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  • Talk of the devil and the devil appears. : This is said in jest when a person we have been talking about meets us.
  • There's many a slip between the cup and the lip. : We cannot assume anything is ours until we actually get it.
  • There is no rose without a thorn. : Unalloyed happiness is impossible, because joy and sorrow go together.
  • There is no smoke without fire. : Rumours are not baseless but have some truth in them.
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever. : The memory of something pleasant provides everlasting pleasure.
  • Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. : Think of your own mistakes before blaming others.
  • Time and tide wait for no man. : One must not miss opportunities by delaying action.
  • Time is a great healer. : Pain or grief diminish or disappear with the passage of time.
  • To err is human. : It is natural for all of us to make mistakes.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth. : It is chaotic for too many people to do the same job at the same time.
  • Touch pitch and be defiled. : If you keep contact with bad people, you get spoiled.
  • Two heads are better than one. : It is beneficial when persons reason jointly and make up for each other's deficiencies.
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. : With greatness and power comes a lot of responsibility.
  • United we stand, divided we fall. : There is strength and safety in numbers compared individuals acting alone.
  • Variety is the spice of life. : Experiencing different things makes living interesting and prevents boredom.
  • Wake not a sleeping lion. : It is wise not to disturb things at times lest you invite trouble.
  • Walls have ears. : Take care when you speak lest others hear what they should not.
  • Waste not, want not. : If one is careful with things especially money, one will not lack them when needed.
  • A watched pot never boils. : If we are eagerly waiting for something, it seems to take forever to happen.
  • Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it. : There is too little of what we want and too much of what we don't want.
  • Well begun is half done. : A good start to a task leads to its easy and successful completion.
  • What's done cannot be undone. : It is too late to change one's mind after performing an action.
  • What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. : What is appropriate for one is appropriate for another.
  • When in Rome do as the Romans do. : One must adapt to one's surroundings.
  • When one door shuts another opens. : Failure should not discourage us, for some other opportunity always exists.
  • When the cat is away the mice will play. : People take advantage when the person in charge is absent.
  • Where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise. : It is better to be unaware of something that will bring unhappiness.
  • Where there's a will there's a way. : If one is determined, one will find a path to success.
  • The wish is father to the thought. : It is a desire that gives birth to a belief.
  • You cannot have your cake and eat it. : You cannot have everything because a choice has to be made between alternatives.
  • You can take a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink. : You cannot help an unwilling person beyond a certain point.
  • You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. : You do me a favor and I will reciprocate.
  • Beauty is but skin deep. : Do not judge solely by looks because appearances are deceptive.
  • Every ass likes to hear himself bray. : Foolish people talk a lot.
  • A fool and his money are soon parted. : If one spends without thought, then one will be penniless.
  • Nothing venture, nothing gain. : Without risks, there are no rewards.

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