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Proverbs containing the word Well

What is worth doing is worth doing well

This is treated under If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well.

Well begun is half done

If you start a thing badly it takes a long time to finish it, because the bad start seriously affects the later work. But if you make a good... Read more →

Speak well of the dead

Speak well of them, for they cannot speak for themselves. 'Death softens all resentments', wrote John Greenleaf Whittier, the American poet,... Read more →

It needs more skill than I can tell to play the second fiddle well

This couplet was composed by Charles H. Spurgeon, the famous Baptist minister and orator. The leading performer in an orchestra is the first... Read more →

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 →

If you want a thing well done, do it yourself

This is good advice up to a point, yet an employer who does not delegate authority because he does not trust his staff to carry out his... Read more →

Do as most men do, than most men will speak well of you

Go with the crow. If you try to act differently from the majority you will become unpopular. Robert Nagent wrote: Safer with multitudes to... Read more →

The devil was sick …

The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be; The devil was well, the devil a monk was he. People who make pious resolutions in time of... Read more →

All’s well that ends well

It is the end that matters, making up for previous failures and disappointments. Shakespeare used the proverb for the title of one his comedies.

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.