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Proverbs starting with letter R

The rotten apple injures its neighbours

It is dangerous to keep bad company even if that is only one person because that rotten one can have a very bad influence on the rest for the... Read more →

A rose by another name would smell as sweet

It is not what a thing is called that matters, but what it is. The same applies to people The quotation comes from Shakespeare's tragedy,... Read more →

Rome was not built in a day

Rome, with it’s fine architecture, couldn’t be built in a day. Likewise, important tasks call for a lot of hard work and take a long time to... Read more →

A rolling stone gathers no moss

This is a very famous proverb. It means that a person who never stops long in one place, or is constantly changing his job, will never make... Read more →

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

When not followed by good deeds, good intentions are worse than useless, and the more often we fail to turn our good intentions into actuality,... Read more →

A rich man’s joke is always funny

Money is honey, my little sonny, And a rich man's joke is always funny. This couplet is written by Thomas Edward Brown, the Manx poet. The rich... Read more →

Revenge is sweet

This has been described as 'a devilish phrase in the mouth of men'. Milton wrote in Paradise Lost: Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere... Read more →

Respect is greater from a distance

A man who keeps himself apart from other people is more likely to be held in high esteem than one who lowers himself by mixing with every Tom,... Read more →

The remedy may be worse than the disease

Measures to deal with the evils of one kind or another often make the situation worse. For example, calling in the armed forces during a period... Read more →

Red sky at night …

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight: Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning. A piece of weather lore that dates back to the sixteenth... Read more →