He who has health has hope.
Liberty is the right to do everything which the laws allow.
Two heads are better than one.
Misery loves company.
It is better to win the peace and to lose the war.
God's mill grinds slow but sure.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
..... 一種米養百種人 ( 世界是形形色色的人所組成的 )
There are sides to every question.
..... 每個問題都有正反兩面看法 ( 公說公有禮，婆說婆有禮 )
Rome was not built in a day.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Every man has his taste.
Experience is the extract of suffering.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Words cut more than swords.
The leopards cannot change his spots.
The wealth of the mind is the only true wealth.
Love makes the world go round.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in same direction.
It takes all sorts to make a world.
.....一種米養百種人 ( 世界是形形色色的人所組成的 )
Life is not merely living but living in health.
There is no rose without a thorn.
.....朵朵玫瑰皆有刺 (沒有十全十美的人生 )
What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.
trust men and they will be true to ypu.
.....相信他們，他們才會對你忠誠 ( 信人者人恆信之 )
An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind.
.....以牙還牙，兩敗俱傷 ( 以眼還眼使我們全都瞎眼 )
A bad penny always comes back.
Pardon is the most glorious revenge.
patience is better but its fruit is sweet.
He who has hope has everything.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Time is money.
Tommorrow never comes.
Practice makes perfect.
Unity is strength.
Knowledge is power.
Might is right.
Live and learn.
Haste makes waste.
Seeing is believing
Success and Failure （成與敗）
1 )Complete cooperation is vital to success.
2 )Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.
3 )Deserve success and you shall command it.
4 )Distress offers opportunities for the obtaining of success.
5)Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn.
6)Failure is one thing that can be achieved without effort.
7)Failure is the foundation of success.
8)Failure is the mother of success. (Failure teaches success.) 。
9. )Failures are stepping stones to success for strong hearts determined to persevere.
10) He loses indeed that loses last.
11. Man learns little from success, but much from failure. [Arabic Proverb]
12. Many men have failed through lack of decision.
13. Mere talking tends only to failure.
Absence and Presence （在與不在）
1.Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones.
2. Absence is mother of disillusion.
3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
4. Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
5. Absent in body, but present in spirit. 。
6. Far from eye, far from heart.
7. He that fears you present will hate you absent.
8. If a person is away, his right is away. [Moorish Proverb]
9. Long absence changes a friend.
10. Long absent, soon forgotten.
11. Man are best loved farthest off.
12. Out of sight, out of mind.
13. Salt water and absence wash away love.
14. The absent are always in the wrong.
15. The absent are never with fault, nor the present without excuse.
16. When the cat's away, the mice will play.
17. Who takes a lion when he is absent, fears a mouse present. 。
Actions and Words （行動與空談）
1. A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
2. A word before is worth two behind.
3. A word is enough to the wise.
4. A word spoken is an arrow let fly.
5. Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
6. Better to sail slowly than not to sail at all.
7. Brave actions never want a trumpet.
8. Business is the salt of life; business and action strengthen the brain.
9. Deeds are males, and words are females.
10. Deeds, not words.
.....11. Few words are best.
12. Fine words butter no parsnips.
13. Fine words dress ill deeds.
14. Good words cost nothing, but are worth much. [Thomas Fuller]
15. Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
17. Hard words break no bones.
18. He is noble who feels and acts nobly.
19. He who gives fair words feeds you with an empty spoon.
Advice and Counsel （忠告與建議 )
1. A woman's advice is no great thing, but he who won't take it is a fool.
2. Advice is a stranger, if welcome he stays for the night; if not welcome he returns home the same day. [African Proverb] 忠告是一位陌生客，若.....受歡迎，則停留過夜；不受歡迎，當天就要回家。（非洲諺語）
3. Advice when most needed is least heeded.
4. Advice whispered is worthless.
5. An enemy may chance to give good counsel.
6. Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
7. Come not to counsel uncalled.
8. Counsel is to be given by the wise, the remedy by the rich.
9. Counsel must be followed, not praised.
10. Counsel without help is useless.
11. Counsels in wine seldom prosper.
12. Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
13. Good counsel has no price. (Good counsel is beyond price.)
14. Good counsel never comes amiss.
15. Good counsel never comes too late.
16. If the counsel be good, no matter who gave it.
17. If you wish good advice, consult an old man.
18. Ill counsel mars all.
19. One gives nothing so liberally as advice. (Nothing is given so freely as advice.)
20. Self is a bad counselor.
Appearance and Heart （外表與內心）
1. A clear conscience is like a coat of mail.
2. A fair face may hide a foul heart. (Fair face, foul heart.)
3. A good conscience is a safe pillow.
4. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
5. A heavy purse makes a light heart.
6. A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
7. A light purse makes a heavy heart.
8. A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
9. A straight stick is crooked in the water.
10. All are not saints that go to church.
11. All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
12. All that glitters is not gold.
13. Apparel makes the man.
14. Appearances are deceptive.
15. Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails
16. Clothes do not make the man.
17. Conscience does make cowards of us all. [William Shakespeare]
18. Faint heart never won fair lady.
19. Far from eye, far from heart.
20. Fine feathers do not make fine birds.
Beauty and Ugliness （美與醜）
1. A fair woman without virtue is like palled wine.
2. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. [John Keats]
3. All cats are grey in the dark.
4. Beauty and honesty seldom agree.
5. Beauty and wisdom rarely go together. [German Proverb]
6. Beauty fades like a flower.
7. Beauty is but skin deep.
8. Beauty is eloquent even when silent.
9. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
10. Beauty is the child of love.
11. Beauty may have fair leaves, yet bitter fruit.
12. Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust.
13. Beauty's tears are lovelier than her smiles.
14. Fair face, foul heart.
15. Fair faces need no paint.
16. Fair without and foul (false) within.
17. Grace will last, beauty will blast.
18. Handsome is what (that, as) handsome does.
19. If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
20. Pretty face, poor fate. [Chinese Proverb]
Big and Small （大與小）
1. A big man is usually a little man, who takes advantage of an opportunity.
2. A great tree attracts the wind.
3. A little body often harbors a great soul.
4. A little help is worth a deal of pity.
5. A little pot is soon hot.
6. A little spark may kindle a great fire.
7. A little wariness prevents great weariness.
8. A miss is as good as a mile.
9. A small leak will sink a great ship.
10. Eagles do not catch flies.
11. Every great thing is nothing but a lot of little ones.
12. Every little helps.
13. Every oak has been an acorn.
14. Feather by feather the goose is plucked.
15. For want of a nail, the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe, the horse is lost; for want of a horse, the rider is lost.
Beginning and Ending （開始與結局）
1. A good beginning makes a good ending.
2. A hard beginning makes a good ending.
3. All good things must come to an end.
4. All things are difficult before they are easy.
5. All's well that ends well.
6. An ill beginning, an ill ending.
7. At the game's end, we shall see who gains.
8. Bad beginnings have ever bad endings.
9. Everything has an end.
10. Everything must have a beginning.
11. Good to begin well, better to end well.
12. He who begins many things, finishes but few.
13. He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.
Bravery and Courage （勇敢與勇氣）
1. A bold heart is half the battle.
2. A brave and honest man will speak out.
3. A brave arm makes a short sword long.
4. A brave man's wounds are seldom on his back.
5. A bully is always a coward.
6. A cock is always bold on its own dunghill.
7. A man of courage never wants weapons.
8. A valiant man's look is more than a coward's sword.
9. Bold men have generous heart.
10. Brave actions never want a trumpet.
Forgive and Forget （寬恕與忘記）
1. A man apt to promise is apt to forget.
2. By forgetness of injuries we show ourselves superior to them.
3. Do not forget little kindness and do not remember small faults. [Chinese Proverb]
4. Forgive all but thyself. [Arabic Proverb]
5. Forgive and forget injuries, but never forget benefits.
6. Forgive and forget.
7. Forgiveness from the heart is better than a box of gold. [Moorish Proverb]
8. Forgiveness is perfect when the sin is not remembered.
9. He that does you an ill turn will never forgive you.
10. He that forgives gains the victory. [African Proverb]
11. He who forgives others, God forgives him.
Life and Death （生與死）
1. A cat has nine lives.
2. A dead bee makes no honey.
3. A dead mouse feels no cold.
4. A fair death honors the whole life. [Jonathan Swift]
5. A live ass is better than a dead lion.
6. A long life has long miseries.
7. A man can die but once. (A man can only die once.) [Hebrews 9:27]
8. All men are mortal.
9. An evil life is a kind of death. [Ovid]
10. As a man lives, so shall he die.
11. Better die a beggar than live a beggar.
11. Bread is the staff of life.
12. Call no man happy till he is dead.
Man and Woman （男與女）
1. A bad woman is worse than a bad man.
2. A man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks.
.....男人覺得自己多老，就有多老； 女人看起來多老，就有多老。 男人年紀憑感覺，女人年紀憑外貌。
3. A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.
4. A woman conceals what she knows not.
5. A woman has an eye more than a man.
6. A woman is flax, a man is fire, the devil comes and blows the bellows.
7. A woman is the weaker vessel.
8. A woman's work is never done.
9. A woman's mind and winter wind change oft.
10. Choose neither a woman nor linen by candle-light.
11. Deeds are males, and words are females.
12. Gaming, women and wine, while they laugh they make men pine.
13. Man is the head, but woman turns it.
14. Men get wealth and women keep it.
Similarity and Difference （相同與相異）
1. All roads lead to Rome.
2. Birds of a feather flock together.
3. Every one to his taste.
4. Every shoe fits not every foot.
5. Great minds think alike.
6. He that all men will please shall never find ease.
7. If one will not, another will.
8. It takes all sorts to make a world.
9. Like author, like book.
10. Like blood, like good, and like age make the happiest marriage.
11. Like breeds (begets) like.
12. Like cures like.
13. Like draws to like.
14. Like father, like son.
15. Like for like.
Wisdom and Foolishness （智慧與愚昧）
1. A fool always finds a bigger fool to praise him. [French Proverb]
2. A fool may give a wise man counsel.
3. A fool's bolt is soon shot.
4. A fool's haste is no speed.
5. A fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
6. A man cannot leave his wisdom or his experience to his heirs. [Italian Proverb]
7. A still tongue makes a wise head.
8. A wise man always knows when to stop for breathing space.
9. A wise man is never less alone than when alone.
10. A wise man knows his own ignorance; a fool thinks he knows everything.
11. A wise man never wants a weapon.
12. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Gain and Loss （得與失）
1. A man may lose more in an hour than he can get in seven.
2. A tale never loses in the telling.
3. All gains are made at some sacrifice.
4. All is not lost that's in peril.
5. Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.
6. Covet all and lose all.
7. Do not seek dishonest gains, dishonest gains are losses.
8. Future gains are uncertain.
9. Gain at the expense of reputation should be called loss. [Publius Syrus]
10. Gain savors sweetly from anything.
11. Grasp all, lose all.
12. Great gain makes work easy.
13. Great pain and little gain will make a man soon weary.
14. He who does not gain loses.
Friend and Enemy （朋友與敵人）
1. A father is a treasure, a brother is a comfort, but a friend is both.
2. A flattering friend is your worst enemy. [Danish Proverb]
3. A friend in court is better than a penny in purse.
4. A friend in court makes the process short.
5. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
6. A friend is a second self.
7. A friend is best found in adversity.
8. A friend is proved in distress.
9. A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
10. A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.
11. A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody. (A friend to all is a friend to none.)
12. A hedge between keeps friendship green.
13. A life without a friend is a life without a sun. [French Proverb]
Give and Take （施與受）
1. Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
2. Give a lie twenty-four hours' start and you can never overtake it.
3. Give a thief enough rope and he will hang himself.
4. Give a thing and take a thing, to wear the devil's gold ring.
5. Give and spend, and God will send.
6. Give as good as one gets (takes).
7. Give credit where credit is due.
8. Give him an inch and he will take an ell.
9. Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard.
10. Give the devil his due.
11. Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.
12. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
13. Giving much to the poor, doth enrich a man's store.
Success and Failure （成與敗）
1. Complete cooperation is vital to success.
2. Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.
3. Deserve success and you shall command it.
4. Distress offers opportunities for the obtaining of success.
5. Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn.
6. Failure is one thing that can be achieved without effort.
7. Failure is the foundation of success.
8. Failure is the mother of success. (Failure teaches success.) 。
9. Failures are stepping stones to success for strong hearts determined to persevere.
10. He loses indeed that loses last.
11. Man learns little from success, but much from failure. [Arabic Proverb]
12. Many men have failed through lack of decision.
13. Mere talking tends only to failure.
Lady and Gentleman （淑女與紳士）
1. A gentleman ought to travel abroad, but dwell at home.
2. A gentleman will do like a gentleman.
3. A gentleman without an estate is like a pudding without suet.
4. A thief passes for a gentleman when thieving has made him rich.
5. Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
6. He is a gentleman that has gentle conditions.
7. It is not good manners to show your learning before ladies.
8. It is not the gay coat that makes the gentleman.
9. It takes three generations to make a gentleman.
10. Jack would be a gentleman if he could speak French.
11. Jack would be a gentleman if he had money.
12. Manners and money make a gentleman.
13. The king can make a knight, but not a gentleman.
14. You a lady, I a lady, who will milk the cow?
Law and Justice （法律與正義）
1. A good lawyer does not go to law himself. [Italian Proverb]
2. A good lawyer must be a great liar.
3. Be just before you are generous.
4. Be just to all, but trust not all.
5. Every law has a loophole.
6. Few lawyers die well, few physicians live well.
7. Go before God with justice, before the judge with money.
8. Go to law for a sheep and lose your cow.
9. Good laws often proceed from bad manners.
10. Good lawyer, bad neighbor. [French Proverb]
11. Hunger obeys no laws.
12. Ignorance does not avert the law.
13. In justice is all virtue found in sum.
14. Just notions will grow into good actions.
15. Justice has long arms.
16. Justice is a noble quality.
17. Justice is higher than expediency.
Husband and Wife （丈夫與妻子）
1. A bad wife takes advice from every one but her own husband.
2. A good husband makes a good wife.
3. A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind. [French Proverb]
4. A good wife and health are a man's best wealth.
5. A good wife is a good portion.
6. A good wife makes a good husband.
7. A man without a wife is but half a man.
8. A man's best fortune or his worst is his wife.
9. A poor man who takes a rich wife, has a ruler, not a wife. [Greek Proverb]
10. An evil wife converts a man's house into a hell on earth.
Question and Answer （問與答）
1. A soft answer turneth away wrath. [Proverbs 15:1]
2. Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer.
3. Ask and it shall be given you. [Matthew 7:7]
4. Ask no questions and hear no lies. (Ask no questions and be told no lies.)
5. Avoid a questioner, for he is also a tattler. 避
6. Better to ask the way than go astray.
7. He that asks faintly begs a denial.
8. He that cannot ask, cannot live.
9. He that nothing questions, nothing learns. (He that nothing questioneth nothing learneth.)
10. He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning.
11. It is not every question that deserves an answer.
12. Like question, like answer.
13. Never answer a question until it is asked.
14. No answer is also an answer.
15. The shortest answer is doing.
16. There are two sides to every question . [Latin Proverb]
Peace and War （和平與戰爭）
1. A bad peace is even worse than war. [Whitman]
2. A deceitful peace is more hurtful than an open war.
3. A just war is better than an unjust peace.
4. Better an egg in peace than an ox in war.
5. By wisdom peace, by peace plenty.
6. He that makes a good war, makes a good peace.
7. He that will not have peace, God gives him war.
8. If you wish for peace, be prepared for war. (If you want peace, you must prepare for war.)
9. In peace prepare for war.
10. It is safest making peace with sword in hand.
Rich and Poor （富與貧）
1. A beggar's purse is always empty.
2. A hut is a palace to a poor man.
3. A man's wealth is his enemy.
4. A poor man's tale cannot be heard.
5. A rich man's joke is always funny.
6. All ask if a man be rich, none if he be good. [Latin Proverb]
7. An avaricious man is always needy.
8. An empty sack cannot stand upright.
9. Bashfulness is an enemy to poverty.
10. Better be envied than pitied.
11. Better go to heaven in rags than to hell in embroidery.
12. Better poverty without care, than richness with.
13. Children are poor men's riches.
14. Content lodges oftener in cottages than palaces.
Today and Tomorrow （今日與明日）
1. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
2. Don't long for tomorrow. If you do, you will waste today.
3. Drunken days have all their tomorrows.
4. Fear not the future; weep not for the past.
5. He that falls today may rise tomorrow.
6. Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday--but never jam today. [Lewis Carroll]
7. Live only for today, and you ruin tomorrow.
8. Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.
9. One hour today is worth two tomorrow.
10. One today is worth two tomorrows.
11. The best time to worry is tomorrow.
12. Think today and speak tomorrow.
13. To a lazy man, tomorrow is always the best day of the year.
Teaching and Learning （教與學）
1. A good teacher is the intellectual father of his pupils.
2. A little learning is a dangerous thing. [Alexander Pope]
3. A man may learn wit every day.
4. A man should learn to sail in all winds. [Italian Proverb]
5. An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.
6. Better learn by your neighbor's skaith than by your own.
7. Better untaught than ill taught.
8. By learning one learns how to learn.
9. Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
10. He teaches ill, who teaches all.
11. He that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
12. He who teaches, learns.
13. In doing we learn.
14. It is right to be taught even by an enemy. [Latin Proverb]
Ambition and Zeal（雄心與熱誠）
Ambition loses many a man. 。
Ambition makes people diligent. 。
Zeal, when it is a virtue, is a dangerous one. 。
Zeal without prudence is frenzy. 。
Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.
Zeal too often lacks discretion.
Zeal is fit only for wise men, but is found mostly in fools.
To do one thing well is a worthy ambition.
The higher the mountain, the greater descent.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Seek mickle, and get something; seek little, and get nothing.
Seek and ye shall find. [Matthew 7:7]
Better ride on an ass that carries me than a horse that throws me.
He that stays in the valley shall never get over the hill.
Nothing is difficult to a man whom ambition fires.
Art and Artist（藝術與藝術家）
A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.
Art has no enemy but ignorance.
Art improves Nature.
Art is civilization and civilization is art. [Latin Proverb]
Art is long, life is short. [Hippocrates]
Art lies in concealing art. [Latin Proverb]
In every art, it is good to have a master.
Knowledge without practice makes but half an artist.
Nature passes art.
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. [Oscar Wilde]
The creation of beauty is Art. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]
Birth and Breeding（出身與教養）
A well-bred youth neither speaks of himself, nor, being spoken to, is silent.
Better unborn than unbred.
Better unborn than untaught.
Birth is much, but breeding is more.
Breeding rather than birth.
It is an ill-bred dog that will beat a bitch.
Nurture is above nature.
Our birth made us mortal, our death will make us immortal.
The birth follows the belly.
What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
Black and White（黑與白）
A black hen lays a white egg.
A black plum is as sweet as a white.
A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often.
After black clouds, clear weather.
Death is the black camel that kneels before every door.
Every bean has its black.
Every white hath its black, and every sweet its sour.
He that has a white horse and a fair wife, never wants trouble.
He that touches pitch shall be defiled.
If the master says the crow is white, the servants must not say 'tis black.
The devil is not so black as he is painted.
The fairer the paper, the fouler the blot.
The pot calls the kettle black.
There is no wool so white but a dyer can make it black.
There's a black sheep in every flock.
Books and Library（圖書與圖書館）
A book that is shut, is but a block.
A good book is a light to the soul.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today, and forever.
A library is a repository of medicine for the mind.
A wicked book is the wickeder because it cannot repent.
By reading we enrich the mind; by conversation we polish it.
Books and friends should be few and well chosen.
Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. [George William Curtis]
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
Good books need no boost.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
You cannot tell a book by its cover.
Borrowing and Begging（借貸與乞求）
A beggar can never be bankrupt.
A beggar cannot be a chooser.
A beggar pays a benefit with a louse.
Beggar's bags are bottomless.
Better beg than steal.
Better buy than borrow.
Better die a beggar than live a beggar.
Borrowed garments never fit well.
Borrowing is not much better than begging. [Lessing]
First you borrow, then you beg. [Ernest Hemingway]
He learned timely to beg that could not say "Nay".
He that borrows binds himself with his neighbor's rope.
He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
Idleness is the key of beggary.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Business and Trade（商務與貿易）
A handful of trade is a handful of gold.
A hundred tricks are not so good as one well-learned trade.
A Jack of all trades is master of none.
A trade is better than service.
A useful trade is a mine of gold.
Best is cheapest.
Business before pleasure. (Business first and pleasure after.)
Business is business.
Business is the best sport in the world.
Business is the salt of life; business and action strengthen the brain.
Business knowledge cannot be bought. It can only be acquired by long study.
Capital, labor, and brains -- and all as equally essential in business as each leg of a three-legged stool.
Cheap things are never very good.
Courtesy is the lubricant which oils the wheels of business.
Despatch is the soul of business. 辦事以迅速為貴。
Cause and Effect（因與果）
Anger is the cause of sin.
As you brew, so must you drink.
As you sow, so you reap. (As a man sows, so shall he reap.)
As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.
Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.
Every why has a wherefore.
Look before you leap.
No cross, no crown.
No smoke without fire. (There is no smoke without fire.) (Where there's smoke, there's fire.)
One good turn deserves another.
One wrong thought may cause a life-long regret.
Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. [Hosea 8:7] (They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.)
Take away the cause, and the effect must cease.
Think before you act.
Chance and Opportunity（機會與時機）
A bad padlock invites picklock.
When fortune smiles, embrace her.
Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
The man who loses his opportunities loses himself. [George Moore]
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. [Robert Herrick]
Take time when time comes.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
Opportunity makes the thief.
Opportunity comes often to the man who is ready for it.
Make hay while the sun shines.
It is too late to grieve when the chance is past.
It chances in an hour, that happens not in seven years.
Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.
He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.
Come and Go（來與去）
Wrong never comes right.
Who will go far must go slow. [German Proverb]
Who comes uncalled, sits unserved. (He that comes unbidden goes unthanked.)
Where the needle goes, the thread follows.
When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war.
What's bred in the bone comes out in the flesh.
Tomorrow never comes.
Thursday comes, and the week is gone.
There comes nought out of the sack but what was there.
The world is a ladder for some to go up and some down.
The weakest goes to the wall.
Repentance comes too late.
Take things as they come.
The sluggard's convenient season never comes.
Men come and pass; mountains stay forever.
Customs and Habits（習俗與習慣）
With customs we live well, but laws undo us.
Use doth breed a habit.
So many countries, so many customs.
Pursuits become habits.
Old habits die hard.
Old customs are best.
Men do more things through habit than through reason.
Indolence is about the worst habit a man can form.
Habits are great helps or great hindrances.
Good habits are the best friends of man.
Habit is a friend or foe.
Great is the force of habit. [Latin Proverb]
Every one has his particular habit. [Latin Proverb]
Every one has his own custom.
Do in Rome as the Romans do.
Doctor and Medicine（醫生與醫藥）
When the sun comes in, the doctor goes out.
There is no medicine for fear.
There is no medicine for a fool. [French Proverb]
The wise will not rely on medicine for keeping their health.
The windows open more will keep the doctor from the door.
The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease.
The best doctors are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.
Repentance is the heart's medicine. [German Proverb]
Repentance is a pill unwillingly swallowed.
Repentance is a bitter physic.
Medicines are not meat to live by.
Laughter is the best medicine.
If the doctor cures, the sun sees it; but if he kills, the earth hides it.
Good medicine is bitter to the mouth. [Chinese Proverb]
Diet cures more than a doctor.
Early and Late（早與晚）
The early man never borrows from the late man.
The early bird catches the worm.
Sooner begun, sooner done.
Soon ripe, soon rotten.
It is too late to spare when the bottom is bare.
It is too late to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.
He who works before dawn will soon be his own master.
He that will thrive must rise at five.
He that rises late, must trot all day.
He is never too late to mend.
Better late than never.
Early sow, early mow.
An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark.
Education and Experience（教育與經驗）
Once bitten, twice shy.
Old birds are not caught with chaff.
Experience without learning is better than learning without experience.
Experience is what a man does with what happens to him.
Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Experience is the mistress of fools.
Experience is a precious gift, only given a man when his hair is gone. [Turkish Proverb]
A painful experience makes us cautious in the future.
Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
Experience is a school from which no one can never graduate.
Education polishes good natures, and corrects bad ones.
Experience is a dear school, but fools learn in no other.
Crooked by nature is never made straight by education.
An investment in education pays the best dividends.
Experience is the best teacher.
Example and Precept（身教與言教）
Where the dam leaps over, the kid follows.
We live by laws, not by examples.
The friar preached against stealing and had a goose in his sleeve.
Teach others by thy examples.
Precepts may lead and examples draw.
Precept begins, example accomplishes.
Practice what you preach. (Practice what one preaches.)
One sheep follows another.
No marvel if the imps follow when the devil goes before.
It is well to profit by the folly of others.
If one sheep leaps over the ditch, all the rest will follow.
Do unto others as you would they should do unto you. [Luke 6:31]
He preaches well that lives well.
Example is better than precept.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Fame and Honor（聲譽與榮譽）
Who that in youth, no virtue uses, in age all honor him refuses.
Where there is no honor there is no grief.
There is honor among thieves.
There are many ways to fame.
Reputation is often got without merit, and lost without crime.
One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Honors change manners. [Latin Proverb]
Honor without profit is a ring on the finger.
Honor shows the man. 榮譽表現人品。
He who leaves the fame of good works after him does not die.
Honor is the reward of virtue. [Latin Proverb]
Honor can only be purchased by worth actions.
Honor buys no beef in the market.
Honor brings responsibility. [Latin Proverb]
Fire and Water（火與水）
You can lead a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink.
You cannot get water (blood) out of a stone.
When the heart is a fire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth.
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. (We never miss the water till the water runs dry.)
Water is the king of food. [African Proverb]
Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it.
Water afar off quencheth not fire.
Violent fires soon burn out.
Under water, famine, under snow, bread.
Too much water drowned the miller.
Three removes are as bad as a fire. 。
Those who drink but water will have no liquor to buy.
There is no smoke without fire.
The straws floating upon the waters show how the stream runs.
The smoke of a man's own country is better than the fire of another's.
Fortune and Misfortune（幸與不幸）
Yield not to misfortunes. [Latin Proverb]
The worse luck now, the better another time.
The footsteps of fortune are slippery.
Our worst misfortunes are those which never befall us.
One misfortune rides upon another's back. (One misfortune comes on the neck of another.)
No man is content with his lot.
Misfortunes tell us where fortune is.
Misfortunes never come singly. (Misfortunes seldom come singly.)
Misfortunes hasten age.
Misfortunes find their way even on the darkest night.
Misfortunes come of themselves.
Misfortunes are helpful and instructive.
Misfortune tastes the sincerity of friends.
Misfortune is a good teacher.
Misfortune arrives on horseback but departs on foot. (Misfortune comes on wings and departs on foot)
Freedom and Liberty（自由與自由權）
Who receives a gift, sells his liberty.
Who loses his liberty loses all.
Where liberty is, there is my country. [Latin Proverb]
Too much liberty spoils all.
To receive a favor is to sell your liberty. [Latin Proverb]
No man is free who cannot command himself.
My country is dear but liberty is dearer. [Latin Proverb]
Liberty is not licence.
Liberty is more worth than gold.
Genius and Talent（天才與才華）
The son of a talented father is bound to be talented. [Chinese Proverb]
The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs. [Francis Bacon]
Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life.
Perseverance is sometimes more effective than genius.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
Initiative results more from sustained effort than from genius.
Great talents mature late.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine perspiration.
Genius is boiling desire.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Genius is an aptitude for work.
God and Devil（上帝與魔鬼）
You cannot serve God and Mammon. [Matthew 6:24]
Where God will help, nothing does harm.
When the devil prays, he has a booty in his eye.
When rogues go in procession, the devil holds the cross.
When God has his church, the devil will have his chapel.
When fools make mistakes, they lay blame on Providence.
We must not lie down and cry "God help us."
Those whom the gods love die young.
The voice of the people is the voice of God. [Latin Proverb]
The nearer the church, the farther from God.
The mills of God grind slowly.
The grace of God is enough.
The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.
The devil was sick.
Gold and Gems（黃金與珠寶）
Unpolished pearls never shine.
The golden age was never the present age.
The diamonds of other countries are always the most beautiful. [Russian Proverb]
The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.
No lock will hold against the power of gold.
Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.
He that has gold may buy land. 有金斯有土。
Hares are caught with hounds, fools with praise, and women with gold. [German Proverb]
Gold will not buy everything.
Gold has more worshippers than God.
Gold is the dust that blinds all eyes.
Gold is tried in the fire.
Happiness and Sorrow（快樂與憂傷）
When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.
Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.
Virtue alone is happiness. 為善至樂。
Two in distress make trouble less.
True happiness consists in making happy. [Hindi Proverb]
There's no cure for sorrow but to put it underfoot.
The man without thought for the future will surely have trouble close at hand. [Chinese Proverb]
Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
Sorrow is at parting if at meeting there be laughter.
Sorrow and an evil life makes soon an old wife.
Sin and sorrow are inseparable.
Sadness and gladness succeed each other.
Rust destroys iron, and grief the heart. [Russian Proverb]
Remembrance often may start a tear. 回憶常帶來淚水。
High and Low（高與低）
Where the hedge is lowest, men may soonest over. (Where the hedge is lowest men leap over.)
The lower millstone grinds as well as the upper.
The highest branch is not the safest roost.
The highest tree has the greatest fall.
The higher you climb, the harder you fall.
The higher the mountain, the greater descent.
The higher the hill, the lower the grass.
The higher the ape goes, the more he shows his tail.
The boughs that bear most hang lowest.
Lowly sit, richly warm.
Loftiest trees most dread the thunder.
High cedars fall when low shrubs remain.
Hew not too high lest the chips fall in thine eye.
High places have their precipices.
Hope and Optimism（盼望與樂觀）
Who live by hope will die by hunger.
While there is life there is hope.
When things are at the worst they begin to mend.
When one door shuts, another opens.
Trust your hopes and not your fears.
The longest night will have an end.
The longest day has an end.
The darkest hour is that before the dawn.
The bee sucks honey out of the bitterest flowers.
Prospect is often better than possession.
Never cross your bridges till you come to them.
Look on the bright side.
Hunger and Anger（饑餓與憤怒）
Wrath killeth the foolish man. [Job 5:2]
When anger blinds the mind, truth disappears.
When a man grows angry, his reason rides out.
Short folk are soon angry.
They must hunger in frost that will not work in heat.
Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man.
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [Ephesians 4:26]
Kind words soften anger.
Hungry dogs would eat dirty puddings.
Hungry bellies have no ears.
Hunger teaches many things. [Latin Proverb]
Hunger obeys no laws.
Hunger makes raw beans taste sugar.
Hunger knows no delicacy.
Hunger is the best sauce. [French Proverb]
Hunger finds no fault with the cookery.
Kindness and Cruelty（仁慈與殘酷）
Write injuries in dust, kindness in marble.
There is kindness to be found everywhere.
The poor man is often rich in kindness.
Sometimes clemency is cruelty, and cruelty clemency.
One kindness is the price of another.
Kindness is often better than force.
Kindness is noblest weapon to conquer with.
Kindness is nobler than revenge.
Kindness comes of will.
Kind words soften anger.
Kind hearts are the garden; kind thoughts are the roots; kind words are the flowers; kind deeds are the fruits.
Kind hearts are more than coronets. [A. L. Tennyson]
Kind words heal wounded hearts.
Injury should be recompensed with kindness.
Kind words do not wear the tongue.
Cruelty is the first attribute of the devil.
Labor and Idleness（勞動與怠惰）
Work while you work, and play while you play; that is the way to be happy and gay.
Work has a bitter root but sweet fruit. [German Proverb]
Work for all you're worth and you'll be worth more.
When you play, play hard. When you work, don't play at all. 遊
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
Whatever you do, do it well.
What is worth doing is worth doing well.
We should push our work; the work should not push us.
The laborer is worthy of his hire. [Luke 10:7]
The surest way to be happy is to be busy.
The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
Want is the mother of industry.
Of idleness comes no goodness.
Industry pays debts, while despair increases them.
It is only the idle that are wretched.
Quick feet and busy hands fill the mouth.
Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality her left.
Industry is the parent of success.
Literature and Writing（文學與寫作）
The thought has good legs, and the quil a good tongue.
The pen is the tongue of the hand.
The pen is mightier than the sword. 。
The first principle and source of all good writing is to think justly. [Horace]
One who has literary tastes is rarely expert in military exercises.
Make authorship your avocation, not your vocation.
Literature is a good staff but a bad crutch.
Literature is a good crutch, but a very bad walking stick.
Life without literature is death. [Latin Proverb]
Brevity is in writing what charity is to all other virtues.