Cynically, this proverb suggests that at the pinch no man is completely honourable. Provided that the bribe (price) is big enough everyone can... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter E
This is a doctrine of self-preservation, which is said to be the first law of nature. As the French say, 'Sauve qui peut' ('Save himself who... Read more →
This advises thrift and it means the same as Many a little makes a mickle.
It is commonly thought that a clever lawyer can find a hole in any law. By creeping through the hole, his client can avoid the effect of the... Read more →
This consolatory proverb tells us that everyone gets a mate in the end. Jack and Jill here stand for man and woman.
We all imagine that we have a greater load to carry than anybody else; that nobody works harder than we do, or has to put up with more... Read more →
Every flow must have its ebb and every ebb has its flow. The tide goes in and out unceasingly. Our lives has similar ups and downs; neither good... Read more →
Every family has a guilty secret that it does its utmost to conceal from the world. The widow and her three grown-up children came to England... Read more →
Good fortune comes ones to all of us. If I am lucky today, your turn will come later on; or, alternatively, don’t be too boastful, for... Read more →
Another version of this is: 'Every cock is bold on his own dunghill.' The meaning is that anybody can boast of his courage in safe and familiar... Read more →