Proverbs &Sayings M~S

Mad as a march hare.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
Make hay while the sun shines.
English Proverb
Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.
Chinese Proverb
Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.
Czech Proverb
Many hands make light work.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
May as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
English Proverb
May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can’t find you with a telescope.
Traditional Irish Curse
May the grass grow at your door and the fox build his nest on your hearthstone.
May the light fade from your eyes, so you never see what you love.
May your own blood rise against you, and the sweetest drink you take be the bitterest cup of sorrow.
May you die without benefit of clergy;
May there be none to shed a tear at your grave, and may the hearthstone of hell be your best bed forever.
Traditional Wexford Curse
May you have a bright future – as the chimney sweep said to his son.
Irish Proverb
May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.
Traditional Gypsy Curse
May your every wish be granted.
Ancient Chinese Curse
May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.
Traditional Arab Curse
Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
French Proverb
Mere words do not feed the friars.
Irish Proverb
More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown.
Spanish Proverb
More things belong to marriage than four bare legs in a bed.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.
Irish Proverb
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Irish Proverb
Necessity knows no law.
Irish Proverb
Necessity never made a good bargain.
North American Proverb
Need teaches a plan.
Irish Proverb
Never cut what can be untied.
Portuguese Proverb
Never love with all your heart, it only ends in breaking.
English Proverb
Never marry for money. Ye’ll borrow it cheaper.
Scottish Proverb
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.
English Proverb
Night is the mother of council.
Latin Proverb
No man limps because another is hurt.
Danish Proverb
No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
No rose without a thorn, or a love without a rival.
Turkish Proverb
No time like the present.
English Proverb
Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Chinese Proverb
Not wine…men intoxicate themselves; Not vice…men entice themselves.
Chinese Proverb
Nothing dries sooner than tears.
Latin Proverb
Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.
French Proverb
Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
One beggar at the door is enough.
French Proverb
One cannot shoe a running horse.
Dutch Proverb
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
English Proverb (17th century)
One flower will not make a garland.
French Proverb
One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.
Chinese Proverb
One good turn deserves another.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
Chinese Proverb
One of these day is none of these days.
English Proverb
One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune.
Swedish Proverb
One swallow maketh not a summer.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
One woman never praises another.
Estonian Proverb
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches
English Proverb
Out of the frying pan into the fire.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.
French Proverb
Patience is poultice for all wounds.
Irish Proverb
Patience is the best medicine.
Proverb of Unknown Origin
People live in each other’s shelter.
Irish Proverb
Pigs might fly, but they are most unlikely birds.
Proverb of Unknown Origin
Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks.
Russian proverb
Poor men seek meat for their stomach, rich men stomach for their meat.
English Proverb
Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.
Korean Proverb
Practice makes perfect.
English Proverb
Praise the young and they will blossom
Irish Proverb
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Bible – Proverbs 16:18
Procrastination is the thief of time.
Proverb of Unknown Origin
Public before private and country before family.
Chinese Proverb
Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.
Irish Proverb
Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.
Irish Proverb
Rags to riches to rags.
Lancastrian Proverb
Rain beats a leopard’s skin, but it does not wash off the spots.
Ashanti Proverb
Rats desert a sinking ship.
French Proverb
Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor.
French Proverb
Roasted pigeons will not fly into one’s mouth.
Dutch Proverb
Rome was not built in a day.
John Heywood "The Proverbs of John Heywood" (1546)
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
English Proverb
Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.
Arabic Proverb
Set a beggar on horseback, and he ‘ll out ride the Devil.
German Proverb
Set a thief to catch a thief.
English Proverb
Silence was never written down.
Italian Proverb
Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
Spanish Proverb
Sit a beggar at your table and he will soon put his feet on it.
Russian Proverb
Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.
English Proverb
Small children give you headache; big children heartache.
Russian Proverb
Some people are masters of money, and some its slaves.
Russian Proverb
Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time
I am being carried on great wings across the sky.
Ojibway Saying
Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.
English Proverb
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.
English Proverb (17th century)
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
Slovenian Proverb
Stars are not seen by sunshine.
Spanish Proverb
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
Bible – Proverbs 9:17.
Sweet is the wine but sour is the payment.
Irish Proverb
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