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Proverbs starting with letter F

Fingers were made before forks

Man used his fingers for eating before forks were invented. The proverb is quoted as an excuse for eating anything in one's fingers instead of... Read more →

Fine words butter no parsnips

This is another way of saying that Actions speak louder than words. High-flown declarations and airy promises are useless substitutes for... Read more →

Fine feathers make fine birds

The chaffinch is much more than colourful and attractive than the house of sparrow, yet they are of the same family; they are both finches, and... Read more →

Finding’s keeping

If this were taken as a general principal, it would be morally and legally wrong, but we must have a sense of proportion. To pick up a purse in... Read more →

A fault confessed is half redressed

If you have done something wrong and you admit it, you have gone a long way towards putting things right again.

Familiarity breeds contempt

Familiarity means 'close acquaintance'. In human relationships it may lead to undue intimacy, as when a master treats his servants with so much... Read more →

The fairest rose is at last withered

Beauty fades and is gone. Here is a verse from The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald: Oh, come with old Khayyam, and... Read more →

Faint heart never won fair lady

These are words of encouragement to shy suitors. They recommend boldness, for none but the brave deserves the fair and fortune favours the bold.