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Proverbs containing the word Word

Words cut more than swords

A sharp tongue wounds.  This means the same as The tongue is not of steel, yet it cuts.

A word spoken is past recalling

Once you have said a thing, it is too late to regret having said it. We find the following in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward... Read more →

A word is enough to the wise

An intelligent person can readily take a hint. Whoever is speaking to him knows that he does not need a long explanation. The Latin version is... Read more →

When the word is out it belongs to another

Once we have said it, we cannot get it back. This proverb has the same meaning as A word spoken is past recalling.

There’s many a true word spoken in jest

Remarks not meant to be taken seriously frequently turn out to be true. For example: 'That's a nice car you've got there, Frank,' said his... Read more →

Sticks the stones and may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

However much one person insults another, he causes him no physical injury at all. Only when words lead to blows are bones liable to be... Read more →

A nod is as good as a wink

It is sometimes better to avoid putting thoughts into words. A slight change of expression on a person's face should be enough to convey his... Read more →

He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon

We gain nothing from being flattered; nor do we profit from other people’s accuses.

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds

If a man does nothing but talk, he produces noting of value, just like bad weeds in a garden.

Fine words butter no parsnips

This is another way of saying that Actions speak louder than words. High-flown declarations and airy promises are useless substitutes for... Read more →