Old Sayings



The nail that sticks up above the rest will get hammered down first.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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

A Jack of all trades is a master of none.

Actions speak louder than words.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Faith can move mountains.

A person is known by the company he keeps.

All's well that ends well.

Birds of a feather flock together.

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.

Idle hands are a devil's workshop.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The early bird gets the worm.

Pink in the morning, sailors take warning.
Pink at night, sailors delight.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

All that glitters is not gold.

(Original version) All is not gold that glisters.

It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

Never judge a book by its cover.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Two heads are better than one.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

No news is good news.

As sure as night follows day.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Waste not, want not.

Still waters run deep.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Don't burn the bridges behind you.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today.

It's not over 'til the fat lady sings.

Honesty is the best policy.

A burned child dreads the fire.

Beggars should not be choosers.

The wiser you get, the more you realize how little you know.

Spare the rod, spoil the child.

You're preaching to the choir.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Beauty is only skin deep.

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

Every dog has his day.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.

Don't put your money up a wild hog's a** and yell sewee.

One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

A good beginning makes a good ending.

You can't shovel smoke.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

A stitch in time saves nine.

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Haste makes waste.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Don't criticize your neighbor until you have
walked a mile in his shoes.

As you go through life two rules will never bend,
never whittle toward yourself or pee against the wind.

It's like trying to hold the tide back with a broom.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

Sticks and stones can break my bones,
but words can never hurt me.

Like water off of a duck's back.

Practice makes perfect.

Practice doesn't make you perfect, a perfect practice makes you perfect.

Pretty is as pretty does.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

What goes around comes around.

It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Time waits for no man.

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

You've made your bed, now lie in it.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

There are too many Chiefs and not enough Indians.

If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas.

If wishes were fishes, we'd have a fish fry.

Life ain't fair, if it was they'd sell tickets.

If you're going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.

A bragging woman and a crowing hen - always comes to no good in the end.

There's no fool like an old fool.

There's more than one way to skin a cat.

That's the way the ball bounces.

As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow.

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head,
To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it's his fault.
If he betrays you twice, it's your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird it's food, but he doesn't throw it into it's nest.

He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, but so few people can hold it.

You can't teach an old horse to run.

It takes two to tango.

Three months from every thunder in February, it will come a frost.

Any job worth doing is worth doing well.

A wise man knows everything. A shrewd one, everybody.

What goes up, must come down.

If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Don't start anything on Saturday you can't finish.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

A hit dog always hollers.

When it rains, it pours.

The love of money is the root of all evil.

Opinions are like a** holes, everybody has one.

Buy them books and buy them books, and all they do is chew the corners.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Every tub must stand on its own bottom.

Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Don't cut your nose off to spite your face.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

To the victor belongs the spoils.

If a rooster crows after sun's down, he will get up with a wet head.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An onion a day will keep everyone away.

Don't kick a sleeping dog.

Let a sleeping dog lie.

Eight for eight.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

We've got a dollar waiting on a dime.

Don't stir up a hornet's nest.

Hindsight is 20/20.

You can't polish a terd.

There's no use in flogging a dead horse.

The proof is in the pudding.

Blood is thicker than water.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Curiosity killed the cat.

It's like killing two birds with one stone.

Better safe than sorry.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Let me get my ducks lined up in a row.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Two's company, three's a crowed.

Children should be seen, not heard.

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

Dance 'till the cows come home.

Don't take any wooden nickels.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I'd be rich.

Hard work never hurt anybody.

You get out of it what you put into it.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Keep your powder dry.

Whistle while you work.

Don't let the bedbugs bite.

It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

Don't burn your candle from both ends.

It's like letting the fox guard the hen house.

Patience is a virtue.

It's like talking to a brick wall.

Close, but no cigar.

I need that like I need a hole in my head.

Look before you leap.

Make hay while the sun shines.

That's like the pot calling the kettle black.

Better safe than sorry.

Measure twice, cut once.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Once bitten, twice shy.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Can't see the forest for the trees.

Speak softly, but carry a big stick.

No man is an island.

No man can serve two masters.

A watched pot never boils.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

It's not what you say that counts, it's what you do.

The third time's a charm.

He who laughs last, laughs best.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

God helps those who help themselves.

Pride goeth before the fall.

It's like walking on eggshells.

There's no place like home.

Home is where the heart is.

You can never go home again.

Burning the midnight oil.

One day at a time.

Turn about is fair play.

Mind your P's and Q's.

Bury the hatchet.

It it's not broke, don't fix it.

Age before beauty.

Ask no questions and hear no lies.

Cat got your tongue?

As honest as the day is long.

Sink or swim.

He walks to the beat of a different drummer.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Smile, it makes everyone wonder what you're up to.

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite.

It's raining cats and dogs.

Music soothes the savage beast.

It takes one to know one.

Good fences make good neighbors.

Don't put the cart before the horse.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.

No rest for the weary.

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

The eyes are the window to the soul.

What will be, will be.

Don't sit in the middle of the fence.

Many hands make light work.

Time flies when you're having fun.

It's like a pig in the poke.

It's like buying a pig in a poke.

Don't buy a pig in a poke.

It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

As the crow flies.

Seeing is believing.

Buyer beware.

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.

The days of wine and roses.

Like a slow boat to China.

Look at what the cat dragged in.

A man's home is his castle.

Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

Don't change horses in the middle of the stream.
(Don't change horses in midstream.)

Forgive and forget.

You are what you eat.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Cream always rises to the top.

Toe the line.

Reach for the stars.

That's the straw that broke the camel's back.

That's the last straw.

Share and share alike.

It's better to give than to receive.

It's the thought that counts.

You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and you can fool all of the people some of the time,
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

You can't get blood out of a turnip.

You're never too old to learn.

The tide is turning.

A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.

When push comes to shove.

In a blink of an eye.

Money doesn't grow on trees.

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

Opposites attract.

He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.

The best thing since sliced bread.

Even the blind pig finds the corn sometimes.

Time heals all wounds.

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

A miss is as good as a mile.

Every man has his price.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

History repeats itself.

Half a loaf is better than none.

Women, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Variety is the spice of life.

Don't build a new ship out of old wood.

All good roads lead to Rome.

To guess is cheap, to guess wrong is expensive.

Four sheets into the wind.

Save the best for last.

Don't give up the ship.

Monkey see, monkey do.

I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.

You're young and on your first set of legs.

Let the chips fall where they may.

The whole nine yards.

You're barking up the wrong tree.

That's a tough row to hoe.

The best laid plans of mice and men.

You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

Hold your horses.

You don't have a leg to stand on.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

You have to reap what you sow.

Opportunities are spawned from crisis.

There are no such things as problems, only opportunities.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

It's like six on one hand and 1/2 a dozen on the other.

I used to cry because I had no shoes, until I saw a man with no feet.

Keep your head down and your powder dry.

Talk is cheap...it takes money to buy whiskey.

Just because a mouse is born in a muffin tin doesn't make him a muffin.

The faster I go the hurrier I get.

Don't ever try to teach a pig to sing, it irritates the pig and wastes your time.

Talking like a Dutch Uncle.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

It matters how, not who.

If you can't beat them, join them.

Scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

I'd rather die on my feet than continue living on my knees.

Forewarned is forearmed.

It's the empty can that makes the most noise.

It's the empty can that rattles the most.

He acts like he was raised in a barn.

Where you born in a tent?

The narrower a man's mind, the broader his statements.

I'm going to jerk a knot in your tail.

A penny for your thoughts.

I'm going to see a man about a horse.

Where's your raisins.

I'm old enough to know better, but young enough not to care.

Tic for Tac.

Tit for tat.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Who ruffled your feathers?

She's got her panties in a wad.

If we do not learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them.

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Never a lender or borrower be.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Love is blind.

You don't have a China man's chance.

Life's a journey, not a destination.

No man is worth your tears, and the one who is won't make you cry.

Don't open a Pandora's box.

I don't give a Tinker's Damn.

I have more questions than Carter has pills.

If we don't learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them.

He tells more than he knows.

Jealousy is a pathetic emotion.

Don't hide you light under a bushel basket.

Let me get my ducks in a row.

It's not the fall that hurts, it's the landing.

If I could turn back time.

You're young and on your first set of legs.

Take all you want, eat all you take.

You drive me up a wall.

Were you raised in a barn?

I wouldn't touch that with a 10 foot pole.

I'm not as young as a spring chicken any more.

Eating high on the hog.

Cash on the barrel head.

Don't matter where you point it, that dog just won't hunt.

She's like a doorknob, everyone's had a turn.

Horse Feathers!

It is better to be thought of as foolish than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.

It is better to sweat in peace than to bleed in war.

Beauty fades, dumb is forever.

Practice what you preach.

The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask.

Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

Walk softly and carry a big stick.

He's a straight shooter.

He shoots from the hip.

A guilty dog barks first.

Once burned, twice learned.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Life is like a two-way street, you have to go both ways.

A caged bird will always die.

A golden cage is still a cage.

My two cents' worth.

He's still wet behind the ears.

Never frown because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.

Choose thy life...love thy choice.

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose.

You can s**t and fall back in it too.

Well, I'll be a bowl legged bowl weevil.

That'll learn ya.

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

Well, I'll swan.

God don't like ugly.

You have two hope's Buckleys or none.

I wear my heat on my sleeve.

You haven't been far enough around the coffee cup to find the handle.

If you go to bed with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

Either fish or cut bait.

It's easier to get forgiveness than permission.

You've as much chance as a one-legged cat trying to bury terds on a frozen pond.

If you think you can... you probably can. If you don't think you can... you can't.

If you have to ask how something looks on, you all ready know the answer.

Hindsight is always better than foresight.

I may be some dumb, but I'm not plum dumb.

Make new friends, but keep the old;
One is silver, the other is gold.

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land in the stars.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for; it's a thing to be achieved.

Clothes make the man.

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Diamonds are Forever.

Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.

They don't have the sense God gave a billy goat.

In certain circles I'm a genius, but most of those have square pegs in them.

Truth is the friction between fact and fiction.

It's not the weight, but the size of the struggle that matters.

I'd rather have a careful enemy than a careless friend.

Nothing but a hill to a mountain man.

Can't carry a tune in a bucket.

You can't make chicken soup out of chicken sh**.

You're not worth your salt.

The road to the house of a friend is never long.

I bought it lock, stock, and barrel.

The whole Kit-and-Cabudal.

He bought it hook, line, and sinker.

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

We saddle our own horse where I come from.

Sh*t or get off the pot.

Three sheets to the wind.

Not worth a wooden nickel.

No sh*ting in the smoke house or smoking in the sh*t house.

Don't kick a pullin' mule.

That's worth its weight in gold.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Knowledge is power.

In one ear and out the other.

Take that with a grain of salt.

Katie bar the door.

It's always darkest just before dawn.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

It's not the cough that carries you off, but the coffin they carry you off in.



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