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Proverbs Starting with letter S - part 1
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Sadness and gladness succeed each other.
Sadness is a valuable treasure -- only discovered in people you love.
Sadnessess don't pay debts.
Safe over the bridge, one laughs at St. Nepomuck.
Safety is in caution/slowness, and regret is in haste.

Said by Julius Caesar, spoken as during a message to the Roman senate.
Said in sport, meant in earnest.
Said the frying pay to the kettle, Stand off, black bottom.
Sail while the breeze blows, wind and tide wait for no man.
Sailors have a port in every storm.
Saint Barbara is only remembered when there's a thunderstorm.
Saint cannot if God will not.
Saints appear to fools.
Saints don't fill the belly.
Saints fly only in the eyes of their disciples.
Salt and bread make the cheeks red.
Salt split is never all gathered.
Salt water and absence wash away love.
Salt will never be worm-eaten.
Same meat, different gravy.
Same shit, with different flies on it.
Same trouble, different day.
Satan's friendship reaches the prison door.
Satiety causes disgust.
Satiety has killed more men than hunger.
Satires run faster than panegyrics.
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Save money and money will save you.
Save something for the man that rides on the white horse.
Save something until the next stock comes.
Save three pieces of gold and the fourth one will fall into your lap.
Save time!.
Save us from our friends.
Save your breath to cool your porridge.
Save your fowl before it stops flapping.
Saving is a greater art than gaining.
Saving is getting.
Saving mustard seeds in hand, while a watermelon escapes.
Savings are the first gain.
Say before they say.
Say but little and say it well.
Say no from the start; you will have rest.
Say nothing when you give -- only when you receive.
Say something nice or say nothing at all.
Say what you have to say, tomorrow.
Saying and doing are two things.
Saying 'halva-halva' won't make your mouth sweet.
Saying is one thing, and doing another.
Saying is one thing, doing another.
Saying that it's for her child, she gets herself a loaf of bread.
Saying well causes a laugh; doing well produces silence.
Scandal is like an egg; when it is hatched it has wings.
Scarce things are prized.
Scatter with one hand, gather with two.
Scattering is easier than gathering.
Schadenfreude is the only true joy.
Scholars talk books, butchers talk pigs.
Schoolmaster, stick to your books; farmer, to your pigs.
Science is unlimited in its course; life is short.
Scratch a lover and find an enemy.
Scratch a Russian and you find a Tartar.
Scratch an old woman's back and she will let you taste her pepper pot.
Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
Scratch people where they itch.

Scratching and borrowing do well enough, but not for long.
Seamen learn to get to know each other during a storm.
Search knowledge though it be in China.
Search yourself, and you will find Allah.
Seat the pig at the table — she'll put her legs on the table.
Seat yourself in your place and you will not be made to quit it.
Seat yourself in your place, and they will not make you rise.
Second thoughts are best.
Second to none.
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.
Secrecy is the essence of business.
Secret fire is discovered by its smoke.
Secret gifts are openly rewarded.
Secured 10 cents are better than 20 cents in the betting pot.
Security is nowhere safe.
Security is the first cause of misfortune.
See , and then die!.
See a pin and let it lie, you'll want a pin before you die.
See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, you'll want a pin before you die.
See how he has risen from a mayor to a hangman.
See Naples and die.
See Naples and then die.
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
See that in avoiding cinders you step not on burning coals.
See that you tie so that you can untie.
See that your own hearth is swept before you lift your neighbor's ashes.
See through the fingers.
See to it that you have many books and many friends -- but be sure they are good ones.
See what should be seen.
See with your mind, hear with your heart.
See, hear, and hold your tongue.
See: 'For want of a nail the shoe is lost,.
Seeing is believing.
Seeing is better than hearing.
Seeing is different from being told.
Seeing is different than being told.
Seeing is poison for the eyes.
Seeing the Kremlin stars - going forward braver. .
Seek a wife in your own sphere.
Seek advice but use your own common sense.
Seek and ye shall find. Mat. 7.7-8.
Seek and ye shall find.
Seek and you will find.
Seek not the luxuries of life lest you reap sorrow.
Seek not the rose which is once lost.
Seek the brave in prison and the stupid among the clergy.
Seek water in the sea.
Seekers of art; finders of the beggar's bag.
Seeking fish? Don't dive in the pond; go home and get a net.
Seeking fish? Don't dive in the pond; go home and get a net.
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
Seize the carp.
Seize the night.
Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
Seldom seen soon forgotten.
Self -- love is the worst of all flattery.
Self exaltation is the fool's paradise.
Self is the man.
Self praise is odious.

Self trust is the first secret of success.
Self-assurance is two-thirds of success.
Self-done is well-done.
Self-done, is soon done.
Self-love is a mote in every man's eye.
Self-love is bad, and makes the eyes sad.
Self-love is blind.
Self-love nobody else's love.
Self-praise is no praise at all.
Self-praise is no recommendation.
Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Sell beets/apples as lemons.
Sell me dear, and measure me fair.
Sell not the bear's skin before you have caught him.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.
Sell publicly and buy privately.
Sell what you have bought while the dust is still on your shoes.
Sempre corre o ouro pro tesouro.' (Translation: Always the gold runs to the treasure).
Senators are good men, however Senate is a malicious animal.
Send a boy where he wants to go and you see his best pace.
Send a child to do your errands, do it yourself afterwards.
Send a fool to close the shutters and he'll close them all over town.
Send a fool to the market and a fool he will return.
Sending charcoal in the snow is better than adding flowers to a brocade.
Sense comes with age.
Separation secures manifest friendship.
September blow soft till the fruit's in the loft.
Servants differ as their masters.
Serve a lord and you'll know what is grief.
Serve a lord, and you will know what it is to be vexed.
Serve as a serf or fly like a deer.
Serve your neighbors as you would be served yourself.
Service is greatness.
Service is not inheritance.
Services unrequired go unrequited.
Set a beggar on a horse and he'll ride to the devil.
Set a beggar on horseback, and he don't trot, but gallops.
Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll outride the devil.
Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll ride to the Devil.
Set a fox to catch a fox.
Set a peasant on horseback, and he forgets both God and man.
Set a sprat to catch a mackerel.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Set good against evil.
Set hard heart against hard hap.
Set out wisely at first; custom will make every virtue more easy and pleasant to you than any vice can be.
Set thy expense according to thy trade.
Set your expense according to your trade.
Set your sail according to the wind.
Set your sail to the wind.
Setting out well is a quarter of the journey.
Settling a dispute through the law is like losing a cow for the sake of a cat.
Seven axes lie together, and two distaves - apart.
Seven brothers in a council make wrong right.
Seven days is the length of a guest's life.
Seven days king, seven days minister, slave for the rest of your life.
Seven hours of sleep is enough for the young and the aged.
Seven nannies make a kid not looked after.
Seven people do not wait for one person.
Seven people don't wait for one.
Seven sets of ewers and washbowls, but no dinner or lunch.
Seven trades but no luck.
Seven troubles - one responce.
Seven versts to heaven, and all the way through the forest.
Seven's a banquet nine a brawl.
Several eyes see more than only one.
Sew and cut, and you'll never see idle(hungry) times.
Shadows are formed all along the wishes of the sun.
Shake hands at the beginning and at the end.
Shaken by the waves, but it will not sink' (inscription on ' coat of arms).
Shall the gosling teach the goose to swim?.
Shallow graves for shallow people.
Shallow waters mak' maist din.
Shame comes to no man unless he himself help it on the way.
Shame is forgotten, debts are not.
Shame is worse than death.
Shame lasts longer than poverty.
Shame on the one who gives up.
Shameful deeds bring on revenge.
Shameful is not the one who doesn't know, but the one who doesn't ask.
Shameful leftovers are worse than disgraceful eating.
Shared grief is half grief.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
Shared joy is twice the joy (and shared grief is half the grief).
Shared sorrow is half sorrow.

Sharing a secret with a rogue is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole.
Sharing the figs can leave you with none at all.
Sharp acids corrode their own containers.
She brought its maker out of it.
She doles out of Caliph's purse.
She fries in her own grease.
She hangs out the broom (wants a husband).
She hears it from this ear, and throws it out from the other.
She is fond of greens who kisses the gardener.
She is fond of him--on the side where the pocket hangs.
She is good and honoured who is dead and buried.
She is good who is close to the fire and does not burn.
She is like a road -- pretty, but crooked.
She is making fire under her/his own baghaj a kind of pastry.
She is nether fish nor fowl.
She is not a modest woman whom common report condemns.
She is sleeping in donkey's ear.
She once hits the horseshoe, and once hits the nail.
She poured cleansing water on his hand.
She sees everyone with one eye.
She stoops to conquer.
She takes in from one ear, and lets out from the other ear.
She talks gibberish like tortured Piekarski.
She tells his/her ass: don't follow me, you stink.
She tells the sun: don't rise, I have come out.
She took the taste out of the smell.
She tried to fix the eyebrow, ended up blinding the eye too.
She who is born a beauty is born betrothed.
She who loves an ugly man thinks him handsome.
She who wants to marry her stepfather regrets it in bed.
She will take one to the water and bring him/her back thirsty.
She would be a nice girl if she didn't have her head.
Shear the sheep but don't flay them.
Ships happen. -Navy saying.
Shirk work and you will want bread.
Shit floats to the top.
Shit or get off the pot.
Shit rolls downhill.
Shoemaker stick to your last.
Shoemaker to his shoes.
Shoemaker, stick to your last.
Shoemakers are always the worst shod.
Shoemakers go to mass and pray that sheep may die.
Shoot at a pigeon and kill a crow.
Short acquaintance brings repentance.
Short cuts are long ways round.
Short flax makes long thread.
Short hair is soon brushed.
Short hose must have long points.
Short is the road that leads from fear to hatred.
Short judgments make long friends.
Short lived pleasure is the parent of pain.
Short love, long sighs.
Short pleasure often brings long repentance.
Short prayers reach heaven.
Short reckonings make long friends.
Should the heavens fall, many pipkins will be broken.
Show a dog a finger, and he wants the whole hand.
Show her the rudder, but don't steer her boat.
Show me a liar, and I'll show you a thief.
Show me a poor man, I will show you a flatterer.
Show me your wife and I will tell you what kind of a husband she has.
Show me, and I may not remember.
Show no fear to the man who picks up a big stone.
Showing off with another's feathers.
Showy clothes attract most.
Shrouds are made without pockets.
Shrouds have no pockets.
Shut your door, and you will make your neighbour a good woman.
Shut your door, and you will make your neighbour good.
Shut your mouth and you'll catch no flies.
Shut your mouth, open your eyes.

Shyness is the prison of the heart.
Sick people are like kings.
Sick people have no friends.
Sickly body, sickly mind.
Sickly women live longer.
Sickness accompanies a waning moon; a new moon cures disease.
Sickness comes in haste, and goes at leisure.
Sickness comes in like a horse and leaves like a snail.
Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
Sickness comes on horseback, but goes away on foot.
Sickness comes uninvited--no need to bespeak it.
Sickness comes with a waning moon; a new moon cures disease.
Sickness is every man's master.
Sickness is felt, but health not at all.
Sickness shows us what we are.
Sickness soaks the purse.
Sickness tells us what we are.
Sighs never fall on the ground.
Sight before hearsay.
Sight goes before hearsay.
Silence and look out, we shall catch both hen and chicks.
Silence and reflection cause no dejection.
Silence answers much.
Silence gives consent.
Silence gives rise to peace and with peace comes security.
Silence heals all ills.
Silence implies consent.
Silence is a brother of delight.
Silence is a cure for grief.
Silence is a fence around wisdom.
Silence is a fine jewel for a woman, but it is little worn.
Silence is a woman's best garment.
Silence is a wonderful jewel for a woman but she seldom wears it.
Silence is also speech.
Silence is an attribute of the dead; he who is alive speaks.
Silence is golden, speech is silver.
Silence is golden.
Silence is more than just a lack of words.
Silence is music to a wise man.
Silence is sometimes the answer.
Silence is the best answer to the stupid. The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue.
Silence is the best answer to the stupid.
Silence is the door of consent.
Silence is the fence around wisdom.
Silence is the greatest ornament in a woman.
Silence is the interpreter of happiness.
Silence is the soul of all things.
Silence is the voice of complicity.
Silence is wisdom and gets a man friends.
Silence makes irritation grow.
Silence means consent.
Silence surpasses speech.
Silence was never written down.
Silent men like still waters, are deep and dangerous.
Silent tongue and hempen heart often go together.
Silent water is dangerous water.
Silent waters wash out banks.
Silent worms dig holes in the walls.
Silk and velvet put out the kitchen fire.
Silk is cut best with old scissors.
Silks and satins put out the kitchen fire.
Silly sheep, where one goes, all go.
Silly toad: planning a meal of goose!.
Silly words make ears deaf.
Silver and gold are all men's dears.
Similar from Latin: 'The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way' ? Virgil, the 'Aeneid' line 126.
Similar like two drops of water.
Similar to 'You reap what you sow.
Simple minds think alike. (William Truong).
Simple things please/amuse simple minds.
Simplicity is the seal of truth.
Simplicity is worse than thievery(crime).
Sin is carried in the mouth.

Sin when you are drunk, pay the fine when you are sober.
Since I wronged you, I have never liked you.
Since Koohleen the prince and the good times.
Since love departs at dawn, create, O God, a night that has no morn.
Since the house is on fire I will warm myself at the blaze.
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.
Since the wine is drawn it must be drunk.
Since we are lost, let's go to the river.
Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
Since we have loaves let us not look for cakes.
Sincerity gives wings to power.
Sing before breakfast, cry before night.
Sing not of triumph before the victory.
Sing to a donkey, he will fart to you.
Singed cats live long.
Singers, lovers, and poets are privileged liars.
Singing 'Alleluia' everywhere does not prove piety.
Singing birds don't build nests.
Single man in a field is not a warrior.
Sinning is the best part of repentance.
Sins hide not in your sleep but in your dreams.
Sins of omission are seldom fun.
Sit and wait for the good chestnuts.
Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight.
Sit on the bank of a river and wait: Your enemy's corpse will soon float by.
Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble.
Sitting down beside the boxes' / 'Throwing the towel in the ring.
Sitting is being crippled.
Sitting on black seed.
Sitting on needles.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Sitting securely in the saddle.
Sitting with the hands in the hair.
Six feet of earth make all men equal.
Six feet of earth make us all equal.
Six feet of earth will make us all equal.
Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.
Six men give a doctor less to do than one woman.
Six of one, and half a dozen of the other.
Six of one, and half a dozen the other.
Skeptics are never deceived.
Skill and assurance make an invincible combination.
Skill is better than strength.
Skill or fortune will efface the spots.
Skilled hands eat trouts.
Skips on two branches.
Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.
Slander cannot destroy an honest man: when the flood recedes the rock is there.
Slander expires at a good woman's door.
Slander is more deadly than weapons; weapons wound from close range, slander hurts from a distance.
Slander leaves a score behind it.
Slander piles itself before the door of a widow.
Slander slays three persons: the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of.
Slander! slander! some of it always sticks.
Slanderers are the devil's bellows, to blow up contention.
Slaughter no more than you can well salt.
Sleep after selling horses and elephants.
Sleep faster -- we need the pillows.
Sleep faster, we need the pillows.
Sleep has no master.
Sleep is all important.
Sleep is better than medicine.
Sleep is half of Health.
Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles.
Sleep is the cousin of death.
Sleep is the poor man's treasure.
Sleep like a log.', 'Sleep like a rock.
Sleep not in time of peril.
Sleep on a bed of silver and dream of gold.
Sleep over it, and you will come to a resolution.
Sleep with a woman and she will make sure you wake up.
Sleeping in and staying up late; this habit will run down your household.
Sleeping people can't fall down.
Sleeping shrimp gets taken by the current.
Sleepy turtles never catch up with the sunrise.
Slippery is the flagstone at the mansion-house door.
Sloth is the beginning of vice.
Sloth is the key to poverty.
Sloth is the mother of poverty.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Slow but steady.
Slow but sure wins the race.
Slow but sure.
Slow fires will smolder for a long time.
Slow help is no help.

Slow in word, swift in deed.
Slowly but surely the excrement of foreign poets will come to your village.
Slowly one goes far.
Sma' winnings mak a heavy purse.
Smack a tray of water and you get to wash your face.
Small beer comes the last.
Small brooks make big rivers.
Small children give you headache; big children heartache.
Small children won't let you sleep, bigger children won't let you live.
Small choice in rotten apples.
Small faults indulged in are little thieves that let in greater.
Small favours conciliate, but great gifts make enemies.
Small gains bring great wealth.
Small gifts go to places where men expect bigger ones.
Small gifts maintain friendship, big ones maintain love.
Small goat by small goat buys a ship.
Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.
Small in number - Great in merit.'; motto of the.
Small is beautiful.
Small laziness leads to big laziness.
Small man, sly or dancer.
Small matters breed important ones.
Small minds are captivated by trifles.
Small molehills can turn carriages over.
Small people always cast big shadows.
Small pots also have ears.
Small pots have big ears/handles.
Small profits and often, are better than large profits and seldom.
Small profits are good if they come often.
Small profits are sweet.
Small rain lays a great wind.
Small rain lays great dust.
Small saints too work miracles.
Small things have their own peculiar charm.
Small tree trunks can make the cart turn over.
Small tuft often overturns a big load.
Small undertakings give great comfort.
Small wells are better to quench your thirst.
Smart bird gets trapped in its beak.
Smart thief overcomes the landlord.
Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone.
Smile... heaven is watching!.
Smiles that you broadcast, will always come back to you.
Smith and Wesson or a Colt always beat four aces.
Smoke in your own country is purer than fire in a foreign land.
Smoke spreads further than the fire.
Smooth hands love the labor of others.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
Smooth words do not flay the tongue.
Smooth words make smooth ways.
Snake at your feet - a stick at your hand!.
Snakes prefer to hide under flowers.
Snakes turn milk into poison.
Snapping curs never want sore ears.
Snarling curs never want sore ears.
Snivelling folks always want to wipe other folks' noses.
Snow from yesteryear. (lit. yesterday).
Snuff at a wake is fine if there's noboby sneezing over the snuff box.
So (people) will see and fear.
So are the men of this world: They must have all their good things now; they cannot stay till the next year, that is, until the next world, for their portion of good. That proverb, 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush',' is of more authority with them than are all the divine testimonies of the good of the world to come.
So close, yet so far.
So down-and-out, so high-and-mighty!.
So ends all earthly glory.
So ends the story.' or 'The story has been completed.' (perhaps with the meaning of 'What has happened was a story/fable.').
So good that he is good for nothing.
So got, so gone.
So kind and so honest my lady appears to be.
So long as a man is angry he cannot be in the right.
So long as I can keep a secret it is my prisoner. If I let it slip then I am its prisoner.
So long as the belly is silent all whores are virgins.
So long as the pot is boiling, friendship will stay warm.
So long as the wolf is captured the dog will bite his leg.
So long as you don't step on a snail's tail, he won't get up and bite you.
So long does one walk with a jug for water, until one day the handle breaks off.
So many countries, so many customs.
So many heads, so many minds.
So many 'little' things makes a man love a woman in a 'BIG' way.
So many mates; so many enemies.
So money gets money.
So much meat, and I'm eating cod / and I with no teeth.
So often goes the cat to the fat that she loses her paw.
So often goes the pitcher to the fountain that will be finally broken.
So raring for 'haleem', he fell into the pot.
So the man, so his shadow.
So wise, so young, they say, do ne'er live long.
So yourself be good, a fig for your grandfather.
Soap is grey but it used to be white.
Soft and fair goes far.
Soft and fair goeth far.
Soft fire makes sweet malt.
Soft speeches injure not the mouth of the speaker.
Soft water constantly striking the hard stone, wears it at last.
Soft water on hard rock will work until it makes a hole.
Soft words and hard arguments.
Soft words butter no parsnips, but they won't harden the heart of the cabbage either.
Soft words don't scotch the tongue.
Soft words scald not the tongue.
Soft words win hard hearts.
Softly, barber, the water scalds.
Softly, don't raise a dust.

Softly, softly, catchee monkey.
Soldiers must be well paid, and well hanged.
Solitude is full of God.
Solitude is the nurse of wisdom.
Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.

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