulty intention.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.
One who constantly changes his employment does not grow rich. As nothing sticks with rolling stone.

A round peg in a square hole.
Persistent work.

A rugged stone grows smooth from hand to hand.
One by one experiences makes an unskilled person skilled one. Skillness comes by experiences.

A running horse, an open grave.
A running horse is like killing weapon.

A run way monk never praises his convent.
A run way person never remembers his native place.

Art consists in concealing art.
Art consists long if its secrets are long. Normally uncommon art stays long.

Art is long life as short.
Concealed art is long life and common art hath short one.

Art has no enemy but ignorance.
Unfamiliarity is a only enemy of art. If people are unknown to your art then your art cannot be appreciated.

Ask a kite for a feather, and she’ll say, she has just enough to fly with.
Ask die sun for light and he will say, he has more than enough. Greatest should not be asked for his greater thing or quality. You must not show die light to the sun.

Ask much to have a little.
Trifling things offered in a big manner.

Ask no questions and you will be told no lies.
Truth never told for (of) every question so all answers will never be true or Every question is not answerable.

A saint abroad and a devil at home.
It is more disastrous situation.

A scald head is soon broken.
(Scabby head = Itchy head and its other meaning says to a person who feels itch to interference in other business)
(Scold head = which is bum with liquid or vapour and its other meaning says to a person who is full of anger.)
So now you can say that scabby and scold headed person’s head is soon broken.

A scalded cat fears cold water.
The person who scald by hot milk fears to a butter milk also although the nature of both are entirely different but lookings are the same. But cat can’t understand that.

A sceptre is one thing, and a ladle another.
You have no Royal power if your ruling land is ladleful. Limited ruling land never be known as a Royal power.

A Scot, a rat, and a Newcastle grindstone travel all the world over.
Spur in the head alerts you two times more than in the heel.
Spur is double effective when in the head than to the heel.

A secret foe gives a sudden blow.
Open enemy is better than secret one.

A servant is known by his master’s absence.
Servant known by opportunity which he receives in the absence of master.

A sharp stomach makes short devotion.
Hungry person does not work with devotion.

A silver key can open an iron lock.
You can solve your problem by appropriate solution.

A sleepy master makes his servant a lout.
Carelessness of master makes his servant parasitic insect They depend on his master.

A soldier is the man who is trained to die.
It is a hard fact that soldier trained for kill and die.

A ship and a woman are ever repairing.
Both needs continual cares.

A short life and a merry one.
Better then the best.

A small leak will sink a great ship.
Small fault may turned to a great loss.

A small pack becomes a small peddler.
Efficiency known by the work load. Work proves the workman.

A smiling boy seldom proves a good servant.
Servant needs sincere looks than to smiling look.

A snow year, a rich year.
Snow year is a sign of cherry year.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.
As cold water is good for boiling milk.

A solitary man is either a brute or an angel (or either a God or a beast).
Person who lives alone always a special one.

A sound mind has healthy body.
Sound mind cares more his health.

A spur in the head is worth two in the heel.
Spur = Pricking good worn on a horseman’s heel.
Spur in the head alerts you two times more than in die heel. Spur is double effective when in the head than to the heel.

A stern chase is a long chase.
Severe pursue is a long pursue. If you want severe chase than you chase for a long.

A stick is quickly found to beat a dog.
Lucky for very normal causes.

A still tongue makes a wise head.
Still tongue is a quality of wise person.

A stitch in time saves nine.
Well timed care saves a lot.

A stone in a well is not lost.
Then a stone is not completely lost.

A storm in a teacup.
Which is less effective.

A stumble may prevent a fall.
Trouble makes strengthen.

A summerish January, a winterish spring.
If good is bad then bad will be good.

A swarm of bees in May, is worth a load of hay, but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.
Effect of work may be different in different time.

A tale never loses in the telling.
You lose nothing but improve your tale telling skill.

A tale twice told is cabbage twice sold.
Where repetition does the harm.

A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf.
The persons having same nature do know well to eacl. other.

A thousand probabilities do not make one truth.
Probabilities may be thousand but then cannot replaced truth.

A thousand pounds, and a battle of hay, is all one thing at doomsday.
At doomsday all tilings are same. Comparison is worthless at doomsday.

A toiling day comes halting home.
Hard working day causes rest at home.

A toom (empty) purse makes a blate (shy) merchant.
Moneyless is a subject of shyness.

As the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries men.
Prosperity tries man. Men are known in prosperity.
Prosperity examines the men.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
All alike but bodies.

A true jest is no jest.
True jest is not a subject of merriment.

A tyrant is most tyrant to himself.
Unlawful ruler is most unlawful to himself than to any other.

A valiant man’s look is more than a coward’s sword.
When the expressions are louder then expressive weapon.

A village streets can’t be unknown to dogs and thieves.
Dogs know better because of familiamess and thieves know by their opportunity wise.

A watched pot never boils.
Witch is cared never become wrong.
Cared person never mend folly.

A whistling woman and a crowing hen. Are neither fit for God nor men.
Never be fit for anybody.

A white frost never lasts more than three days.
Sorrows and chilling influence have a short life.

A white wall is a fool’s paper.
An action which proves the fool person, fools do that act which they not to do.

A wicked book is wickedes because it cannot repent.
Wicked is good for nothing but wickedness.

A wife brings but two good days, her wedding day and death day.
A satire which is very common to a married woman.

A weight (strong) man never wanted weapon.
Cowards need weapon.

A wild goose never laid a tame egg.
Results depends on the person nature.

A wilful man will have his way.
Desireful person finds his way.

A wise man is never less alone than when alone.
Wise man is alone when he is really alone.

A woman conceals what she knows not.
Woman conceals nothing.

A woman’s advice is a poor thing, but he is a fool who does not take it.
Woman’s advice is a rare tiling and rare is almost real.

A woman’s mind and winter wind change oft.
Never be consistent.

A woman’s strength is in her tongue.
Woman’s tongue is like a weapon.

A woman’s tongue is the last thing about her that dies.
Satire on talkativeness of woman.

A woman’s work is never done.
Talking is a that work which is never be done.

A wonder lasts but nine days.
Life of wonder is always limited one.

A word spoken is past recalling.
Spoken word and past cannot be recalled.

A work ill done must be done twice.
Improper work has to be done again.

A young courtier, an old beggar.
Attendant of a court and an old begger both cries but reasons are different.

A young man should not marry yet, an old man not at all.
Man should not be married if they love their liberty.

Accidents are outstanding effects.
Effects of accidents are prominent.

A young trooper should have an old horse.
Old horse is experienced one, so fit for young trooper.

Actions speak louder than words.
Words may confuse but body language never.

Adversity is the Touchstone of life.
Adversity refines the man.

Afraid of his own shadow.
You may call him coward.

After a lank comes a bank.
Solidity comes after the weakness.

After a storm comes a calm.
Second look of storm is calm. Calmness is a achievement of storm.

After death, the doctor.
Work which is too late.

After dinner sit a while; after supper walk a mile.
It is good for health.

After meat, mustard.
When it is of no use.

After the darkest hour is the dawn.
Cheers after deep sorrows.

Age and wedlock tames man and beast.
Both are domesticated after aging and get married Or Age and marriage are the factors which liable to domesticated man and nasty animal.

Agues come on horseback, but go away on foot.
Coming soon and going late.

Alike every day makes a clout on Sunday.
A person who does nothing till Saturday he never be good for Sunday too.

Almost and very high saves many a lie.
Safe excuse while executing a lie.

Alms never make poor.
Little money for good cause never makes a man poor.

Art is I; Science is you.
Self observation is art and other observations are science.

Autumn a widow and winter a stepmother.
In autumn leaves fall off the trees and in winter some plants get flourished but not all are.

All are good lasses, but whence come the bad wives?
Good while young girls but after marriage becomes bad wives—a stunning question.

All are not friends that speak us fair.
Fair speaking is not the symbol of friendship.

All are not merry that dance lightly.
Looking merry and being merry are not the same.

All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
Possibility and dead sure are not the same thing.

All cats are grey in the dark.
When all are alike in specific condition.

All doors open to courtesy.
Advantage of courtesy. Politeness open all the opportunities.

All feet tread not in one shoe.
Likings of all persons are never be same.

All fish are not caught with flies.
All persons cannot be deceived in same manner.

All flesh is not venison.
Venison = The flesh of deer. All flesh and venison are not same.

All his geese are swans.
Said to a person who thinks his belongings are the best.

All is fair in love and war.
Nothing is unfair in love and war.

All is fish that comes to net.
Normally you think so because of your desire.

All is lost that is put in a riven dish.
Undeserving person waste all that which he gets.

All is not gold that glitters.
Value and visibility are not the same thing.

All is not lost that is in danger.
Poverty destroy external things but not the eternal.

All is over but the shouting.
Action is over and reaction is left.

All is well that ends well.
Good end is important.

All is well with him who is beloved of his neighbours.
A person who is beloved of his neighbour, never be in danger.

All lay load on the willing horse.
Work load imposed on efficient person.

All man can’t be first.
All man’s can’t be alike.

All men can’t be masters.
Some are masters and some are servants.

All tarred with the same brush.
It is said for a thing which is good to all.

All the keys hang not at one man’s girdle.
Never depend on a single person or dependence on single ‘ person is a dangerous thing.

All the speed is in the spurs.
All results are liable to efforts.

All things come round to him who will but wait.
Patient and willingful person deserves for all which he wished for.

All the world and his wife.
Who seems that his wife is more important than to whole i world.

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Nothing can be difficult if you have the proper solution.
Proper solution makes all thing easy.

All things obey fixed laws.
All things hath their own rule.

All truths are not to be told.
Some truths are better to be a seciet.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Only working is not good so should play too.

Almost was never hanged.
Almost accused and are accused not the same. Nearly accused never be hanged on the basis of benefit of doubt.

Although it rains throw not away thy watering pot.
Keep intact the tools although not required.

Always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.
Without saving nothing can be intact.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Good for healthy reasons.

An apple, an egg, and a nut, you may eat after a slut.
Good things should be use in the absence of bad persons.

An army of stags led by a lion would be more formidable than one of the lions led by a stag.
Some difference is acceptable but all together difference never be accepted.

An artist lives everywhere.
Art is admirable every where so the artist.

An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
Fool is a fool though he is a rich.

An ass loaded with gold climbs to the top of the castle.
A fool may achieve unachievable things.

An atheist is one point beyond the devil.
The person who disbelief in God is more worst than a devil.

An early bird gets the worm.
Early efforts are gainsome.

An empty purse causes a full heart.
He hath nothing to lose.

An empty sack cannot stand upright.
Without courage no one can be brave.

An enemy’s mouth seldom speaks well.
One should be more watchful and cautious when enemy speaks well of you.

An Englishman’s house is his castle.
Normally an Englishman is more careful for his safety that’s why his home is like a castle.

An English summer, three hot days and a thunderstorm.
Speciality of English summer also says to person who first work hard and than cheered.

An evil crow an evil egg.
As the person as his belongings.

An honest man’s word is as good as his bond.
Some one is as good as his oath or work.

An honest miller hath a golden thumb.
Says to extraordinary achievement and special one.

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
Persons efficiency is always more in his early life than to old age.

An idle youth, a needy age.
Needy is idle too and youth having the both.

An ill stake standeth longest.
It is so because nobody want to use that.

An ill life, an ill end.
Bad in process and bad in result too.

An ill turn is soon done.
All evil things need soon done.

An ill wound is cured, not an ill name.
Once a bad name always a bad name. Illness may cured but ill name is ever green damage.

An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.
Miss is a miss distance matters not.

An inch breaks no square.
Little efforts never achieve big results.

An iron hand in a velvet glove.
When presentation is different and personality is different.

An oak is not felled at one stroke.
Great achievements require great efforts.

An occasion lost cannot be redeemed.
Perfect chances are raresome.

An old ape hath an old eye.
An old ape is always experienced one.

An old cat laps as much as a young kitten.
Some work where age never matters.

An old dog bites sore.
Something good in young age must not be good in old age. An old dog’s bite always be more painful because he hath a long experience of biting.

An old fox needs no craft.
Experienced is crafty too.

An old head on young shoulders.
When someone is wise in his early age.

An old knave is no babe.
An old knave never be a child for his knavery act.

An old man is a bed full of bones.
Less flesh, more bones. ,

An old ox will find a shelter for himself.
As he already did in past.

An old physician and a young lawyer (Are best.)
Old physicians have experience and young lawyers have eagerness to do something by hard work.

An old sack asketh much patching.
Old things are more repairable or patchable.

An old soldier, an old fool.
His tricks are well known.

An old wise man’s shadow is better than a young buzzard’s sword.
Wise old man never harm you than the armed young person who is short tempered.

An open door may tempt a saint.
Opportunity may corrupt to anybody.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.
Freedom to act at prudence is more worthy than the learning.

An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
Little gladness is more, than a lot of sorrows.

An ounce of mother wit, is worth a pound of clergy.
Says to a person who know well, than any specialized one. Mother knows well her child than to anybody.

An ounce of practice is worth a pound of gold.
Normally practice makes the man perfect.

An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue.
Both are taken by their weak point.

An unbidden guest knoweth not where to sit.
Uninvited, unhonoured.

An unlawful oath is better broken than kept.
Something to do wrong is better than not to do or sometimes nothing doing is a much better option.

Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
Anger and rapidity in counsel are bad elements.

Anger dieth quickly with a good man.
Good person never be always with anger.

Anger punishes itself.
Anger is self punishment.

Another’s bread costs dear.
Others belongings are always valuable.

Any port in a storm.
When same condition applies to all places then all places are alike.

Anything for a quiet life.
Ready to do anything for a specific purpose.

As a man is friended, so the law is ended.
There is no law between friendship.

As a man, so is his company.
It is so because he kept the company according to his own liking.

As a man takes his wife for better, for worse.
When someone blamed to other person for making or breaking.

As bald as a coot.
When baldness compare to naked hill.

As calm as a clock.
Comparison with calmness.
Someone who never interfere and does his own work.

As clean as a whistle.
It is said for a clean mannered person.

As close as wax.
When some one is very close.

As cold as charity.
Said for a calm and cool person.

As cross as two sticks.
Something denial.

As cross as a bear with a sore head.
Sign of distressing or painful manner.

As dead as a door-nail.
Work which is perfectly done.

As dead as mutton.
When something is quite clear.

As demure as if butter would not melt in his (her) mouth.
When a person is sober enough.

As drunk as a lord.
When someone think himself a lord after drink.

As drunk as a mouse.
Coward person, who show himself a brave.

As dry as a bone.
Perfect dry condition.

As dull as ditchwater.
Which is uncleared.

As good lost as found.
Which is lose for a little time.

As good luck, as had cow that struck herself with her own horn.
Who cannot be a harmful person.

As innocent as a new laid egg.
When someone is innocent enough to harm anybody.

As innocent as devil of two years old.
Babe of devil is also a devil his age matter’s not.

As lacking a privacy as a gold fish.
Said to someone, having a reasonable cause of attraction.

As large as life.
When something is compared as big or huge.

As like as two peas.
When two things are same in every respect.

As mad as a hatter.
Someone who is passionate to do specific work.

As melancholy as a cat.
Said to a depressed situation of a person.

As melancholy as a sick monkey.
Said to a depressed situation or person.

As merry as a cricket.
It is said for a person or action which is similar to a insect like a grass-hopper.

As merry as mice in malt.
When someone is dead drink or in intoxicant condition. –

As neat as a new pin.
Something which is crystal clear.

As nimble as a cow in a cage.
When someone is not in the agile condition or person not agile.

As old as the hills.
When we compare two things that we say so hills are the oldest thing on earth.

As plain as the nose on a man’s face.
Something which is very simple.

As poor as a church mouse.
Situational poverty.

As poor as Job.
Profession or jobwise poverty.

As proud as a peacock.
Proud of beautifulness.

As quick as thought.
Says to a person who is agile enough.

As quiet as a mouse.
Someone who is calm or quiet and cautious enough.

As right as rain.
To put in a proper position.

As sick as a dog.
Says to a person who in sick as well as depressed.

As slippery as an eel.
Opportunity which cannot be stick with.

As soft as butter.
Says to a very gentle person.

As soft as silk.
Says to a very gentle person.

As soon as man is born he begins to die.
Life is short and time is money. Life is perishable every moment.

As soon goes the young sheep as the old to market.
When age is no problem to some kind of work.

As sore fight wrens as cranes.
Says to painfulness, which impacts are same to different bodies.

As sound as a bell.
Great effect.

As sure as a gun.
Something sure.

As sure as death.
Total surety.

As sure as eggs are egg.
When something sure by lookings.

As sure as God make little apples.
Natural assurance.

As sweet as a nut.
Difficult undertakings like a hard nuts sweetness.

As the day lengthens the cold strengthens.
Relation between old age persons and cold.

As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks.
Purpose of bell clinking are different, but fool thinks that bell rings for his purpose.

As the old cock crows, the young one learns.
Child learn as the old person does. They learn by watching.

As the man is worth, his land is worth.
Says when worth of land depends on the position of landlord.

As they brew, so let them drink.
Use according to preparation.

As they sow, so let them reap.
As efforts thus result.

As the wind blows you must set your sail.
One must do the work according to additional convenience.

As true as a turtle to her mate.
True in the accordance of normal behaviour.

As true as God’s in heaven.
Says to something which relatively true.
Something true when two things are related to each other.

As true as steel.
A solid truth.

As true as the dial to the sun.
Something true but conditional or dependent truth.

As ugly as sin.
Something ugly or ill thing.

As weak as water.
Weak is the person who depends on other for uprising.

As welcome as water in one’s shoes.
Unwanted welcome, or unwanted person not deserved the welcome.

As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.
Punishment is same for different crime.

As well as the beggar knows his dish.
Perfect knowledge of own belongings.

As you are stout, be merciful.
Brave as well as kind.

As well for the cow calf as for the bull.
Which is good at both.

As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.
Where feelings depend on consuming thing.

As your wedding-ring wears, your cares will wear away.
Which being decline right through the beginning.

Ask a kite for a feather, and she’ll say, she has but just enough to fly with.
Refusal by able person, when additional is not required.

Ask much to have a little.
More insistence of few offering.

Ask my fellow if I be a thief.
As you as your fellow.

Ask no questions and you will be told no lies.
Every question is not answerable.

Ask the mother if the child be like his father.
Says for the person who can give right opinion.

At a round table there’s no dispute of place.
Round table is a place where disputes are solved rather than create the disputes.

At court, everyone for himself.
Place of selfishness.

At every dog’s bark seek not to awake.
An inquiry is not required for every action. All actions cannot be suspicious.

At open doors dogs come in.
Where opportunity welcomes you.

At the end of the game you’ll see who’s the winner.
Wait and watch situation or time will tell.

Away goes the devil when he finds the door shut against him.
Devil is devil if opportunity is there.

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