Proverbs starting with letter Y

You can’t please everyone

It is not possible to make everyone happy. Everything you do will be offensive, unpleasant or wrong to someone else because people are very... Read more →

Youth will be served

Another version is Youth will have its course. Let the young enjoy themselves while they can. When all the world is young, lad, And all the... Read more →

The young will sow their wild oats

To sow ones wild oats is to commit youthful excesses or follies and, having commuted them, to mend one's ways. Thomas Nashe wrote over four... Read more →

You scratch my back and I will scratch yours

If you do me a favour then I will do you a favour in return. You praise me and I will praise you; you flatter me and I will flatter you. Such a... Read more →

You never know what you can do till you try

Don't be a faint-heart and say, 'I’ll never mange to do it'. Have a go, and you will be surprised at your own ability.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout

It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. Here the fly is the bait on the angler's hook. This proverbs means the same... Read more →

You must grin and bear it

This does not necessarily mean that you should endure misfortunes or difficulties with a broad smile, but rather that you should put up with... Read more →

You may lead a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink

You may be acting in the best interests of the horse by taking him to the trough, but if he doesn’t want to drink is not going to – and... Read more →

You may know by a handful the whole sack

The quality of the contents of a sack of corn, flour, etc., may be judged by the quality of a sample. Putting it another way, we do not have to... Read more →

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks

You cannot easily make people change their usual habits, especially when people have been doing something for a long time. As people get older... Read more →