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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. Robert Burton cites this traditional proverb in The Anatomy of Melancholy : It is an old saying, " A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword :" and many men are as much galled with a calumny, a scurrilous and bitter jest, a libel, a pasquil, satire, apologue, epigram, stage-play or the like, as with any misfortune whatsoever.

Meaning: It is often better to escalate your commitment rather than starting over with something new. Other meaning: Make use of your geographical advantages. Szerlip Martha Szerlip. Boys will be boys. Miedzian, Myriam Boys will be boys: breaking the link between masculinity and violence.

Lantern Books. Brag is a good Dog, but Holdfast is a better. Meaning: A variation of "Talk is cheap". This Proverb is a Taunt upon Braggadoccio's, who talk big, boast, and rattle: It is also a Memento for such who make plentiful promises to do well for the future but are suspected to want Constancy and Resolution to make them good.

Meaning: A person who is wrong will eventually be right about something. Honthaner, Eve Light A burnt child dreads the fire. Meaning: You will avoid an activity which has given you a bad experience for the rest of your life. Chinese Version: One bitten by a snake for a snap dreads a rope for a decade. Transliteration: Doodh ka jala chhanchh ko bhi phoonk phoonk ke peeta hai. Meaning: A thing to be achieved will be done in a straightforward way, but if it cannot, then it will be achieved by any means necessary.

Transliteration: Saam Daam Dand Bhedh. Holland's Suetonius, p. John Wyclif, Works. Rabelais, Bk. Du Bartas, The Map of Man. Shelton, Duke of Clout. C [ edit ] The calm comes before the storm. Meaning: Turbulent times wait just around the corner when it is calm. A cat may look at a king. Meaning: Mere formal signs of being an authority does not make you one. Variant: The beard were all, the goat might preach. Clothes make the man. Meaning: The more dressed up a man is, the more influential he is. The customer is always right.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. You don't lose anything by enlightening others. Groft, Jan Greenleaf Book Group. Catch not a shadow and lose the substance. Meaning: We should not waste time on trivial aspects of a matter and neglect the essential matter itself. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Meaning: A group is not stronger than its weakest member. II, p. The child is father to the man. Interpreted variously as "great people rise to the occasion"; "greatness depends on seizing an opportunity"; "a crisis produces a hero".

Ross, Gordon London: Stanley Paul. Earlier sources express in other words the same basic idea of an hour and a man coming together. Common sense is not so common. From Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique portatif Paraphrased by graphic designers as 'Comic Sans is not so comic'.

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Confidence begets confidence. Meaning: Confidence spills over to your coworkers. Dictionary of European proverbs Volume 2 ed. Courage lost, all lost. A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once. The actual words as written were: 'Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.

Deep calls to deep. From Psalms KJV "Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Different strokes for different folks. Meaning: Different things suit different people. Don't bark if you can't bite. Meaning: Don't do things you haven't got the competence for. Other Meaning: Don't give directions if you are incompetent at the subject at hand. Sadler, P.

Don't bite off more than you can chew.

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Heacock, Paul Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Illustrated ed. Cambridge University Press. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

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Don't burn the candle at both ends. Meaning: Don't work early in the morning and late into the evening as well. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Don't cross a bridge before you come to it. Meaning: Focus on a problem the moment you are facing it, and not earlier. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Meaning: Do not take action to spite others that will harm you more than them. Don't fall before you're pushed. Meaning: Don't give up in the face of adversity. Mason, John Insight International, Inc. Don't have too many irons in the fire.

Don't judge a book by its cover. Meaning: Never judge something based on its outward appearance. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Meaning: Never criticize gifts. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. Meaning: Don't make a big deal out of a little thing.

Don't make clothes for a not yet born baby. Don't mend what ain't broken. Alternatively, If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Alternatively, Leave well enough alone. Do not play with edged tools. Doctors make the worst patients. Discretion is the better part of valor. Meaning: Being cautious is better than to merely be courageous.

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Derived from "The better part of valour is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Based on the Bible Matthew ; Luke Don't carry coals to Newcastle. Variation: Carrying coals to Newcastle. The Newcastle region of England mined and shipped coal.

Meaning: Don't do things in a needlessly laborious way; don't pursue a goal already accomplished.

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Lane Carrying Coals to Newcastle!! Humphrey, 27 St James's st. Don't go between the tree and the bark. Meaning: Don't interfere when two people are having an argument. Concise dictionary of European proverbs. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. First recorded , G. Toriano, Italian proverbial phrases "To put all one's eggs in a paniard" ; , Samuel Palmer, Moral essays on proverbs "Don't venture all your eggs in one basket" Apperson, GL Dictionary of proverbs.

Don't put the cart before the horse. Dan Michael of Northgate, Ayenbite of Inwyt : "Many religious folk set the plough before the oxen. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Meaning: Don't reject an idea entirely because parts of it are bad. Brown, James Kyle Jim Brown. The door swings both ways. Meaning: What you do to me, I can do to you. Borcherdt, Bill Making families work and what to do when they don't: thirty guides for imperfect parents of imperfect children.

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The early bird catches the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese. Meaning: Pioneers will get much. Other meaning: Those who starts working early in the morning will get much done. Other meaning: One person might discover or create something, but the person after him will become rich because of it.

An empty vessel makes the most noise French equivalent: It is not the cow that moos the most that gives the most milk. An Englishman's home is his castle. Variant of "A man's home is his castle. Every cloud has a silver lining. Meaning: There is nothing bad that does not bring about something good. Every rose has its thorn.

Meaning: No one is perfect. Bradley, E.