Proverbs starting with letter H

Health is better than wealth

It is better to be healthy than rich, since ill-health makes a person unhappy, even though he is rich. This is a consolation to the poor, who... Read more →

He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom

There are no short cuts in the climbing of a ladder; one can reach the top only by going rung by rung. In a figure sense a ladder is a means of... Read more →

He who saw what he likes shall hear what he does not like

A man who claims that he always speaks his mind does not expect others to do the same, and is annoyed when they give him a dose of his own... Read more →

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount

Whatever the discomfort of his present condition -- for nobody really favours this means of transport -- it is better than dismounting and being... Read more →

He who peeps through a hole may see what will vex him

It doesn't do it to be too curious or inquisitive.

He who pays the piper calls the tune

In olden days music for dancing on the village green and in other rural surrounding was provided by strolling musicians. Of course these pipers... Read more →

He who makes no mistakes makes nothing

The person who is so careful that he never makes a mistake is unlikely to achieve anything of real value. If you don't know how to do something,... Read more →

He who hesitates is lost

This applies to any situation where an opportunity is lost through failure to make up one's mind.

He who handles a nettle tenderly is soonest stung

Face danger boldly and it won’t hurt you. As the old rhyme has it: Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it... Read more →

He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave

This paradox was coined by Logan Pearsall Smith, the essayist. Fashion can here be defined as 'a prevailing custom especially in dress'. It has... Read more →