The 60 Best English Proverbs

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English Proverbs

There are many proverbs and sayings in the English language that can really help us convey what we want to say. Some of them will help us in our everyday life, and some others will actually teach us a lesson. We have compiled the ones that are more popular as well as a brief explanation for you to understand their meaning.

Thus, you will be able to use them whenever you need them in your daily life. Check the best English proverbs and sayings and surprise everyone you know!


1A friend in need is a friend indeed.

The first English proverb is simple to understand: True friends are always there for you no matter what.

2Home is where the heart is.

No matter where you are, your home is the place that you love the most and where you feel more comfortable.

3Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

When you spend some time apart from someone or something you love you actually appreciate it more.

4All good things must come to an end.

This proverb is also very simple: Nothing lasts forever.

5A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

Value the things that you have instead of the ones that you wish for.

6A bad workman always blames his tools.

This proverb's meaning is to blame external factors and not to accept one's fault.

7Actions speak louder than words.

It is very easy to say things, but it is harder to do them!

8Two wrongs don't make a right.

Revenge only makes things worse whenever someone has done something bad to you.

9The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

If you want something, ask for it as many times as necessary.

10Two in distress makes sorrow less.

This proverb means that whenever you have to do something you don't like, it's always better to do it with someone else.

11An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

If you have the habit of eating healthy food, you will prevent health issues.

12No man is an island.

No one can live on their own forever. Eventually, you will need someone's help.

13One man's meat is another man's poison.

It's impossible to keep everyone satisfied.

14Money is the root of all evil.

People become mean when it comes to having a lot of money.

15The grass looks greener on the other side of the fence.

This proverb is used to describe the fact that we usually wish for the things that others have!

16No bees, no honey; no work, no money.

If we want to have a pleasant life, we need to work to achieve it.

17The early bird catches the worm.

If you wake up early, you will get to do more things during the day.

18Let sleeping dogs lie.

Do not put your nose in issues that are now calm. You could make it all worse.

19A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

When in a bad situation, we will take advantage of any opportunity that may help them.

20All that glitters is not gold.

Something may look like it's valuable but actually, they are not.

21Fortune favors the bold.

Those who fight for what they want are more likely to achieve it than those who just sit and wait.

22You can judge a man by the company he keeps.

The people you are surrounded by say a lot about who you are.

23Better late than never.

It is better to finally get some results, even if it is later than expected, than never getting anything.

24There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Everything that is for free finally forces you to pay for it in some way or another.

25Never say die.

This proverb encourages that people don't give up. It's important to keep fighting.

26A watched pot never boils

Not because you are constantly checking on something that you are doing will it be completed earlier.

27Birds of a feather flock together.

People who are similar in personality and tastes usually hang out together.

28All’s fair in love and war.

It is ok to break the rules when in extreme situations.

29Always put your best foot forward.

This proverb's meaning is to give your best.

30Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

It's no good to question someone's gift to you.

31Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Do not expect something before you actually see it or have it.

32An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.

It is better to be preventive than having to find a remedy afterward.

33You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

You will probably make someone mad when you are to achieve something great and big.

34Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Don't look things or people by their looks.

35Easy come, easy go.

It is very easy to lose the money that you made quickly.

36Appearances can be deceptive.

Things are not what they seem at first.

37A stitch in time saves nine.

Always deal with your problems immediately, don't let them grow.

38Barking dogs seldom bite.

This is another English proverb used to say that we don't have to judge by the looks: someone who seems aggressive or bad may be the opposite.

39Beggars can't be choosers.

Whenever you are asking for a favor, you will have to accept what they offer you.

40Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Too many people giving their opinion and trying to lead something usually doesn't succeed. It's better to have one strong leader.

41Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Whenever someone helps you, you have to be careful not to do them anything bad.

42Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

It's great to be optimistic, but always keep in mind that bad things can happen too.

43Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Always be in a state of alert if there are bad people around you to make sure that they won't do you any harm.

44Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.

Money isn't as important as having good health.

45Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beautiful is a relative term depending on the person.

46Laughter is the best medicine.

Laughter always makes things easier, even in bad situations.

47Blood is thicker than water.

The most important thing is family.

48Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Don't risk everything at once. Have something saved just in case.

49You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

You can always give advice to a friend in need. However, whether they follow it or not, it is their choice.

50Honesty is the best policy.

One simple proverb: don't lie and always say the truth.

51Two heads are better than one.

When someone helps you, anything is easier.

52Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

If a rumor exists, there is always a reason for it.

53The pen is mightier than the sword.

You won't get anything by means of physical strength. It is always better to use your words to convince someone about something.

54Practice makes perfect.

You only become a master with a lot of practice.

55Like father, like son.

Another similar proverb is: Like mother, like daughter. This means that children act like their parents.

56Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Don't accept something that you will not be able to fulfill.

57Clothes do not make the man.

This is another proverb that is used to say that we cannot judge people by their looks!

58Best things in life are free.

Non-material things are the ones that make us happier in the end.

59As you sow, so you shall reap.

Simple: You get what you deserve.

60All’s well that ends well.

As long as the result is good, anything else matters.


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