Proverbs starting with letter T

Time and tide wait for no man

Do not delay taking action. If you wish to put to sea, do not miss the tide. Neither tide nor time will tarry for you. In a wider sense, if an... Read more →

Throw out a sprat to catch a mackerel

If we use a small fish as a bait, we shall shall catch a large one. It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. A... Read more →

Through obedience learn to command

We must learn to obey orders before we are qualified to give them. This means the same as He that cannot obey cannot command.

Through hardship to the stars

Here 'stars' is synonymous with fame or renown. It is a translation of the Latin proverb, Per aspera ad astra, and means that the road to fame... Read more →

Those whom the gods love die young

This springs from a belief in an after life that is better than this life. On this assumption a person who dies young is luckier than one who... Read more →

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

The lesson this proverb teaches is that people whose own conduct is open to criticism should not criticise the conduct of other's who may... Read more →

Think not on what you lack as much as on what you have

This teaches contentment. Count your blessings, not your wants.

Things done cannot be undone

See What's done cannot be undone.

Things are seldom what they seem

As Buttercup and Captain Corcoran sing in H.M.S. Pinafore: Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream. The moral is... Read more →

A thing you don’t want is dear at any price

If you don't want an article, however cheap it may be, it is dear because it is useless to you. This is a warning against the temptation to buy... Read more →