Proverbs starting with letter S

The shortest way round is the longest way home

Short cuts can involve one in difficulties.You'd better stick to The longest way round is the nearest way home.

The shoemaker’s children go barefoot

A skilled or knowledgeable person commonly neglects to give his own family the benefit of his expertise because he is keen on selling what he... Read more →

Share and share alike

Mete out or partake of something equally, as in Mom told the children to share and share alike with their Halloween candy. This term, first... Read more →

Set a thief to catch a thief

A thief knows all the tricks of the game, so it is best fitted to catch others engaged in it. A similar proverb is An old poacher makes the best... Read more →

Set a begger on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil

When a man without money grows suddenly rich, he is liable to become the most arrogant of mortals. John Wolcot, whose pen-name was Peter Pindar,... Read more →

Self-preservation is the first law of nature

We often use this as an excuse for our own selfish conduct - for 'looking after number one'.

Self-praise is no recommendation

You may be proud of your achievements; you may have a very high opinion of yourself; you may thing that others should be made to realize what a... Read more →

Seeing is believing

Many people are reluctant to believe a thing unless they can see it.

Second thoughts are best

To have  second thoughts is to reconsider a matter, and we usually find that our second decision is wiser than the first. I was just sitting... Read more →

Saying is one thing and doing another

It is easier to talk about doing a thing than it is to do it. It is easier to give advice than to put it into practice. 'That tree's too close... Read more →