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Proverbs starting with letter C

A cat in gloves catches no mice

Sometimes you cannot get what you want by being careful and polite. Restraint and caution (or ‘pussyfooting’) achieve nothing. This is... Read more →

Cut your coat according to your cloth

Adjust your expenditure according to your resources. 'I asked the dealer the price of the tennis racket I had set my heart on, but it was too... Read more →

Custom reconciles us to everything

In modern parlance, we can get used to anything. The longer we have to put up with it, however irksome or unpleasant it may be, the more able... Read more →

Custom makes all things easy

This means the same as practice makes perfect.

Curses, like chickens, come home to roost

Here 'come home to roost' means 'recoil upon the originator', just as when a stone thrown up into the air comes down on the head of the thrower.... Read more →

Cross the stream where it is shallowest

Don’t make difficulties for yourself by doing things the hard way. Find the simplest means of achieving your object.

A creaking gate hangs long

Persons in weak health often live a long time. This is mostly used for very sick people that are expected to die very soon, but they go on to... Read more →

The cowl does not make the monk

A cowl is a long cloak with a hood that covers the head of the wearer. The proverb means that the wearing of such a garment does not turn a... Read more →

Cowards die many times before their deaths

This proverb is quotation from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Caesar says: Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never tastes... Read more →

Courtesy costs nothing

There is nothing to be lost by behaving in a courteous way. Sometimes 'civility' or 'politeness' is used instead of 'courtesy'. There is a... Read more →