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A cloak is not made for a single shower of rain.
A clock that stands still is better than one that goes wrong.
A close friend can become a close enemy.

A close mouth and open eyes never did any one harm.
A close mouth catcheth no flies.
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
A closed mouth catches no flies.
A cloth is not woven from a single thread.
A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.
A cock is valiant on his own dunghill.
A cock that crows too early gets a twisted neck.
A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.
A coin in an empty barrel, makes a lot of noise.
A coin of gold is delighting in a bag of silver coins.
A cold April the barn will fill.
A colt is good for nothing if it does not break its halter.
A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter.
A colt you may break, but an old horse you never can.
A comb becomes bad when it hurts you.
A combined defence is the safest.
A common blot is held no stain.
A common response, often attributed to , is 'An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind,' is often used as a criticism for this concept, implying that 'an eye for an eye' will only perpetuate a potentially endless cycle of violence.
A common shipwreck is a consolation to all.
A common trouble is half joy.
A communal field is ruined by the bears.
A constant guest is never welcome.
A constant importunity at length prevails.
A contented ass enjoys a long life.
A contented man is always rich.
A contented mind is a continual feast.
A cook tastes his own cooking, even if it's poison.
A coquettish woman is like a shadow -- as you chase her she runs away, and if you run away, she chases after you.
A coral reef hardens into land.
A corpse isn't asked about the choice of shroud.
A cough assists a musician when he hesitates.
A cough will stick longer by a horse than a peck of oats.
A country can be conquered from the back of a horse but may not be ruled in the same manner.
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
A country without freedom is like a prisoner with shackled hands.
A courageous foe is better than a cowardly friend.

A courtesy much entreated is half recompensed.
A courtier should be without feeling and without honour.
A covetous abbot for one offering loses a hundred.
A covetous man does nothing that he should till he dies.
A covetous woman deserves a swindling gallant.
A cow does not know what her tail is worth until she has lost it.
A cow from afar gives plenty of milk.
A cow gave birth to a fire: she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child.
A cow gave birth to a fire; she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child.
A cow is not called dappled unless she has a spot.
A cow must graze where she is tied.
A cow that has no tail should not try to chase away flies.
A cow-year, a sad year; a bull-year, a glad year.
A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.
A coward has no scar.
A coward is full of precaution.
A coward often deals a mortal blow to the brave.
A coward sweats in water.
A coward's fear may make a coward valiant.
A crab does not beget a bird.
A cracked bell can never sound well.
A cracked bell will never be sound.
A cracked pot never fell off the hook.
A crazy vessel never falls from the hand.
A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
A creaking door hangs longest.
A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.
A crooked log is not to be straightened.
A crooked log makes a good fire.
A crooked stick will have a crooked shadow.
A cross-eyed Tsar, one-eyed ministers, blind subjects.
A cross-grained woman and a snappish dog take care of the house.
A crow doesn't pick out another crow's eyes. (A thief does not steal from another thief).
A crow is never the whiter for often washing.
A crow sits next to a crow, (one searches for an equal.).
A crow thinks her own bird fairest.
A crow will never be a dove.
A crow will never be a falcon.
A crow will not peck out a crow's eyes.
A crowd is not company.
A crown is no cure for the headache.
A cry, a sniff, and all comes to naught.
A cup must be bitter that a smile will not sweeten.
A cur's tail grows fast.
A curious woman is capable of turning around the rainbow just to see what is on the other side.
A curse will not strike out an eye, unless the fist go with it.
A cursed cur should be short tied.
A custom wears a shirt of iron.
A cutting word is worse than a bowstring; a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not.

A daily guest is a great thief in the kitchen.
A daily guest is a thief in the kitchen.
A dainty stomach beggars the purse.
A danger foreseen is half avoided.
A dark night is evident from the evening.
A day after the fair.
A day drunk, and a day drinking water.
A day in prison is longer than a thousand years at large.
A day is long, but a lifetime is short.
A day is lost if one has not laughed.
A day of fasting is the eve of a feast.
A day of grief lasts longer than a month of joy.
A day of slacking (from hard labor in jail) gives you an additional year of life.
A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy.
A day of travelling will bring a basketful of learning.
A day to come seems longer than a year that's gone.
A day without bread lasts long.
A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.
A day's work--getting started.
A day-old pigeon cannot fly over a mountain pass.
A dead cherry tree will not blossom.
A dead man deals no blows.
A dead man does not know where his grave is.
A dead man does not make war.
A dead man does not speak.
A dead man has neither relations nor friends.
A dead man pays no debts.
A dead man's will is the mirror of his life.
A dead mouse feels no cold.
A dead songbird gives us no meat.
A deaf auditor makes a crazy answerer.
A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
A deaf husband and a blind wife will always make a happy couple.
A deaf man heard how a mute told that a blind man has seen how a cripple walked.
A deaf man may not have heard the thunder but he surely will see the rain.
A dealer in onions is a good judge of scallions.
A dealer in rubbish sounds the praises of rubbish.
A dear child has many names.
A debt is always new.
A debt is still unpaid, even if forgotten.
A deceased person much prayed for goes straight to hell.
A decision made at night may be changed in the morning.
A deer tethered with a golden chain can escape to the forest to eat grass.
A defeated wrestler is not tired of wrestling.
A degenerate nobleman is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
A delightful hallucination.
A depraved mind never comes to good.
A determined heart will not be counselled.
A devil with fine manners can still carry you only to hell.

A devotee's face, and a cat's claws.
A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.
A dictionary can only be read when it is printed.
A difference of Sky and Earth.
A different man, a different taste.
A diligent man ever finds that something remains to be done.
A dimple in the chin, a devil within.
A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
A dimple on the chin, the devil within.
A diplomat should be yielding and supple as a creeper that can be bent but not broken.
A dirty soul can be cleansed when one speaks.
A disaster seldom comes alone.
A disease known is half cured.
A dissimilarity of pursuits dissolves friendship.
A distant fire does not burn.
A distant stick won't kill a snake.
A doctor and a boor know more than a doctor alone.
A doctor and a clown know more than a doctor alone.
A doctor is a book-loaded donkey.
A doctor is only a doctor when he has killed one or two patients.
A doctor will take care of the rich man; the poor man is cured with work.
A dog always bites under the knee.
A dog as he sleeps barks as if on the track of the hare.
A dog by your side is better than a brother miles away.
A dog cannot carry its puppies on its back.
A dog dies from too much walking, a fool from worrying about other's business.
A dog does not mind being called a dog.
A dog doesn't like bananas, but he can't bear to think that chickens eat them.
A dog in a kennel barks at his fleas -- a hunting dog does not feel them.
A dog in desperation will leap over a wall.
A dog in the manger, that neither eats nor lets others eat.
A dog is a dog whatever his colour.
A dog is a man's best friend.
A dog is never offended at being pelted with bones.
A dog is worthy of his food.
A dog may look at a bishop.
A dog never bit me but I had some of his hair.
A dog never forgets his master.
A dog on the hay: will neither eat it himself, nor let others eat it.
A dog returns to where he has been fed.
A dog shows affection even to a poor family.
A dog that barks all the time gets little attention.
A dog that barks does not bite.
A dog that barks doesn't bite.
A dog that barks much is never a good hunter.
A dog that has been bitten by a snake fears sausages.
A dog that intends to bite does not bare its teeth.
A dog that will fetch a bone will carry a bone.
A dog which has been beaten with a stick is afraid of its shadow.

A dog will always be a dog, even if he is raised by lions.
A dog will not make himself look like a horse just by cutting off his tail.
A dog with a bone knows no friend.
A dog with a bone knows no friends.
A dog with a docked tail is not afraid that its backside can be seen.
A dog with many masters, dies of starvation.
A dog with two homes is never any good.
A dog without teeth will also attack a bone.
A dog won't bite you if you are carrying a stick.
A dog won't forsake his master because of poverty; a son never deserts his mother because of her homely appearance.
A dog's bite is cured with the same dog's hair.
A dog's teeth don't bite each other.
A done deal cannot be reversed.
A donkey always says thank you with a kick.
A donkey cannot trot for long.
A donkey decked in gold is better than an over-laden horse.
A donkey has two friends: his two hind legs.
A donkey in Saxony is a professor in Rome.
A donkey is a donkey though it may carry the Sultan's treasure.
A donkey is known by his ears.
A donkey that carries a lot of books is not necessarily learned.
A donkey that carries me is worth more than a horse that kicks me.
A donkey that carries you is better than a horse that throws you to the ground.
A donkey's cries don't reach heaven.
A door must be either shut or open.
A door must either be open or shut.
A doorstep is the highest of all mountains.
A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.
A dove has no place amongst the crows.
A dram of discretion is worth a pound of wisdom.
A dream can't be told.
A dream which has not been interpreted is like a letter unread.
A dressed up lie is worth more than a badly told truth.
A drink is shorter than a tale.
A drink precedes a story.
A dripping June sets all in tune.
A drop does not kill, and you won't drown in a bucket.
A drop from every mug makes for a house for the barmaid.
A drop hollows out a stone.
A drop hollows out the stone by falling not twice, but many times; so too is a person made wise by reading not two, but many books.' (, 'Il Candelaio').
A drop hollows out the stone not by force, but by frequent dripping; so too is a person made wise not by force, but by frequent reading.' (Quoted without attribution by in his diary entry for August 19, 1770).
A drop hollows out the stone' (, 'Epistles').
A drop in the sea.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.
A drop of knowledge is greater than an ocean of strength.
A drop of luck is worth a cask of wisdom.
A drop of water breaks a stone.
A drop of water in the eyes of the Tsar costs the country many handkerchiefs.
A drowning man clings to a blade of grass.
A drowning man takes hold of his own hair.
A drowning man will catch at a straw.
A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
A drowning man will clutch at straws.
A drowning man would catch at razors.
A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts.
A drunk's ass has no owner.
A drunkard can be a sheep, a monkey or a lion.
A drunken man's words are a sober man's thoughts.
A drunken may soon be made to dance.
A drunken night makes a cloudy morning.
A dry bone is never licked.

A dry spoon will tear the mouth.
A duck will not always dabble in the same gutter.

These are Proverb Examples from around the world, some have been translated from their original language to english.


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