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Proverbs starting with letter A

The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest

Our neighbour's apples may be no longer and riper than our own, but always appear to be so. Even on our own tree the best apples seem to be... Read more →

Appearances are deceptive

Do not judge a thing by its appearance. As another proverb reminds us, All that glitters is not gold. Why did you believe him? Why he said he... Read more →

Any port in a storm

In times of difficulty or danger any refuge is better than none. What a dirty, dingy, miserable old pub to stay the night in, protested Mrs... Read more →

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

We should not always be working. Unless we can enjoy some form of recreation, we become stale and our work suffers in consequence. I really... Read more →

All things are difficult before they are easy

When first we try to ride a bicycle we are quite sure that we shall never do anything but fall off, but as we go on practicing, the whole thing... Read more →

All that glitters is not gold

Do not judge a thing by its appearance. As another proverb reminds us, Appearances are deceptive. Why did you believe him? Why he said he... Read more →

All roads lead to Rome

Towards the end of the fourteenth century Chaucer wrote in a treatise on the astrolabe, an ancient astronomical instrument, that diverse paths... Read more →

All lay loads on willing horse

In the days when horses were much used for carrying burdens no their backs, the animals that gave the least trouble were given more work to do... Read more →

All’s well that ends well

It is the end that matters, making up for previous failures and disappointments. Shakespeare used the proverb for the title of one his comedies.

All’s fish that comes to the net

A professional fisherman can find some use for all the fish he pulls out of he sea, he cannot afford to be too particular. The proverb advises... Read more →