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Proverbs containing the word Thing

Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it

If you keep a seemingly useless thing for a long enough time, you will probably have some occasion to use it during that time. The proverb does... 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 →

Worse things happen at sea

We say this in a resigned tone when we find ourselves in an awkward or difficult situation, or when we have to put up with something less than... Read more →

Things done cannot be undone

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Things are seldom what they seem

As Buttercup and Captain Corcoran sing in H.M.S. Pinafore: Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream. The moral is... Read more →

A thing you don’t want is dear at any price

If you don't want an article, however cheap it may be, it is dear because it is useless to you. This is a warning against the temptation to buy... Read more →

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever

This is the first line of Endymion by John Keats and extols the idea of beauty. However depressed we may be, 'Some shape of beauty moves away... Read more →

Moderation in all things

Moderation means avoidance of excess. Do not go to extremes.

Little things please little minds

People of limited intelligence are interested only in unimportant things. As Ovid wrote: 'Frivolous minds are won by trifles.'

A little learning is a dangerous thing

People with a little knowledge are often unaware of their ignorance and are consequently easily misled. The quotation is from Pope's Essay on... Read more →