This is an old Cheshire proverb, 'nowt' meaning 'nothing'. It is better to refrain from action than to do something you are not sure about.... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter W
This means the same as 'Lend your money and lose your friend'. See also Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
When two adversaries are of equal strength of character, the contest of wills is certain to be long and hard-fought. Dr Brewer tells us that... Read more →
The rhymed version of this is: When children stand still, They have done some ill. A mother once said her daughter: 'Tommy's very quiet. Go and... Read more →
Unless we listen to each other, we shall learn nothing
You will be punished or rewarded according to whether you have lad a virtuous or a sinful life. This proverb means the same as As you sow, so... Read more →
What will the neighbours say? As is mentioned under We are all slaves of opinion, our actions are influenced by what other people may say or... Read more →
We are not worried by things that go on without our knowledge. For example, if the chef in a restaurant makes a practice of spitting in the... Read more →
A sober man keeps a guard on his tongue, holding back anything he wishes to hide. Strong drinks unseals his lips and he tells everything. A... Read more →
We have no alternative but to bow to the inevitable. It is a philosophical acceptance of things as they are.