Readings ...


1 - A beautiful thing is never perfect.

2 - A cat in gloves catches no mice.

3 - A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

4 - A good wife and health is a mans best wealth.

5 - A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.

6 - A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

7 - A man grows most tired while standing still.

8 - A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

9 - A mother understands what a child does not say.

10 - A mother's heart is always with her children.

11 - A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.

12 - A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

13 - A stumble may prevent a fall.

14 - A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.

15 - A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.

16 - A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

17 - A word from the mouth is like a stone from a sling.

18 - Act quickly, think slowly.

19 - Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.

20 - After the game the King and pawn go into the same box.

21 - After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved.

22 - All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.

23 - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

24 - An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.

25 - Another day, another dollar.

26 - Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

27 - Be not deceived with the first appearance of things, for show is not substance.

28 - Be the first in the field and the last to the couch.

29 - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

30 - Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.

31 - Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.

32 - Big mouthfuls often choke.

33 - Blue eyes say, Love me or I die; black eyes say, Love me or I kill thee.

34 - Boys, be ambitious.

35 - Children and drunks always speak the truth.

36 - Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.

37 - Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.

38 - Chop your own wood; it will warm you twice.

39 - Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

40 - Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

41 - Climb mountains to see lowlands.

42 - Death is a shadow that always follows the body.

43 - Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

44 - Diligence is the mother of good luck.

45 - Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.

46 - Every convenience brings its own inconveniences along with it.

47 - First deserve then desire.

48 - Fishing without a net is merely bathing.

49 - Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

50 - Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow.

51 - Force without forecast is to little avail.

52 - Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.

53 - Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration.

54 - Give assistance not advice in a crisis.

55 - God delays but doesn't forget.

56 - God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

57 - God is closest to those with broken hearts.

58 - Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

59 - Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.

60 - Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.

61 - He that hath a trade, hath an estate.

62 - He that pays the piper, calls the tune.

63 - He that plants trees loves others besides himself.

64 - He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.

65 - He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree.

66 - He who does not research has nothing to teach.

67 - He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.

68 - He who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.

69 - He who is not impatient is not in love.

70 - Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

71 - I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one.

72 - I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

73 - If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.

74 - If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see.

75 - If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.

76 - If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.

77 - If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

78 - If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

79 - If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.

80 - If you want something done right, do it yourself.

81 - If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.

82 - If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.

83 - If you wish for peace be ready for war.

84 - If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

85 - Implementation beats oration.

86 - In teaching others we teach ourselves.

87 - Industry, perseverance & frugality make fortune yield.

88 - Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.

89 - It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.

90 - It is better to trust the eyes rather than the ears.

91 - It is better to wear out one's shoes than one's sheets.

92 - It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.

93 - It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

94 - It's tough trying to keep your feet on the ground, your head above the clouds, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel, your finger on the pulse, your eye on the ball and your ear to the ground.

95 - Kind words are worth much and they cost little.

96 - Kindness begets kindness.

97 - Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

98 - Life is a dream walking death is a going home.

99 - Loneliness breaks the spirit.

100 - Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.

101 - Lost time is never found again.

102 - Love can neither be bought or sold, its only price is love.

103 - Love rules his kingdom without a sword.

104 - Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.

105 - Make hay while the sun shines.

106 - Make sure to send a lazy man the angel of death.

107 - Man cannot live by bread alone.

108 - Many lick before they bite.

109 - Marrying is easy, it's housework that's hard.

110 - Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty.

111 - Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.

112 - Neglect mending a small fault and 'twill soon be a great one.

113 - Never mind whether the horse is blind or not, just load up the wagon.

114 - Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

115 - No bees, no honey; no work, no money.

116 - No gains without pains.

117 - No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.

118 - No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.

119 - No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves.

120 - No pain, no gain.

121 - No rest for the weary.

122 - Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.

123 - Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

124 - Nothing is difficult if you're used to it.

125 - Offenders never pardon.

126 - Often he who does too much does too little.

127 - Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

128 - One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.

129 - One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

130 - One of these days, is none of these days.

131 - Patience when teased is often transformed into rage.

132 - Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.

133 - Precept guides, but example draws.

134 - Pride is the mask of one's own faults.

135 - Procrastination is the thief of time.

136 - Procrastination only adds stress to your life.

137 - Promise little and do much.

138 - Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.

139 - Respect starts with yourself.

140 - Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.

141 - Rome wasn't built in a day.

142 - Send a thief to catch a thief.

143 - Six feet of earth make all men equal.

144 - Some have been thought brave because they didn't have the courage to run away.

145 - Step by step one goes very far.

146 - Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.

147 - Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.

148 - That which proves too much, proves nothing !

149 - The back of one door is the face of another.

150 - The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

151 - The best memory is that which forgets nothing but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.

152 - The calmest husbands make the stormiest wives.

153 - The end justifies the means.

154 - The eye is the mirror of the soul.

155 - The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.

156 - The first step toward greatness is to be honest.

157 - The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to no one.

158 - The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.

159 - The greatest conqueror is who overcomes the enemy without a blow.

160 - The heart that truly loves never forgets.

161 - The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

162 - The laborer is worth his wage.

163 - The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.

164 - The most dangerous food to eat is a wedding cake.

165 - The palest ink lasts longer than the most retentive memory.

166 - The person who lives by hope will die by despair.

167 - The right man comes at the right time.

168 - The sky's the limit.

169 - The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.

170 - The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness;

171 - The tongue can paint what the eye can't see.

172 - The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.

173 - The work will teach you.

174 - Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

175 - Think with the wise, but talk with the vulgar.

176 - Those that will not hear must be made to feel.

177 - Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes.

178 - Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

179 - Try and trust will move mountains.

180 - Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.

181 - We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.

182 - We pay when old for the excesses of youth.

183 - Well done is better than well said.

184 - What is told into the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away.

185 - What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.

186 - What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.

187 - What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.

188 - Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

189 - When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.

190 - When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.

191 - When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding.

192 - Who ceases to be a friend never was one.

193 - Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

194 - With true friends... even water drunk together is sweet enough.

195 - Words are mere bubbles of water; deeds are drops of gold.

196 - You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

197 - You can't force anyone to love you or lend you money.

198 - You don't get anywhere unless you try.

199 - You have to earn respect.

200 - You make the road by walking on it.

Bibliography :

- En.Proverbia.Net,
- GoodReads.Com,
- WiseOldSayings.Com.