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Proverbs Starting with letter I - part 7
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In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.
In too much disputing truth is lost.
In trouble you know a hero.

In trying to put make-up around the eye, he blinded it.
In vain does a man possess property if he makes no use of it.
In vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird.
In war it is best to tie your horse to a strange manger.
In war time there is pay for every horse.
In war, hunting, and love, for one pleasure a hundred pains.
In wartime no sweets are given out.
In wine is truth.
In wine there is truth.
In winter a fire is better than a muscat blossom.
In your light, we shall see light.', motto of.
In your neighbors' soup there is always one fatty morsel.
In your own company no one is boss.
In youth, one has tears without grief; in age, grief without tears.
Incense intoxicates and every one wishes for it.
Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.
Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.
Indecision is like the stepchild: If he doesn't wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting water.
Indecision is like the stepchild: if he doesn't wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting the water.
Indecision is the key to flexibility.
Indian Version: The one burnt by hot milk drinks even cold buttermilk with precaution. Transliteration: Doodh ka jala chaanchko bhi phook phook ke peeta hai.
Indifference is a generous kind of intolerance.
Indiscreet questions must be answered with a lie.
Indulge not in boisterous mirth.
Indulgences have more victims than swords.
Industriousness vanquishes hard luck.
Industry is the parent of fortune.
Infatuations are a plenty. Love is rare. - 'Pashi.
Infinite is the number of fools' (, 1:15).
Ingratitude is sooner or later fatal to its author.
Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.
Ingratitude is the mother of every vice.
Ingratitude is the reward of the world (ie. only what one should expect).
Ingratitude is the world's reward.
Ingratitude sickens benevolence.
Injuries destroy affection.
Injuries put us on our guard.

Injurious is the gift that takes away freedom.
Injury is to be measured by malice.
Ink, if not used, will dry up.
Innocence itself sometimes hath need of a mask.
Innocence plays in the backyard of ignorance.
Innocent actions carry their warrant with them.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
Insects do not nest in a busy door-hinge.
Inside a well-nourished body, the soul remains longer.
Inside out turned tunic, right way turns your luck.
Instead of a fish he gives you a scorpion.
Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.
Insults must be written in sand and compliments carved in stone.
Insults should be well avenged or well endured.
Insults shouldn't be made when people are celebrating.' .
Intelligence is in the head, not in the age.
Intelligence is like hair, everyone has their own type.
Intelligence is the best capital.
Intemperance is the doctor's wet-nurse.
Interest on debts grow without rain.
Interest on debts grows without rain.
Interfere not in the quarrels of others.
Into every life a little rain must fall.
Into the house where joy lives, happiness will gladly come.
Into the mouth of a bad dog falls many a good bone.
Into the mouth of a wolf.
Invalids live longest.
Invalids live the longest.
Invite a peasant to your table and he'll put his feet on it.
Invite people into your parlor, and they will come into your bedroom.
Involve me, and I'll understand.
Iron does not clang by itself.
Iron is worked when it's still hot. (Strike the iron while its hot).
Iron is worked when it's still hot. (Strike while the iron is hot.).
Iron may be rubbed so long that it gets heated.
Iron must be forged when it is hot.
Iron that is not used soon rusts.
Iron that works does not rust.
Iron whets iron. Proverbs. 27.'17.
Is the Pope a Catholic?.
Is the white camel made of fat?.
It also concerns you when the nearest wall is burning.
It always takes a person much longer to tell you what he thinks than what he knows.
It can happen even in better families.
It dawns none the sooner for all one's early rising.
It destroys the craft not to learn it.
It does no harm now and then to burn a candle for the devil.

It does not become the sparrow to mix in the dance of the cranes.
It does not depend upon the dog when the horse shall die.
It does not fall to the lot of all to smell of musk.
It doesn't matter how much milk you spill just as long as you don't lose your cow.
It doesn't matter what the kid plays with as long as he doesn't cry.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
It doubles the value of a gift to be well-timed.
It early pricks that will he a thorn.
It fares ill with the house when the distaff commands the sword.
It fits like an ass on a bucket.
It fits like cast-on.
It flies gently, but wounds deeply. Slander.].
It flows like a fountain from a broomstick.
It gets less before it's gone.
It got worse than worse!.
It grieveth one dog that another goeth into the kitchen.
It hangs by a hair.
It hangs upon a silken thread.
It has become a proverb.
It has caused injury and will do so again.
It hits like a dick on a drum kit.
It hits like a grip on a pig.
It ill becomes a carpenter to be heavy-handed, a smith to be shake-handed, or a physician to be tenderhearted.
It is Mr. Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs. Old-Woman-Monkey.
It is Mr. Old-Man-Monkey who marries Mrs.Old-Woman-Monkey.
It is a bad action that success cannot justify.
It is a bad bargain, where both are losers.
It is a bad game where nobody wins.
It is a bad hand that refuses to guard the head.
It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.
It is a bad hen that eats at your house and lays at another's.
It is a bad hen that lays her eggs away from the farm.
It is a bad hen that lays in neighbour's houses.
It is a bad horse that does not earn his fodder.
It is a bad plan that cannot be changed (A plan that cannot be changed is a bad one).
It is a bad plowman that quarrels with his ox.
It is a bad sheep that is too lazy to carry its own fleece.
It is a bad thing to be a knave, but worse to be known for one.
It is a bad thing to be poor, and seem poor.
It is a bad well into which one must put water.
It is a bad well that need water to be carried to it.
It is a bad well that you have to fill with water.
It is a base thing to tear a dead lion's beard off.
It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
It is a blessing in disguise.
It is a bold mouse that makes her nest in a cat's ear.
It is a bold mouse that makes her nest in the cat's ear.
It is a cart if it goes well, otherwise it is but timber.
It is a disgrace to be praised by those who deserve no praise.

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
It is a fine thing to die for one's fatherland, but a still finer thing to live for it.
It is a fool who rejoices when his neighbor is in trouble.
It is a foul bird that fills his own nest.
It is a fraud to connive at a fraud.
It is a good answer which knows when to stop.
It is a good file that cuts iron without making a noise.
It is a good horse that never stumbles.
It is a great art to laugh at you own misfortune.
It is a greater gift to give than to receive.
It is a grief to one beggar that another stands at the door.
It is a grief to one beggar that there is another at the door.
It is a hard morsel that chokes.
It is a hard winter when one wolf eats another.
It is a kingly act to help the fallen.
It is a lazy bird that will not build its own nest.
It is a long day, a day without bread.
It is a long lane that has no turning.
It is a long road that has no turning.
It is a loss of soap to wash the ass's head.
It is a mean thing to despise unsuccessful merit.
It is a mistake to try the tried one.
It is a poor dog that's not worth whistling for.
It is a poor fox that has but one hole.
It is a poor horse that is not worth his oats.
It is a poor mouse that has but one hole.
It is a poor parish where the priest has to ring his own bells.
It is a poor roast that gives no dripping.
It is a real compliment that comes from an enemy.
It is a sad situation for a son-in-law when his mother-in-law praises him.
It is a sign of weakness just to let things happen.
It is a sorry house in which the cock is silent and the hen crows.
It is a sorry house where the hens crow and the cock is silent.
It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach.
It is a wedge of itself that splits the oak.
It is a wise child that knows its own father.
It is a wise man who can laugh at his own jokes.
It is a wise man who lives with money in the bank, it is a fool who dies that way.
It is a wise son that knows his own father.
It is a wretched position to be dependent on others for support.
It is advantageous to follow advice, for you will succeed in life.
It is all one whether you are bit a dog or a bitch.
It is all one whether you die of sickness or of love.
It is all over with the state/republic.
It is all over: I may as well go and hand myself.
It is always good to have two strings to your bow.
It is always the fat ones who lead the dance.
It is always the impossible that happens.
It is always well to keep hold of your horse's bridle.

It is an easy task to improve upon an invention.
It is an equal failing to trust everybody and to trust nobody.
It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.
It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
It is an ill turn that does no good to any one.
It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.
It is an old saying, 'A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword':' and many men are as much galled with a calumny, a scurrilous and bitter jest, a libel, a pasquil, satire, apologue, epigram, stage-play or the like, as with any misfortune whatsoever.
It is approved alchemy to have an income and spend nothing.
It is as bad to have too many friends as no friends at all.
It is as cheap sitting as standing.
It is as difficult to win love as it is to pack salt in pine needles.
It is as well to be naked as to have no covering.
It is astonishing for the neck to refuse to lie down on the bed.
It is at home, not in public, that one washes his dirty linen.
It is bad baking without flour and water.
It is bad for puppies to play with bear-cubs.
It is bad iron in which there is no steel.
It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.
It is bad marketing with empty pockets.
It is bad preaching to deaf ears.
It is bad to be between two fires.
It is bad to contend about trifles.
It is bad to have a servant, but worse to have a master.
It is bad to lean against a falling wall.
It is best to be on the safe side.
It is best to bind up the finger before it is cut.
It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.
It is best to learn wisdom from the follies of others.
It is best to play with equals.
It is better if you could say 'Here he ran away' than 'Here he was killed.'.
It is better not to begin than, having begun, leave unfinished.
It is better the child should cry than the father.
It is better to arrive at the right moment than to be invited.
It is better to be a bull for a year than a cow for a hundred years.
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
It is better to be a free man in a small house than a slave in a big one.
It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.
It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view.
It is better to be born lucky than rich.
It is better to be condemned by many doctors than by one judge.
It is better to be entirely without a book than to believe it entirely.
It is better to be envied than pitied.
It is better to be ignorant than mistaken.
It is better to be in hell with a wise man than in heaven with an idiot.
It is better to be loved than feared.
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
It is better to be the head of a chicken than the rear of an ox.
It is better to be the head of a mouse than the tail of a lion.
It is better to be the object of jealousy, than of pity.
It is better to be the victim of injustice than to be unjust yourself.
It is better to be threatened by the sword of a Turk than by the pen of a German.
It is better to be without a book than to believe it entirely.
It is better to be without a wife for a bit than without tobacco for an hour.
It is better to be without a wife for a minute than without tobacco for an hour.
It is better to bear your cross than to drag it.
It is better to begin in the evening than not at all.
It is better to bend than break.
It is better to blow than burn your mouth.
It is better to buy dearly than to hunger direly.
It is better to carry stones with a wise man than accept the meal of a madman.
It is better to cut off the head that has no pride.

It is better to deal with a whole fool than half a fool.
It is better to die in revenge than to live on in shame.

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


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