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Proverbs starting with letter H

He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue

This teaches the value of silence at times when to speak would do more harm than good.

Haste trips over its own heels

The more hurry we are in, the more likely we are to drop an egg on the floor or spill the milk. ‘Haste makes waste,’ runs the old saying,... Read more →

Haste makes waste

The more hurry we are in, the more likely we are to drop an egg on the floor or spill the milk. 'Haste makes waste,' runs the old saying, 'and... Read more →

Harp not for ever on the same string

Don't keep on talking about the same thing or bringing up the same subject. Literally 'to harp' means to play the harp; figuratively 'to harp... Read more →

Happy is the country that has no history

If the country has no history, it means that very few terrible things like wars and famines, which tend to be written down and passed on in... Read more →

Handsome is as handsome does

Good living is more important that good looks. 'Handsome' means not only 'good-looking, of fine appearance', but also 'generous'. It denotes... Read more →

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

Mothers who look after their children are bringing up a new generation of men. The following lines were written by William Ross Wallace: They... Read more →

Half the world knows not how the other half lives

People of one social class are often ignorant of the problems of those of another class. This was even truer formerly than now, so it is not... Read more →

Half a loaf is better than no bread

We should be thankful for what we receive, even though it is not so much as we had hoped for. I applied for a fortnight's holiday, but we're so... Read more →