This proverb would have us believe that in a courtship, just as on a battlefield, it is permissible to use every stratagem and take advantage of... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter A
Pleasures cannot go on for ever, for all things change, and The best of friends must part.
This proverb suggests that beauty is unimportant. Beneath the outward appearance people are all much alike. As Plutarch wrote: When the candles... Read more →
Beware of judging people by appearance. An honest man may give the impression that he is the biggest scoundrel in the world. Good looks do not... Read more →
This optimistically suggests that, just as there is inevitably a calm after a storm, there must be something better after every piece of... Read more →
Advice is something that wise men don't need and foolish people won't take; and the greater the need for advice, the less likely the foolish... Read more →
This tells us that water is the best drink. It is advice against drinking alcohol. 'Adam's ale' is an old term for water.
It is what we do that really matters, not just what we say. In Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, Hiawatha answers the mighty and bragging... Read more →
Used by Sir Walter Scott in 1823 and still in common use in modern times, this proverb has a general application and means that even the most... Read more →
We feel more affection for our relatives and friends when we are parted from them. A proverb that says just the opposite is Out of sight, out of... Read more →