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Proverbs containing the word Man

Every man has his own worst enemy

We all behave in character. The character which determines a man's behaviour is in a sense the man. So when a person does something, which we... Read more →

Every man has the defects of his own virtues

Every good quality in a person has a correspondingly bad quality or weakness. For example, a man may be so conscientious by nature that the... Read more →

Every man has his price

Cynically, this proverb suggests that at the pinch no man is completely honourable. Provided that the bribe (price) is big enough everyone can... Read more →

Every man for himself, and the devil take the hindmost

This is a doctrine of self-preservation, which is said to be the first law of nature. As the French say, 'Sauve qui peut' ('Save himself who... Read more →

A drowning man will clutch at a straw

It is said that a drowning man will clutch at even the smallest thing to keep him afloat. Similarly a person in any desperate position will... Read more →

Don’t speak to the man at the wheel

The driver of a car must give all his attention to his driving. If you are a passenger don't take his mind off what he is doing by talking about... Read more →

Do as most men do, than most men will speak well of you

Go with the crow. If you try to act differently from the majority you will become unpopular. Robert Nagent wrote: Safer with multitudes to... Read more →

Clothes do not make the man

It is what is behind the man - that is, his character - that really matters. On the other hand, this is contradicted by The tailor makes the man... Read more →

The child is father of the man

This inversion of the natural order of things means that by studying the character of the child we can tell what sort of a man he is going to... Read more →

Better be an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave

This proverb suggests, rightly or wrongly, that the women who marries an old man will fare better than the women who marries a young one, on the... Read more →