101. Don't put the cart before the horse
Don't do things in the wrong order.
Don't do things in the wrong order.
102. Don't shoot the messenger
Don't blame or get angry with the messenger who brings you the bad news.
103. Don't swap horses in midstream
Don't change tactics or strategy in the midst of a course of action or task.
104. Don't wash your dirty linen in public
Don't discuss matters in public when they should be discussed in private.
105. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
This means to have a good body and mind and financial success, one need to lead a way of life that does not involve staying up late or going to bed late.
106. East, west, home's best.
Wherever you are or however far you have travelled, you cannot deny that your own home is still a better place.
107. Easy come, easy go.
What you can easily come to possess especially money can also be just as easily lost or used up.
108. Eat to live; do not live to eat.
One eats to stay fit and healthy and not to allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of eating that leads excessive consumption of wrong types of food.
109. Empty vessels make the most noise.
This is often used as a remark with the intention to humiliate or criticize someone who talks incessantly as is mostly the case that foolish people are the most talkative.
110. Err on the side of caution
Be extra careful rather than taking unnecessary risk or making a needless mistake.
111. Every cloud has a silver lining.
There is always something good in a bad experience or difficult situation.
112. Every dog has its day.
Every one has a period of time in life of good fortune.
113. Every Jack has his Jill.
Everybody will ultimately find a suitable partner in their life.
114. Every little helps.
However small a contribution is, it still helps.
115. Every man for himself, and God for us all.
At times of intense difficulty or danger, everyone is responsible for his or her own safety, and divine protection for all.
116. Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Every person is responsible for his or her success or failure in life.
117. Every time a sheep baas, he loses a bite.
This is said to children who talk too much at meals.
118. Everybody's business is nobody's business.
People tend not to care about matters of general concern because they think they are of nobody's responsibility and that somebody else should deal with them.
119. Evil be to him who thinks it
Those who wish ill upon others deserve ill luck themselves.
120. Faint heart never won fair lady.
It is necessary to be confident and daring to be successful with women or to accomplish one's aim.
121. Fair exchange is no robbery.
Exchanging things which are of about equal value is fair exchange; this is also used to justify taking something from someone who has taken something from you.
122. Faith can move mountains
If someone's beliefs and confidence are strong enough, they can achieve almost everything.
123. Familiarity breeds contempt.
The tendency is to become less respectful of people with whom we have become better acquainted.
124. Few words are best.
It is best to communicate in as few words as possible.
125. Fight fire with fire
Use the same methods as someone else in order to defeat them.
126. Fire is a good servant but a bad master.
Fire is very useful when it is under control, but highly dangerous when it takes control.
127. First come, first served.
A person who arrives before other people will be served before them.
128. Flog a dead horse
To waste one's time and effort on something that has no possibility of success.
129. Forgive and forget.
Do not bear grudges – forgive those who have wronged you and forget the wrong.
130. Fortune favours the brave.
Those who act daringly or courageously are most likely to succeed.
131. God helps those who help themselves.
Those who are self-reliant and make an effort are more likely to get what they want than those who sit back and wait for divine assistance.
132. Good masters make good servants.
People who live or work together should set a good example to each other.
133. Good people are scarce.
There is a lack of decent people; also applies to the difficulty in recruiting people with the desired talent or qualification.
134. Great minds think alike.
This is used when people share the same opinion or act in the same way.
135. Half a loaf is better than no bread.
If we get less than we desire, we should still be grateful as it is better to get something than nothing.
136. Handsome is as handsome does.
People should be valued for their good deeds, not their good looks.
137. Hard words break no bones.
How harsh criticism or abusive words may be, it can cause no physical harm.
138. Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Rapid advancement in one's life often ends in sudden and unexpected and disgraceful or shameful downfall.
139. Have an axe to grind.
To have a strong opinion about something which you try to persuade other people to accept.
140. He who hesitates is lost
A person who delays in making a decision or seize an opportunity is very likely to miss out.
141. He who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else
A person who constantly gives excuses is found lacking in own worth or abilities.
142. He who laughs last laughs best.
Successes or failures along the way are of no consequence; it is the ultimate success that matters.
143. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword
Those who live a life with behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill will end their lives in a similar manner.
144. He who pays the piper may call the tune.
The person who pays has the right to decide.
145. He who will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.
One must take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself, even if one does not want it at the time because it may no longer be available when one does want it.
146. He who would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin.
If you want to ask for a young woman's hand in marriage, it is important to make a favourable impression on her mother.
147. Heads I win, tails you lose.
The outcome of any situation is that it's impossible for one person not to be a winner and just as impossible for another person not to be a loser.
148. Here today and gone tomorrow.
This refers to something which lasts only a short time.
149. His bark is worse than his bite.
Though he talks in an angry way, he would not behave violently.
150. History repeats itself.
Things often happen in the same way as they happened before.
151. Hit the nail on the head.
To give an accurate description of what causes a problem.
152. Honesty is the best policy.
It is better to tell the truth than to lie.
153. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Remain optimistic, but be fully prepared to face failure or disaster.
154. Hunger is the best sauce.
Hunger makes all food taste good, regardless of its quality or the way it is served.
155. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again!
Never give up or lose confidence or enthusiasm, persist until success is yours.
156. If the cap fits, wear it/If the shoe fits, wear it
If you are guilty of bad behaviour, you should accept criticism.
157. If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain.
If you fail to achieve something, readjust yourself or try another way.
158. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
It's pointless imagining a very unlikely future event or situation as if it were possible and might one day happen.
159. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem
Those who cannot or refuse to contribute to an improvement or a solution are a serious obstacle.
160. If you desire peace, prepare for war.
A nation that is seen to be ready and able to defend itself is less likely to be attacked.
161. If you don't make mistakes, you don't make anything
If we do nothing, we make no mistakes so to make something we must not be afraid to make mistakes.
162. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
People having the necessary ability or knowledge to do something successfully will not work for a paltry sum of money.
163. If you run after two horses, you will catch neither
If you try to do two things at once you will fail at both.
164. If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.
To ensure something is done properly, rely not on others but to do it yourself.
165. Ignorance is bliss
It is often better not to have knowledge of something that would alarm or distress you.
166. Ill/bad news travels fast.
Bad news tend to be spread more quickly than good news as people take great pleasure in talking or listening to the misfortunes of others.
167. Ill-gotten gains never prosper / ill-gotten goods never thrive
Something obtained by dishonest means will not bring good fortune to the person who acquires it.
168. In at one ear, out at the other.
This is used to mean you quickly forget something that you hear.
169. In the country of the blind the one-eyed is king.
Someone with only a limited ability is in a better position to succeed than those who have none or are even less able.
170. It never rains but it pours.
When one bad thing happens and is followed by a lot of other bad things, it makes a bad situation worse.
171. It takes all sorts to make a world / it takes all kinds of people to make a world
People are different in many ways and it calls for tolerance and mutual respect.
172. It takes a thief to catch a thief
One dishonest person can guess what another dishonest person might do.
173. It takes one to know one
Only those who have faults are able to recognize similar faults in others.
174. It takes two to make a quarrel.
A quarrel cannot happen unless both parties want to get involved in it.
175. It takes two to tango
It takes two persons to get willingly involved in an activity.
176. It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
One should not say or do anything that will harm the good reputation of one's family or country.
177. It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
There is usually somebody who benefits from an unfavourable set of circumstances.
178. It's easy to be wise after the event.
We become wiser after what we have done wrong or what went wrong when we have the benefit of hindsight.
179. It's good fishing in troubled waters.
Sometimes we delight in taking advantage in other people's misfortune.
180. It is love that makes the world go round.
Love is extremely important, without it many ordinary events could not happen.
181. It's never too late to mend.
We can improve ourselves or things at any time
182. It's not over till it's over
Don't despair until you have finally lost or there's complete absence of hope.
183. Its' not the end of the world
An event is not beyond hope as it seems; this is used to allay the doubts and fears of someone after a minor unlucky accident.
184. It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
In a fight or dispute, the will and desire to win override other factors such as physical size or strength, or numerical strength.
185. It's no use crying over spilt milk.
It is not useful feeling sorry about something which has already happened.
186. It takes money to make money
Any moneymaking enterprise requires money as capital.
187. It takes all kinds of people to make a world.
People vary widely in attribute, aspect, etc and one should accept and respect this diversity.
188. Jack of all trades and master of none.
Someone is able to do many things, but is not an expert in any of them.
189. Keep a thing seven years, and you'll find a use for it.
Do not get rid of something which seems no longer useful but may be desirable in the future.
190. Keep your shop and your shop will keep you.
If you manage your business in the way you should, it will continue to be a source of
191. Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
To destroy something valuable or makes a lot of money for you.
192. Kill two birds with one stone
Succeed in achieving two things in a single action.
193. Know thyself
Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses.
194. Knowledge is power.
Those who possess knowledge wield power or influence over those who do not.
195. Last but not least
A person is not any less important because mentioned or listed last.
196. Laugh and grow fat.
Lively amusement or the experience of finding something funny is good for the health.
197. Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep along
Happy people attract company while miserable people are avoided and ignored.
198. Least said soonest mended.
This means a bad situation can be quickly forgotten if people stop talking about it.
199. Let bygones be bygones.
This is to say that you should forgive and forget by forgetting about bad things that happened in the past and forgive that someone who has done them to you.
200. Let sleeping dogs lie.
To avoid or warn someone against mentioning a past matter that has been forgotten.