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Proverbs Starting with letter W - part 9
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Whoso hath land hath war.
Whoso hunteth with cats will catch nothing but rats.
Whoso is tired of happy days, let him take a wife.

Whoso is well let him keep so.
Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?.
Why buy a cow if you can get the milk for free.
Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap?.
Why hide from God what the saints already know?.
Why jump in the water before the ship turns over.
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?.
Why kill time when one can employ it.
Why kill time when one can employ it?.
Why marry, when your neighbor's wife is ready to go to bed with you?.
Why save when your son is a good son? Why save when your son is a bad son?.
Why should I shave when God doesn't?.
Why should the devil have all the best tunes?.
Why the racket, if there's no fight?.
Why wear out your great coat in summer?.
Why would a man without a bow look for arrows?.
Why would a pool with no water need so many frogs?.
Why would you use poison if you can kill with honey.
Wicked cows have short horns.
Wickedness and malice only require an opportunity.
Wickedness with beauty is the devil's hook baited.
Wide will wear, but tight will tear.
Wider ears and a short tongue.
Widows comfort themselves when they remarry, widowers take revenge.
Widows weep but they look for another husband.
Will he nill he, the ass must go the fair.
Will is power.
Will laugh well who will laugh the last.
Willful waste makes woeful want.
William Caxton, the first English printer, gave the earliest version of this saying in 'Aesope' (1484), his translation of Aesop's fables: 'He that Winning is earning. Losing is learning.
Willing exile is exile nonetheless.
Willing is a good man, but Able is a better one.
Willing or not, the donkey will go to the fair.
Willows are weak, yet serve to bind bigger wood.
Win a bet of your friend, and drink it on the spot.
Win a cat and lose a cow -- the consequence of litigation.
Win a game of your friend, and drink the money on the spot.

Win by persuasion not by force.
Win your lawsuit and lose your money.
Wind and fortune are not lasting.
Wind and good luck are seldom lasting.
Windmills are not driven by bellows.
Windy March and rainy April make May jolly and gracious.
Wine Entered - Secret Went Out.
Wine and music delight the heart' - , 40:20.
Wine and women make fools of everybody.
Wine bears no blame -- only the drunkard.
Wine brings forth the truth.
Wine carries no rudder.
Wine causes guilt.
Wine comes in, words come out.
Wine from a pot is better than water from a well.
Wine gladdeneth the heart of man.
Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.
Wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.
Wine is given to bring mirth not drunkenness.
Wine is good for men when it's women who drink it.
Wine is one thing, drunkenness another.
Wine is the mirror of the mind.
Wine is water adulterated by foolish talk.
Wine makes secrets float to the surface.
Wine mars beauty and destroys the freshness of youth.
Wine on beer, I recommend to you. Beer on wine, leave alone.
Wine poured out is not wine swallowed.
Wine that isn't paid for is drunk twice.
Wine tops the list of all medicines.
Wine wears no breeches.
Wine wears no mask.
Wine will not keep in a foul vessel.
Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.
Winning isn't everything... It's the only thing.
Winnowing is with the wind, wedding is with the people.
Winter comes fast on the lazy.
Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.
Winter finds out what summer lays up.
Winter is summer's heir.
Winter never rots in the sky.
Winter will ask you what you did during the summer.
Wipe the nose of your neighbor's son and let him marry your daughter.
Wipe your eye with your elbow.
Wipe your sore eye with your elbow.
Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.
Wisdom consists of ten parts -- nine parts of silence and one part with few words.
Wisdom does not come overnight.
Wisdom does not consist in dress.
Wisdom in the man, patience in the wife, brings peace to the house and a happy life.

Wisdom is a good purchase, though we pay dear for it.
Wisdom is born; stupidity is learned.
Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.
Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.
Wisdom is in the head, not in the beard.
Wisdom is lost in a fat man's body.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies. Proverbs 3:15.
Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.
Wisdom is power.
Wisdom is the least burdensome travelling pack.
Wisdom rides upon the ruins of folly.
Wise care keeps what it has gained.
Wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.
Wise lads and old fools were never good for anything.
Wise man does not urinate towards the wind.
Wise men are never in a hurry.
Wise men change their minds, fools never.
Wise men do not quarrel with each other.
Wise men don't fall from the sky.
Wise men learn at another's expense.
Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.
Wise men philosophize as the fools live on.
Wise men sue for offices, and blockheads get them.
Wise men talk about ideas, intellectuals about facts, and the ordinary man talks about what he eats.
Wise rats run from a falling house.
Wishes are the echo of a lazy will.
Wishes never filled the bag.
Wishes won't wash dishes.
Wishing does not make a poor man rich.
Wit is folly unless a wise man hath the keeping of it.
Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool.
Wit's never bought till it's paid for.
Witch doctors do not sell their potions to each other.
With God as our protector' — motto of the.
With a French sweep.
With a bottle and a girl one does not count the hours.
With a foolish woman, let the hands move and the mouth stay shut.
With a friend behind you, you have a safe bridge.
With a friendly word you get farther than with a club.
With a frog in the well you don't talk about the ocean.
With a full belly it is easy to talk about fasting.
With a good name one may easily sin.
With a good son-in-law you gain a son, with a bad one you lose your daughter, too.
With a grain of salt.' Take something not literally, but with due consideration.
With a hand on the heart.
With a little wrong a man comes by his right.
With a mule you have a son, with a son-in-law you only have a mule.
With a piece of bread in your hand you'll find paradise under a pine tree.
With a soft tongue(speech) you can even pull a snake out of its nest.

With a staircase before you, you look for a rope to go down by.
With a stout heart, a mouse can lift an elephant.
With a sweet tongue of kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair.
With a walking-stick you reach many lands; you reach many more with words.
With an old husband's hide one buys a young one.
With bread and wine you can walk your road.
With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris into a bottle.
With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris in a bottle.
With fortune on your side you can sow salt and harvest grass.
With fowls, the pedigree; with men, breeding.
With friends like these, who needs enemies!.
With great men one must allow five to be an even number.
With hard work, you can get fire out of a stone.
With his own weapon do I stab him.
With honesty you will get the furthest.
With honour and store, what would you more.
With houses and gold, men are rarely bold.
With ifs, Paris could be put in a bottle.
With its voice even the crow laughs.
With law must the land be built.
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.
With man comes the quarrel.
With money in your pocket, you are wise, handsome and you sing well too.
With money one gets, with a horse one goes.
With money one may command devils; without it, one cannot even summon a man.
With money you can build a road in the sea.
With money you can comfort any woman.
With money you can make the dead speak; without it you can't even keep the deaf quiet.
With money, a dragon -- without it, a worm.
With nice appearance people want to be deceived.
With one ear he hears, and with the other he dismisses.
With one foot in the grave.
With one stump you can't make a good fire.
With patience and spit one gets the midge (gnat/mosquito).
With patience and time the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
With right and wrong' by any means necessary.
With seven nurses the child loses its eye.
With so many roosters crowing, the sun never comes up.
With someone holding nothing but trumps it is impossible to play cards.
With such friends, one doesn't need enemies anymore.
With talking the cheese ship won't move.
With tender words you have less luck with a woman than with jewels.
With the Gospel men may become heretics.
With the first wife is matrimony, the second company, the third heresy.
With the fox one must play the fox.
With the good we become good.
With the hat in the hand one gets through all the land.
With the help of an 'if' you might put Paris into a bottle.
With the help of an If you might put Paris into a bottle.

With the idle it is always holy day time.
With the intellect of another you won't get very far.
With the money for it one is allowed even to have a fight inside the church.
With the skin of the dog its bite is cured.
With the thought at the Holy Virgin, with the hand in someone's pocket.
With the wolves one must howl.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
With time and straw medlars ripen.
With time even a bear can learn to dance.
With time everything gets cured.
With time, even a bear can learn to dance.
With true friends . . . even water drunk together is sweet enough.
With virtue you can't be entirely poor; without virtue you can't really be rich.
With water make rivers, with rice make armies.
With wealth one wins a woman.
With wishing comes grieving.
Within the four seas all man are brethren.
Without a cat mice feel free.
Without a fertilizer, there couldn't be any plants.
Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
Without bread and wine even love will pine.
Without business, debauchery.
Without debt without care.
Without divine assistance we can achieve nothing.
Without eating and drinking the hero is no good.
Without effort there is no food.
Without effort, you can't even pull a fish out of the pond.
Without father - half orphan, without mother - complete orphan.
Without favour, art is like a windmill without wind.
Without fingers the hand would be a spoon.
Without gold even the daylight is dark.
Without grace beauty is an unabated hook.
Without grace beauty is an unbaited hook.
Without human companions, paradise itself would be an undesirable place.
Without knowledge, without sin.
Without learning, without eyes.
Without life there is nothing.
Without love everything is in vain.
Without men in the neighborhood all the women are chaste.
Without money one cannot go anywhere, not even to church.
Without money, all efforts are in vain.
Without pains no gains.
Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.
Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
Without salt the feast is spoiled.
Without seeing the mountain, do not tuck up your skirt, without seeing the water, do not take off your boots.
Without sowing a single wheat you would not harvest thousand ones.
Without suffering, there is no learning.
Without sun I am silent.' (inscription on sundials).
Without the companionship even paradise would be boring.
Without the shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
Without war there can be no peace.
Without wind, the ears of the grass do not move.
Without women there is no day and no night.
Without work there won't be any bread in your mouth.
Witticisms spare no one.
Wives and oxen from your own land.
Woe be to an evil eye.
Woe be to him whose advocate becomes his accuser.
Woe is he who claims to have found happiness.
Woe to him who sits upon a branch.

Woe to the conquered.' Attributed by to the chief of the s (Brennus) as they sacked Rome in.
Woe to the high spirited bride whose mother-in-law is still alive.

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


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