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Proverbs starting with letter H

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty

Hindsight means the opportunity to judge or understand past events using knowledge that you have gained since then. The 20/20... Read more →

Hypocrisy is a homage that vice pays to virtue

Even the worst sinners value the good opinions of their fellow men. To gain those good opinions they try to hide their real natures by acting as... Read more →

Hunger is the best sauce

Nothing gives us an appetite like hunger. We do not need sauce or other relish to add flovour to even the plainest of food when we are really... Read more →

A house divided against itself cannot stand

Discord breaks up families. The source of the proverb is Mark, iii, 25, 'house' meaning 'Household'.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast

It is in the nature of man to look forward to better times, despite set-back and disappointments. The proverb is  a quotation from Pope's... Read more →

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst

We should all be optimistic, but ready at the same time to meet trouble and difficulties whenever they arise. The proverb can be found back in... Read more →

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick

When we have to wait indefinitely for our hopes to be realized, we become sad and disillusioned. The full saying is to be found in Proverbs... Read more →

Honi soit qui mal y pense

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

Honesty is the best policy

Here 'policy' means 'course of action'. If we have to decide on a course of action, honesty is the best one to follow. It is not a question of... Read more →

Hoist your sail when the wind is fair

Don't act when circumstances are unfavourable. Wait for a better opportunity of achieving success - and when it comes, seize upon it