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A willful fault has no excuse, and deserves no pardon.
A willful man must have his way.
A willing helper does not wait until he is asked.

A windy day is not a day for thatching.
A wise (man) will rule (or possibly, be ruled by) the stars.
A wise falcon hides his talons.
A wise fool is wiser than a foolish wise man.
A wise head hath a close mouth to it.
A wise head makes a close mouth.
A wise lawyer never goes to law himself.
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
A wise man and a fool together, know more than a wise man alone.
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never.
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.
A wise man does at first what a fool must do at last.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
A wise man learns at the fool's expense.
A wise man learns from mistakes of others, a dumb one won't learn even from one's own.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
A wise man may learn of a fool.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
A wise man sees only water in the tears of a woman.
A wise man should never give his wife too much rein.
A wise man takes everything he owns with himself' (i.e. in his head, his wealth is his wisdom).
A wise man takes his own decisions; the ignorant goes with the crowd.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
A wise man who knows proverbs can reconcile difficulties.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
A wise man will make tools of what comes to hand.
A wise man will not rebuke a fool.
A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools.
A wise man's day is worth a fool's life.
A wise man, a strong man.
A wise teacher makes learning a joy.
A wolf hankers after sheep even at his last gasp.
A wolf in sheep's clothing.
A wolf in the story.' Said about someone who has just appeared and it was talked about him.
A wolf will still be a wolf even if he hasn't eaten your sheep.
A wolf's mourning is the fox's feast.
A wolf's repentance died a long time ago.

A woman and a glass are always in danger.
A woman and a hen are soon lost through gadding.
A woman and a melon are hard to choose.
A woman and a ship ever want mending.
A woman and a stove may not leave the house.
A woman conceals only what she does not know.
A woman either loves or hates, she does not know a third alternative.
A woman for a general, and the soldiers will be women.
A woman gets thirty percent of her beauty from nature and seventy percent from makeup.
A woman has advice only for another woman.
A woman has even cheated the devil.
A woman has many mouths.
A woman hath nine lives like a cat.
A woman is a fortress, a man her prisoner.
A woman is as old as she wishes to tell you.
A woman is at her strongest when she faints.
A woman is attractive when she is somebody else's wife.
A woman is like a banana; one alone can turn the whole bunch rotten.
A woman is like a blanket: If you cover yourself with it, it bothers you; if you throw it aside you will feel the cold.
A woman is like a cup of tea; you'll never know how strong she is until she boils.
A woman is like the moon-some nights it is silver others gold.
A woman is not a harmonica that you put aside when you have used it.
A woman is probably at the heart of the quarrel.
A woman is taken, a man given.
A woman is the last judgement of the man.
A woman keeps secret only what she does not know.
A woman laughs when she can and weeps when she wants.
A woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she pleases.
A woman like a horse needs spurs.
A woman listens only to the advice of a fool.
A woman may be ever so old, if she take fire she will jump.
A woman prefers a man without money to money without a man.
A woman prefers poverty with love to wealth without love.
A woman strong in flounces is weak in the head.
A woman talks to one man, looks at another, and thinks about a third.
A woman that always laughs is everybody's wife; a man that is always laughing is an idiot.
A woman told me that a woman told her.
A woman wearing trousers? What has she got hanging in there?.
A woman who cries, a man who swears, a horse that sweats, all imposture.
A woman who dances too much gets ill from little work.
A woman who has not been twice married cannot know what a perfect marriage is.
A woman who likes to wash will find water.
A woman who looks much in the glass spins but little.
A woman who offers sex to everyone will get kicked by everyone.
A woman will be twice bound when her chains feel comfortable.
A woman with two husbands cheats both.
A woman would rather swallow her teeth than her tongue.
A woman's advice is of little value, but he who does not take it is a fool.
A woman's answer is never to seek.

A woman's beauty cannot warm a winter's night.
A woman's belly is a garden with many fruits.
A woman's belly is a garden with many kinds of fruit.
A woman's clothes are the price her husband pays for peace.
A woman's first advice is her best.
A woman's first counsel is the best.
A woman's heart dries quicker than her tears.
A woman's mosque is her home.
A woman's place is in the home.
A woman's strength is a multitude of words.
A woman's tears and a log's limping are not real.
A woman's tears are worth a lot, but cost little.
A woman's tongue is a double edged knife.
A woman's tongue is her sword, and she does not let it rust.
A woman's tongue is longer than her hair.
A woman's vengeance knows no bounds.
A woman's will is God's will.
A woman's work is never done.
A woman's work is worth more than the talk of a thousand men.
A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.
A word about to be spoken is like a stone that is ready to be thrown.
A word and a blow.
A word and a stone let go cannot be recalled.
A word and a stone once launched cannot be recalled.
A word and a stone once let go cannot be recalled.
A word before is better than two after.
A word brings another word.
A word from the mouth is like a stone from a sling.
A word from the mouth, a stone from a sling.
A word from the mouth, a stone from the hand.
A word is enough to the wise.
A word is sufficient for the wise.
A word of kindness is better than a fat pie.
A word once out flies everywhere.
A word once spoken, an army of chariots cannot overtake it.
A word spoken is past recalling.
A word to the wise.
A word to the wise (is sufficient).
A word to the wise is enough.
A work ill done must be twice done.
A worm-infested turnip is sweet, but bitter the one that a mouse has bitten.
A wound foreseen paint the less.
A wound heals but the scar remains.
A wound inflicted by a friend does not heal.
A wound never heals so well that a scar cannot be seen.
A wound never heals so well that the scar cannot be seen.
A wounded soul is difficult to heal.
A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.
A wretched year has twenty-four months.

A year's care, a minute's ruin.
A young angel, an old devil.
A young branch can be straightened, a mature one breaks.
A young branch takes on all the bends that one gives it.
A young crocodile does not cry when he falls in the water.
A young doctor makes a full graveyard.
A young doctor makes a humpy graveyard.
A young doctor means a new graveyard.
A young ewe and an old ram, every year bring forth a lamb.
A young foal and an old horse draw not well together.
A young man idle, an old man needy.
A young man married is a young man marred.
A young man should not marry yet, an old man not at all.
A young physician fattens the churchyard.
A young preacher, a new hell.
A young wife is an old man's post-horse to the grave.
A young wife, new bread, and green wood devastate a house.
A young woman is to an old man the horse that he rides to hell.
A young woman with an old man is really someone else's woman.
A youngster can ask further than an aged has been.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Abbot of Carcuela, you eat up the pot and ask for the pipkin.
Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
About everything and something else.
About the King and the Inquisition, hush!.
Above the clouds, the sky is always blue.
Abroad one has a hundred eyes, at home not one.
Abroad we judge the dress; at home we judge the man.
Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.
Absence is a foe to love; away from the eyes, away from the heart.
Absence is a foe to love; out of sight out of mind.
Absence is a shrew.
Absence is the enemy of love.
Absence makes the heart forget.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder but makes the mind forget.
Absence sharpens love; presence strengthens it.
Absence, and a friendly neighbor, washeth away love.
Absent friends get further away every day.
Absent people do not inherit.
Absent, none without blame; present, none without excuse.
Absentmindedness is searching for the horse you are riding.
Abstinence and fasting cure many a complaint.
Abstinence is the best medicine.
Abundance begets indifference.
Abundance does not spread; famine does.
Abundance doesn't know contentment, but contentment is abundance.
Abundance is from activity.
Abundance of money is a trial for a man.

Abundance will make cotton pull a stone.
Abundance, like want, ruins many.
Abuse does not invalidate usefulness.
Abuse doesn't hang on the collar.
Abuse is like a god that destroys his master.
Abuse is no argument against proper use', legal phrase meaning that just because something can be abused there is no reason for putting an end to its legitimate use.
Abuse of hospitality breaks the bridge.
Abuse often starts with praise.
Abuses are the result of seeing one another too often.
Accidents happen unexpected.
Accidents will happen.
Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
According to his pinions the bird flies.
According to the arm be the bleeding.
According to the custom of Aragon, good service, bad guerdon.
According to the nature of his sin shall a man be punished.
According to the suffering is the reward.
Accounting is accounting.
Accusing the times is but excusing ourselves.
Acknowledgement is half of correction.
Acorns were good till bread was found.
Acquaintance without patience is like a candle with no light.
Act and you shall have dinner. Think and you shall be dinner.
Act honestly, and answer boldly.
Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.
Act like you are an idiot and everyone will respect you.
Act quickly, think slowly.
Act so in the valley that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.
Act today only, tomorrow is too late.
Acting in concert, like the oil-merchants in the Velabrum.
Acting is the forte of all their race.
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
Actions have consequences.
Actions instead of words! or Actions speak louder than words' (lit. Actions say more than words.) or Let actions result from your words! or Let actions speak!.
Actions speak louder than words.
Actions speak louder than words / Well done is better than well said.
Active hands, full bellies.
Active people never have louse bites.
Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.
Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache.
Adam must have an Eve to blame for his faults.
Adam must have an Eve, to blame for his own faults.
Adam's ale is the best brew.
Adapt and survive.
Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.
Add little to little and there will be a big pile' —.
Add not fire to fire.
Add up your pennies, and buy a hen.
Adjust the mouth in accordance with the bag.
Admission by the defendant is worth a hundred witnesses.
Adolescence is smoke.
Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.
Adventures are to the adventurous.
Adversity and loss make a man wise.
Adversity brings knowledge and knowledge wisdom.
Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom.
Adversity comes with instruction in his hand.
Adversity flatters no man.
Adversity is easier borne than prosperity forgot.
Adversity is the foundation of virtue.
Adversity makes a man wise.

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
Adversity makes strange bedfellows.

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