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Proverbs containing the word Know

What you don’t know won’t hurt you

What you do not know will not worry or harm you. The expression is most often used, to justify not giving information to somone to avoid... Read more →

The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it

It is only when we have been deprived of something that we appreciate the true value of it. One illustration of this is, of course, the other... Read more →

A tree is known by its fruit

People are judged by what they do. The sources are Matthew, xii, 33 and Luke, vi, 44. Here is the second of these as given in the New English... Read more →

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches

No one except he who is experiencing it knows the cause of a trouble or difficulty. His behaviour is not understood by other because they are... Read more →

More know Tom Fool than Tom Fool knows

We are known to more people than we realize.

Men are known by the company they keep

This is similar to Birds of a feather flock together. Benjamin Hapgood Burt, the American lyricst, wrote the following delightful jingle: One... Read more →

Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth

Keep secret any help you give to the poor; don't boast of your almsgiving. The source is Matthew, vi, 1-4

It is as well to know which way the wind blows

It is as well to know what developments are likely, or what is the state of public opinion. 'To know which way the cat is going to jump' has... Read more →

You never know what you can do till you try

Don't be a faint-heart and say, 'I’ll never mange to do it'. Have a go, and you will be surprised at your own ability.

You may know by a handful the whole sack

The quality of the contents of a sack of corn, flour, etc., may be judged by the quality of a sample. Putting it another way, we do not have to... Read more →