Aphorisms, sayings, idioms

The pen is mightier than the sword.
Actions speak louder than words.

Knowledge is power.
Power flows from the barrels of guns.

Haste makes waste.
The early bird catches the worm.

He who hesitates is lost.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

All things come to those who wait.
Strike while the iron is hot.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
Fortune favors the bold.

Slow and steady wins the race.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

Variety is the spice of life.
Don’t change horses midstream.

It’s never too late to mend.
A stitch in time saves nine.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
You can’t tell a book by its cover.

Clothes make the man.
Appearances are deceiving.

Better safe than sorry.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

A penny saved is a penny earned.
You can’t take it with you.

Two heads are better than one. The more the merrier.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.

What will be, will be.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Ask and you shall receive.
You don’t get something for nothing.

Give to the one who asks you.
You made your bed, now lie in it.

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
You can’t go home again.

Behind every great man there’s a great woman.
A woman’s place is in the home.

Better safe than sorry.
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Time heals old wounds.
A burnt child dreads the fire.

Never put off today what you can do tomorrow.
Don’t cross that bridge until you come to it.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

What you don’t know can’t hurt you.
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

Look before you leap.
Make hay while the sun shines.

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.
Don’t beat a dead horse.

Silence is golden.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Birds of a feather flock together.
Opposites attract.

Boys will be boys.
Spare the rode and spoil the child.

Out of sight, out of mind.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Familiarity breeds contempt.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It’s the thought that counts.

You never step in the same river twice.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The bigger, the better.
The best things come in small packages.

Life is what you make it.
What will be will be.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Hitch your wagon to a star.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
One’s meat is another’s poison.

Only the strong survive.
The meek shall inherit the earth.

Turn the other cheek.
An eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth.

Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
All’s fair in love and war.

Winning isn’t everything.
To the victor go the spoils.

Patience is a virtue.
Opportunity knocks but once.

Knowledge is power.
Curiosity killed the cat.

Love is blind.
The blind leading the blind.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.
Leave well enough alone.

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