A bad beginning may make a good ending.
A bad cause requires many words.
A bad penny always comes back.
A bad penny always turns up.
A baptised Jew is a circumcised Christian.
A bargain is a bargain.
A bashful dog never fattens.
A better seldom comes after.
A blind horse goes straightforward.
A blind leader of the blind.
A blind man swallows many a fly.
A bold does not always fall when it thunders.
A bold onset is half the battle.
A bolt does not always fall when it thunders.
A cat has nine lives, as the onion seven skins.
A cat in gloves catches no mice.
A cat is a lion to mouse.
A clean mouth and honest hand, will take a man through any land.
A close mouth and open eyes never did any one harm.
A close mouth catcheth no flies.
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
A dainty stomach beggars the purse.
A danger foreseen is half avoided.
A day after the fair.
A doctor and a boor know more than a doctor alone.
A dram of discretion is worth a pound of wisdom.
A drink is shorter than a tale.
A dripping June sets all in tune.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.
A father maintains ten children better than ten children one
A fence lasts three years, a dog lasts three fences, a horse
three dogs, and a man three horses.
A fence makes love more keen.
A fish should swim thrice: in water, in sauce, and in wine.
A flatterer has water in one hand and fire in the other.
A glutton young, a beggar old.
A golden hammer breaks an iron gate.
A good conscience is a soft pillow.
A good meal is worth hanging for.
A good name is a rich inheritance.
A good speaker makes a good liar.
A good trade will carry farther than a thousand florins.
A gosling flew over the Rhine, and came home a goose.
A handful of might is better than a sack full of right.
A huckster who cannot pass off mouse-turd for pepper, has not
learned his trade.
A hug a day keeps the demons at bay.
A hundred years of regret pay not a farthing of debt.
A hundred years of wrong do not make an hour of right.
A lawyer and a cart-wheel must be greased.
A lawyer and a wagon-wheel must be well greased.
A lean agreement is better than a fat lawsuit.
A light belly, heavy heart.
A load of March dust is worth a ducat.
A loaded wagon creaks; an empty one rattles.
A lordly taste make a beggar's purse.
A lovelorn cook oversalts the porridge.
A man has learned much who has learned how to die.
A man has two ears and one mouth that he hear much and speak
A man shows his character by what he laughs at.
A man surprised is half beaten.
A man warned is half saved.
A man's face is a lion's.
A man, a word; a word, a man.
A millstone gathers no moss.
A mistake is no fraud.
A monk in his cloister, a fish in the water, a thief in the
A nail secures the horse-shoe, the shoe the horse, the horse
the man, the man the castle, and the castle the whole land.
A necessary lie is harmless.
A pack of cards is the devil's prayer-book.
A penny saved is a penny gained.
A penny saved is a penny got.
A penny saved is two-pence got.
A poor person isn't he who has little, but he who needs a lot.
A promise is a debt.
A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.
A proverb never lies, it is only its meaning which deceives.
A sack full of fleas is easier to watch than a woman.
A single penny fairly got, is worth a thousand that are not.
A single stroke don't fell the oak.
A small gift is better than a great promise.
A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the roof.
A teacher is better than two books.
A tear bedews my Delia's eye, From morn till dewy eve; But if
you ask the reason why, She can't tell, I believe.
A thief seldom grows rich by thieving.
A thing is not bad if well understood.
A used plough shines, standing water stinks.
A wall between increases love.
A wise man, a strong man.
A woman keeps secret only what she does not know.
A woman strong in flounces is weak in the head.
A woman's vengeance knows no bounds.
A woman's work is never done.
A woman, a dog, and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the
better they be.
A young doctor means a new graveyard.
A young wife is an old man's post-horse to the grave.
Abroad one has a hundred eyes, at home not one.
Abroad to see wonders the traveller goes, And neglects the fine
things which lie under his nose.
Abundance begets indifference.
Advice is not compulsion.
Advice should precede the act.
Advising is easier than helping.
Advising is often better than fighting.
Affectation is a greater injury to the face than small-pox.
After Christmas comes Lent.
After clouds comes clear weather.
After dinner stand a while, or walk nearly half a mile.
Agree, for the law is costly.
All are not asleep who have their eyes shut.
All are not cooks who carry long knives.
All are not free who mock their chains.
"All freight lightens," said the skipper, when he
threw his wife overboard.
All goes down gutter lane.
All good things must come to an end.
All had rather it were well for themselves than for another.
All skill is in vain when an angel pees in the touchhole of
All wooers are rich, and all captives poor.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All your geese are swans.
All's fair in love and war.
Almost never killed a fly.
Always something new, seldom something good.
Ambition and fleas both jump high.
Amendment is repentance.
"An egg is an egg," said the beadle, but he took the
An old broom knows the corners of the house.
An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
An old fox does not run twice into the snare.
An old man loved is a winter with flowers.
An ounce of mother-wit is worth a pound of school-wit.
An uneducated person is like an unpolished mirror.
Anger can't stand, without a strong hand.
Anger hears no counsel.
Anger without power is folly.
Another man's horse and your own spurs outrun the wind.
Apes remain apes, though you cloth them in velvet.
Appearances are deceitful.
Appearances are deceptive.
April weather, woman's love, rose-leaves, dice, and card-luck,
change every moment.
Art holds fast when all else is lost.
As a man eats, so he works.
As a thing is used, so it brightens.
As a tree falls, so shall it lie.
As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived.
As fortune is sought, so it is found.
As good be an addled egg as an idle bird.
As good eat the devil as the broth he was boiled in.
As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
As is the gardener, so is the garden.
As princes fiddle, subjects must dance.
As soon a man is born he begins to die.