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Proverbs starting with letter D

Diamond cut diamond

This is more usual than 'Diamond cuts diamond'. Diamond is the hardest substance known; a diamond can be cut only by another diamond. The... Read more →

The devil was sick …

The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be; The devil was well, the devil a monk was he. People who make pious resolutions in time of... Read more →

The devil take the hindmost

This is the short version of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, AND THE DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST.

The devil is not so black as he is painted

No one is wholly bad, and when we think that someone has been blamed too much we use this proverb. 'I agree with you up the a post, but don't be... Read more →

The devil finds work for the idle hands to do

Those who have nothing useful to do and seeks some way of passing the time are liable to drift into wrongdoing.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose

This is an attack to hypocrisy, on those who cover up their evil-doing by quoting passages from the Bible or Qur'an. The proverb comes from... Read more →

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies

Some forms of medical treatment are not normally used because they are liable to be as dangerous in effect as the diseases themselves. But when... Read more →

Desires are nourished by delays

The proverb means, the longer we are kept waiting for something, the more we want it.

Desert and reward seldom keep company

Those deserving of reward do not often receive it. The reward is not necessarily a payment in cash. The proverb can mean that those most... Read more →

Deeds, not words

A person is known and judged more by his actions than by what he says. This is another form of Actions speak louder than words.