Proverbs starting with letter E

Excusatio non petita accusatio manifesta

The word-for-word translation is: An excuse that has not been sought [is] an obvious accusation. It's English equivalent is: 'He who excuses... Read more →

The eye is bigger than the belly

Many of us, particularly children, over-estimate the capacity of our stomachs.

An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth

The meaning of the principle, an eye for an eye, is that a person who has injured another person receives the same injury in compensation. The... Read more →

Extremes meet

The humble man can become so humble as to be haughty about his humbleness. In this way it might be said that the extremes of haughtiness and... Read more →

Experience is the teacher of fools

It has been said that experience is the best teacher, but that the school fees are high. This is another way of saying that although we... Read more →

Experience is the mother of wisdom

Out of experience comes wisdom. We learn by our mistakes. For the meaning of 'mother' in this sense see Necessity is the mother of invention.

Expectation is better than realization

Nothing is as good as it seems beforehand. When we have gained our object, or reached the point when we can enjoy something we have been looking... Read more →

Exchange is no robbery

This is usually the excuse given by those who have had the advantage of an unfair exchange. If Tom exchanges with Jack a pair of football boots... Read more →

The exception proves the rule

An exception is something that does not follow the rule. When we say that the exception proves the rule, we mean that excepting those cases... Read more →

Example is better than precept

The precept is a rule or order given to direct or instruct. 'Always clean your teeth after meals' is a precept; it is good advice. And it is... Read more →