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Title: Dictionary of English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases

Compiler: Thomas Preston

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English Proverbs


Proverbial Phrases







"The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs."—Lord Bacon.


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Long before writing and books were in common use, proverbs were the principal means of imparting instruction. In modern times there is not so much need to apply these old sayings as a means of educating the people, but they are still constantly met with in the newspapers and in general literature, and they are rightly considered as "The texts of common life."

The late Earl Russell very aptly described a proverb as "The wisdom of many and the wit of one." We value proverbs chiefly as moral maxims teaching some practical lesson set forth in concise, pithy sentences, which are fixed in the memory without effort, and retained without being burdensome. They have been found useful for guidance in almost every condition of life; but, on the other hand, it is quite true that many dangerous precepts have been propounded in proverbs, and some of the older ones [vi]gave such questionable advice, or were couched in such objectionable language, that they have been very properly omitted from every collection intended, as this is, for general use. Other old proverbs have become obsolete, and as their meaning is now obscure, they have not been included in the Dictionary.

This series of "Handy Books" would hardly be complete without a collection of English Proverbs. Many books on the subject have been written, but it is hoped that this collection will, in some respects, be found to be an improvement on all its predecessors. Like The Dictionary of Daily Blunders, this Dictionary of English Proverbs has been framed so as to enable the reader to find what he wants without difficulty. The Dictionary itself is arranged according to the principal words, and there is also a Copious Index of additional principal words.

Other modern collections profess to give an "Alphabetical Index," but such an index is of little use when we find that it is framed on the rule that because a proverb begins with the article A, it should therefore be indexed under that letter. As, "A bald head is soon shaven." In another similar Index we find the proverb, "'Tis the second blow makes the fray," inserted under the letter T. In one index of this kind there are no less than twenty-two pages of A's [vii]and almost as many of The's. Indeed the whole index is compiled without the slightest regard to the subject of the proverbs. On this subject Disraeli, in his essay on the "Philosophy of Proverbs," says "The arrangement of proverbs has baffled the ingenuity of every one of their collectors. Ray, after long premeditation, has chosen a system with the appearance of an alphabetical order, but it turns out that his system is no system, and his alphabet is no alphabet. After ten years' labour the good man could only arrange his proverbs by commonplaces." In this little Dictionary, as we have already stated, the proverbs are arranged in alphabetical order, according to the leading words, and are consecutively numbered. But, in order to avoid repetition (as most of the proverbs contain, at least, two leading words), the subject words are used for the Dictionary, and the other principal words will be found in the Index, with a numerical reference to the proverb. The great advantage of this arrangement is, that if only one important word of a proverb be remembered, that word can be turned to in the Dictionary, and, if not found there, will certainly be in the Index. Nearly two thousand of the leading words are thus indexed—enough to make it almost impossible to miss finding what is wanted. This plan has also the effect [viii]of bringing together the proverbs on kindred subjects, which is often a matter of importance to writers, and is, moreover, most amusing to those who only read the book to while away a leisure hour. Ready reference is further facilitated in the Index by the addition of associated words. If one word only had been given, the reader might have had to refer to eleven proverbs before he found the one he required; as, for example, in the case of Dog.

It may be convenient to state that the Dictionary has been compiled principally from Ray's collection, first published in 1670. The remainder of the proverbs have been collected from ancient and modern literature; but some few of them will not be found in any other published collection.

It only remains to remind the reader that this is a collection of English Proverbs only; and we may appropriately conclude our Preface with a further extract from Disraeli's essay, wherein he very justly remarks that "The experience of life will throw a perpetual freshness over these short and simple texts; every day may furnish a new commentary; and we may grow old and still find novelty in proverbs by their perpetual application."


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A Dictionary of English Proverbs.


1. Absence. Absence cools moderate passions, and inflames violent ones.

2. Absent. The absent are always at fault.

3. Absent. Long absent, soon forgotten.

4. Aching teeth. Who hath aching teeth, hath ill tenants.

5. Adversity. Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.

6. Adversity. Adversity tries friends.

7. Adversity. Adversity flattereth no man.

8. Advice. Give neither advice nor salt until you are asked for it.

9. Advice. What every one asks, what every one gives, but what very few take—advice.

10. Advice. In vain he craves advice who will not follow it.

11. Advice. Advice comes too late when a thing is done.

[2]12. Afraid of wounds. He that's afraid of wounds must not come nigh a battle.

13. Afraid. More afraid than hurt.

14. Age. Age before honesty.

15. Age (old). Old age is honourable.

16. Agree. Two of a trade seldom agree.

17. Agree. Agree, for law is costly.

18. Ague.

An ague in the spring,
Is physic for a king.

19. Agues. Agues come on horseback, but go away on foot.

20. Air. A man cannot live by the air.

21. Alchemy. No alchemy like saving.

22. Ale. Good ale is meat, drink, and cloth.

23. Ale.

He that buys land buys many stones,
He that buys flesh buys many bones,
He that buys eggs buys many shells,
He that buys ale buys nothing else.

24. Ale-house. Every one has a penny to spend at a new ale-house.

25. All's well. All's well that ends well.

26. All things.

No living man
All things can.

27. Almost. Almost was never hanged.

28. Alms. Steal the goose, and give the giblets in alms.

29. Anger. Anger is short-lived in a good man.

30. Anger. Keep from the anger of a great man.

[3]31. Angry men. Angry men seldom want woe.

32. Angry. He that is angry without a cause must be pleased without amends.

33. Another's burden. None knows the weight of another's burden.

34. Apples.

Apples, eggs, and nuts,
One may eat after sluts.

35. April. April and May are the keys of the year.

36. April.

When April blows his horn,
It's both good for hay and corn.

37. April. April borrows three days of March, and they are ill.

38. April showers.

March winds and April showers
Bring forth May flowers.

39. Argus. Argus at home, but a mole abroad.

40. Ashamed. Never be ashamed to eat your meat.

41. Ashes. Every man must eat a peck of ashes before he dies.

42. Ask. Ask but enough, and you may lower as you list.

43. Ask. Ask thy purse what thou shouldst buy.

44. Asking. Lose nothing for asking.

45. Ass. The ass that brays most, eats least.

46. Ass. Every ass thinks himself worthy to stand with the king's horses.

47. August.

August dry and warm,
Harvest doth no harm.

[4]48. August.

If the twenty-fourth of August be fair and clear,
Then hope for a prosperous autumn that year.

49. August. A wet August never brings dearth.

50. Author. Like author, like book.


51. Bachelors. Bachelors grin, but married men laugh till their hearts ache.

52. Bachelors' wives. Bachelors' wives and maids' children are always well taught.

53. Bad. Where bad's the best, naught must be the choice.

54. Bad company. Better be alone than in bad company.

55. Bad day. A bad day never hath a good night.

56. Bad market. He that cannot abide a bad market deserves not a good one.

57. Bagpipe. Bring not a bagpipe to a man in trouble.

58. Bags. He is most loved that hath most bags.

59. Bail. Be bail and pay for it.

60. Balance. The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.

61. Bald head. A bald head is soon shaven.

62. Banquet. There's no great banquet but some fare ill.

63. Barber's chair. Like a barber's chair, fit for every buttock.

[5]64. Barber. One barber shaves not so close but another finds work.

65. Barefooted. Barefooted men should not tread on thorns.

66. Bare foot. Better a bare foot than no foot at all.

67. Bargain. Make the best of a bad bargain.

68. Bargain. A bargain is a bargain.

69. Bargain. At a great bargain make a great pause.

70. Bark. What! keep a dog and bark myself?

71. Barkers. The greatest barkers are not always the sorest biters.

72. Barley.

When the sloe-tree is as white as a sheet,
Sow your barley, whether it be dry or wet.

73. Barleycorn. Sir John Barleycorn is the strongest knight.

74. Barley straw. Barley straw's good fodder when the cow gives water.

75. Barrel. You cannot know wine by the barrel.

76. Batchelor. Commend a wedded life, but keep thyself a batchelor.

77. Bean. Every bean has its black.

78. Beans. Sow beans in the mud, they'll grow like wood.

79. Beans. Beans should blow before May doth go.

80. Bear. A man may bear till his back breaks.

81. Bear. Bear and forbear.

82. Bear. Bear with evil and expect good.

83. Beat. 'Tis easy to find a staff to beat a dog.

[6]84. Beaten. Better to be beaten than be in bad company.

85. Beaten.

A spaniel, a woman, and a walnut tree,
The more they're beaten the better they be.

86. Beauty. Beauty buys no beef.

87. Beauty. Beauty is no inheritance.

88. Beauty. Beauty is but skin deep.

89. Bed. As you make your bed so you must lie on it.

90. Bed. He who lies long in bed his estate feels it.

91. Bees.

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay,
But a swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.

92. Bees. Where bees are there is honey.

93. Before. He that hires the horse must ride before.

94. Beggar. Better be a beggar than a fool.

95. Beggar. A beggar can never be bankrupt.

96. Beggar. The beggar is never out of his way.

97. Beggars. Beggars must not be choosers.

98. Beggars. Beggars on horseback will ride to the devil.

99. Beggary. Trash and trumpery is the highway to beggary.

100. Begging. Begging is an ill trade on a fast-day.

101. Beginning. A good beginning makes a good ending.

102. Beginning. Such a beginning, such an end.

103. Begin well. Good to begin well; better to end well.

[7]104. Begun. Well begun is half done.

105. Behind. When two ride together one must ride behind.

106. Believe. You would make me believe the moon is made of green cheese.

107. Believe. Believe well and have well.

108. Bell. Fear not the loss of the bell more than the loss of the steeple.

109. Bend. Bend the twig while it is young.

110. Bent. As the twig is bent the tree's inclined.

111. Best. The best is cheapest.

112. Best. The best lie is the worst.

113. Best. Make the best of a bad bargain.

114. Best dog. Let the best dog leap the stile first.

115. Bet. Any fool can bet.

116. Better. The better the day, the better the deed.

117. Beware. Beware of "Had I wist."

118. Bidden. Do as you are bidden and you'll never be to blame.

119. Birchen Twigs. Birchen twigs break no ribs.

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

121. Bird. Every bird must hatch her own egg.

122. Bird. One beats the bush and another catcheth the bird.

123. Birds. Birds of a feather flock together.

124. Bird. The bird that can sing and will not sing, must be made to sing.

[8]125. Birds (small). Even small birds must have meat.

126. Bite. If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.

127. Bites. He that bites on every weed must needs light on poison.

128. Bit. A bit in the morning is better than nothing all day.

129. Bitter bird. Thou art a bitter bird, said the raven to the starling.

130. Black plum. A black plum is as sweet as a white.

131. Blast.

The sharper the blast,
The shorter 'twill last.

132. Blind. As blind as a bat.

133. Blind. Who so blind as he that will not see?

134. Blind man. A blind man would be glad to see it.

135. Blind man. Like a treatise on light and colours by a blind man.

136. Blood. You cannot get blood out of a stone.

137. Blot. 'Tis a blot on his escutcheon.

138. Blushing. Blushing is virtue's colour.

139. Blusters. He who blusters without reason has most reason to bluster.

140. Boast. Great boast, small roast.

141. Boil Snow. Whether you boil snow or pound it, you will have but water from it.

142. Bone. Give a dog a bone in his mouth, and you may kick him and he can't bite.

[9]143. Bone. I have a bone in my arm.

144. Bone. The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.

145. Born. He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

146. Borrowed garments. Borrowed garments never fit well.

147. Bought wit. Bought wit is best.

148. Bought wit. Bought wit makes folk wise.

149. Bound. They that are bound must obey.

150. Bow. A bow long bent at last waxeth weak.

151. Bowl. It is easy to bowl down hill.

152. Boys. Boys will be boys.

153. Brag. Brag's a good dog, but Holdfast is a better.

154. Brag. Brag's a good dog, but that he hath lost his tail.

155. Brag. Brag's a good dog if he be well set on; but he dare not bite.

156. Braggers. Great braggers, little doers.

157. Brain. The brain that sows not corn, plants thistles.

158. Bran. Much bran, little meal.

159. Bread and Butter.

They that have no other meat,
Bread and butter are glad to eat.

160. Breakfast. He who would have a hare for breakfast must hunt over night.

161. Breaking. The best horse needs breaking, and the best child needs teaching.

[10]162. Bred. That which is bred in the bone will never be out of the flesh.

163. Brevity. Brevity is the soul of wit.

164. Brew. As you brew, so shall you bake.

165. Bribe. A bribe will enter without knocking.

166. Brimmer. There is no deceit in a brimmer.

167. Broken leg. A broken leg is not healed by a silk stocking.

168. Burden. A burden which one chooses is not felt.

169. Burden. The back is made for the burden.

170. Burden. No one knows the weight of another's burden.

171. Burdens. The greatest burdens are not the gainfullest.

172. Burnt child. A burnt child dreads the fire.

173. Business. Business is the salt of life.

174. Business. Every man as his business lies.

175. Bush. A bad bush is better than the open field.

176. Busy. Who more busy than they that have least to do.

177. Butcher. Better pay the butcher than the doctor.

178. Butter. Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon, lead at night.

179. Butter. Why, butter would not melt in his mouth!

180. Butter. What is a pound of butter amongst a kennel of hounds?

[11]181. Butter. Once a year butter is in the cow's horn.

182. Buttered. He knows on which side his bread is buttered.

183. Buy. Do not buy a pig in a poke.

184. Buyer. Let the buyer look out for himself.

185. Buys.

Who buys hath need of a hundred eyes.
Who sells hath need of one.


186. Cake. You cannot eat your cake and have it.

187. Calm sea. In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

188. Calm weather. Calm weather in June sets corn in tune.

189. Can. A man can do more than he can.

190. Candle. Burn not your candle at both ends at once.

191. Candlemas. On Candlemas day you must have half your straw and half your hay.

192. Candlemas.

If Candlemas day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
If on Candlemas day it be shower and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.

193. Candlemas.

When Candlemas day is come and gone,
The snow lies on a hot stone.

194. Candlemas day.

The hind had as lief see his wife on the bier,
As Candlemas day should be pleasant and clear.

[12]195. Candlemas day. On Candlemas day throw candle and candle-stick away.

196. Cap. If the cap fit, wear it.

197. Captain. Be captain of your own ship.

198. Carcase. Where the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

199. Cards. Many can pack the cards that cannot play.

200. Care. Care's no cure.

201. Care. Care will kill a cat.

202. Care. Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.

203. Care not. "Care not," would have.

204. Carry. Don't run away with more than you can carry.

205. Carrying coals. Like carrying coals to Newcastle.

206. Castles. Tis easy to build castles in the air.

207. Cash. Rolling in cash he can't use, like a cat in a corn-bin.

208. Castle. An Englishman's house is his castle.

209. Cat.

When the cat's away,
The mice will play.

210. Cat. A cat may look at a king.

211. Cat. The cat is hungry when a crust contents her.

212. Cat. The cat sees not the mouse ever.

213. Cats. I'll keep no more cats than will catch mice.

[13]214. Cat. A cat has nine lives, yet care will kill a cat.

215. Cat. When the cat winketh, little wots the mouse what the cat thinketh.

216. Cat. Though the cat winks awhile, yet sure she is not blind.

217. Cat. A cat loves fish, but she's loth to wet her feet.

218. Catch. Catch that catch may.

219. Cause. It's a bad cause that none dare speak in.

220. Caution. Those are wise who learn caution from their own experience; but those are wiser who learn it from the experience of others.

221. Certain. There is nothing certain in this life but death and taxes!

222. Certainty. Never quit certainty for hope.

223. Chaff. I'm too old a bird to be caught by chaff.

224. Chalk. As like as chalk and cheese.

225. Chamber. The chamber of sickness is the chapel of devotion.

226. Chance. Look to the main chance.

227. Chance.

He that leaves certainty and sticks to chance,
When fools pipe he may dance.

228. Chanceth. It chanceth in an hour that comes not in seven years.

229. Change. Change of pasture makes fat calves.

230. Charitable. The charitable give out at the door, and God puts in at the window.

[14]231. Charity. Charity begins at home.

232. Chastiseth. He that chastiseth one, amendeth many.

233. Cheese.

Cheese it is a peevish elf,
It digests all things but itself.

234. Cheese. After cheese comes nothing.

235. Cheese.

If you would have a good cheese, and have'n old,
You must turn'n seven times before he is cold.

236. Cherry. A cherry year, a merry year.

237. Chickens. Count not your chickens before they are hatched.

238. Chiding. Woe to the house where there is no chiding.

239. Child. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

240. Child. A child may have too much of his mother's blessing.

241. Child's pig. Child's pig, but father's bacon.

242. Children. Children and fools speak the truth.

243. Children. Children and fools have merry lives.

244. Children. Children and chickens must be always picking.

245. Children. Children are poor men's riches.

246. Children. Children should hear, see, and say nothing.

247. Children. When children stand quiet they have done some harm.

[15]248. Children. Children are certain cares, but very uncertain comforts.

249. Children. Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when they are old.

250. Chink. So we have the chink, we'll bear the stink.

251. Chip. A chip of the old block.

252. Christmas. Christmas comes but once a year.

253. Christmas. Green Christmas, white Easter.

254. Christmas. They talk of Christmas so long that it comes.

255. Christmas Day.

If Christmas Day on a Monday be,
A great winter that year you will see.

256. Church. Where God hath His church the devil will have his chapel.

257. Church. The nearer the church the farther from God.

258. Churches. Pater-noster built churches, and Our Father pulls them down.

259. Civil words. Civil words cost nothing, and go a long way.

260. Claw. Claw me, and I will claw you.

261. Clear. As clear as mud.

262. Clerk. 'Tis the clerk makes the justice.

263. Climb. Climb not too high, lest the fall be the greater.

264. Climbed. Who never climbed, never fell.

[16]265. Climbers. Hasty climbers have sudden falls.

266. Cloak. Have not the cloak to make when it begins to rain.

267. Cloak. Though the sun shines, leave not your cloak at home.

268. Clock. The clock goes as it pleases the clerk.

269. Close mouth. A close mouth catcheth no flies.

270. Clothes. It is good keeping his clothes who is going to swim.

271. Cloud. Every cloud hath a silver lining.

272. Clouds. Clouds that the sun builds up darken him.

273. Clouds.

When the clouds are on the hills,
They'll come down by the mills.

274. Clouds. After clouds comes clear weather.

275. Cloudy. Cloudy mornings turn to clear evenings.

276. Clover. He is in clover.

277. Clown. Even a clown clings to his cloak when it rains.

278. Coat. Cut your coat according to your cloth.

279. Coat. It's not the gay coat that makes the gentleman.

280. Cobble.

They that can cobble and clout,
Shall have work when others go without.

281. Cobbler. Let not the cobbler go beyond his last.

282. Cobbler's wife. Who goes worse shod than the cobbler's wife?

[17]283. Cock.

If the cock moult before the hen,
We shall have weather thick and thin;
But if the hen moult before the cock,
We shall have weather hard as a block.

284. Cock. The cock crows and the hen goes.

285. Cock. Every cock is proud on his own dunghill.

286. Coin. Where coin's not common, commons must be scant.

287. Coin. Much coin much care.

288. Cold April. A cold April a barn will fill.

289. Cold May.

A cold May and a windy
Makes a full barn and a findy.

290. Coldest flint. In the coldest flint there is hot fire.

291. Colours. It's an ill battle where the devil carries the colours.

292. Colt. When you ride a young colt see your saddle be well girt.

293. Company. Two's company and three's none.

294. Company. Tell me what company you keep, and I will tell you who you are.

295. Company. It's good to have company in trouble.

296. Company.

Company in distress,
Makes trouble less.

297. Companion. A merry companion on the road is as good as a nag.

298. Companion. There's no companion like a penny.

299. Comparisons. Comparisons are odious.

300. Complain. They complain wrongfully of the sea, who twice suffer shipwreck.

[18]301. Complexion. Cold of complexion, good of condition.

302. Conceals. A woman conceals what she knows not.

303. Confession. A generous confession disarms slander.

304. Confession. Confession of a fault makes half amends for it.

305. Confession. Open confession is good for the soul.

306. Conquest. It is no small conquest to overcome yourself.

307. Conscience. A clear conscience is a sure card.

308. Constant dropping. Constant dropping wears the stone.

309. Consumed. When all is consumed repentance comes too late.

310. Content. Content is the true philosopher's stone.

311. Contented. A contented mind is a continual feast.

312. Contented. He that hath nothing is not contented.

313. Contented. He may well be contented who needs neither borrow nor flatter.

314. Contented. People are sometimes better contented full than fasting.

315. Contentment. The greatest wealth is contentment with a little.

[19]316. Corn.

Look at your corn in May,
You'll come weeping away;
Look at the same in June
You'll come home in another tune.

317. Corn. Corn is cleansed with the wind, and the soul with chastening.

318. Cottage. I'll not change a cottage in possession for a kingdom in reversion.

319. Counsel. Counsel is never out of date.

320. Counsels. Counsels in wine seldom prosper.

321. Counsel. In wiving and thriving men should take counsel of all the world.

322. Counsel. Three may keep counsel, if two be away.

323. Counselled. He that will not be counselled cannot be helped.

324. Count. Count not your chickens before they be hatched.

325. Country. In every country the sun riseth in the morning.

326. Country. You must go into the country to hear what news at London.

327. Couple. Every couple is not a pair.

328. Court. A friend at court is better than a penny in the purse.

329. Court. Far from court, far from care.

330. Courts. Courts have no almanacks.

331. Courtesy. Less of your courtesy, and more of your purse.

[20]332. Courtesy. Courtesy on one side never lasts long.

333. Courtship. Men dream in courtship but in wedlock wake.

334. Cousin. Call me cousin; but cozen me not.

335. Coverlet. Stretch your legs according to your coverlet.

336. Covers. He covers me with his wings, and bites me with his bill.

337. Covet. Covet nothing over much.

338. Covetousness. Covetousness brings nothing home.

339. Cow. Many a good cow hath had a bad calf.

340. Cow. Look to the cow, and the sow, and the wheat mow, and all will be well enow.

341. Cowards. Cowards are always cruel.

342. Cowardice. Cowardice is afraid to be known or seen.

343. Crabs. The greatest crabs are not always the best meat.

344. Crack. He must crack the nut that would eat the kernel.

345. Craft. Craft bringeth nothing home.

346. Crafts. Of all crafts, to be an honest man is the master-craft.

347. Crafty. Crafty evasions save not the truth.

348. Crazy ship. To a crazy ship all winds are contrary.

349. Creaking gate. A creaking gate hangs longest on its hinges.

[21]350. Creaks. The worst wheel of a cart creaks most.

351. Credit. Credit lost is a Venice glass broken.

352. Creditors. Creditors have better memories than debtors.

353. Creep. First creep and then go.

354. Critics. Critics are like brushers of other men's clothes.

355. Crooked. A crooked tree will have a crooked shadow.

356. Crooked. Crooked logs make straight fires.

357. Cross. No cross, no crown.

358. Cross. Every cross has its inscription.

359. Crosses. Crosses are ladders for getting to heaven.

360. Crosses. Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.

361. Crow. The crow thinks her own bird fairest.

362. Crow. A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often.

363. Crows. It never goes well when the hen crows.

364. Cruelty. Cruelty is a tyrant always attended by fear.

365. Cruelty. Cruelty is a devil's delight.

366. Crumbs. Where are the crumbs there are the chickens.

367. Cry. Don't cry out before you're hurt.

368. Cry. Great cry and little wool.

[22]369. Cuckoo.

When the cuckoo comes to the bare thorn,
Sell your cow and buy your corn,
But when she comes to a full bit,
Sell your corn, and buy your sheep.

370. Cured. What cannot be cured must be endured.

371. Curses. Curses are like chickens, they come home to roost.

372. Custom. Custom is second nature.

373. Custom. Once a use and ever a custom.

374. Custom. Custom makes anything easy.

375. Custom (bad). A bad custom is like a good cake, better broken than kept.

376. Cut. Cut and come again.

377. Cut. No cut like unkindness.

378. Cut. I had not cut my wise teeth.

379. Cuts. Desperate cuts must have desperate cures.


380. Dance. No longer pipe, no longer dance.

381. Dances. He dances well to whom fortune pipes.

382. Dancing. They love dancing well that dance among thorns.

383. Danger. The danger's past, and God's forgotten.

384. Dainty Dogs. Dainty dogs may have to eat dirty puddings.

385. Dark. It is as good to be in the dark as without light.

[23]386. Dark man. A dark man's a jewel in a fair woman's eye.

387. Dark. He that gropes in the dark finds that he would not.

388. Daughter.

My son is my son till he marries a wife,
But my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life.

389. Daughter.

He that would the daughter win,
Must with the mother first begin.

390. Daylight. Daylight will peep through a small hole.

391. Dead. As dead as a door-nail.

392. Dead man's shoes. He that waits for a dead man's shoes may go long enough barefoot.

393. Deaf. There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.

394. Deaf man. Tell that tale to a deaf man.

395. Dearth. It's a wicked thing to make a dearth one's garner.

396. Death. Death keeps no calendar.

397. Death. Death is deaf and hears no denial.

398. Death. Nothing is surer than death.

399. Death. After death the doctor.

400. Debt. Debt is the worst kind of poverty.

401. Debt. Out of debt, out of danger.

402. Deepest water. In the deepest water is the best fishing.

[24]403. Deeds. Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.

404. Deeds. A life spent worthily should be measured by deeds—not years.

405. Delays. Delays are dangerous.

406. Depth. Never venture out of your depth until you can swim.

407. Desert. Desert and reward seldom keep company.

408. Deserve. First deserve and then desire.

409. Desires. Desires are nourished by delays.

410. Despises. What one man despises, another craves.

411. Destiny. Hanging and wiving go by destiny.

412. Devil. Talk of the devil and he'll be sure to appear.

413. Devil. He that hath shipped the devil must make the best of him.

414. Devil. Give the devil his due.

415. Devil. Make not the devil blacker than he is.

416. Devil. He needs must go that the devil drives.

417. Devil. One must sometimes hold a candle to the devil.

418. Devil. The devil is not always at one door.

419. Devil.

The Devil Was Sick, the Devil a Monk Would Be;
The Devil Grew Well, the Devil a Monk Was He.

420. Dew. St. Bartholomew brings the cold dew.

421. Die. Never say die.

[25]422. Die. Young men may die, old men must.

423. Diligence. Diligence is a good patrimony.

424. Diligence. Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

425. Dinner. After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile.

426. Dinner. He who would enjoy his friend's dinner should not look into the kitchen.

427. Distress. Two in distress make sorrows less.

428. Discourse. Sweet discourse makes short days and nights.

429. Discreet. Discreet women have neither eyes nor ears.

430. Discretion. An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

431. Disease. Disease is oft the tax of pleasure.

432. Disease. To know the disease is half the cure.

433. Dish. The first dish pleaseth all.

434. Do. Do as you would be done by.

435. Do. We must do as we may, if we cannot do as we would.

436. Dock. In dock, out nettle.

437. Doctor. A doctor and a clown know more than a doctor alone.

438. Doctor. An old doctor, a young lawyer.

439. Dog. Every dog has his day.

440. Dog. A good dog deserves a good bone.

441. Dog. It's a bad dog that deserves not a crust.

[26]442. Dogs bark. Dogs bark before they bite.

443. Done. If you wish a thing done, go; if not, send.

444. Doomsday. A thousand pounds and a pottle of hay is all one thing at doomsday.

445. Door. When one door shuts another opens.

446. Do well. Do well, and have well.

447. Down. He that's down, down with him.

448. Draw. You may draw him which way you will, with a twine thread.

449. Drowning man. A drowning man will catch at a straw.

450. Drink. Drink water like an ox, wine like a king of Spain.

451. Drink. He who drinks when he is not dry, will be dry when he has no drink.

452. Drive. Drive not a second nail till the first is clenched.

453. Drops. Many drops make a shower.

454. Drought.

If the ash before the oak comes out,
There has been, or there will be drought.

455. Drowned. Pour not water on a drowned mouse.

456. Drunk. Ever drunk, ever dry.

457. Drunken. A drunken night makes a cloudy morning.

458. Drunken folk. Drunken folk often speak truth.

[27]459. Drunkenness. What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.

460. Dry bread. Dry bread at home is better than roast beef abroad.

461. Dry cough. A dry cough is the trumpeter of death.

462. Dry May.

A dry May and a dripping June,
Does surely bring all things in tune.


463. Early.

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

464. Early. Early sow, early mow.

465. Early bird. 'Tis the early bird catches the worm.

466. Ears. Little pitchers have long ears.

467. Ears. Walls have ears.

468. Ears. Wider ears and a shorter tongue.

469. Ease. A pennyworth of ease is worth a penny.

470. Ease. Think of ease, but work on.

471. Easily done. That which is easily done is soon believed.

472. Eat. Live not to eat, but eat to live.

473. Eat. Eat a bit before you drink.

474. Eat.

Eat at pleasure,
Drink by measure.

475. Eating. Eating and drinking takes away one's appetite.

[28]476. Edged Tools. It is ill meddling with edged tools.

477. Eel. You cannot hide an eel in a sack.

478. Eggs. Don't put all your eggs into one basket.

479. Egg-shell. 'Tis hard to sail o'er the sea in an egg-shell.

480. Elbow. Rub your sore eye with your elbow.

481. Elbow grease. Give it plenty of elbow grease.

482. Empty house. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.

483. Empty purse. An empty purse fills the face with wrinkles.

484. Empty purse. That's but an empty purse that's full of other men's money.

485. Empty vessels. Empty vessels make the greatest sound.

486. End. Everything hath an end, and a pudding hath two.

487. Endureth. He that endureth is not overcome.

488. England. England is the Paradise of women.

489. Englishman. An Englishman's house is his castle.

490. Enough. Enough is as good as a feast.

491. Enough. Enough and to spare is too much.

492. Enough. There's never enough where nothing's left.

493. Envied. Better be envied than pitied.

494. Envy. Envy never enriched any man.

495. Epitaph. He lies like an epitaph.

[29]496. Err. To err is human; to forgive divine.

497. Errand. Send a wise man on an errand and say nothing to him.

498. Escapes. 'Tis a hard battle where none escapes.

499. Estate. He that throws away his estate with his hands, goes afterwards to pick it upon his feet.

500. Esteems. He that knows himself best, esteems himself least.

501. Evening.

An evening red and a morning grey,
Is a sign of a fair day.

502. Everybody. He had need rise betimes that would please everybody.

503. Everybody's business. Everybody's business is nobody's business.

504. Every man. Every man for himself, and God for us all.

505. Every tub. Let every tub stand on its own bottom.

506. Evil. Evil communications corrupt good manners.

507. Evil. If you must have an evil, choose a little one.

508. Evil. That which is evil is soon learnt.

509. Evil.

Evil is wrought by want of thought,
As well as want of heart.

510. Evil name. The evil wound is cured, but not the evil name.

511. Evil gotten. Evil gotten, evil spent.

[30]512. Evil grain. Of evil grain no good seed can come.

513. Evils. Of two evils choose the lesser.

514. Example. Example teaches more than precept.

515. Exchange. Exchange is no robbery.

516. Excuse. A bad excuse is better than none at all.

517. Expenses. Proportion your expenses to what you have, not to what you expect.

518. Experience. Experience is a dear school, but it is the only one we are apt to learn in.

519. Experience. Experience is the mistress of fools.

520. Extremes. Extremes seldom last long.

521. Extremes. Extremes meet.

522. Eye. Better one eye than quite blind.

523. Eye. What the eye sees not, the heart rues not.

524. Eye. You should never touch your eye but with your elbow.

525. Eye. What the eye does not see the heart does not grieve for.

526. Eye-witness. One eye-witness is better than ten hearsays.


527. Face. Her face was her fortune.

528. Fact. A single fact is worth a ship-load of argument.

529. Faint heart. Faint heart never won a fair lady.

530. Faint praise. Faint praise is disparagement.

[31]531. Fair and foolish.

Fair and foolish, black and proud,
Long and lazy, little and loud.

532. Fair and softly. Fair and softly go far in a day.

533. Fair faces. Fair faces need no paint.

534. Fair face. A fair face may hide a foul heart.

535. Fair feathers. Fair feathers make fair fowls.

536. Faith. Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness.

537. Fall. One may sooner fall than rise.

538. Fall. If a man once fall, all will tread on him.

539. Falls. When the tree falls every man runs with his hatchet.

540. Falling. Keeping from falling is better than helping up.

541. False report. A false report rides post.

542. Familiarity. Familiarity breeds contempt.

543. Famine.

After a famine in the stall,
Comes a famine in the hall.

544. Famine. Under water famine, under snow bread.

545. Famine. A famine in England begins at the horse-manger.

546. Fancy. Fancy passes beauty.

547. Fancy. Fancy goes a long way.

548. Fancy. Fancy may bolt bran and think it flour.

549. Fare worse. You may go farther and fare worse.

[32]550. Fashion. As good to be out of the world as out of the fashion.

551. Fast bind. Fast bind, fast find.

552. Fat hog. Every one basteth the fat hog, while the lean one burneth.

553. Fault. Every one puts his fault on the times.

554. Fault. A fault once denied is twice committed.

555. Fault-finders. Fault-finders should be fault-menders.

556. Faults. Every one's faults are not written on their foreheads.

557. Faults. Every man hath his faults.

558. Faults. God send me a friend that may tell me my faults; if not, an enemy, he will be sure to.

559. Faulty. The faulty stands on his guard.

560. Feast. A feast is not made of mushrooms only.

561. Feast-making. Merry is the feast-making until we come to the reckoning.

562. Feasts. Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.

563. Feathers. Fine feathers make fine birds.

564. Feather. Feather by feather the goose is plucked.

565. February. February makes a bridge, and March breaks it.

566. February.

February fill dike, be it black or be it white;
But if it be white, it's the better to like.

[33]567. Feed sparingly. Feed sparingly, and defy the physician.

568. Feet.

Stretch not your feet
Beyond the sheet.

569. Fellowship. Love and lordship like no fellowship.

570. Fetters. No man loves his fetters, though of gold.

571. Few friends. Have but few friends, though many acquaintances.

572. Few words.

Where hearts are true
Few words will do.

573. Fiddler. The fifer don't pay a fiddler.

574. Fiddler.

Let not the fiddler play the fife,
Nor fifer play the fiddle.

575. Fiddler's fare. Fiddler's fare; meat, drink, and money.

576. Fields. Fields have eyes, and woods have ears.

577. Finger. He wants to have a finger in every pie.

578. First blow. The first blow is half the battle.

579. First come. First come, first served.

580. Fire and water. Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.

581. Fire. Well may he smell of fire whose gown burneth.

582. Fish. He that would catch fish must not mind getting wet.

583. Fish. 'Tis good fish if it were but caught.

[34]584. Fish. The best fish are near the bottom.

585. Fish. I have other fish to fry.

586. Fish. Make not fish of one, and flesh of another.

587. Fish. Fish are not to be caught by a birdcall.

588. Fish (good). There's as good fish in the sea as were ever caught.

589. Fishes' mouth.

When the wind's in the south,
It blows the bait into the fishes' mouth.

590. Fisheth on. He fisheth on that catcheth one.

591. Fishing. It's good fishing in troubled waters.

592. Fits. Every shoe fits not every foot.

593. Five.

He's up at five,
And he will thrive.

594. Flax. Get thy spindle and thy distaff ready, and God will send thee flax.

595. Flay. No man can flay a stone.

596. Fleeceth. Where every hand fleeceth, the sheep go naked.

597. Flood. A May flood never did good.

598. Flowers. Flowers are the pledge of fruit.

599. Flourish. It is one thing to flourish and another to fight.

600. Flying. No flying without wings.

601. Follies. Happy is he who knows his follies in his youth.

602. Fool. No one is a fool always; every one sometimes.

[35]603. Fool. A fool may ask more questions in half an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

604. Fool. A fool may give a wise man counsel.

605. Fool. One fool makes many.

606. Fool. Every man is either a fool or a physician after thirty years of age.

607. Fool (old). An old fool is the worst of fools.

608. Fool. Better it is to meet a bear bereaved of her whelps, than a fool in his folly.

609. Fool. A fool is fulsome.

610. Fool thinks. As the fool thinks, so the bell chinks.

611. Fools. Fools set stools for wise folk to stumble at.

612. Fool's bolt. A fool's bolt is soon shot.

613. Fools build. Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.

614. Forbearance. Forbearance is no acquittance.

615. Forbidden fruit. Forbidden fruit is sweet.

616. Forced fruits. Forced fruits fail in flavour.

617. Forecast. Forecast is better than work hard.

618. Forego.

Forego, forget, forgive,
Then happy you shall live.

619. Foremost dog. The foremost dog catches the hare.

620. Forewarned. Forewarned is forearmed.

621. Forget. To forget a wrong is the best revenge.

622. Forgive. Forgive and forget.

[36]623. Forgotten. Eaten bread is soon forgotten.

624. Fortune. Fortune favours the brave.

625. Fortune. Every man is the architect of his fortune.

626. Fortune. Change of fortune is the lot of life.

627. Fortune. Better a fortune in her than on her.

628. Fortune. When fortune smiles take the advantage.

629. Fortune knocks. Fortune knocks once at least at every man's gate.

630. Foul hands. Foul hands befoul all they touch.

631. Four Farthings. Four farthings and a thimble make a tailor's pocket jingle.

632. Fox. The fox knows much, but more he that catcheth him.

633. Fox. A fox should not be of the jury at a goose trial.

634. Fox. When the fox preaches, beware of your geese.

635. Foxes. Foxes, when they cannot reach the grapes, say they are not ripe.

636. Fox runs. Though the fox runs the chicken hath wings.

637. Fret.

Two things you won't fret o'er,
If you're a wise man—
The thing you can't help,
And the thing that you can.

638. Friday. He that sings on Friday shall weep on Sunday.

[37]639. Friday.

As the Friday, so the Sunday,
As the Sunday, so the week.

640. Friday's sail. Friday's sail, sure to fail.

641. Friend. A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.

642. Friend. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

643. Friend. He loseth nothing who keeps God for his friend.

644. Friend. Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.

645. Friends.

In time of prosperity friends will be plenty,
In time of adversity, not one among twenty.

646. Friends. Save me from my friends.

647. Friends. All are not friends that speak us fair.

648. Friendship. Love and lordship never like friendship.

649. Frost. What God will, no frost can kill.

650. Frosts. So many frosts in March, so many in May.

651. Fruit.

If you would fruit have,
You must bring the leaf to the grave.

652. Fruit. Such as the tree is, such is the fruit.

653. Fruit. If you would enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower.

654. Frugality. Frugality makes an easy chair for old age.

655. Frugality. Frugality is an estate.

656. Frying-pan. Out of the frying-pan into the fire.

[38]657. Fuel. Take away fuel, take away flame.

658. Full purse. A full purse makes the mouth to speak.

659. Full purse. A full purse never lacketh friends.

660. Furze.

Under the furze is hunger and cold.
Under the broom is silver and gold.


661. Gains. No gains without pains.

662. Galled horse. Touch a galled horse, and he will wince.

663. Gapeth.

He that gapeth until he be fed
Well may he gape until he be dead.

664. Garden. Many things grow in the garden that were never planted there.

665. Gardening.

This rule in gardening never forget,
To sow dry and set wet.

666. Garland. One flower makes no garland.

667. Gems. Gems must not be valued by what they are set in.

668. Gentility. Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary.

669. Gentle strokes. Gentle strokes make the sweetest harmony.

670. Get.

Get what you can, and what you get, hold,
'Tis the stone which will turn your lead into gold.

671. Gift horse. Look not a gift horse in the mouth.

[39]672. Gift. A gift with a kind countenance is a double gift.

673. Give. To give and keep there is need of wit.

674. Giveth. He giveth twice who gives in a trice.

675. Giving.

Giving to the poor
Increaseth your store.

676. Gladness. A man of gladness seldom falls into madness.

677. Glass. What your glass tells you will not be told by counsel.

678. Glass.

Who loves his glass without a G,
Take away L and that is he.

679. Glass houses. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

680. Glasses. The more women look in their glasses, the less they look to their houses.

681. Glitters. All that glitters is not gold.

682. Gnats. Men strain at gnats, and swallow camels!

683. Go. If you want a thing done, go; if not, send.

684. Go about. Better go about than fall into the ditch.

685. God. God sends meat, and the devil sends cooks.

686. God. One God, no more; but friends good store.

687. Godfathers. When the child is christened, you may have godfathers enough.

688. God wills. When God wills, all winds bring rain.

689. Gold. A man may buy gold too dear.

690. Gold. Gold alone makes not prosperity.

691. Gold. As good as gold.

[40]692. Gold. Gold goes in at any gate, except Heaven's.

693. Gold.

No lock will hold
'Gainst the power of gold.

694. Golden. We must not look for a golden life in an iron age.

695. Gold dust. Gold dust blinds all eyes.

696. Good. Do all the good you talk of; but talk not of all the good you do.

697. Good. Good and quickly seldom meet.

698. Good. No man knows better what good is than he that has an endured evil.

699. Good. Though good be good yet better carries it.

700. Good cheer. When good cheer is lacking our friends will be packing.

701. Good word. A good word is as soon said as an ill one.

702. Good counsel. Good counsel never comes too late.

703. Good friend. He's a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.

704. Good harvests. Good harvests make men prodigal, bad ones provident.

705. Good maxim. A good maxim is never out of season.

706. Good money. It is no use throwing good money after bad.

707. Good name.

The wife that expects to have a good name
Is always at home as if she were lame,
And the maid that is honest her chiefest delight
Is still to be doing from morning to night.

[41]708. Goods. A man may lose his goods for want of demanding them.

709. Good things. God reacheth us good things with our own hands.

710. Good thing. One can never have too much of a good thing.

711. Good turns. One never loseth by doing good turns.

712. Good Turn. One good turn deserves another.

713. Good words.

Good words without deeds
Are rushes and reeds.

714. Gown. The gown is hers who wears it, and the world is his who enjoys it.

715. Grasp. Grasp no more than thy hand will hold.

716. Grain. Never split timber against the grain.

717. Grasp. Grasp all, lose all.

718. Grass. March grass never did good.

719. Grass.

If the grass grow in Janiveer,
It grows the worse for't all the year.

720. Grass. While the grass grows the steed starves.

721. Grass. Grass grows not upon the highway.

722. Graves. We shall lie all alike in our graves.

723. Great dowry. A great dowry is a bed full of troubles.

724. Great marks. Great marks are soonest hit.

725. Great ones. There would be no great ones if there were no little.

726. Great ship. A great ship needs deep waters.

[42]727. Green wood. Green wood makes a hot fire.

728. Green wound. A green wound is soon healed.

729. Green winter. A green winter makes a fat churchyard.

730. Grey hairs. Gray hairs are death's blossoms.

731. Grief. Grief pent up will burst the heart.

732. Grind. The mill cannot grind with the water that is past.

733. Guest. An unbidden guest must bring his own stool with him.

734. Guest. 'Tis an ill guest that never drinks to his host.

735. Guilty conscience. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.


736. Hail. Hail brings frost in the tail.

737. Half a loaf. Half a loaf is better than no bread.

738. Half hanged. Better be half hanged than ill wed.

739. Hand-saw. A hand-saw is a good thing, but not to shave with.

740. Hand-saw. He knows not a hawk from a hand-saw.

741. Handsome. He who is not handsome at twenty, nor strong at thirty, nor wise at forty, nor rich at fifty, will never be handsome, strong, rich, or wise.

742. Hanged. He who is born to be hanged will never be drowned.

[43]743. Hanged. One may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.

744. Hanging. There are many ways of killing a dog beside hanging him.

745. Happy.

Happy is the bride the sun shines on,
And the corpse the rain rains on.

746. Hare. Where we least think, there goeth the hare away.

747. Hardly ever. "Hardly ever" saves many a lie.

748. Hare. Little dogs start the hare, but great ones catch it.

749. Hare skin. Sell not the hare's skin before you have caught him.

750. Harm. Harm watch, harm catch.

751. Harms. Wise men learn by others' harms, fools by their own.

752. Harvest. He that hath a good harvest may be content with some thistles.

753. Haste. More haste worse speed.

754. Haste. Haste trips up its own heels.

755. Haste. Over haste makes certain waste.

756. Haste. Haste over nothing but catching fleas.

757. Hasty men. Hasty men never lack woe.

758. Hasty resolutions. Hasty resolutions seldom speed well.

759. Hat. Pull down your hat on the wind side.

760. Hatchet. When the tree is down, every one runs with his hatchet.

[44]761. Haven. 'Tis safe riding in a good haven.

762. Hay. Make hay while the sun shines.

763. Head. Man is the head, but woman turns it.

764. Head. He that hath no head, needs no hat.

765. Head. Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse.

766. Headache. When the head aches, all the body is the worse.

767. Healed. A man is not so soon healed as hurt.

768. Healeth. God healeth, and the physician hath the thanks.

769. Health. Health is better than wealth.

770. Heart. What the heart thinketh, the tongue speaketh.

771. Hearts. Hearts may agree though heads differ.

772. Hedge. Where the hedge is lowest, men commonly leap over.

773. Hedge. A low hedge is easily leapt over.

774. Hedge.

A hedge between
Keeps friendship green.

775. Hedges. Hedges have eyes, and walls have ears.

776. Heed. Good take heed doth surely speed.

777. Heels. One pair of heels is often worth two pair of hands.

778. Hen crows. It is a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.

779. Hid. Love and a cough cannot be hid.

[45]780. Hide. You cannot hide an eel in a sack.

781. Hide. Hide nothing from thy minister, physician, and lawyer.

782. High places. High places have their precipices.

783. High winds. High winds blow on high hills.

784. Himself. Every man is best known to himself.

785. Himself. He is not wise that is not wise for himself.

786. Hind. To fright a hind is not the way to catch her.

787. Hindermost dog. The hindermost dog may catch the hare.

788. Hobby. Happy is the man that has a hobby.

789. Hobby-horse. Every man has his hobby-horse.

790. Hog. A hog in armour is still but a hog.

791. Holloa. Do not holloa till you are out of the wood.

792. Home. Home is home, be it ever so homely.

793. Honesty. Honesty is the best policy; but he who acts on this principle is not an honest man.

794. Honesty. A man never surfeits of too much honesty.

795. Honour. Better poor with honour than rich with shame.

796. Honour. Honour and ease are seldom bed-fellows.

797. Honour. Where honour ceaseth, there knowledge decreaseth.

[46]798. Hoop. He giveth one knock on the hoop, and another on the barrel.

799. Hope. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

800. Hope. Hope humbles more than despair.

801. Hope. Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.

802. Hope. If it were not for hope, the heart would break.

803. Hops.

Till St. James's day be come and gone,
You may have hops, or you may have none.

804. Horn. All are not hunters that blow the horn.

805. Horse. A good horse cannot be of a bad colour.

806. Horse. A good horse often wants a good spur.

807. Horse. 'Tis an ill horse will not carry his own provender.

808. Horse. One man may lead a horse to water, but fifty cannot make him drink.

809. Hot love. Hot love is soon cold.

810. Hot May. A hot May makes a fat churchyard.

811. Hounds. Hold not with the hounds and run with the hare.

812. House.

He that buys a house ready wrought,
Hath many a pin and nail for nought.

813. House. Better one's house too little one day, than too big all the year round.

[47]814. Householders. Wishers and woulders are never good householders.

815. Housekeeper. A noble housekeeper needs no doors.

816. Humour. Every man has his humour.

817. Humours. The stillest humours are always the worst.

818. Hundred years. It is all one a hundred years hence.

819. Hung. As well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

820. Hunger. Hunger costs little; daintiness much.

821. Hunger. Hunger will break through stone walls.

822. Hunger. Hunger makes short devotion.

823. Hunger. Hunger makes hard bones sweet beans.

824. Hunger. Hunger is the finest sauce.

825. Hungry flies. Hungry flies bite sore.

826. Hungry horse. A hungry horse makes a clean manger.

827. Hungry man. A hungry man, an angry man.

828. Hungry men. Hungry men think the cook lazy.

829. Hungry men. Bitter is sweet to hungry men.

830. Husband. Be a good husband, and you will get a penny to spend, a penny to lend, and a penny for a friend.

831. Husband. In the husband wisdom, in the wife gentleness.



832. Idle brain. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

833. Idle folk. Idle folk have the least leisure.

834. Idle folk. Idle folk take the most pains.

835. Idle. A young man idle, an old man needy.

836. Idle. Better be idle than ill employed.

837. Idleness. Idleness is the key of beggary.

838. Idleness. Of idleness comes no goodness.

839. Idleness. Idleness is the root of all evil.

840. Idleness. Idleness must thank itself if it goes barefoot.

841. Ignorant. The ignorant think all things wrong which they cannot understand.

842. Ill bird. It is an ill bird that defiles its own nest.

843. Ill dog. 'Tis an ill dog that deserves not a bone.

844. Ill fortune. He who hath no ill fortune, is dazed with good.

845. Ill got. Ill got, ill spent.

846. Ill gotten. Ill gotten gains seldom prosper.

847. Ill luck. When ill luck falls asleep, let nobody wake her.

848. Ill news. Ill news comes apace.

849. Ill weeds. Ill weeds grow apace.

850. Ill word. One ill word asketh another.

851. Impossible. Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.

[49]852. Impudence. Impudence is not courage.

853. Inch. Give him an inch, and he'll take an ell.

854. Inches. God never measures men by inches.

855. Industry. Industry is fortune's right hand and frugality her left.

856. Infirmities. Jest not at another's infirmities.

857. Ingratitude. Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.

858. Injury. Pocket an injury.

859. Inn. He goes not out of his way that goes to a good inn.

860. Instinct. Woman's instinct is often truer than man's reasoning.

861. Intentions. Hell is paved with good intentions.

862. Irons. He that hath many irons in the fire, some of them will cool.

863. Itch. Itch and ease can no man please.


864. Jack. Jack-in-office is a great man.

865. Jack. Every Jack has his Jill.

866. Janiveer.

If Janiveer calends be summerly gay
'Twill be winterly weather till calends of May.

867. Janiveer. Who in Janiveer sows oats, gets gold and groats.

868. Jest. Better lose a jest than a friend.

869. Jest. Many a true word is spoken in jest.

[50]870. Jesting. Jesting lies bring serious sorrows.

871. Jests. Jests, like sweetmeats, are often sour sauce.

872. Journey. 'Tis a great journey to the world's end.

873. Joy. No joy without annoy.

874. Joy. There's no joy without alloy.

875. Joy. Joy surfeited turns to sorrow.

876. Judge. Judge not of men or things at first sight.

877. Judge. Judge not a ship as she lies on the stocks.

878. Judgment. He hath a good judgment who is apt to distrust his own.

879. June.

Calm weather in June
Sets corn in tune.

880. July.

If the first of July, it be rainy weather,
'Twill rain more or less for four weeks together.

881. Just. Just is honest, and honest is just.


882. Keep. Keep a thing seven years, and you will find a use for it.

883. Keep. Keep some till more come.

884. Kernel. He that will eat the kernel, must crack the nut.

885. Key. The wife is the key of the house.

886. Keys. All the keys hang not at one man's girdle.

[51]887. Kin.

Still stand by kin
Through thick and thin.

888. Kindled. Wood half burnt is easily kindled.

889. Kindness. Kindness will always conquer.

890. Kindnesses. Kindnesses, like grain, increase by sowing.

891. Kinsfolk. Many kinsfolk, few friends.

892. Kiss. As easy kiss my hand.

893. Kiss. Many kiss the child for the nurse's sake.

894. Kissing. Kissing goes by favour.

895. Kitchen. A fat kitchen, a lean will.

896. Kitchen. The taste of the kitchen is better than the smell.

897. Kitchen. Silks and satins put out the fire in the kitchen.

898. Knavery. Knavery may serve for a turn, but honesty is best in the long run.

899. Knaves. Knaves and fools divide the world.

900. Knaves. When knaves fall out, true men come by their goods.

901. Knot. He tied a knot with his tongue he couldn't undo with his teeth.

902. Knots. Fools tie knots and wise men loose them.

903. Knotty timber. To split knotty timber use smooth wedges.

904. Knowledge. Knowledge is power.

905. Knowledge. Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.

[52]906. Knowledge. The knowledge of the disease is half the cure.

907. Knowledge. Knowledge, like physic, is more plague than profit, if it arrives too late.

908. Knowledge. An ounce of knowledge may be worth a pound of comfort.


909. Labours. He that labours and thrives, spins gold.

910. Labour. Labour warms, sloth harms.

911. Ladle. The ladle cools the pot.

912. Ladder. Step after step the ladder is ascended.

913. Lamb's tail. A woman's tongue wags like a lamb's tail.

914. Lame. The lame goeth as far as the staggerer.

915. Lammas. After Lammas corn ripens as much by night as by day.

916. Land. Land was never lost for want of an heir.

917. Land.

Many a one for land,
Takes a fool by the hand.

918. Lantern. On a dark night an owl would be glad of a lantern.

919. Last straw. It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back.

920. Late. Better late than never.

921. Laugh. Let them laugh that win.

922. Laugh. That's where the laugh comes in.

[53]923. Laugh. They laugh the loudest who have least to lose.

924. Law. In a thousand pounds of law there's not an ounce of love.

925. Law. The law is not the same at morning and night.

926. Law. He that loves law will get his fill.

927. Law makers. Law makers should not be law breakers.

928. Laws. Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free.

929. Laws.

Laws, like spiders' webs, are wrought,
Large flies break through, the small are caught.

930. Laws. Laws were made for rogues.

931. Lawyer. A good lawyer, an evil neighbour.

932. Lawyers. Fair and softly as lawyers go to heaven.

933. Lazy folk. Lazy folk take the most pains.

934. Lead. A man may lead a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink unless he will.

935. Lead. 'Tis folly to dig for lead with a silver shovel.

936. Leak. A small leak will sink a great ship.

937. Learn. Never too old to learn.

938. Learning. Learning makes a man fit company for himself.

939. Least. Least said is soonest mended.

940. Least boy. The least boy always carries the greatest fiddle.

[54]941. Leather. Nothing like leather.

942. Leech. The empty leech sucks sore.

943. Lend. He that doth not lend doth lose his friend.

944. Lend. He would not lend his knife to the devil to stab himself.

945. Liar. A liar should have a good memory.

946. Liars. Liars have short wings.

947. Libel. The greater truth, the greater libel.

948. Liberal. The liberal man deviseth liberal things.

949. Liberty. Too much liberty spoils all.

950. Lie. One lie makes many.

951. Lies. He lies as fast as a dog can trot.

952. Life. Life is full of hazards, which experience neither bought nor taught will always enable us to foresee.

953. Life. Life is half spent before we know what it is.

954. Life. Life is sweet.

955. Life. Life lies not in living, but in liking.

956. Life. While there's life there's hope.

957. Light. He stands in his own light.

958. Light. Every light has its shadow.

959. Light. Every light is not the sun.

960. Light gains. Light gains make a heavy purse.

961. Like. As like as two peas.

[55]962. Like. Every one as they like best, as the good man said when he kissed his cow.

963. Like. Like father like son.

964. Like. Like will to like.

965. Lion. The lion's not half so fierce as he's painted.

966. Lips. Lips however rosy must be fed.

967. Listeners. Listeners never hear good of themselves.

968. Little. Little and often fills the purse.

969. Little. Little mother, little daughter.

970. Little birds. Little birds may peck a dead lion.

971. Little boats. Little boats must keep the shore.

972. Little bodies. Little bodies have large souls.

973. Little good. A little good is soon spent.

974. Little goods. Little goods, little care.

975. Little hole. One may see day at a little hole.

976. Little house.

A little house well fill'd,
A little land well till'd,
And a little wife well will'd.

977. Little minds. Little minds, like weak liquors, are soon soured.

978. Little things. Little things please little minds.

979. Live. Everything would live.

980. Live. It's not how long, but how well, we live.

981. Live. Live and learn.

[56]982. Live. Live and let live.

983. Liver (longest). The longest liver dies at last.

984. Lives. He that lives not well one year sorrows for it seven.

985. Liveth. He liveth long that liveth well.

986. Living dog. A living dog is better than a dead lion.

987. Load. All lay load on the willing horse.

988. Lock. You needn't lock the stable door when the steed is stolen.

989. Look. Look before you leap.

990. Look. They look one way and row another.

991. Looked for. Long looked for comes at last.

992. Long lane. 'Tis a long lane that has no turning.

993. Longs. He that longs most lacks most.

994. Longest day. The longest day must have an end.

995. Loquacity. The loquacity of fools is a warning to the wise.

996. Lords. New lords new laws.

997. Losers. Losers are always in the wrong.

998. Loss.

He that goeth out with often loss,
At last comes home by Weeping Cross.

999. Lost. 'Tis not lost that comes at last.

1000. Love. Love is no lack.

1001. Love. Love is blind.

1002. Love. Love is the touchstone of virtue.

[57]1003. Love. Love lives in cottages as well as in courts.

1004. Love. Love me little, love me long.

1005. Love. Love me, love my dog.

1006. Love. They love too much who die for love.

1007. Love. Whom we love best to them we can say least.

1008. Love and a cough. Love and a cough cannot be hid.

1009. Love (hot). Hot love is soon cold.

1010. Lovers. Lovers live on love, as larks on leeks.

1011. Lowly sit. Lowly sit and be richly warm.

1012. Luck. Give a man luck, and throw him into the sea.

1013. Luck. The devil's children have the devil's luck.

1014. Luck (ill). What is worse than ill-luck?

1015. Lucky. It is better to be born lucky than rich.

1016. Lucky. It's better to be lucky than wise.

1017. Lucky. Happy go lucky.

1018. Lurch. Never leave a friend in the lurch.


1019. Maidens. Maidens must be seen and not heard.

1020. Malice. Malice is mindful.

1021. Malt. Slow fire makes sweet malt.

1022. Man. A man at five may be a fool at fifteen.

[58]1023. Man. Man proposes, God disposes.

1024. Man. Man doth what he can, and God what He will.

1025. Manners. Manners often make fortunes.

1026. Many hands. Many hands make light work.

1027. March.

March wind and May sun,
Make clothes white and maids dun.

1028. March. March many weathers.

1029. March dust. A bushel of March dust is worth a king's ransom.

1030. Market. A man must sell his ware at the rate of the market.

1031. Market. Forsake not the market for the toll.

1032. Market. If fools went not to market, bad ware would not be sold.

1033. Market. Three women and a goose make a market.

1034. Marriage (ill). An ill marriage is a spring of ill fortune.

1035. Marriage. Marriage halves our griefs, and doubles our joys.

1036. Marriages. Marriages are made in heaven.

1037. Marries. He who marries for wealth sells his liberty.

1038. Marry. Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

1039. Marry.

Bachelors, before you marry,
Have a house wherein to tarry.

[59]1040. Marry.

If you regard old saws, mind, thus they say,
'Tis bad to marry in the month of May.

1041. Master. Like master like man.

1042. Master. He that will too soon be his own master, will have a fool for his scholar.

1043. Master. No man is his craft's master the first day.

1044. Master. Marry above your match and you get a master.

1045. Master. One eye of the master sees more than four of the servants'.

1046. Master-craft. Of all the crafts honesty is the master-craft.

1047. Masters. No man can serve two masters.

1048. Master's eye. The master's eye makes the horse fat.

1049. Master's eye. The master's eye does more work than his hands.

1050. Matrimony. Matrimony's a matter of money.

1051. May be. Every "may be" hath a "may not be."

1052. May. A windy March and a rainy April make a beautiful May.

1053. May (cold).

A cold May,
Plenty of corn and hay.

1054. Meadow. A thin meadow is soon mowed.

1055. Measure. Good measure is a merry mean.

1056. Measure. With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.

[60]1057. Measure. Measure twice before you cut once.

1058. Measures. He measures your corn by his bushel.

1059. Meat. Much meat, much maladies.

1060. Meat. Meat is much, but manners is more.

1061. Medium. There's a medium between painting the face and not washing it.

1062. Medlars. Medlars are never good till they be rotten.

1063. Medlars. Time and straw make medlars ripe.

1064. Mend. It is never too late to mend.

1065. Mend. If every one would mend one, all would be mended.

1066. Mend. In the end things will mend.

1067. Mercy. Cry you mercy, who killed my cat?

1068. Merry. He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

1069. Merry. It's good to be merry and wise.

1070. Merry. It is good to be merry at meat.

1071. Merry. Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.

1072. Merry. As long lives a merry heart as a sad.

1073. Merry month. The merry month of May.

1074. Mettle. Mettle is dangerous in a blind horse.

1075. Milk. Milk which will not be made into butter must be made into cheese.

1076. Milk. Who would keep a cow when he may have a bottle of milk for a penny!

[61]1077. Mill. No mill, no meal.

1078. Millstone. I can see as far into a millstone as the picker.

1079. Millstone. The lower millstone grinds as well as the upper.

1080. Mind. Out of sight, out of mind.

1081. Mind.

In the forehead and the eye,
The picture of the mind doth lie.

1082. Mind. A woman's mind and winter wind often change.

1083. Mind. A wise man changes his mind; a fool never.

1084. Mirth. A pennyworth of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.

1085. Mischief. A little mischief is too much.

1086. Mischiefs. Mischiefs come by the pound and go away by the ounce.

1087. Misfortunes. Misfortunes seldom come alone.

1088. Miss. A miss is as good as a mile.

1089. Mists.

So many mists in March you see,
So many frosts in May will be.

1090. Misunderstanding. Misunderstanding brings lies to town.

1091. Mob. The mob has many heads, but no brains.

1092. Mocking. Mocking is catching.

1093. Modesty. Modesty is the handmaid of virtue.

[62]1094. Monday.

Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all;
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday no luck at all.

1095. Money. Money is more easily made than made use of.

1096. Money.

They who have money are troubled about it,
And they who have none are troubled without it.

1097. Money. Money makes money.

1098. Money. Money often makes the man.

1099. Money. The abundance of money ruins youth.

1100. Money. A fool and his money are soon parted.

1101. Money. A fool may make money, but a wise man should spend it.

1102. Money. 'Tis money makes the mare to go.

1103. Money. He that hath no money needeth no purse.

1104. Moon.

In the old of the moon,
A cloudy morning bodes a fair afternoon.

1105. Moon.

A Saturday's moon
Always comes too soon.

1106. Moon. The moon's not seen where the sun shines.

1107. More. The more the merrier; the fewer the better cheer.

1108. Morning. Lose an hour in the morning, and you'll be all day hunting for it.

[63]1109. Morning sun. The morning sun never lasts a day.

1110. Most. Do as most do, and fewest will speak ill of thee.

1111. Most. Most take all.

1112. Mother's breath. The mother's breath is always sweet.

1113. Mother's heart. A mother's heart never grows old.

1114. Mother-wit. An ounce of mother-wit is worth a pound of clergy.

1115. Mountain. Never make a mountain of a mole-hill.

1116. Mountain. If the mountain will not go to Mahomet, let Mahomet go to the mountain.

1117. Mouth civility. Mouth civility costs little but is worth less.

1118. Mouths. He that sends mouths sends meat.

1119. Much. A fool demands much, but he's a greater that gives it.

1120. Much. Much is expected where much is given.

1121. Much. Much would have more, and lost all.

1122. Muddles. Muddles at home make husbands roam.

1123. Muffled cats. Muffled cats are bad mousers.

1124. Murder. Murder will out.

1125. Music. Music helps not the toothache.

1126. Music. Where music is no harm can be.

[64]1127. Musician. When a musician hath forgot his note, he makes as though a crumb stuck in his throat.

1128. Musk. It's no use looking for musk in a dog's kennel.

1129. Mute. They are as mute as fishes.


1130. Name. A good name is better than riches.

1131. Name. A good name keeps its lustre in the dark.

1132. Name. Take away my good name, and take away my life.

1133. Nature. 'Tis the nature of the beast.

1134. Necessity. Necessity knows no law.

1135. Necessity. Make a virtue of necessity.

1136. Necessity. Necessity is the mother of invention.

1137. Need. Need makes the old wife trot.

1138. Need. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

1139. Needle. To look for a needle in a pottle of hay.

1140. Needy.

He that's needy when he is married
Shall be rich when he is buried.

1141. Neighbour. Love thy neighbour, but pull not down thy hedge.

1142. Neighbour-quart. Neighbour-quart is good quart.

[65]1143. Neighbour. You must ask your neighbour if you shall live in peace.

1144. Neighbour's house. When thy neighbour's house is on fire, be careful of thine own.

1145. Net. All is fish that comes to his net.

1146. New.

Be not the first by whom the new is tried,
Be not the last to cast the old aside.

1147. New broom. A new broom sweeps clean.

1148. News. No news is good news.

1149. Nimble. A nimble ninepence is better than a slow shilling.

1150. Nip. Nip it in the bud.

1151. Noble. The more noble the more humble.

1152. Nods. The great Homer himself sometimes nods.

1153. Nonsense.

A little nonsense now and then
Is relished by the wisest men.

1154. Notice. It is the part of a wise man to take no notice of many things.

1155. Nothing. By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

1156. Nothing. Of nothing comes nothing.

1157. Nothing. Doing nothing is the hardest work.

1158. Nothing. Nothing came out of the sack but what was in it.

1159. Nothing. It is more painful to do nothing than something.

[66]1160. Nothing. Doing nothing is doing ill.

1161. November.

November take flail,
Let ships no more sail.

1162. Now. Now or never.

1163. Nurse. The nurse's tongue is privileged to talk.

1164. Nutshell. You may as well bid me lade the sea with a nutshell.


1165. Oak. An oak is not felled by one blow.

1166. Occasion. An occasion lost cannot be redeemed.

1167. October.

Good October, a good blast,
To blow the hog acorn and mast.

1168. Offer. Never refuse a good offer.

1169. Offender. The offender never pardons.

1170. Often. Little and often fills the purse.

1171. Old age. When old age is evil, youth can learn no good.

1172. Old. Old young, old long.

1173. Old cat. An old cat laps as much as a young kitten.

1174. Old cock. As the old cock crows so crows the young.

1175. Old dog. An old dog barks not in vain.

1176. Old dog. An old dog will learn no tricks.

1177. Older. Older and wiser.

[67]1178. Old fools. Old fools are the worst of fools.

1179. Old foxes. Old foxes need no tutors.

1180. Old friends. Old friends to meet, old wine to drink, and old wood to burn.

1181. Old friends. Old friends and old wine are best.

1182. Old men. Old men are twice children.

1183. Old sack. An old sack wanteth much patching.

1184. Old saws. Old saws speak the truth.

1185. Old sore. It's ill healing an old sore.

1186. Omelettes. You can't make omelettes without breaking eggs.

1187. Once. Once well done is twice done.

1188. One. Make much of one, good men are scarce.

1189. One hand. One hand will not clasp.

1190. One hole. The mouse that hath but one hole is easily taken.

1191. One thing. Too much of one thing is good for nothing.

1192. Opportunity. Opportunity makes the thief.

1193. Opportunity. Opportunity lingers sometimes.

1194. Oppression. Oppression causeth rebellion.

1195. Orderly. In an orderly house all is soon ready.

1196. Orts. Evening orts are good morning fodder.

[68]1197. Otherwise. Some are wise, and some are otherwise.

1198. Ought. Do what thou ought, let come what may.

1199. Outbid. Be not too hasty to outbid another.

1200. Over. Over boots, over shoes.

1201. Overtakes. None is so wise but the fool overtakes him sometimes.

1202. Oysters. Oysters are not good in the month that hath not an R in it.

1203. Own dog. A man may cause his own dog to bite him.


1204. Pain. Pain is forgotten where gain follows.

1205. Pain. Great pain and little gain make a man soon weary.

1206. Pains. No pains, no profit.

1207. Pains. Pains are the wages of ill-pleasures.

1208. Painting. On painting and fighting look aloof off.

1209. Pardon. Pardon all men, but never thyself.

1210. Parents. Study to be worthy of your parents.

1211. Partridge.

If the partridge had the woodcock's thigh,
It would be the best bird that ever did fly.

1212. Passion. A man in a passion rides a horse that runs away with him.

1213. Patch. Patch and sit long, build and soon flit.

[69]1214. Patience. Patience is a flower that grows not in every one's garden.

1215. Patience. Patience is a plaister for all sores.

1216. Patient. As patient as Job.

1217. Pay. Pay him in his own coin.

1218. Pay. Pay as you go.

1219. Pays last. He that pays last never pays twice.

1220. Payment.

They who don't intend to pay,
Will promise payment any day.

1221. Pearls. Cast not pearls before swine.

1222. Peas. He who hath most peas may put most in the pot.

1223. Pedlar. A small pack suits a small pedlar.

1224. Pedlar. Let every pedlar carry his own pack.

1225. Pen. Pen and ink are a wit's plough.

1226. Pence. Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.

1227. Penny. That penny is well spent that saves a groat.

1228. Penny. A penny in my purse will bid me drink when all my friends I have will not.

1229. Penny. A penny in your pocket is a good companion.

1230. Penny. In for a penny, in for a pound.

1231. Penny. A penny saved is a penny got.

1232. Penny wise. Penny wise and pound foolish.

1233. Pepper. Pepper is black, yet it hath a good smack.

[70]1234. Perch. The topmost branch is not the safest perch.

1235. Peril. Peril proves who dearly loves.

1236. Perseverance. Perseverance kills the game.

1237. Persuasion. The persuasion of the fortunate sways the doubtful.

1238. Peter. He robs Peter to pay Paul.

1239. Physician. Physician heal thyself.

1240. Physicians.

The best physicians are Doctor Diet,
Doctor Cheeriman, and Doctor Quiet.

1241. Pictures. Painted pictures are dead speakers.

1242. Pig's tail. You can't make a horn of a pig's tail.

1243. Pillow. Sleep on it; the pillow is the best counsellor.

1244. Pilot. Every man is a pilot in a calm sea.

1245. Pin. He that will not stoop for a pin, shall never be worth a point.

1246. Pin.

See a pin and let it lie,
Want a pin before you die.

1247. Pin. A pin a day is a groat a year.

1248. Pinches. No one knows where the shoe pinches so well as him who wears it.

1249. Pipe. He can ill pipe that wants his upper lip.

1250. Pitcher. The pitcher does not go so often to the water, but it comes home broken at last.

1251. Pity. Pity, promises, and blame, are always cheap and plentiful.

[71]1252. Pity. Foolish pity spoils a city.

1253. Place. Sit in your place, and none can make you rise.

1254. Place. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

1255. Plain dealing. Plain dealing's a jewel.

1256. Play.

All play and no work,
Gives Tom a ragged shirt.

1257. Play. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

1258. Play. If you play with a fool at home, he'll play with you in the market.

1259. Please all.

He that would please all, and himself too,
Undertakes what he cannot do.

1260. Pleasing. Pleasing ware is half sold.

1261. Pleasure. Make not a toil of your pleasure.

1262. Plenty. Plenty as blackberries.

1263. Plough. Don't stop the plough to catch a mouse.

1264. Plough. A man must plough with such oxen as he hath.

1265. Plough.

He that by the plough would thrive,
Himself must either hold or drive.

1266. Poor. Do not live poor to die rich.

1267. Poor. As poor as Job.

1268. Poor folk. Poor folk have few kindred.

1269. Poor folk. Poor folk are glad of pottage.

[72]1270. Pope. He that would be Pope must think of nothing else.

1271. Possession. Possession is nine points of the law, and they say there are but ten.

1272. Pot. A little pot is soon hot.

1273. Pot. The pot calls the kettle black.

1274. Poverty. Poverty parts friends.

1275. Poverty. Poverty breeds strife.

1276. Poverty. Poverty is the mother of health.

1277. Poverty. When poverty comes in at the door, friendship leaps out of the window.

1278. Poverty. Poverty parteth good fellowship.

1279. Poverty. Poverty makes a man acquainted with strange bed-fellows.

1280. Practice. Practice makes perfect.

1281. Praise. True praise takes root and spreads.

1282. Praise. Neither praise nor dispraise thyself, thine actions serve the turn.

1283. Praise. Never sound the trumpet of your own praise.

1284. Praise. Praise a fair day at night.

1285. Praise. Old praise dies, unless you feed it.

1286. Prate. Prate is but prate; 'tis money buys land.

1287. Pray. He that would learn to pray let him go to sea.

1288. Prettiness. Prettiness makes no pottage.

1289. Prettiness. Prettiness dies quickly.

[73]1290. Prevention. Prevention is better than cure.

1291. Prey. Birds of prey do not sing.

1292. Pride. Pride feels no pain.

1293. Pride. Pride will have a fall.

1294. Pride. Pride goes before, and shame follows after.

1295. Procrastination. Procrastination is the thief of time.

1296. Promise. He is poor indeed that cannot promise nothing.

1297. Promise. Be slow to promise, but quick to perform.

1298. Promise. Apt to promise, apt to forget.

1299. Promises. Promises are too much like pie-crusts, made to be broken.

1300. Proof. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

1301. Prosperity. Prosperity gains friends, adversity tries them.

1302. Proud mind. There's nothing agrees worse than a proud mind and a beggar's purse.

1303. Proverb. According to the old proverb.

1304. Proverbs. Proverbs are the texts of common life.

1305. Pry. Pry not into other people's affairs.

1306. Pryeth. He that pryeth into every cloud, may be stricken with a thunder-bolt.

1307. Puddle. Every path hath a puddle.

1308. Puff. Puff not against the wind.

[74]1309. Pull. Pull gently on a weak rope.

1310. Pull down. It is easier to pull down than to build.

1311. Punctuality. Punctuality begets confidence.

1312. Punishment. Many without punishment, none without sin.

1313. Purse. Be ruled by your purse.

1314. Purse. Let your purse be your master.

1315. Purse. You cannot make a purse of a sow's ear.

1316. Purse. A full purse maketh the mouth to speak.

1317. Purse. He that shows his purse longs to be rid of it.

1318. Purse.

Be it better or be it worse,
Be ruled by him who bears the purse.

1319. Purse. A heavy purse makes a light heart.

1320. Purse. He who gets four pounds and spends five has no need of a purse.

1321. Purses (wrinkled). Wrinkled purses make wrinkled faces.


1322. Quarrel. Don't quarrel with the beggar for his bone.

1323. Quench. To cast oil in the fire is not the way to quench it.

1324. Quick. Quick at meat, quick at work.

1325. Quietness. Next to love, quietness.

[75]1326. Quiet life. Anything for a quiet life.

1327. Quote. The devil can quote Scripture to suit his purpose.


1328. Ragged colt. A ragged colt may make a good horse.

1329. Rain.

Rain from east,
Two days at least.

1330. Rain.

Should it rain on Easter Day,
There'll be plenty of grass and little hay.

1331. Rain. Some rain, some rest.

1332. Rain. After rain comes fair weather.

1333. Rain. Small rain lays great dust.

1334. Rains. It never rains but it pours.

1335. Raise. Raise no more spirits than you can conjure down.

1336. Ready money. Ready money will away.

1337. Real friend. He is a real friend who assists one in a pinch.

1338. Reason. If we do not hear reason she will one day make herself be heard.

1339. Reason. There's reason in roasting of eggs.

1340. Receiver. The receiver is as bad as the thief.

1341. Receivers. If there were no receivers there would be no thieves.

1342. Reckless youth. Reckless youth makes rueful age.

[76]1343. Reckons. He that reckons without his host must reckon again.

1344. Reckoning. Fools always come short of their reckoning.

1345. Reckoning. Short reckonings make long friends.

1346. Reconcile. Reconcile yourself to present trials, the future may bring worse.

1347. Recorder. A good recorder sets all in order.

1348. Reigns. Man reigns and woman rules.

1349. Reins. Men hold the reins, but the women tell them which way to drive.

1350. Religion. Better wear a cloak for religion than religion for a cloak.

1351. Remove. Remove an old tree and it will wither.

1352. Removed. A plant often removed cannot thrive.

1353. Reproof. A smart reproof is better than smooth deceit.

1354. Reserve. Reserve the master-blow.

1355. Re-telling. A story never loses by re-telling.

1356. Revenge. To forget wrong is the greatest revenge.

1357. Revenge. Revenge is sweet.

1358. Rich. God help the rich, the poor can beg.

1359. Riches. Riches are like muck, which stink in a heap, but spread abroad make the earth fruitful.

1360. Riches. Riches are but the baggage of fortune.

[77]1361. Ride. Better ride on an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me.

1362. Right hand. Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth.

1363. Riseth. He that riseth betimes hath something in his head.

1364. River. Follow the river and you'll get to the sea.

1365. Road. Rich country, bad road.

1366. Roost. A bird can roost upon but one branch.

1367. Rolling stone. A rolling stone gathers no moss.

1368. Rome. When you are at Rome, do as Rome does.

1369. Rome. Rome was not built in a day.

1370. Rudder. He that will not be ruled by the rudder must be ruled by the rock.

1371. Rose. The fairest rose at last is withered.

1372. Rotten apple. A rotten apple injures its companions.

1373. Rugged stone. A rugged stone grows smooth from hand to hand.

1374. Rule. There is no rule without an exception.

1375. Rules. Love rules his kingdom without a sword.

1376. Runs. He that runs fastest gets the prize.

1377. Runs fast. He that runs fast will not run long.



1378. Sack. It's a bad sack will abide no clouting.

1379. Sack. Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it.

1380. Saddle. Set the saddle on the right horse.

1381. Sadness. Sadness and gladness succeed each other.

1382. St. David's day.

Upon St. David's day,
Put oats and barley in the clay.

1383. St. Stephen.

Blessed be St. Stephen;
There's no fast upon his even.

1384. Sail. Make not your sail too large for your ship.

1385. Salmon. Salmon and sermon have their season in Lent.

1386. Salt. Catch a bird by putting salt on its tail.

1387. Sand. You can't make ropes of sand.

1388. Sauce. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

1389. Sauce. Sweet meat must have some sauce.

1390. Save.

If youth knew what age will crave,
It sure would strive to get and save.

1391. Save. Who will not save a penny, shall never have many.

1392. Saving. Saving is getting.

1393. Saving. It's useless saving at the spigot and spending at the bung-hole.

[79]1394. Saving. Of saving cometh having.

1395. Say. Learn to say before you sing.

1396. Saying. Saying and doing are two things.

1397. Says. If a man says little he thinks the more.

1398. Say well.

"Say well," and "do well," end with one letter;
To say well, it is well, but to do well is better.

1399. Scabbed sheep. One scabbed sheep infects the whole flock.

1400. Scald. Scald not your lips in another man's pottage.

1401. Scalded cat. A scalded cat fears cold water.

1402. Sceptre. A sceptre is one thing, a ladle another.

1403. Scholar. A mere scholar a mere ass.

1404. Scholars. The greatest scholars are not always the wisest men.

1405. Scorning. Scorning is catching.

1406. Scotch mist. A Scotch mist will wet an Englishman through to the skin.

1407. Sea. On the sea sail; on the land settle.

1408. Season. Everything is good in its season.

1409. Season. To everything there is a season; and a time to every purpose under heaven.

1410. Second blow. 'Tis the second blow that makes a fray.

1411. Secret. He that revealeth his secret maketh himself a slave.

1412. Seeing. Seeing is believing.

[80]1413. Seek. Seek till you find, and you'll lose no labour.

1414. Seldom seen. Seldom seen, soon forgotten.

1415. Self. Self do, self have.

1416. Self Love. Self love's a mote in every man's eye.

1417. Self praise. Self praise is no recommendation.

1418. September.

September blow soft,
Till the fruit's in the loft.

1419. Servants. Good servants make good masters.

1420. Shadow. Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.

1421. Share. Share and share alike.

1422. Shaving. It's ill shaving against the wool.

1423. Shear.

Shear your sheep in May,
And shear them all away.

1424. Sheep. One sheep follows another.

1425. Ships. Ships fear fire more than water.

1426. Shoe. The finest shoe often hurts the foot.

1427. Shoe. To know where the shoe pinches.

1428. Shoot. Every man will shoot at the enemy, but few will go to fetch the shaft.

1429. Shop. Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee.

1430. Shorn sheep. God tempers the wind to the shorn sheep.

1431. Short cuts. Short cuts are sometimes longest.

1432. Short reckonings. Short reckonings are soon cleared.

[81]1433. Short and sweet. Short and sweet like a donkey's gallop.

1434. Shrew. Every one can tame a shrew but he that hath her.

1435. Sigh. Never sigh but send.

1436. Sight. Out of sight out of mind.

1437. Silence. Silence seldom doth harm.

1438. Silence. Silence is consent.

1439. Silence. Silence is the best ornament of a woman.

1440. Silver. White silver draws black lines.

1441. Silver spoon. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

1442. Sing. A bird that can sing and won't sing, must be made to sing.

1443. Sing. None but fools and fiddlers sing at their meat.

1444. Sings. Who sings drives away care.

1445. Sit still. As good sit still as rise up and fall.

1446. Slander. Few people are out of the reach of slander.

1447. Slander. Slander leaves a score behind it.

1448. Slavery.

Account not that work slavery
That brings in penny savoury.

1449. Sleep. One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two hours after.

1450. Sleeping. There is sleeping enough in the grave.

1451. Sleeping dog. Don't wake a sleeping dog.

[82]1452. Slip. Better that the feet slip than the tongue.

1453. Sloth. Sloth turneth the edge of wit.

1454. Sloth. Sloth is the mother of poverty.

1455. Slow. Slow and sure.

1456. Sluggard's guise.

The sluggard's guise,
Loth to go to bed and loth to rise.

1457. Sluts. Sluts are good enough to make slovens' pottage.

1458. Small fish. Better are small fish than an empty dish.

1459. Small things. Small things affect light minds.

1460. Small things. He that despiseth small things shall fall by little and little.

1461. Smoke. Where there is smoke there is fire.

1462. Snake. Put a snake in your bosom, and when it is warm it will sting you.

1463. Snow. A snow year, a rich year.

1464. Softly. He that goes softly goes surely.

1465. Soft words. Soft words butter no parsnips.

1466. Soldiers. Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.

1467. Son.

My son's my son till he hath got him a wife,
But my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life.

1468. Soon hot. Soon hot, soon cold.

1469. Sooner said. 'Tis sooner said than done.

[83]1470. Sorrow. Sorrow and bad weather come unsent for.

1471. Sorrow. Sorrow will pay no debt.

1472. Sorrow. A fat sorrow is better than a lean one.

1473. Sorrow. Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.

1474. Sorrow. Sorrow will wear away in time.

1475. Sorrow. When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.

1476. Sorrow. Sorrow comes unsent for, and, like the unbidden guest, brings his own stool.

1477. Sorrowing. He goes a-sorrowing, who goes a-borrowing.

1478. Sound. As sound as a nut.

1479. Sour grapes. "Sour grapes," as the fox said when he could not reach them.

1480. Sow. Every sow to her own trough.

1481. Sows. Who sows in May gets little that way.

1482. Sows. What a man sows, that shall he also reap.

1483. Spare. 'Tis too late, to spare when the bottom is bare.

1484. Spare. It is better to spare at the brim than the bottom.

1485. Spare. Spare when young and spend when old.

1486. Spare. Spare to speak and spare to spend.

1487. Speak. There is a time to speak as well as to be silent.

1488. Speak. Speak well of the dead.

[84]1489. Speak. Many speak much that cannot speak well.

1490. Speak. Speak fair and think what you will.

1491. Speaks.

He that speaks me fair and loves me not,
I'll speak him fair and trust him not.

1492. Speculation. Speculation completes what extravagance began.

1493. Speech. Speech is the picture of the mind.

1494. Spend. Spend not where you may save; spare not where you must spend.

1495. Spend. Carefully spend, and God will send.

1496. Spend. Spend and be free, but make no waste.

1497. Spender. To a good spender God is the treasurer.

1498. Spenders. Great spenders are bad lenders.

1499. Spends.

He who more than his worth doth spend,
Makes a rope his life to end;
He who spends more than he should,
Shall not have to spend when he would.

1500. Spends. You may know by a penny how a shilling spends.

1501. Spendthrift. It is the thrift of a spendthrift which ruins him most effectually.

1502. Spice. Who hath spice enough may season his meat as he pleaseth.

1503. Spite. Don't cut your nose off to spite your face.

[85]1504. Spits. Who spits against the wind spits in his own face.

1505. Split. He would split a hair.

1506. Spoil. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

1507. Spoil. Spoil not the ship for a penn'orth of tar.

1508. Spoken of. Better be ill spoken of by one before all, than by all before one.

1509. Sport. It's poor sport that is not worth the candle.

1510. Sport. No sport, no pie.

1511. Spots. Rich men's spots are covered with money.

1512. Sprat. Throw a sprat to catch a whale.

1513. Spur. Do not spur a free horse.

1514. Stable. Being born in a stable does not make a man a horse.

1515. Stake. An ill stake standeth longest.

1516. Standers by. Standers by see more than the gamesters.

1517. Standing. The higher the standing the lower the fall.

1518. Standing pools. Standing pools gather filth.

1519. Stars. Stars are not seen during sunshine.

1520. Starve. He would starve in a cook-shop.

1521. Steal. He that will steal an egg will steal an ox.

1522. Steal. He that will steal a pin will steal a better thing.

[86]1523. Steal. One man may better steal a horse than another look over the hedge.

1524. Steed. When the steed is stolen the stable door shall be shut.

1525. Step by step. Step by step the ladder is climbed.

1526. Sticks. Little sticks kindle the fire, but great ones put it out.

1527. Stile. He that will not go over the stile must be thrust through the gate.

1528. Still water. Trust not still water nor a silent man.

1529. Still water. Keep me from still water; from that which is rough I can keep myself.

1530. Still waters. Still waters run deep.

1531. Stinking fish. Never cry "Stinking fish."

1532. Stitch. A stitch in time saves nine.

1533. Stock. Whoso lacketh a stock, his gain's not worth a chip.

1534. Stolen kisses. Stolen kisses are sweet.

1535. Stomach. The full stomach loatheth the honeycomb, but to the hungry every bitter thing is sweet.

1536. Stomach. With stomach, wife, and conscience keep on good terms.

1537. Stone wall.

Hard upon hard makes a bad stone wall;
But soft upon soft makes none at all.

1538. Stools. Between two stools he comes to the ground.

[87]1539. Stoop. He must stoop that hath a low door.

1540. Storm. After a storm comes a calm.

1541. Store. Store is no sore.

1542. Story. One story is good until another's told.

1543. Straight trees. Straight trees have crooked roots.

1544. Stratagem. By stratagem, not valour.

1545. Stream. No striving against the stream.

1546. Strife. Weight and measure take away strife.

1547. Strife. Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the good man and his wife.

1548. Strike. Strike while the iron is hot.

1549. Strokes. Little strokes fell great oaks.

1550. Study. Morning is the time for study.

1551. Stumbles. He that runs in the night stumbles.

1552. Stumbles. He that stumbles twice over the same stone, deserves to break his shins.

1553. Stumbles. 'Tis a good horse that never stumbles, and a good wife that never grumbles.

1554. Subjects' love. The subjects' love is the king's lifeguard.

1555. Success. Nothing succeeds like success.

1556. Success.

'Tis not in mortals to command success,
But we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.

1557. Suckers. The young suckers drain the old tree.

1558. Sufferance. Of sufferance comes ease.

[88]1559. Sufficient. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

1560. Suit. That suit is best that best fits me.

1561. Sunshine. No sunshine but hath some shadow.

1562. Supperless. Better go to bed supperless than to rise in debt.

1563. Suppers. Light suppers make long lives.

1564. Sure. Sure bind, sure find.

1565. Surgeon. A good surgeon must have an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.

1566. Swallow. One swallow does not make a summer.

1567. Swallow. One swallow makes not a spring, nor one woodcock a winter.

1568. Sweat. No sweat, no sweet.

1569. Sweep. Sweep before your own door.

1570. Sweep. They have need of a besom that sweep the house with a turf.

1571. Sweet. He deserves not the sweet that will not taste the sour.

1572. Swim. He must needs swim that's held up by the chin.

1573. Swim. Never trust yourself out of your depth till you can swim.

1574. Sword. He that strikes with the sword shall be beaten with the scabbard.

1575. Sword. Who draws his sword against his prince must throw away the scabbard.



1576. Table. A poor man's table is soon spread.

1577. Table. Who depends upon another man's table often dines late.

1578. Tale-bearer. Remove the tale-bearer and contention ceaseth.

1579. Tale-bearers. Put no faith in tale-bearers.

1580. Talk. Talk of the devil and his imp appears.

1581. Talkers. The greatest talkers are always the least doers.

1582. Talking. Talking pays no toll.

1583. Taste. To him that hath lost his taste, sweet is sour.

1584. Teacheth. He teacheth ill who teacheth all.

1585. Tears. Nothing dries up sooner than tears.

1586. Teeth. A man may dig his grave with his teeth.

1587. Temperance. Temperance is the best physic.

1588. Tempter. The tempter is the greater rogue.

1589. Thanks. He loseth his thanks who promiseth and delayeth.

1590. Thatched. When I have thatched his house he would throw me down.

1591. Thief. Give a thief rope enough and he'll hang himself.

1592. Thief. The thief's sorry because he is caught, not because he is the thief.

1593. Thief. Set a thief to take a thief.

[90]1594. Thieves. All are not thieves that dogs bark at.

1595. Think. One may think that dares not speak.

1596. Think. Think twice before you speak once.

1597. Think. Think much, speak little, and write less.

1598. Think.

Who thinks to live must live to think,
Else mind and body lose their link.

1599. Thinks. The horse thinks one thing, and he that rides him another.

1600. Thinkers. Thinkers govern toilers.

1601. Thistles. Gather thistles, expect prickles.

1602. Thistles. He that sows nothing plants thistles.

1603. Thorn. No rose without a thorn.

1604. Thorn. The thorn comes forth with his point forwards.

1605. Thorns. Roses, mind you, have thorns.

1606. Thorns. He that handles thorns shall prick his fingers.

1607. Thoughts. Second thoughts are best.

1608. Thoughts. Thoughts are free.

1609. Threatened. There are more threatened than struck.

1610. Threepence. If you make not much of threepence you'll ne'er be worth a groat.

1611. Thrifty. Thrifty men are fond of thrifty sayings.

1612. Thrive.

He that will thrive must rise at five.
He that hath thriven may lie till seven.

[91]1613. Thunder. Thunder in December foretells fine weather.

1614. Thunders. When it thunders the thief becomes honest.

1615. Thyself. For what thou canst do thyself rely not on another.

1616. Tide. There is a tide in the affairs of man which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.

1617. Tide. Every tide has its ebb.

1618. Tide. The tide will fetch away what the ebb brings.

1619. Time. Take time by the forelock.

1620. Time. A mouse, in time, may bite in two a cable.

1621. Time. Take time when time is, for time will away.

1622. Time. Time and tide tarry for no man.

1623. Time. Time assuages the greatest grief.

1624. Time. Time cures sorrow.

1625. Time. Time is the rider that breaks youth.

1626. Time. Time tries all.

1627. Timely. Timely blossom timely ripe.

1628. Title. Simon Noland, clown, is a better style and title than Humphrey Hadland, gent.

1629. To-day. To-day me, to-morrow thee.

1630. Tom. He's Tom Tell-troth.

1631. To-morrow. To-morrow comes never.

[92]1632. Tongue. A man may hold his tongue in an ill time.

1633. Tongue. Temper the tongue.

1634. Tongue. Confine your tongue, lest it confine you.

1635. Tongue. Keep your tongue within your teeth.

1636. Tongue.

The tongue breaketh bone,
Though itself have none.

1637. Tongue. The tongue's not steel, yet it cuts.

1638. Tongue. The tongue talks at the head's cost.

1639. Tongue. One tongue is enough for a woman.

1640. Tongue. Who has not a good tongue, ought to have good hands.

1641. Too late. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

1642. Tools. A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

1643. Tools. What is a workman without his tools?

1644. Too far. Too far east is west.

1645. Too much. He that grasps at too much, holds fast nothing.

1646. Top sawyers. We can't all be top sawyers.

1647. Trade. He that hath a trade hath an estate.

1648. Trade. Every man to his trade.

1649. Trade. Trade knows neither friends nor kindred.

1650. Trade. Trade is the mother of money.

1651. Trades. Jack of all trades, and master of none.

1652. Tradesman. A tradesman who gets not loseth.

[93]1653. Travels. He that travels far knows much.

1654. Tree. A tree is known by its fruit, and not by its leaves.

1655. Tree. Remove an old tree and it will wither to death.

1656. Trees. Set trees poor, and they will grow rich; set them rich, and they will grow poor.

1657. Trees. You cannot see wood for trees.

1658. Trifle. Fall not out with a friend for a trifle.

1659. Trouble. He who seeketh trouble never misseth it.

1660. Troubled waters. Never fish in troubled waters.

1661. Troubles. Never make troubles of trifles.

1662. Troubles. Hidden troubles disquiet most.

1663. True word. There's many a true word spoken in jest.

1664. True. That is true which all men say.

1665. Trust.

If you trust before you try,
You may repent it ere you die.

1666. Trust. Trust in God, and keep your powder dry.

1667. Trust not. Trust not a broken staff.

1668. Trust not. Trust not a horse's heel, nor a dog's tooth.

1669. Truth. Truth lies in a well.

1670. Truth. Truth is stranger than fiction.

1671. Truth. Fair fall truth and daylight.

1672. Truth. Speak the truth and shame the devil.

[94]1673. Truth. Truth hath a good face, but bad clothes.

1674. Truth. Truth may be blamed, but it can't be shamed.

1675. Truth.

Whatever you do, whatever you say,
Tell your doctor and lawyer the truth alway.

1676. Try. Try your friend before you trust him.

1677. Tub. Every tub must stand on its own bottom.

1678. Turn. One good turn deserves another.

1679. Turned. Swine, women, and bees are not to be turned.

1680. Twelfth day. At twelfth-day the days are lengthened a cock's stride.

1681. Twenty. As good twenty as nineteen.

1682. Twice. If things were to be done twice, all would be wise.

1683. Two faces. Never carry two faces under one hat.

1684. Two heads. Two heads are better than one.

1685. Two places. One cannot be in two places at once.

1686. Two Sundays. When two Sundays come in one week—that is, never.


1687. Unhappy. An unhappy lad may make a good man.

1688. Units. The greatest number is made up of units.

[95]1689. Unknown. Unknown, unmissed.

1690. Unminded. Unminded, unmoaned.

1691. Untaught. Better untaught than ill-taught.

1692. Use. Use is second nature.

1693. Use. Use the means, and God will give the blessing.

1694. Utility. Utility is preferable to grandeur.


1695. Valentine's day.

On Valentine's day will a good goose lay,
If she be a good goose, her dame well to pay,
She will lay two eggs before Valentine's day.

1696. Valley. He who stays in the valley will never get over the hill.

1697. Valour. Valour can do little without discretion.

1698. Valour. Valour that parleys is near yielding.

1699. Venture. Nothing venture nothing win.

1700. Venture. Venture a small fish to catch a great one.

1701. Venture. Venture not all in one ship.

1702. Very last. Fools think themselves wise to the very last.

1703. Vicar of Bray. The vicar of Bray will be vicar of Bray still.

1704. Vice. Vice is nourished by being concealed.

1705. Vine. Make the vine poor, and it will make you rich.

[96]1706. Vinegar. The sweetest wine makes the sharpest vinegar.

1707. Virtues. Search others for their virtues, thyself for their faults.

1708. Vows. Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.


1709. Wager. A wager is a fool's argument.

1710. Wages. He who serves well need not be afraid to ask his wages.

1711. Waits. He that waits on another man's trencher, makes many a late dinner.

1712. Want. The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.

1713. Want of. For want of a nail the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe the horse is lost; for want of a horse the rider is lost.

1714. War. War, hunting, and law, are as full of trouble as pleasure.

1715. War. War is death's feast.

1716. War. Who preacheth war is the devil's chaplain.

1717. War (good). He that makes a good war makes a good peace.

1718. Wares (good). Good wares make quick markets.

1719. Warm. He that is warm thinks all are so.

1720. Warm. He is wise enough that can keep himself warm in winter.

[97]1721. Warm.

The head and feet kept warm,
The rest will take no harm.

1722. Washing. There's no washing the blackamore white.

1723. Waste. Waste not, want not.

1724. Waste. Wilful waste makes woeful want.

1725. Watch. Good watch prevents misfortune.

1726. Watch. You may be a wise man though you cannot make a watch.

1727. Watched pot. A watched pot never boils.

1728. Water. Water bewitched.

1729. Water. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

1730. Wax. He that hath a head of wax must not walk in the sun.

1731. Way. Where there's a will there's a way.

1732. Ways (more). There are more ways to kill a dog than hanging.

1733. Ways. To him that wills ways are not wanting.

1734. Weakest. Let the weakest go to the wall.

1735. Weakest. Where it is weakest there the thread breaketh.

1736. Wealth. Their folly pleads the privilege of wealth.

1737. Wearer. The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

1738. Wearing. Everything is the worse for wearing.

1739. Wears. Constant dropping wears the stone.

[98]1740. Weather. 'Tis pity fair weather should do any harm.

1741. Weather (change). Any flat can talk of change of weather.

1742. Wedding. Wedding and ill-wintering tame both man and beast.

1743. Wedlock. Wedlock is a padlock.

1744. Weds. Who weds ere he be wise shall die ere he thrive.

1745. Weep. As great a pity to see a woman weep, as to see a goose go barefoot.

1746. Welcome. As welcome as the flowers in May.

1747. Welcome. "Welcome death," quoth the rat, when the trap fell down.

1748. Welcome. Welcome is the best dish on the table.

1749. Well. Let well alone.

1750. Well. When the well is dug it is easy enough to pump.

1751. Well-doing. Be not weary of well-doing.

1752. Well-ordered. All things are soon prepared in a well-ordered house.

1753. Wells. Well-drawn wells give the sweetest water.

1754. Wept. I wept when I was born, and every day shows why.

1755. Whet. A whet is no let [hindrance].

1756. Whistle. You may pay too dear for your whistle.

[99]1757. Why. There's ne'er a why, but there's a wherefore.

1758. Wide. Wide will wear but narrow will tear.

1759. Wife. Choose your wife on Saturday, and not on a Sunday.

1760. Wife. He that goes far from home for a wife, either intends to cheat or will be cheated.

1761. Wife. A man's best fortune or his worst is his wife.

1762. Wife. There is one good wife in the country, and every man thinks he hath her.

1763. Wife (good). A good wife makes a good husband.

1764. Wife (good).

A good wife and health
Are a man's best wealth.

1765. Wife (good).

Saith Solomon the wise
A good wife's a prize.

1766. Wife (news). He that tells his wife news is but newly married.

1767. Wild oats. Happy is he who hath sown his wild oats betimes.

1768. Wiles. Wise men are not caught by wiles.

1769. Wilful. If wilful will to water, wilful must be drowned.

1770. Wilful man. A wilful man never wants woe.

1771. Will. Take the will for the deed.

1772. Will. They that cannot do as they will, must do as they can.

1773. Will. Will without reason is blind.

1774. Will not. If one will not, another will.

[100]1775. Will (ready). Where the will is ready, the feet are light.

1776. Will (way). Where there's a will there's a way.

1777. Willing horse. All lay load on the willing horse.

1778. Willing mind. Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.

1779. Willows. Willows are weak, yet they bend other wood.

1780. Win. Win first, lose last.

1781. Wind (north).

When the wind's in the north
You need not go forth [to fish].

1782. Wind (east).

When the wind's in the east
The fish will bite least.

1783. Wind (south).

When the wind's in the south
The bait goes in their mouth.

1784. Wind (west).

When the wind's in the west
The fish will bite best.

1785. Wind.

Where the wind is on Candlemas Day
There it will stick to the end of May.

1786. Wind (east).

When the wind is in the east,
'Tis neither good for man nor beast.

1787. Wind (ill). It's an ill wind that blows nobody good.

1788. Wind (south).

When the wind's in the south
It's in the rain's mouth.

1789. Wind (still).

No weather is ill
If the wind be still.

[101]1790. Windfalls. None ever yet got fat on windfalls.

1791. Windmill. You cannot drive a windmill with a pair of bellows.

1792. Wine. More have been drowned in wine than water.

1793. Wine. When wine sinks, words swim.

1794. Wine. Wine is the master's, but the goodness is the drawer's.

1795. Wine (good). Good wine needs no bush.

1796. Wine (in). When wine is in, wit is out.

1797. Wine (turncoat). Wine is a turncoat, first a friend, then an enemy.

1798. Wink. Wink at small faults.

1799. Wink. A wink's as good as a nod to a blind horse.

1800. Winter (good). A good winter brings a good summer.

1801. Winter. Winter finds out what summer lays up.

1802. Wisdom. By wisdom peace, by peace plenty.

1803. Wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

1804. Wisdom. Wisdom rides upon the ruins of folly.

1805. Wise. Better wise than wealthy.

1806. Wise men. Wise men care not for what they cannot have.

1807. Wishes. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

[102]1808. Wishes. If wishes were thrushes, beggars would eat birds.

1809. Wishes. If wishes would bide, beggars would ride.

1810. Wishes. If wishes were butter-cakes, beggars would bite.

1811. Wit. Wit is the lightning of the mind.

1812. Wit. Wit bought is twice taught.

1813. Wit. You may truss up all his wit in an egg-shell.

1814. Wit. Wit ill applied is a dangerous weapon.

1815. Wit. Wit is folly, unless a wise man hath the keeping of it.

1816. Wit. Wit may be bought too dear.

1817. Wits. He that lives upon his wits, breaks for want of stock.

1818. Wive. A man cannot both wive and thrive in a year.

1819. Woe. Woe follows wickedness.

1820. Wolf. He had enough to keep the wolf from the door.

1821. Wolves. Wolves lose their teeth, but not their memory.

1822. Woman's strength. A woman's strength is in her tongue.

1823. Woman's work. A woman's work is never at an end.

1824. Women. Discreet women have neither eyes nor ears.

[103]1825. Women (wills). Women must have their wills while they live, because they make none when they die.

1826. Wonder. A wonder lasts but nine days.

1827. Woo. To woo is a pleasure in young men, a fault in old.

1828. Woodcock. One woodcock does not make a winter.

1829. Wooing.

Happy is the wooing,
That is not long a-doing.

1830. Wool. Many go for wool and come back shorn.

1831. Wool sellers. Wool sellers know wool buyers.

1832. Word. An honest man's word is as good as his bond.

1833. Words.

A man of words and not of deeds,
Is like a garden full of weeds.

1834. Words.

Words are but sands,
'Tis money buys lands.

1835. Words.

Sometimes words
Wound more than swords.

1836. Words. Words are like weights, gravity gives them effect.

1837. Words. Words are for women, actions for men.

1838. Words and blows.

Words are but wind,
But blows unkind.

1839. Word (enough). A word is enough to the wise.

1840. Words (evening). Words spoken in an evening the wind carrieth away.

[104]1841. Words (fair). Fair words butter no parsnips.

1842. Words (fair). Fair words will not keep a cat from starving.

1843. Words (few). Few words are best.

1844. Words (good). Good words cool more than cold water.

1845. Words (good). Good words fill not a sack.

1846. Words (many). Many words will not fill a bushel.

1847. Words (soft). Soft words hurt not the mouth.

1848. Work. They that will not work in heat, must hunger in frost.

1849. Workmen (bad). Bad workmen always complain of their tools.

1850. World. One half of the world knows not how the other half lives.

1851. World. The world is his who knows how to wait for it.

1852. World. The world was never so dull but if one won't another will.

1853. World. This world is nothing except it tend to the next.

1854. World's pulse. There needs a long time to know the world's pulse.

1855. Worm. Tread on a worm and it will turn.

1856. Worst. When things get to the worst, they'll mend.

1857. Worst spoke. The worst spoke in the cart-wheel breaks first.

[105]1858. Would.

"He that wolde not when he might,
He shall not when he wold-a."

1859. Wounds. Wounds may heal, but not those made by ill words.

1860. Wranglers. Wranglers never want words.

1861. Wrath. A soft answer turneth away wrath.

1862. Wrestle. He that is thrown would ever wrestle.

1863. Wretch. He who maketh others wretched is himself a wretch, whether prince or peasant.

1864. Wrongs. Two wrongs will not make a right.

1865. Wrong sow. To take the wrong sow by the ear.


1866. Year. Say no ill of the year till it is passed.

1867. Years. Years know more than books.

1868. Yes and no.

Between a woman's yes and no,
There is not room for a pin to go.

1869. Yorkshire. Yorkshire fashion—every man pay his share.

1870. Young. Old young, and old long.

1871. Yourself. Help yourself and your friends will like you.

1872. Yourself. If you want a thing done, do it yourself.

1873. Youth. A growing youth hath a wolf in his stomach.

1874. Youth.

If youth knew what age would crave.
It would both get and save.

[106]1875. Youth. Youth and white paper take any impression.

1876. Youth. Youth will have its swing.

1877. Yule. Yule is good on Yule even.


1878. Zeal. Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.

1879. Zeal. Zeal without knowledge is frenzy.

1880. Zeal. Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly.


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The Subject Words of the Dictionary are not repeated here.

Word No.
Ability—gentility 668
Abroad—beef 460
Abundance—money 1099
Accuser 735
Acorn—October 1167
Acquittance 614
Acquaintances 571
Actions 1282
Actions for men 1837
Advantage 628
Adversity—friends 645
Adversity tries 1301
Affairs—others 1305
Affairs of men 1616
Afraid—cowardice 342
Afternoon—fair 1104
Age—rueful 1342
Age—save 1390
Age—youth 1874
Agrees worse 1302
Air—castles 206
Alloy—joy 874
Almanacks 330
Alone—better 54
Amends—angry 32
Angry man 827
Another's table 1577
Answer—fool 603
Appetite 475
Apple—rotten 1372
April—rainy 1052
Architect 625
Argument—fact 528
Argument—wager 1709
Arm—bone in 143
Armour—hog 790
Ash 454
Asleep—sorrow 1475
Ass—head 765
Ass—mere 1403
Ass—ride 1361
Autumn 48
Bachelors 1039
Back—the 169
Bacon—father's 241
Bad clothes—truth 1673
Bad company 84
Bad excuse 516
Bad sack 1378
Baggage—riches 1360
Bait—fishes' mouth 589
Bait—wind 1783
Bake—brew 164
Bankrupt—beggar 95
[108]Bare—spare 1483
Barefoot 392
Bargain—bad 113
Bark at—thieves 1594
Barks—old dog 1175
Barley—St. David's 1382
Barrel—knock 798
Bartholomew—St. 420
Basket—one 478
Bat—blind 132
Battle—afraid 12
Battle—colours 291
Battle—hard 498
Beast—nature 1133
Beauty—fancy 546
Bed—early to 463
Bed—supperless 1562
Bed-fellows 796
Bed-fellows—poverty 1279
Beef—buys 86
Bees—turned 1679
Beg—poor 1358
Beggar—quarrel 1322
Beggars—bite 1810
Beggars—eat birds 1808
Beggars—ride 1809
Beggars—wishes 1807
Beggar's purse 1302
Beggary 837
Bellows—windmill 1791
Besom—sweep 1570
Best day—Wednesday 1094
Better—good 699
Bide—wishes 1809
Bill—bites 336
Bind—fast 551
Bind—sure 1564
Bird—best 1211
Birdcall 587
Bird—catch 1386
Bird—early 465
Bird—fairest 361
Bird—old 223
Bird—roost 1366
Bird—sing 1442
Birds—little 970
Birds of prey 1291
Bite—bark 442
Bite best—fish 1784
Bite—beggars 1810
Bite—fish 1782
Bite—own dog 1203
Biters—barkers 71
Bitter—sweet 829
Bitter thing 1535
Blackamore 1722
Blackberries 1262
Blame—bidden 118
Blame—pity 1251
Blamed—truth 1674
Blessing—God 1693
Blind—will 1773
Blind horse—mettle 1074
Blind horse—wink 1799
Blind—love 1001
Blossom—timely 1627
Blow—felled 1165
Blow—first 578
Blow—second 1410
Blows—unkind 1838
Blows—wind 1787
Boast—great 140
Body—think 1598
Bond—honest man's 1832
Bone—bred 162
Bone—tongue 1636
Bones—buys 23
Book—author 50
Books—years 1867
Born—stable 1514
Born—wept 1754
Borrow—contented 313
Borrowing 1477
Bosom—snake 1462
Bottle—milk 1076
Bottom—bare 1483
Bottom—fish 584
Bottom—spare 1484
Bottom—tub 505
Bought wit 1812
Brain—idle 832
Brains—mob 1091
[109]Branch—roost 1366
Brave—the 624
Bray—vicar of 1703
Bread—buttered 182
Bread—dry 460
Bread, no 737
Bread—eaten 623
Bread—snow 544
Breakfast 801
Breath—mother's 1112
Bride—sun 745
Brim—spare 1484
Broken at last 1250
Broken—promises 1299
Broken staff 1667
Broom—furze 660
Broth—cooks 1506
Brusher's—critics 354
Bud—nip 1150
Build—flit 1213
Build houses 613
Build—pull down 1310
Built—Rome 1369
Bung-holes 1393
Buried—rich 1140
Burneth—gown 581
Bush—beats 122
Bush—bird 120
Bush—wine 1795
Bushel—corn 1058
Business 503
Butter—cheese 1075
Butter—parsnips 1465
Butter-cakes 1810
Buttock 63
Buy—houses 613
Buyers—wool 1831
Cable—mouse 1620
Cake—good 375
Calendar 396
Calends 866
Calf—bad 339
Calm—storm 1540
Calm sea—pilot 1244
Calms—vows 1708
Calves—fat 229
Camel's back 919
Camels—gnats 682
Candle—devil 417
Candle-stick 195
Candle—sport 1509
Candlemas—wind 1785
Care—coin 287
Care—court 329
Care—goods 974
Care—kill 214
Care—sings 1444
Cares—children 248
Cart—creaks 350
Cart-wheel 1857
Castle—house 489
Cat—care 201
Cat—fair words 1842
Cat—mercy 1067
Cat—old 1173
Cat—scalded 1401
Cats—muffled 1123
Catch bird 1386
Caught—thief 1592
Certainty 227
Chance—main 226
Change mind 1083
Change of weather 1741
Chapel of devotion 225
Chastening 317
Cheap—pity 1251
Cheapest—best 111
Cheeriman—Doctor 1240
Cheese—butter 1075
Cheese—chalk 224
Chickens—count 324
Chickens—crumbs 366
Chickens—curses 371
Chickens—picking 244
Child—nurse 893
Child—train 239
Children—devil's 1013
Children—maid's 52
Children—twice 1182
Chimneys 1466
[110]Chin—swim 1572
Chip—stock 1533
Choice—the 53
Choosers—beggars 97
Christened 687
Churchyard—fat 729
Churchyard—May 810
City—pity 1252
Civility 1117
Clasp—one hand 1189
Clay—St. David's 1382
Clergy—wit 1114
Clerk—clock 268
Cloak—religion 1350
Cloth—ale 22
Cloth—coat 278
Clothes—critics 354
Cloud—pryeth 1306
Clouting—sack 1378
Clown—doctor 437
Clown—title 1628
Coat—gay 279
Cock—crows 778
Cock's stride 1680
Coin—own 1217
Cold—soon 1468
Cold water—words 1844
Colour—horse 805
Colours—treatise 135
Colt—ragged 1328
Companion—pocket 1229
Companions 1372
Company—bad 84
Company—fit 938
Comfort 908
Comforts 248
Common life 1304
Complain—workmen 1849
Confession 305
Confidence 1311
Confine—tongue 1634
Conjure down 1335
Conquer—kindness 889
Conscience—clear 307
Conscience—guilty 735
Conscience—stomach 1536
Constant dropping 1739
Contempt 542
Contention 1578
Cook—lazy 828
Cooks—broth 1506
Cooks—devil 685
Cook-shop 1520
Cool—good words 1844
Corn—April 36
Corn—buy 369
Corn—May 1053
Corn—measure 1058
Corn-bin 207
Corpse—rain 745
Cottages—love 1003
Cough—dry 461
Cough—hid 779
Cough—love 1008
Counsel—fool 604
Counsel—glass 677
Counsel—good 702
Counsellor—best 1243
Country—rich 1365
Courage 852
Courts—love 1003
Cow gives water 74
Cow—keep 1076
Cow—kissed 962
Cow—sell 369
Cow's horn 181
Cozen—cousin 334
Craft's master 1043
Craves 410
Crosses—Thursday 1094
Crown 357
Crows—cock 1174
Crows—hen 363
Cruel—cowards 341
Crumb—musician 1127
Crust—cat 211
Cry—never 1531
Cure—care 200
Cure—prevention 1290
Cut—nose 1503
Cuts—short 1431
Cuts—tongue 1637
Daintiness 820
Dance—chance 227
Danger—debt 401
Dangerous—delays 405
Dark night 918
Daughter—little 969
Daughter—son 1467
Day—longest 994
Daylight—truth 1671
Dead—speak 1488
Dear—wit 1816
Dearth—wet 49
Death—cough 461
Death—taxes 221
Death's blossoms 730
Death's feast—war 1715
Debt—sorrow 1471
Debt—supperless 1562
Deceit—brimmer 166
Deceit—smooth 1353
December—thunder 1613
Deed—better 116
Deed—will 1771
Deeds—words 713
Deeds—words 1833
Delays—desires 409
Depth—out of 406
Depth—out of 1573
Deserve—success 1556
Desire—deserve 408
Despair—hope 800
Desperate cures 379
Devil—chapel 256
Devil—colours 291
Devil—cooks 685
Devil—horseback 98
Devil—imp 1580
Devil—knife 944
Devil—quote 1327
Devil—truth 1672
Devil's chaplain 1716
Devil's delight 365
Devil's luck 1013
Devotion—short 822
Die—love 1006
Diet—Doctor 1240
Digests—cheese 233
Dines late 1577
Dinner—waits 1711
Discretion—valour 1697
Disparagement 530
Dispraise 1282
Distress—company 296
Divine—forgive 496
Doctor—death 399
Doctor—pay 177
Doctor—truth 1675
Dog—bone 142
Dog—Brag 153, 154, 155
Dog—foremost 619
Dog—hanging 1732
Dog—hare 787
Dog—keep 70
Dog—killing 744
Dog—living 986
Dog—sleeping 1451
Dogs—dainty 384
Dogs—little 748
Dog's tooth 1668
Doing—saying 1396
Donkey's gallop 1433
Door—poverty 1277
Doors—housekeeper 815
Dowry—great 723
Drawer's—wine 1794
Dream—courtship 333
Drink—ale 22
Drink by measure 474
Drink—eat 473
Drink—horse 808
Drinking—appetite 475
Drive—plough 1265
Drive—women 1349
Dropping—constant 308
Drowned—born 145
Drowned—wilful 1769
Drowned—wine 1792
Dry—ever 456
Dry—well 1729
Due—devil 414
Dull boy 1257
[112]Dunghill 285
Dust—bushel 1029
Eagles—carcase 198
Eagle's eye—surgeon 1565
Ease—honour 796
Ease—itch 863
Ease—sufferance 1558
East—rain 1329
East—too far 1644
East wind—fish 1782
East wind—man 1786
Easter—white 253
Easter day 1330
Easy chair—frugality 654
Ebb—tide 1617
Eel—hide 477
Eel—sack 780
Eggs—reason 1339
Eggs—sluts 34
Egg-shell—wit 1813
Elbow-grease 481
Ell—inch 853
End—day 994
Ends—both 190
End well 103
Enemy—faults 558
Enemy—shoots 1428
Enemy—wine 1797
England—famine 545
Englishman—house 208
Englishman—mist 1406
Enough—ask 42
Enough—word 1839
Escutcheon 137
Estate—trade 1647
Evasions—crafty 347
Evening—red 501
Evenings—clear 275
Everything—place 1254
Evil—bear 82
Evil—good 698
Evil name 510
Evil—old age 1171
Evil—root 839
Exception—rule 1374
Experience—caution 220
Extravagance 1492
Eye—picture, mind 1081
Eyes—fields 576
Eyes—hedges 775
Face—painting 1061
Face—wind 1504
Faces—fair 533
Faces—two 1683
Fair day—praise 1284
Fairest rose 1371
Fair lady 529
Fair weather 1332
Faith—tale-bearers 1579
Fall—pride 1293
Fall—sit still 1445
Fall—standing 1517
Fast bind 551
Fast-day 100
Fast—St. Stephen 1383
Fasting 314
Father—children 249
Father—like 963
Fat—windfalls 1790
Fault—amends 304
Fault-menders 555
Fault—woo 1827
Faults—search 1707
Favour—kissing 894
Fear—cruelty 364
Feast—enough 490
Feather—birds of a 123
Feathers—fine 563
Feet—light 1775
Feet—slip 1452
Feet—warm 1721
Feet—wet 217
Fellowship 1278
Fiction—truth 1670
Fiddle 940
Fiddlers—sing 1443
Fifer—pay 573
Fifer play—fiddle 574
[113]Fight—flourish 599
Fighting 1208
Filth—pools 1518
Find—seek 1413
Find—sure 1564
Fingers—thorns 1606
Fire—burnt child 172
Fire—frying-pan 656
Fire—hot 727
Fire—house 1144
Fire—quench 1323
Fire—ships 1425
Fire—slow 1021
Fire—smoke 1461
Fire—sticks 1526
Fire—zeal 1878
Fires—straight 356
Firmness 536
First—be not 1146
First sight 876
Five pounds 1320
Five—up at 593
Fish—all 1145
Fish—bite 1782
Fish bite best 1784
Fish—cat 217
Fish—small—venture 1700
Fish—small 1458
Fish—troubled waters 1660
Fishes—mute 1129
Fishing—best 402
Flail—November 1161
Flatter 313
Flattereth 7
Fleas—catching 756
Flies—hungry 825
Flies—large 929
Flies—law 928
Flint—coldest 290
Flock—infects 1399
Flood—fortune 1616
Flour—fancy 548
Flower—patience 1214
Flowers—May 38
Flowers in May 1746
Fodder—barley 74
Fodder—morning 1196
Folk—poor, pottage 1269
Folk—poor 1268
Folly—wealth 1736
Folly—wisdom 1804
Folly—wit is 1815
Folly—zeal 1880
Fool—beggar 94
Fool—bet 115
Fool—demands 1119
Fool—fifteen 1022
Fool—land 917
Fool—money 1100
Fool overtakes 1201
Fool—play 1258
Fool—scholar 1042
Fool's argument 1709
Fools—feasts 562
Fools—fiddlers 1443
Fools—harms 751
Fools—market 1032
Fools—merry 243
Fools—mistress 519
Fools—old 1178
Fools—tie 902
Fools—truth 242
Fools—wise 1702
Foot—bare 66
Foot—shoe 1426
Forbear 81
Forearmed 620
Forehead—mind 1081
Forelock—time 1619
Foresee—hazards 952
Forget—apt to 1298
Forget—forego 618
Forget—forgive 622
Forget wrong 1356
Forgotten—seen 1414
Forgotten vows 1708
Fortune—face 527
Fortune—good 424
Fortunes—manners 1025
Fortune—riches 1360
Fortune—pipes 381
Fortune—tide 1616
[114]Fortune—wife 1761
Foul heart 534
Four pounds 1320
Fox—grapes 1479
Foxes—old 1179
Fray—blow 1410
Free—spend 1496
Free—thoughts 1608
Frenzy—zeal 1879
Friday—losses 1094
Friday—Sunday 639
Friday—sing 638
Friend—court 328
Friend—faults 558
Friend—in need 1138
Friend—jest 868
Friend—leave 1018
Friend—lend 943
Friend—trifle 1658
Friend—try 1676
Friend—wine 1797
Friends—adversity 6
Friends—few 891
Friends—long 1345
Friends—old 1180
Friends—packing 700
Friends—poverty 1274
Friends—prosperity 1301
Friends—purse 659
Friends—store 686
Friends—trade 1649
Friendship—window 1277
Frost—hail 736
Frost—work 1848
Frosts—May 1089
Frugality 855
Fruit—flowers 598
Fruit—forbidden 615
Fruit—September 1418
Fruit—tree 1654
Gain—little 1205
Gain—pain 1204
Gamesters 1516
Gander—sauce 1388
Garments 146
Garner—dearth 395
Gate—creaking 349
Gate—stile 1527
Gent—title 1628
Gentleman—coat 279
Gentleness—wife 831
Giblets—alms 28
Gladness—sadness 1381
Go—send 443
God—blessing 1693
God—charity 230
God—church 256
God—church 257
God—flax 594
God—for all 504
God—friend 643
God—healeth 768
God—inches 854
God—rich 1358
God—spender 1497
God—tempers 1430
God—trust in 1666
God disposes 1023
God will send 1495
Gold—balance 60
Gold—butter 178
Gold—fetters 570
Gold—glitters 681
Gold—lead 670
Gold—spins 909
Goodness—idleness 838
Goods—care 974
Goose—alms 28
Goose—barefoot 1745
Goose—lay 1695
Goose—sauce 1388
Goose—woman 1033
Govern—thinkers 1600
Grandeur—utility 1694
Grapes—fox 1479
Grass—rain 1330
Grave—sleeping 1450
Grave—teeth 1586
Gravity—words 1836
Grief—time 1623
Griefs—marriage 1035
[115]Grin—bachelors 51
Grinds—lower millstone 1079
Groat a year 1247
Groat—penny 1227
Groat—threepence 1610
Ground—stools 1538
Hadland—title 1628
Hair—split 1505
Half done 104
Half of world 1850
Hand—bird 120
Hand—left 1362
Hands—master's 1049
Hands—pair 777
Hand to hand 1373
Handmaid of virtue 1093
Hang—thief 1591
Hanged—almost 27
Hanged—drowned 145
Hanged—half 738
Hanging—destiny 411
Hanging—dog 1732
Hardest work 1157
Hard upon hard 1537
Hare—breakfast 160
Hare—dog 787
Hare—run 811
Harm—music 1126
Harm—silence 1437
Harmony—sweetest 669
Harvest—August 47
Harvest—good 704
Haste—marry 1038
Haste—waste 1547
Hat—head 764
Hat—two faces 1683
Hatch—own egg 121
Hatched—chickens 237
Hatchet—tree falls 539
Hawk—hand-saw 740
Hay—April 36
Hay, corn and 1053
Hay—Easter 1330
Hay—load 91
Hay—needle 1139
Hay—doomsday 444
Hazards 952
Head—warm 1721
Head—wax 1730
Heads—two 1684
Heads differ 771
Heal—thyself 1239
Heal—wounds 1859
Health—mother of 1276
Health—Tuesday 1094
Health—wealth 1764
Hearsays 526
Heart—burst 731
Heart—grieve 525
Heart, mother's 1113
Heart—break 802
Heart—merry 1068
Heart—rues 523
Heart sick 799
Hearts ache 51
Hearts—true 572
Heat, work in 1848
Heaven—ladders 360
Heaven—lawyers 932
Heaven—marriages 1036
Heaven—time 1409
Heaven's gate 692
Hedge—neighbour 1141
Hedge—steal 1523
Heir—land 916
Hell—paved 861
Hen—moult 283
Hen crows 363
Highway—grass 721
Hill—valley 1696
Hills—clouds 273
Hind—bier 194
Hinges—gate 349
Hog—October 1167
Hold—plough 1265
Holdfast 153
Hold fast nothing 1645
Home—charity 231
Home—fool 1258
Home—muddles 1122
[116]Home—wife 707
Home—wife—cheat 1760
Homer 1152
Honest—just 881
Honest—thunder 1614
Honest man 346
Honest man's word 1832
Honesty—age 14
Honesty—best 898
Honesty—craft 1046
Honey—bees 92
Honeycomb 1535
Honourable—old age 15
Hope—certainty 222
Hope—life 956
Horn—April 36
Horn—pig's tail 1242
Hornets—laws 928
Horse—blind 1799
Horse—born 1514
Horse—colt 1328
Horse—gift 671
Horse—passion 1212
Horse—steal 1523
Horse—stumbles 1553
Horse—tail 765
Horse—thinks 1599
Horse—want of 1713
Horse—willing 1777
Horseback—agues 19
Horseback—beggars 98
Horse-manger 545
Horse's heel 1668
Horses—wishes 1807
Host—guest 734
Host—reckons 1343
Hot—love 1009
Hot—soon—cold 1468
Hot—soon—pot 1272
Hot—strike 1548
Hounds 180
Hour—lose 1108
Hour's sleep 1449
House—fine 1144
House—thatched 1590
House—well-ordered 1752
Houses—women 680
Human—err 496
Humble—noble 1151
Hunger—work 1848
Hungry—sweet 1535
Hunters—horn 804
Hunting—trouble 1714
Hurt—afraid 13
Hurt—cry 367
Hurt—healed 767
Husband—good 1763
Husbands—roam 1122
Ill—do 1155
Ill—doing 1160
Ill fortune 1034
Ill-luck 1014
Ill-taught 1691
Ill wed 738
Ill words—wounds 1859
Imp—devil 1580
Impression—youth 1875
Inheritance 87
Ink and pen 1225
Inscription 358
Instinct—woman's 860
Invention 1136
Iron—strike 1548
Iron Age 694
Jack of all trades 1651
Jack—play 1257
James—Saint 803
Janiveer—grass 719
Jest—true word 1663
Jest not 856
Jewel—woman 386
Jill—Jack 865
Job—patient 1216
Job—poor 1267
Joys 1035
July—bees 91
June—corn 316
[117]June—dripping 462
June—weather 188
Justice—clerk 262
Kernel 344
Kettle—black 1273
Keys of the year 35
Kill—dog 1732
Kindred—poor 1268
Kindred—trade 1649
King—cat 210
King's guard 1554
King's horses 46
King's ransom 1029
Kingdom 318
Kisses—stolen 1534
Kitchen—dinner 426
Kitchen—fat 895
Kitten—laps 1173
Knife—devil 944
Knight—strongest 73
Knowledge—decreaseth 797
Knowledge—folly 1880
Knowledge—frenzy 1879
Knowledge—zeal 1878
Labour—seek 1413
Lack—love 1000
Lad—unhappy 1687
Ladder—crosses 359
Ladders—step 912
Lade—nutshell 1164
Ladle—sceptre 1402
Lady's hand—surgeon 1565
Lamb—hung 819
Land—money 1286
Land—little 976
Lands—words 1834
Lane—long 992
Larks—lovers 1010
Last—cobbler 281
Last, be not 1146
Laugh—hearts ache 51
Law—costly 17
Law—necessity 1134
Law—possession 1271
Law—trouble 1714
Laws—lords 996
Law breakers 927
Lawyer—hide 781
Lawyer—truth 1675
Lawyer—young 438
Lazy—long 531
Lead—balance 60
Lead—butter 178
Lead—gold 670
Leaf—grave 651
Lean—sorrow 1472
Leap—look 989
Leaves—tree 1654
Leeks—lovers 1010
Leisure 833
Lenders—bad 1498
Lent—salmon 1385
Liberty—marries 1037
Lie, many a 747
Life—quiet 1326
Lifeguard, king's 1554
Life—end 1499
Light—zeal 1878
Light heart 1319
Light suppers 1563
Light work 1026
Lightning—wit 1811
Liking—life 955
Link—think 1598
Lion, dead 970
Lion, dead—dog 986
Lion's heart—surgeon 1565
Liquors—weak 977
Little and little 1460
Little—loud 531
Little strokes 1549
Live, eat to 472
Lives, nine 214
Lives on wit 1817
Load—willing horse 1777
Lock—gold 693
Loft—fruit 1418
[118]Logs 356
London—news 326
Long lives—suppers 1563
Longest—short cuts 1431
Lordship 569
Lose—substance 1420
Lose all 717
Lose last 1780
Losses—Friday 1094
Lost—occasion 1166
Lost all 1121
Loud—little 531
Love—faith 536
Love—lordship 569
Love—quietness 1325
Love rules 1375
Love—self 1416
Love, subjects' 1554
Loves—dearly 1235
Loves not 1491
Luck, ill 847
Luck—Saturday 1094
Lurch—friend 1018
Madness 676
Mahomet 1116
Maid—children 52
Maid—honest 707
Maids—dun 1027
Maladies—much 1059
Man—head 763
Manners—good 506
Manners—meat 1060
March—April 37
March—bridge 565
March—frosts 650
March—mists 1089
March—windy 1052
March grass 718
Mare to go 1102
Market—fool 1258
Market—rate 1030
Married—needy 1140
Married, newly 1766
Marries—son 388
Marry—bad 1040
Marry—match 1044
Master—fire 580
Master—marry 1044
Master—purse 1314
Master—trades 1651
Master-blow 1354
Master-craft 346
Master-craft 1046
Masters, good 1419
Master's—wine 1794
Maxim—good 705
May and April 35
May—beautiful 1052
May—bees 91
May—cold 1053
May—corn 316
May—frosts 650
May—frosts—mists 1089
May—hot 810
May—marry 1040
May—merry 1073
May—shear 1423
May—sows 1481
May—sun 1027
May—weather 866
May—welcome 1746
May—wind 1785
May flood 597
May flowers 38
Meal—little 158
Meal—mill 1077
Measure—strife 1546
Meat—ale 22
Meat—best 343
Meat—cooks 685
Meat—merry 1070
Meat—mouths 1118
Meat—quick 1324
Meat—sweet 1389
Meddling 476
Meet—old friends 1180
Memories 352
Memory—liar 945
Memory—wolves 1821
[119]Men, old 422
Men—reins 1349
Mend—worst 1856
Mice—cat's away 209
Mice—catch 213
Mile—miss 1088
Mill—grind 732
Mills—clouds 273
Mind—picture 1081
Mind—sight 1436
Mind—speech 1493
Mind—think 1598
Mind—wit 1811
Minds, little—soured 977
Minds—little things 978
Minds—light 1459
Minister—hide 781
Minute too late 1641
Misfortune—watch 1725
Mist—Scotch 1406
Mole 39
Mole-hill 1115
Monday—Christmas 255
Money buys land 1834
Money—land 1286
Money—ready 1336
Money—spots 1511
Money—trade 1650
Monk—devil 419
More—much 1121
Moon 106
Morning, bit in the 128
Morning—cloudy 457
Morning, cloudy—moon 1104
Morning—fodder 1196
Morning—grey 501
Morning—law 925
Morning—study 1550
Mornings—cloudy 275
Mortals—success 1556
Moss—stone 1367
Mote—self-love 1416
Mother—daughter 389
Mother—little 969
Mother—necessity 1136
Mother—poverty 1454
Mother of money 1650
Mother's blessing 240
Mouse—cable 1620
Mouse—cat sees 212
Mouse—cat winketh 215
Mouse—drowned 455
Mouse—one hole 1190
Mouse—plough 1263
Mouth—close 269
Mouth—fishes' 589
Mouth—melt 179
Mouth—spoon 1441
Mow—early 464
Muck—riches 1359
Mud—beans 78
Mud—clear 261
Mushroom 560
Nag 297
Nail—door 391
Nail—second 452
Nail—want of 1713
Name, good—life 1132
Name, good—riches 1130
Neighbour—evil 931
Nest—defile 842
Nettle—dock 436
Newcastle 205
News—country 326
Night—good 55
Night—law 925
Night—stumble 1551
Nine days' wonder 1826
Ninepence 1149
Nine points 1271
Nineteen—twenty 1681
No—woman's 1868
Nod—wink 1799
Noland—title 1628
Note—music 1127
Nothing—cheese 234
Nothing—children 246
Nothing—promise 1296
North—wind 1781
[120]Nose—off 1503
Nothing—venture 1699
Nut—crack 344
Nut—sound 1478
Nuts—sluts 34
Oak 454
Oaks—great 1549
Oats 867
Oats—St. David's 1382
Oats—wild 1767
Obey 149
Office—Jack 864
Oil, in fire 1323
Old—learn 937
Old—long 1870
Old—needy 835
Old—spare 1485
Old age 654
Old block 251
Old men—woo 1827
Old praise 1285
Old saws 1040
Old sore 1185
Old tree 1351
Old wife 1137
Old wine 1181
Old young 1870
Order 1347
Ornament—silence 1439
Ounce—mischief 1086
"Our Father" 258
Overcome 487
Owl—lantern 918
Ox—drink 450
Ox—steal 1521
Oxen—plough 1264
Pack—own 1224
Pack—small 1223
Padlock—wedlock 1743
Pain—pride 1292
Pains—gains 661
Pains—idle 834
Pains—lazy folk 933
Paint—faces 533
Painting—face 1061
Pair—couple 327
Paradise 488
Pardons—offender 1169
Parleys—valour 1698
Parsnips—fair words 1841
Parsnips—soft words 1465
Passions—absence 1
Pasture—change of 229
Pater-noster—churches 258
Path—puddle 1307
Patrimony—diligence 423
Paul—Peter 1238
Pause—bargain 69
Pay—sorrow 1471
Pay—too dear 1756
Pay—Yorkshire 1869
Peace—war 1717
Peace—wisdom 1802
Peas—like 961
Peasant—wretch 1863
Peck—of ashes 41
Pence—care of 202
Penny—companion 298
Penny—for friend 830
Penny—shilling 1500
Perform—quick 1297
Peter—Paul 1238
Philosopher's stone 310
Physic—ague 18
Physic—plague 907
Physic—temperance 1587
Physician—defy 567
Physician—fool 606
Physician—hide 781
Physician—thanks 768
Picture—speech 1493
Pie-crusts 1299
Pig—child's 241
Pig's tail—horn 1242
Pilot—calm sea 187
Pin—steal 1522
Pinch—friend 1337
[121]Pinches—shoe 1427
Pitchers—ears 466
Pitied—envied 493
Place—sit in 1253
Places—two 1685
Plaister—patience 1215
Plant—removed 1352
Play—cards 199
Pleasure—tax 431
Pleasure—woo 1827
Plentiful—pity 1251
Plenty—peace 1802
Poison—weed 127
Poke—pig 183
Policy—honesty 793
Poor—beg 1358
Poor—giving to 675
Poor—honour 795
Poor man's table 1576
Pope—would be 1270
Pot—ladle 911
Pot—watched 1727
Pottage—other's 1400
Pottage—poor 1269
Pottage—prettiness 1288
Pottage—sluts 1457
Pottle—hay 1139
Pound foolish 1232
Pound—in for 1230
Pound—mischief 1086
Pounds—care of 202
Pounds—pence 1226
Pours—rains 1334
Poverty—debt 400
Poverty—sloth 1454
Powder—trust 1666
Power—knowledge 904
Praise—self 1417
Precept—example 514
Prickles—thistles 1601
Pride—ingratitude 857
Prince—sword 1575
Prince—wretch 1863
Privilege—folly 1736
Prize—wife 1765
Profit—pains 1206
Promises—pity 1251
Prosperity—friends 645
Prosperity—gold 690
Proud—black and 531
Proud—cock 285
Provender—carry 807
Provident—harvests 704
Puddings—dirty 384
Pudding—end 486
Pudding—proof 1300
Pulse—world's 1854
Purse—ask thy 43
Purse—courtesy 331
Purse—empty 484
Purse—fills 1170
Purse—heavy 960
Purse—little 968
Purse—no money 1103
Purse—penny 1228
Quarrels—tools 1642
Quart—neighbour 1142
Quick—markets 1718
Quick—perform 1297
Quiet—Doctor 1240
R—oysters 1202
Rain—Candlemas 192
Rain—corpse 745
Raven—starling 129
Reason—bluster 139
Reason—will 1773
Reasoning—man's 860
Rebellion—oppression 1194
Reckoning—feast 561
Reckonings—short 1432
Repent—marry 1038
Repent—trust 1665
Repentance—late 309
Rest—rain 1331
Revenge—best 621
Reversion—kingdom 318
Reward—desert 407
[122]Ribs—birchen twigs 119
Rich—adversity 5
Rich—die 1266
Rich—fifty 741
Rich—lucky 1015
Rich—shame 795
Riches—children 245
Riches—name 1130
Rider—lost 1713
Rider—time 1625
Right—two wrongs 1864
Rise—early to 463
Rise at five 1612
Road—companion 297
Roast—small 140
Roast beef 460
Roasting—eggs 1339
Robbery—exchange 515
Robs Peter 1238
Rock—ruled by 1370
Rogues—laws 930
Rolling stone 1367
Roost—curses 371
Roots—crooked 1543
Rope enough 1591
Ropes—sand 1387
Rose—thorn 1603
Roses—thorns 1605
Ruins—youth 1099
Ruins of folly 1804
Rules—woman 1348
Runs—stumbles 1551
Rushes—good words 713
Saddle—colt 292
Sail—Friday 640
Sail—sea 1407
Salt—advice 8
Salt of life 173
Sands—words 1834
Satins—kitchen 897
Saturday—no luck 1094
Saturday—wife 1759
Sauce—hunger 824
Save—spend 1494
Save—youth 1874
Saved—penny 1231
Saving—alchemy 21
Sawyers—top 1646
Sayings—thrifty 1611
Scarce—good men 1188
Scholar—mere 1403
Scholar—fool 1042
Scripture—quote 1327
Sea—calm 187
Sea—fish 588
Sea—lade 1164
Sea—luck 1012
Sea—pray 1287
Second nature 1692
Second thoughts 1607
Seed, good 512
Seen—seldom 1414
Send—go 443
Send—sigh 1435
Sermon—salmon 1385
Servants, good 1419
Seven—rise at 1612
Seven years 228
Shadow—crooked 355
Shadow—light 958
Shadow—sunshine 1561
Shame—devil 1672
Shame—pride 1294
Shave—hand-saw 739
Shaven—bald head 61
Sheep—buy 369
Sheep—hung 819
Sheep—scabbed 1399
Sheep—shear 1423
Sheep—shorn 1430
Shells—eggs 23
Shilling—slow 1149
Shilling—spends 1500
Ship—crazy 348
Ship—great 726
Ship—leak 936
Ship—own 197
Ship—sail 1384
Ship—stocks 877
Ship—tar 1507
[123]Ships—November 1161
Shipwreck—complain 300
Shirt, ragged 1256
Shoe, finest 1426
Shoe fits 592
Shoe pinches 1248
Shoe, want of 1713
Shot—bolt 612
Shovel—silver 935
Shower—drops 453
Sick—devil 419
Sickness—devotion 225
Silent—man 1528
Silent—speak 1487
Silver—butter 178
Silver lining—cloud 271
Silver—white 1440
Sing—birds 1291
Sing—can 124
Sing—say 1395
Sings—Friday 638
Sin, none without 1312
Sin—sorrow 1473
Sink—leak 936
Sit—awhile 425
Sit—lowly 1011
Sit still 1445
Skin deep—beauty 88
Slander—confession 303
Slave—secret 1411
Sleep on it 1243
Sloe-tree—barley 72
Sloth—harms 910
Sloven 1457
Slow—promise 1297
Sluts, eat after 34
Smack—pepper 1233
Smell—kitchen 896
Snow—bread 544
Snow—lies 193
Snow—water 141
Soberness—conceals 459
Soft answer 1861
Soft upon soft 1537
Solomon—wife 1765
Son—like 963
Son—marries 388
Sore eye—elbow 480
Sore—store 1541
Sores—patience 1215
Sorrow—joy 875
Sorrow—lies 870
Sorrow—mirth 1084
Sorrow—time 1624
Sorrows—less 427
Soul—cleansed 317
Souls—large 972
Sour—sauce 871
Sour—sweet 1571
Sow—wrong 1865
Sow's ear—purse 1315
Spain—wine 450
Spaniel—beaten 85
Speak little 1597
Speak once—think 1596
Speak—purse 658
Speak—spare 1486
Speak—think 1595
Speak—well 1489
Speakers—dead 1241
Speed—worse 753
Spend—old 1485
Spend—spare 1486
Spending—bung-hole 1393
Spiders' webs—laws 929
Spigot—saving 1393
Spirits—raise 1335
Spite—nose 1503
Spoon—silver 1441
Spring—swallow 1567
Spur—free horse 1513
Spur—horse 806
Stable door 988
Stable door 1524
Staff—dog 83
Staggerer—lame 914
Starling—raven 129
Steed starves 720
Steed—stolen 988
Steel—tongue 1637
Steeple—bell 108
Sting you—snake 1462
[124]Stink—bear 250
Stinking fish 1531
Stocking 167
Stolen—steed 1524
Stone—dropping 308
Stone—blood 136
Stone—rugged 1373
Stool—guest 733
Stool, own—guest 1476
Stoop for pin 1245
Storms—vows 1708
Story—re-telling 1355
Straw—drowning 449
Straw—last 919
Strength, woman's 1822
Strong—thirty 741
Strife—poverty 1275
Substance 1420
Sudden falls 265
Summer—chimneys 1466
Summer—good 1800
Summer—swallow 1566
Sun—bride 745
Sun—clouds 272
Sun—hay 762
Sun—light 959
Sun—morning 1109
Sun riseth 325
Sunday—Friday 639
Sunday—weep 638
Sunday—wife 1759
Sundays—two 1686
Sun shines—moon 1106
Sunshine—stars 1519
Supper, after 425
Supper—hope 801
Supperless—bed 1562
Sure card 307
Surely—softly 1464
Sweet—taste 1583
Sweetest water 1753
Swim—depth 406
Swine—pearls 1221
Swine—turned 1679
Swing—youth 1876
Swords—words 1835
Tail—salt 1386
Tale—tell 394
Talk—good 696
Talk—nurse 1163
Talks—tongue 1638
Tame Shrew 1434
Tame—wedding 1742
Tar—ship 1507
Tarry—tide 1622
Taste—kitchen 896
Tax—disease 431
Taxes—death 221
Teaching—child 161
Teeth—aching 4
Teeth—tongue 1635
Teeth—wolves 1821
Temper—tongue 1633
Tempers—God 1430
Tenant—bad 482
Tenants—ill 4
Texts—proverbs 1304
Thief of time 1295
Thief—opportunity 1192
Thief—receiver 1340
Thief—receivers 1341
Thief—thunder 1614
Think—live 1598
Thinks—says 1397
Thirty years 606
Thistles—brain 157
Thistles—harvest 752
Thorn—cuckoo 369
Thorns—barefoot 65
Thorns—dancing 382
Thread—draw 448
Thread—breaketh 1735
Three women 1033
Thrift—ruin 1501
Thrive—up at five 593
Thrive—plant 1352
Thrive—wive 1818
Thrown—wrestle 1862
Throws—horse 1361
Thrushes—beggars 1808
Thunder-bolt—pryeth 1306
Thursday—crosses 1094
[125]Tide—tarry 1622
Timber—split 716
Time for study 1550
Time—season 1409
Time—sorrow 1474
Time—stitch 1532
Times—fault 553
Toil—pleasure 1261
Toilers—thinkers 1600
Toll—market 1031
Toll—talking 1582
Tom—play 1256
Tongue—shorter 468
Tongue—knot 901
Tongue—nurse's 1163
Tongue—slip 1452
Tongue speaketh 770
Tongue—strength 1822
Too late—advice 11
Too late—never 1064
Tools—edged 476
Tools—workmen 1849
Toothache—music 1125
Touchstone—love 1002
Trade—two of a 16
Trash—beggary 99
Tread on worm 1855
Treasurer—God 1497
Tree—crooked 355
Tree—falls 539
Tree—fruit 652
Trees—straight 1543
Trials—present 1346
Tricks—old dog 1176
Tries—time 1626
Trifles—troubles 1661
Trouble—bagpipe 57
Trouble—company in 295
Trouble—hunting 1714
Troubles—company 296
Troubles—dowry 723
Trough—own 1480
Trumpery—beggary 99
Trumpet—own 1283
Truss up wit 1813
Trust—speak fair 1491
Trust—try 1676
Trust not—water 1528
Truth—drunken folk 458
Truth—evasions 347
Truth—fools 242
Truth—libel 947
Truth—old saws 1184
Try—trust 1665
Tuesday—health 1094
Turncoat—wine 1797
Twig—bend 109
Twig—tree 110
Tyrant—cruelty 364
Unbidden guest 1476
Unkindness—cut 377
Unmissed—unknown 1689
Use—keep 882
Use—nature 1692
Valour—stratagem 1544
Venice Glass 351
Vessels—empty 485
Virtue—modesty 1093
Virtue—necessity 1135
Virtue's colour 138
Virtue—touchstone 1002
Wait—world 1851
Walk a mile 425
Walk—sun 1730
Wall—weakest 1734
Walls—ears 467
Walnut tree 85
Waste, wilful 1724
Want—strife 1547
Want, woeful 1724
Want not 1723
Ware—pleasing 1260
Ware—sell 1030
Washing—crow 362
[126]Washing—face 1061
Waste—haste 755
Waste—spend 1496
Waste—want 1547
Water—cat 1401
Water—deepest 402
Water—drink 450
Water—famine 544
Water—fire 580
Water—wine 1792
Waters—deep 726
Waters—still 1530
Waters—troubled 591
Way—will 1776
Wealth—contentment 315
Wealth—marries 1037
Wealth—wife 1764
Wealth—Monday 1094
Wealthy—wise 1805
Weapon—wit 1814
Weary—well-doing 1751
Weather—bad 1470
Weather—calm 879
Weather—fair 1740
Weather—rainy 880
Weather—thunder 1613
Weather—wind 1789
Wedded life 76
Wedlock—wake 333
Wednesday—best day 1094
Weed—poison 127
Weeds—words 1833
Weight—strife 1546
Weights—words 1836
Well done—once 1187
Well—dry 1729
Well—truth 1669
Weep—Sunday 638
Weeping Cross 998
Wet—mist 1406
Whale—sprat 1512
Wickedness—woe 1819
Wife—bier 194
Wife—gentle 831
Wife—grumbles 1553
Wife—good terms 1536
Wife—key 885
Wife, little 976
Wife, one good 1762
Wife—son 1467
Wiles, caught by 1768
Will—way 1731
Will—lean 895
Will—women 1825
Win—laugh 921
Wind—against 1504
Wind—puff not 1308
Wind—sheep 1430
Wind—south [fishing] 589
Wind—words 1838
Window 1277
Winds—contrary 348
Winds—high 783
Winds—March 38
Winds—rain 688
Wine—barrel 75
Wine—counsels 320
Wine—old 1180
Wings—covers me 336
Wings—flying 600
Winter—Candlemas 192
Winter—green 729
Winter—warm 1720
Winter—woodcock, one 1828
Winter—woodcock 1567
Winter wind 1082
Wisdom—husband 831
Wisdom—age 905
Wise—adversity 5
Wise—some 1197
Wise—word enough 1839
Wise—forty 741
Wise—himself 785
Wise—lucky 1016
Wise—merry 1069
Wise—penny 1232
Wise—twice 1682
Wise folk 611
Wishers and woulders 814
Wist, had I 117
Wit—brevity 163
Wit, mother 1114
[127]Wit, need of 673
Wit—pound of 430
Wit—sloth 1453
Wit is out 1796
Wit's plough 1225
Wiving—counsel 321
Wiving—destiny 411
Woe—angry men 31
Woe—hasty men 757
Woe—wilful man 1770
Wolf—growing youth 1873
Woman—beaten 85
Woman—fair 386
Woman—head 763
Woman—rules 1348
Woman—silence 1439
Woman—tongue 1639
Woman—weep 1745
Woman's mind 1082
Woman's tongue 913
Woman's work 1823
Woman's yes 1868
Women—discreet 429
Women—drive 1349
Women—England 488
Women—glasses 680
Women—turned 1679
Women—words 1837
Wood—beans 78
Wood—old 1180
Wood—out of 791
Wood—trees 1657
Woodcock—winter 1567, 1828
Woodcock's thigh 1211
Woods—ears 576
Wool—little 368
Wool—shaving 1422
Word—true 1663
Words—leaves 403
Words—soft 1465
Words—wranglers 1860
Words swim 1793
Work—all 1257
Work—play 1256
Work—quick 1324
Work—slavery 1448
Work—woman's 1823
Workman—bad 1642
Workman—tools 1643
Work on 470
Workshops—devil's 832
World—enjoys it 714
World—fashion 550
World's end 872
Worm—bird 465
Worth—spend 1499
Worth—want 1712
Worthy—parents 1210
Wound—green 728
Wound—words 1835
Wound—evil 510
Wounds—afraid of 12
Wrinkled—faces 1321
Wrinkles—purse 483
Wrong—forget 1356
Wrong—losers 997
Young—idle 835
Young—spare 1485
Young men—die 422
Young men—woo 1827
Youth—follies 601
Youth—money 1099
Youth—old age 1171
Youth—reckless 1342
Youth—save 1390
Youth—time 1625




Containing a Collection of Mistakes often made
in Speaking and Writing.





Price 1s. cloth; 1s. 6d. half-bound in leather, red edges.

Extracts from Opinions of the Press.

Useful knowledge. . . . Invaluable alike as desk or pocket companion. . . . Treats of the multitude of errors daily made in speaking and writing, and offers corrections collected from the best authorities. Its dictionary form enables any one in doubt to readily turn to the word required. . . . Its value and necessity are unquestionable.—Morning Post.

A dictionary has just been published, enumerating the common blunders of speech and writing, which are constantly perpetrated. Such a work seems, at first sight, a very formidable undertaking, and the complete mastery of its text promises many a wretched quarter of an hour to those on whom its valuable information is inflicted. . . . There are some mistakes which appear to be ineradicable, and will not be corrected, even if the Blunder Dictionary arrives at its [A2]thousandth edition. . . . Next to the slave who attended a Roman Emperor in triumph to remind him that he was mortal . . .  surely the object most to be dreaded is the editor of a Dictionary of Blunders, arranged on such a complete and systematic plan, as to form a court of appeal to which every household can be conveniently referred. . . . The volume is actually published, and contains 126 closely printed pages, containing examples of errors that are to be found in the daily speech even of well-educated persons. . . . The Editor is to be thanked for his useful book.—Daily Telegraph.

Pleasantly written. . . . In its dimensions it is handy, and the utility of its contents is beyond question. The legion of "self-educated" men who adorn our age should not be without this useful companion, for, by its aid, the blunders of speech more particularly common to them would be advantageously avoided.—Citizen.

So far as we can discover from a brief perusal of the handy little volume, the author's work has been very well done.—Athenæum.

A well-meant attempt to keep people clear of some common errors. . . . There is certainly evidence enough, of one kind or another, in the volume before us, of the existence of blunders which could hardly have been suspected.—Saturday Review.

Beautifully printed. . . . may be confidently [A3]recommended to those for whose use it is designed.—Manchester Guardian.

 . . .  Of value, and worth knowing. . . . Amusing, and to an extent, useful also.—Dublin Freeman's Journal.

Will be found useful and amusing. . . . It is arranged alphabetically, and contains a considerable vocabulary of words supposed to present a difficulty either in spelling, meaning, or pronunciation. Some of the comments on popular mistakes are very well done.—Record.

Those who are not quite sure as to their grammar, their pronunciation, or their spelling, will doubtless find this pocket volume very useful.—Sunday Times.

Will be of use to every one who has either to speak or to write. As this embraces all mankind, the book may be said to be of value to everybody. Very neatly got up.—Scotsman.

A glance through the pages of this book is very amusing, almost as entertaining as a selection of wit and humour would be. There is no doubt as to the general accuracy and usefulness of the corrections. . . . . We heartily recommend the Dictionary.—Liverpool Albion.

Corrected from the best authorities and arranged in alphabetical order. . . . The student can turn readily to the remarks made upon any particular mistake.—Dublin Evening Mail.

[A4]A useful aid to correct speech.—Literary World.

The value of a book is not always to be reckoned by its size. This little dictionary would go into the waistcoat pocket, yet every word in it has its value, and the common mistakes in speaking and writing which it undertakes to correct are nearly always put right in the best way. In a few instances in which we are inclined to criticise, a conflict of opinion among the authorities would probably be found to exist.—Bookseller.

A manual such as this will not be out of place at the right hand of all who desire not to blunder.—Dundee Advertiser.

An excellent little book, which cannot be too well known or too widely circulated. We know a large number of persons who would preserve themselves from perpetrating the most unfortunate blunders if they would carefully consult it.—Christian World.

The compiler of A Dictionary of Daily Blunders at least deserves credit for an excellent idea. . . . Even the most practised speaker or writer is liable to momentary uncertainty about simple points of pronunciation or spelling—not to say construction of sentences. . . . Contains some good material. . . . A useful feature of the book is the publication in full of participles, in the spelling of which a writer is often apt to get confused, and which are rarely included in dictionaries.—Nottingham Guardian.

[A5]Evidently at great pains, the author of this useful handbook has brought together a large number of blunders which are heard often in speaking and seen in writing. We have gone rather minutely over the work, and can say that the corrections are nearly all just. . . . The book will be useful to many, and the reader will be surprised to find in what a great number of instances he is wrong in the usage and pronunciation of words. We recommend this handbook heartily.—Dundee Courier.

We can speak highly of this publication. . . . A credit to the publishers, and we have little doubt will have a very large circulation.—Wigan Observer.

The selection has been very judiciously made. One must be a remarkably faultless speaker and writer who does not get several useful hints from this booklet.—Aberdeen Journal.

 . . .  There is in this small volume a good deal of really useful matter, and many readers (especially among those who are also writers) might derive more benefit from its study than would by themselves be imagined.—Exchange.


Excerpts from the Press Notices of Familiar Latin Quotations and Proverbs.

A translation of the Latin phrases which are of most common use in the literature of the day, which is likely to be useful.—The Echo.

In a cheap and handy little volume we have here a large selection of Latin phrases, proverbs, and quotations. It is ample in all respects, and is likely to be of great and general utility.—Sunday Times.

To newspaper men, public speakers, and correspondents in every direction, this little "Vade mecum" will prove most useful.—News-Vendor.

The English translations are given as literally as possible, and they frequently embrace all the most generally accepted renderings. So far as we have been able to detect, the book has been carefully edited by a competent and capable writer.—Railway Fly-Sheet.

A small work of reference such as has been greatly needed. We recommend it especially to all readers who want to understand what they read, and do not know Latin, and to all writers who want to seem more learned than they are.—Civil Service Review.

A very handy selection of "Familiar Latin Quotations and Proverbs," of which not only translations but also explanations are given. We confidently recommend this little book.—Printers' Register.

A very handy little book. It contains, arranged in alphabetical order, all the most common Latin quotations [A7]with their signification, and many which are not so well known. The author has been careful in doing his work, and has produced a really good little book of reference.—Scotsman.

To those whose classical education has been wholly neglected the work will be found to be a suitable "Vade mecum," and even to those who learnt a good deal of Latin at school it will be found to be highly useful.—North British Advertiser.

It is a most admirable compilation. We can heartily recommend it as a book of reference, and from which most genuine instruction can be extracted.—Glasgow Citizen.

In this handy little book the compiler has collected the Latin quotations which occur most frequently in the serial literature of the day, arranging them alphabetically along with translations. This is truly a "handy referential volume," and deserving of a large sale.—Edinburgh Courant.

A very useful little work which will be invaluable to the reader whose studies have not included the classic languages. In the space of 120 pages are compressed no fewer than fifteen hundred Latin words, phrases, and proverbs, frequently met with in newspapers, political or philosophical works, law books, etc. We have looked over the book carefully, and tested it by searching for less usual quotations; but in every case we have found what we sought. Each phrase is rendered as literally as the construction of the English and Latin languages will admit; and where necessary a paraphrase or explanation is appended in addition.—Irish Times.



The object of this little volume is to trace the Familiar Quotations so constantly in use to their proper authorship, and to correct the errors so frequently made by public speakers and writers. The origin of such everyday sayings as

"He that fights and runs away,
May turn and fight another day,"

(erroneously supposed to be in Butler's "Hudibras,") and a number of other phrases of a like character, is given, and the exact place of them in the different authors' works is recorded.

The errors constantly made in quoting are remarkable. The author of an interesting volume, comprising many well-known passages, names "Hudibras" as containing the lines

"They that in quarrels interpose,
Will often wipe a bloody nose."

In an essay on "Misquotations," which recently appeared in a very ably conducted newspaper, the object of the writer being to correct the blunders constantly made, he falls into the usual mistake of quoting Nat. Lee as writing

"When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war,"

and a learned and eminent divine, a certain Dr. B., some years ago, in the presence of a large party, obstinately insisted that

"A man convinced against his will"

was a correct passage from "Hudibras," and was only satisfied as to his blunder by the production of Butler's immortal work. Even so accomplished a scholar as Mr. Gladstone—quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus—errs; in a recently published number of the Nineteenth Century, quoting Byron's words,

"The bubbling cry
Of some strong swimmer in his agony,"

he names them as occurring in "Childe Harold," instead of in "Don Juan."

London: Whittaker & Co.


The following corrections have been made to the text:

Page ii: 2. Familiar French Quotations & Proverbs.[period missing in original]

Page 9: Bread and butter are glad to eat.[period missing in original]

Page 26: 445.[period missing in original] Door. When one door shuts another opens.

Page 45: Honour. Better[original has Bettter] poor with honour

Page 62: 1099. Money. The abundance of money ruins youth.[period missing in original]

Page 64: 1135. Necessity. Make a virtue of necessity.[period missing in original]

Page 74: so crows the young.[period missing in original]

Index entries were changed to match the spelling and hyphenation in the main text. Proverb numbers were corrected when necessary. The changes are as follows:

Page 107: Age-rueful 1342[original has 1343]

Page 107: Appetite 475[original has 495]

Page 108: Birdcall[original has Bird—call]

Page 108: Birds—little 970[original has 940]

Page 108: Bone—tongue 1636[original has 1616]

Page 109: Branch—roost[original has root]

Page 109: Butter-cakes[original has Buttercakes]

Page 109: Candle-stick[original has Candlestick]

Page 110: Churchyard—May 810[original has 809]

Page 110: Cloth—coat[original has cost]

Page 110: Cold—soon 1468[original has 1469]

Page 112: Easy chair[original has Easy-chair]—frugality

Page 112: Elbow grease[original has Elbow-grease]

Page 112: Estate—trade 1647[original has 501]

Page 112: Evening—red 501[original has 1647]

Page 112: Fast-day[original has Fast day]

Page 112: Fault—woo[original has woe]

Page 112: Feathers—fine 563[original has 535]

Page 113: Fish—cat[original has eat]

Page 113: Fish—small—venture 1700[original has 1458]

Page 113: Fish—small 1458[original has 1700]

Page 113: Folk—poor, pottage 1369[original has 1269]

Page 113: Forehead—mind[original has wind]

Page 114: Friday—sing[original has sup]

Page 114: Garner—dearth[original has death]

Page 114: Gate—stile[original has still]

Page 114: Gentleman—coat[original has cost]

Page 115: Groat a year[original has a-year]

Page 115: Hawk—hand-saw[original has handsaw]

Page 115: Heart sick[original has Heart-sick]

Page 115: Horse-manger[original has Horse—manger]

Page 116: House—well-ordered[original has well ordered]

Page 116: the section header I" has been added

Page 116: Ill—doing[original has Ill-doing]

Page 116: Ill fortune[original has Ill-fortune]

Page 116: Ill wed[original has Ill-wed]

Page 117: Ladder—crosses 359[original has 912]

Page 117: Laugh—hearts ache[original has heartache]

Page 117: Law breakers[original has Law-breakers]

Page 117: Life—end[original has Life's end]

Page 117: Lion, dead—dog 986[original has 987]

Page 118: Love, subjects'[original has subject's]

Page 119: Master's—wine[original has Master's wine]

Page 119: May—hot 810[original has 809]

Page 119: Mice—cat's[original has cat] away

Page 119: Morning—grey[original has gray]

Page 119: Mote—self love[original has self-love]

Page 119: Muck[original has Much]—riches

Page 119: Night—stumble[original has slumber]

Page 119: No—woman's 1868[original has 1861]

Page 119: Noland[original has No-land]—title

Page 120: Old block[original has clock]

Page 120: Ounce—mischief 1086[original has 1686]

Page 120: Ox—drink 450[original has 456]

Page 120: Pater-noster[original has Paternoster]—churches

Page 122: Ribs—birchen twigs[original has birchen-twigs]

Page 122: Seven—[original has comma]rise at

Page 122: Shave—hand-saw[original has handsaw]

Page 123: Silver lining—cloud[original has clouds]

Page 123: Soberness—conceals[original has concealed]

Page 123: Spain—wine 450[original has 456]

Page 123: Spending—bung-hole[original has bunghole]

Page 124: Story—re-telling[original has retelling]

Page 124: Sun shines[original has Sunshine]—moon

Page 124: Tar—ship[original has ships]

Page 124: Tenants—ill[original has bad]

Page 124: Thistles—harvest 752[original has 732]

Page 124: Thief—receiver 1340[original has 1341]

Page 124: Thief—receivers 1341[original has 1340]

Page 125: Trough—own 1480[original has 1478]

Page 125: Use—nature 1692[original has 373]

Page 126: Will—women[original has Will, woman's]

Page 126: Wisdom—husband[original has harbour]

Page 126: Wind—words 1838[original has 1000]