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Proverbs starting with letter D

Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it

Don't worry about something before it has happened. Your fears may be groundless, for it may never happen.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

It is a mistake to assume that because your hen is sitting on a dozen of eggs you will have twelve chickens, since some, perhaps even all of... Read more →

Don’t change horses in mid-stream

Crossing a stream on horseback is not always easy, and to transfer oneself form one horse to another during the process is inviting a ducking,... Read more →

Do not cast your pearls before swine

Do not give a beautiful or precious thing to a person who is totally unable to appreciate its value. The proverb is very often used by those who... Read more →

Do as you would be done by

Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you don't, you may be punished, as Tom was in The Water Babies, by that fearsome lady, Mrs... 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 →

Do as I say, not as I do

This is a tilt against those preachers who condemn in the pulpit the very things of which they themselves are guilty. It is also used humorously... Read more →

Distance lends enchantment to the view

This is a quotation form The Pleasures of Hope by the Scottish poet, Thomas Campbell: 'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes... Read more →

Discretion is the better part of valour

Although a brave man is better than a coward, caution is often better than rashness. Tom might say to Harry: 'I dare you walk along the edge of... Read more →

Discontent is the first step in progress

Were we all completely satisfied with the existing state of affairs, there would be no progress. It is only when we are not content wit the... Read more →