English Proverbs

I spent an evening some weeks ago looking through a book of Little Blue Books that someone from another dorm owned. It was delightful, and I was highly envious. I read the entire booklet of Proverbs of England, Little Blue Book No, 113, edited by Haldeman-Julius, that evening, and I vowed to return some other night and read other Little Blue Books, including one about the New York Chinatown.

But here were some proverbs that tickled my fancy, and I hope at least one or two might delight you also.

。None but cats and dogs are allowed to quarrel in my house.

。A book that remains shut is but a block.

。A goosequill is more dangerous than a lion’s claw.

。Say nothing of my debts unless you mean to pay them.

。Put not thy hand between the bark and the tree.

。Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

。Better bend the neck than bruise the forehead.

。A dry cough is the trumpeter of death.

。It is no festival unless there be some fighting.

。When fools throw stools, wise men must take heed of their shins.

。One has never so much need of his wit as when he deals with a fool.

 。A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.

。He that thinks in his bed has a day without a night.

。”Almost” was never hanged.

。Better to slip with the foot than with the tongue.

。A full belly neither fights nor flies well.

。The fire in flint shows not till it is struck.

。Change of weather is the discourse of fools.