Proverbs starting with letter F

A fool at forty is a fool indeed

The proverb describes someone who has not learned from their mistakes and continues to behave foolishly. It implies that those who remain... Read more →

A foul morn may turn to a fair day

The modern-day rendition of this proverb would be: A gloomy morning can turn into a clear day. It means that even the worst of situations... Read more →

A fox is not taken twice in the same snare

A fox is a reference to a clever person and the snare denotes a mistake or pitfall. A clever person does not make the same mistake twice as he... Read more →

Fish begins to stink at the head

The proverb “Fish begins to stink at the head” is an old saying that has been used for centuries to refer to a situation in which the... Read more →

Full of courtesy, full of craft

Beware of a man who is too extravagantly polite, for he is probably trying to cheat you.

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step

This is an English translation of Napoleon’s famous remark after the retreat from Moscow in 1812 .We use it when anyone in an important... Read more →

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Your real friends are those who remain your friends when you are really in need of help. True friends come to your aid when you most need them.... Read more →

Fortune knocks at least once at every man’s gate

Opportunity comes to everyone at least once, and when it does come we should seize it, for Opportunity seldom knocks twice.

Fortune favours the bold

The successful people in life are those who have the courage to try. The lesson the proverb can be given in three words: 'Have a go!'

Forgive and forget

Generally when someone forgives another person for a mistake they have suffered, they don't forget what has happened. They are cautious in case... Read more →