Proverb Examples from around the world
Proverbs Starting with letter L - part 2
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
Life's not all beer and skittles.
Life, like a fire, begins in smoke and ends in ashes.
Life? That is a candle in the wind; frost upon a roof; the twitching of the fish in a pan.
Lift up your hearts!.
Light a candle for God and a candle-stub for the Devil.
Light and truth.' School motto of Yale University,.
Light burdens borne far become heavy.
Light burdens carried far become heavy.
Light come, light go.
Light from the east', i.e. 'From the East comes the light i.e. culture.
Light gains make a heavy purse.
Light griefs can speak, but deeper ones are dumb.
Light in the streets, shadows in the house.
Light is bad for sore eyes.
Light is half a companion.
Light is light, though the blind man see it not.
Light wisdom, heavy burden.
Light your lamp first at home and afterwards at the mosque.
Lighting a lantern for a blind person is a waste of kerosene.
Lightly come, lightly go.
Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Like for the dead.
Like Banbury tinkers that in mending one hole make three.
Like a bride's mother, does nothing yet acts busy.
Like a chicken without a head.
Like a collier's sack, bad without and worse within.
Like a fish, one should look for a hole in the net.
Like a hen on a heap.
Like a little angel pissing on your tongue.
Like a pee on the run.
Like a snail on a barrel of tar.
Like and like love to join.
Like attracts like / Birds of a feather flock together.
Like blood, like good, and like age, make the happiest marriage.
Like blood, like means, and like age, make the happiest marriage.
Like box-makers, more noise than work.
Like breeds like / The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Like cures like.
Like father, like son.
Like king, like law; like law, like people.
Like king, like people.
Like likes like.
Like lips, like lettuce.
Like master like dog.
Like master, like man.
Like mistress, like maid.
Like mother, like daughter.
Like plays best with like.
Like pot, like cover.
Like priest, like church.
Like priest, like people.
Like prince, like people.
Like saint like incense.
Like saint like offering.
Like seeks like--a scabbed horse and a sandy dike.
Like the cat around the hot meal.
Like the clock ticks at home, so it ticks nowhere else.
Like the dog of the tobacco salesman, one-eyed, and a.
Like the innkeeper is, so he trusts his guests.
Like the ox in front of the barn door.
Like to like, Jack to Gill, a penny a pair.
Like two berries.
Like two drops of water.
Like water off a duck's back.
Like well like bucket.
Like will to like.
Like will to like, as the devil said to the collier.
Like will to like, be they poor or rich.
Likeness is the mother of love.
Lilies are whitest in a blackmoor's hand.
Limit your desires and you will improve your health.
Limit your inquiry after knowledge.
Link by link the coat of mail is made.
Lion entries, lamb's exits.
Lion-skins were never had cheap.
Lions in time of peace; deer in war.
Lip courtesy avails much and costs little.
Lip courtesy pleases much and costs little.
Liquor is the drink of wise men.
Lisbon is square of weapons, Coimbra of the students, Porto of the merchants, Vila Real of the lovers.
Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once.
Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Listen to that which is openly and seriously spoken.
Listen to that which is well said even if it is from the mouth of an enemy.
Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
Listen to the wisdom of the toothless ones.
Listen to what they say of the others and you will know what they say about you.
Listen with both ears, but speak with only one tongue.
Listen with one ear; be suspicious with the other.
Listeners hear no good of themselves.
Listeners never hear any good of themselves.
Listeners never hear good of themselves.
Listening to good advice is the way to wealth.
Literally, 'Hell invokes Hell'; more commonly known as, 'One misdeed precedes another'; or more colloquially known as, 'Two wrongs do not make a right.
Literally,'What Nature does not give, Salamanca won't provide.
Little and often fills the purse.
Little and often makes a heap in time.
Little bean comes around his little salary.
Little beard, little modesty.
Little bird, little nest.
Little birds may pick a dead lion.
Little birds that can sing and won't sing must be made to sing.
Little brooks make great rivers.
Little by little and bit by bit.
Little by little fills the measure.
Little by little grow the bananas.
Little by little one goes far.
Little by little one walks far.
Little by little the bird builds its nest.
Little by little the wool becomes a carpet.
Little by little, a little becomes a lot.
Little by little, one catches the monkey in the jungle.
Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous.
Little children and headaches, great children and heartaches.
Little children, little sorrows; big children, great sorrows.
Little chips kindle fire, and big logs sustain it.
Little drops produce the shower.
Little enemies and little wounds are not to be despised.
Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.
Little fish are sweet.
Little fishes make the pike big.
Little folks are fond of talking about what great folks do.
Little grain have I collected from a mass of chaff.
Little is better than nothing.
Little is done where many command.
Little is spent with difficulty, much with ease.
Little kettles soon boil over.
Little leaks sink the ship.
Little pitchers have large ears.
Little pitchers have long ears.
Little pots soon run over.
Little presents maintain friendship.
Little rain lays great dust.
Little saints also perform miracles.
Little sorrows are loud, great ones silent.
Little sticks kindle a fire, great ones put it out.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Little thieves are hanged by the neck, great ones by the purse.
Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
Little thieves have iron chains, and great thieves gold ones.
Little thieves have iron chains; big thieves have gold ones.
Little things are pretty.
Little things attract light minds.
Little things please little minds.
Little wood, much fruit.
Live according to your means.
Live and learn.
Live and learn, die and forget it all.
Live and let live.
Live and scratch -- when you're dead the itching will stop.
Live for a century — learn for a century.
Live long and prosper.
Live near a lame man, and you will soon learn to limp.
Live not beyond your means.
Live patiently in the world; know that those who hate you are more numerous than those who love you.
Live to live and you will learn to live.
Live today for tomorrow it will all be history.
Live today, forget the past.
Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.
Live with vultures, and become a vulture; live with crows, and become a crow.
Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
Live with wolves and you learn to howl.
Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.
Live your own life, for you will die your own death.
Live, so that you may live.' or 'Live life to the fullest.
Livestock become acquainted by neighing to one another, people become.
Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!.
Living in worry invites death in a hurry.
Living is not a reward and dying is no crime.
Living is worthless for one without a home.
Living your life is not like crossing a meadow.
Living, I was mute, dead, I sweetly sing.' (Found written on some - especially keyboard ones. Refers to the tree the wood of which was used to make the instrument.).
Loaning money causes loss of memory.
Loans and debts make worry and frets.
Loaves put awry into the oven come out crooked.
Lock your door rather than accuse your neighbor.
Lock your door rather than suspect your neighbor.
Locks and keys are not made for honest fingers.
Locks can not be made from good iron, soldiers are not made out of good people.
Locks keep out only the honest.
Loneliness breaks the spirit.
Loneliness is a nest for the thoughts.
Long absence changes friends.
Long absent, soon forgotten.
Long borrowed is not given.
Long experience of someone or something can make one so aware of the faults as to be scornful.
Long fasting doesn't save bread.
Long fasting is no bread sparing.
Long fasting is no economy of food.
Long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past.
Long is not for ever.
Long is not forever.
Long life to the conqueror.
Long looked for comes at last.
Long on hair, short on brains.
Long or short, a stick is always a stick; tall or short, people are always people.
Long parting ceremonies mean unnecessary tears.
Long roads test the horse, long dealings the friend.
Long skirts carry dust, but short skirts carry away souls.
Long talk makes short days.
Long tongue -- short hands.
Long tongue, short hand.
Long whiskers cannot take the place of brains.
Long-talked-of (or looked-for) comes at last.
Look after number one.
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
Look after yourself and no more than that.
Look and keep silent, and if you are eating meat, tell the world it's fish.
Look at my color (face), know my mood!.
Look at the colander telling the pierced serving spoon, 'You have three holes.
Look at the mother, marry the daughter.
Look at work to know a person.
Look before you leap.
Look down if you want to know how tall you are.
Look first at the mother and then the daughter.
Look for a thing until you find it and you'll not lose your labor.
Look for a thrifty woman -- even though it may cost you a pair of shoes.
Look for cake, and lose your bread.
Look for the good and let the bad things come on their own.
Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.
Look for the hog at the oak.
Look for wind in a field.
Look high and fall low.
Look not a gift horse in the mouth.
Look not at thieves eating meat, but look at them suffering punishment.
Look not out for dead men's shoes.
Look on the bright side.
Look on the sunny side of life.
Look with suspicion on the flight of an enemy.
Looked for the female donkeys and found the kingship.
Lookers-on see most of the game.
Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked his mother's breast.
Looking at a tree see its fruit; looking at a man see his deeds.
Looking down at one's nose.
Looking for fish? Don't climb a tree.
Looking for nails at low tide.
Looks can be deceiving.
Loose lips sink ships.
Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.
Loquacity and lying are cousins.
Lords and fools speak freely.
Lorenzo Dow (d. 1834).
[From 'Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins' by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997): Dow 'coined these words while condemning other preachers who 'make the Bible clash and contradict itself, by preaching somewhat like this: 'You can and you can't - You shall and you shan't - You will and you won't - And you will be damned if you do - And you will be damned if you don't.']
Lose a leg rather than life.
Lose an hour in the morning, chase it all day.
Lose and win in the same spirit.
Lose at buying, win at wearing.
Lose no rights, and commit no extortions.
Loser becomes ashes, winner becomes coal.
Losers are always in the wrong.
Losing comes of winning money.
Losses make us more cautious.
Lost by a hundred, lost by a thousand.
Lost is the person who forgets his/her past.
Lost time is never found again.
Love (and you) become good/well, hate (and you) become bad.
Love Bertrand love his dog.
Love and War are arenas of complete passion that often obfuscate reason.
Love and dignity do not dwell together.
Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Love and faith are seen in their works (effects).
Love and faith are seen in works.
Love and hate always exaggerate.
Love and let the world know, hate in silence.
Love and lordship like no fellowship.
Love and poverty are hard to conceal.
Love begets love.
Love begins at home.
Love begins with song and music and ends in a sea of tears.
Love brooks no delay.
Love can do much, money can do all.
Love can do much, money can do everything.
Love can do much, money can do more.
Love can neither be bought or sold, its only price is love.
Love can turn a cottage into a golden palace.
Love cannot be bought or sold, its only price is love.
Love conquers all things; let us own her dominion.
Love conquers all' More fully, 'Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori': 'Love conquers all, let us too yield to love' (, 'Eclogues' 10:69).
Love conquers all'. Often quoted in this form, but originally 'Omnia vincit amor' (same translation) ((, 'Eclogues' 10:69).
Love created the earth.
Love demands faith, and faith firmness.
Love did not grow any garlic.
Love does much, but money does all.
Love does much, money does all.
Love does much, money everything.
Love does not pay attention to dignity.
Love does wonders, but money makes marriage.
Love enters a man through his eyes, woman through her ears.
Love expels jealousy.
Love for those too easily won does not last long.
Love from someone who is bad is worse than his hatred.
Love goes over the mountains.
Love goes through a stomach.
Love grows with obstacles.
Love has its own language, but marriage falls back on the local dialect.
Love has its tides; before ebb tide you must take advantage of the flood.
Love has no law.
Love has produced some heroes but even more idiots.
Love has produced some heroes but many idiots too.
Love him who tells you your faults in private.
Love is a bridge between two hearts.
Love is a crocodile in the river of desire.
Love is a garden full of flowers and marriage is a field of stinging nettles.
Love is a kind of military service.
Love is a sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.
Love is an excuse for its own faults.
Love is an eye that doesn't see anything.
Love is blind.
Love is blind -- but not the neighbors.
Love is blind and thinks that others don't see either.
Love is blind but sees afar.
Love is blind, and greed insatiable.
Love is blind, but marriage finds its cure.
Love is blind, friendship closes its eyes.
Love is blind, so you have to feel your way.
Love is blind,? but marriage is the real eye-opener.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Love is equal to all.
Love is incompatible with fear.
Love is just like rice -- plant it elsewhere and it grows.
Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly.
Love is like a cough, it can't be hidden.
Love is like a glass that breaks if handled clumsily.
Love is like a mousetrap: you go in when you want, but you don't get out when you like.
Love is like a shuttlecock.
Love is like butter -- it's good with bread.
Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
Love is like fog -- there is no mountain on which it does not rest.
Love is like the moon: now full, now dark.
Love is like war, Easy to start, Hard to end, Impossible to forget.
Love is like war, begin when you like and leave off when you can.
Love is like war: you begin when you like and leave off when you can.
Love is like young rice: transplanted, still it grows.
Love is love no matter whence it comes or in what form.
Love is master of all arts.
Love is not finding someone to live with; it's finding someone whom you can't live without.
Love is often the fruit of marriage.
Love is one-eyed, hate is blind.
Love is paid with love.
Love is patient.
Love is sometimes difficult but death even more so.
Love is the art of making exceptions.
Love is the fruit of love.
Love is the true price at which love is bought.
Love is too rare to be lost on jealousy.
Love kills time and time kills love.
Love kills with golden arrows.
Love knows hidden paths.
Love knows no law.
Love knows not labour.
Love lasts as long as does the reproach.
Love laughs at locksmiths.
Love levels all inequalities.
Love makes a man both blind and deaf.
Love makes labor light.
Love makes labour light.
Love makes the time pass.
Love makes the world go round.
Love makes time pass away and time makes love pass away.
Love makes time pass away, and time makes love pass away.
Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.
Love me a little but long.
Love me little and love me long.
Love me, love my dog!.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
Love of the fatherland is our law.' Motto of the Polish Winged Hussars.
Love often begins with a fight.
Love rules his kingdom without a sword.
Love rules without law.
Love rules without rules. Amore regge senza legge.].
Love sees clearly, hate even more so, but jealousy sees the most clear, because it is equal to love plus hate.
Love sees roses without thorns.
Love steals on us imperceptibly.
Love subdues everything except the recreant's heart.
Love talks, even with closed lips.
Love tastes sweet, but only with bread.
Love teaches asses to dance.
Love teaches even asses to dance.
Love tells us many things that are not so.
Love the obscurity' in the sense of 'Do not seek fame.
Love thy neighbour, but pull not down thy hedge.
Love understands all languages.
Love well whip well.
Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.
Love without friendship is like a shadow without the sun.
Love without jealousy is like a Pole with no moustache.
Love without return is like a question without an answer.
Love would soon perish, unless nourished by Ceres and Bacchus.
Love your friend with his faults.
Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.
Love your neighbour, but don't pull down the fence.
Love your neighbour, yet pull not down your hedge.
Love's anger is fuel to love.
Love's evil, you'll love even a goat.
Love's merchandise is jealousy and broken faith.
Love's plant must be watered with tears, and tended with care.
Love's quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.
Love, a cough, and smoke will not remain secret.
Love, a cough, and smoke, are hard to hide.
Love, a cough, smoke, and money, cannot long be hid.
Love, and a cough, cannot be concealed.
Love, fire, a cough, the itch, and gout are not to be concealed.
Love, grief, and money cannot be kept secret.
Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret. They soon betray themselves.
Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret; they soon betray themselves.
Love, thieves, and fear, make ghosts.
Lovely flowers fade fast.
Lovely women, lovely quarrels.
Lovers always think that other people are blind.
Lovers always think that other people have had their eyes put out.
Lovers and thieves always look for darkness.
Lovers are madmen.
Lovers do not hide their nakedness.
Lovers do not need much room.
Lovers think others are blind.
Lovers think that others have no eyes.
Lovers' fights, double loves.
Lovers' purses are tied with cobwebs.
Lovers' quarrels are love redoubled.
Loving and singing are not to be forced.
Loving with the eyes only, has blinded a lot of fools.
Low is the mountain, high the expectations.
Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas.
Lower your voice and strengthen your argument.
Loyal she began, and loyal she remains' (motto of ).
Luck comes to those who look after it.
Luck favours the bold.
Luck has but a slender anchorage.
Luck has much for many, but enough for no one.
Luck is a mirror of hard work - Beslin.
Luck is better than a hundred marks.
Luck is infatuated with the efficient.
Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth.
Luck is loaned, not owned.
Luck is the idol of the idle.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
Luck seeks those who flee and flees those who seek it.
Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him.
Luck stops at the door and inquires whether prudence is within.
Luck taps at the door and inquires whether prudence is within.
Luck that lasts is always suspect.
Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
Lucky at gambling, unlucky at love.
Lucky charms protect you only if you have your own luck.
Lucky in cards, unlucky in love.
Lucky is he who has a Sargeant for an uncle.
Lucky is the person who could realize things' (variant of , Georgica 2, 490).
Lust never sleeps.
Lust of power is the strongest of all passions.
Luxury encourages Idleness.
Lying and gossiping go hand in hand.
Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.
Lying is the first step to the gallows.
Lying pays no tax.
Lying will get you a wife, but it won't keep her.
These are Proverb Examples from around the world, some have been translated from their original language to english.