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Proverbs starting with letter C

Christmas comes but once a year

Because the Christmas festival comes only once a year, it is suggested that we ought to be tolerant and overlook people’s riotous behaviour -... Read more →

Children should be seen and not heard

Children should be silent in the presence of their elders and not speak until they are spoken to. If only the kids would understand this!

The child is father of the man

This inversion of the natural order of things means that by studying the character of the child we can tell what sort of a man he is going to... Read more →

Cherchez la femme

This is one of those proverbs that have remained more common in their original form than in English translation. It is the French for 'Find the... Read more →

Charity covers a multitude of sins

By this we mean that some who give money away do so only to soothe their own uneasy consciences. But here again this is not the true meaning,... Read more →

Charity begins at home

This proverb is often used as an excuse for not helping those outside the family circle. 'I found myself being asked for subscriptions to so... Read more →

Caveat emptor

This is one of those proverbs that have remained more common in their original than in English translation. It is the Latin for LET THE BUYER... Read more →

Catch your bear before you sell its skin

This is another way of saying Never spend your money before you have it.The proverb means act prudently and don't be over-optimistic.

Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance

This warns us against wasting time on trivial aspects of a matter, because in doing so we may neglect the essential matter itself.

Catch as catch can

Get all you can by whatever means you have at your disposal. A youth who makes a living by begging and running errands can be said to lead a... Read more →