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Proverbs Starting with letter A - part 1
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A beautiful woman smiling, bespeaks a purse weeping.
A beautiful woman who is pleasing to men is good only for frightening fish when she falls into the water.

A beautifully decorated plate won't feed anyone.
A beetle is a beauty in the eyes of his mother.
A beetle saw her children on the wall, she said they look.
A beggar himself, can he afford to have one asking for alms at his door?.
A beggar is never out of his road.
A beggar on his feet is worth more than an emperor in his grave.
A beggar talked to a picture, but picture answered nothing.
A beggar will always be a beggar even if they give him the whole world as a gift.
A beggar won't mind being insulted.
A beggar's estate lies in all lands.
A beggar's hand is a bottomless basket.
A beggar's wallet is never full.
A bellyful is a bellyful.
A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow.
A bellyful of food is a good one.
A bellyfull of gluttony will never study willingly.
A beloved child is called many things.
A bespattered hog tries to bespatter another.
A better seldom comes after.
A big blanket encourages sleeping in the morning.
A big blanket makes a person sleep late.
A big chair does not make a king.
A big crowd, but not a human being in sight!.
A big fish is caught with big bait.
A big head on the smallest wits, and a little head with none at all. Use it to measure sense.
A big log is a shame to the fire, an evil person is a shame to the house.
A big nose never spoiled a handsome face.
A big sod of turf for St. Thomas's Eve.
A big tree attracts the wind.
A big tree attracts the woodsman's axe.
A bird does not sing because he has the answer to something, he sings because he has a song.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A bird has a nest, man has a home.
A bird in hand is better than ten on a tree.
A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
A bird in the cage is worth a hundred at large.
A bird in the hand has more worth than two flying.

A bird in the hand is worth more than a hundred flying.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A bird is distinguished by its note.
A bird may be ever so small, it always seeks a nest of its own.
A bird never flew on one wing.
A bird never flew so high but it had to come to the ground for food.
A bird that allows itself to be caught will find a way of escaping.
A bird that eats stones, knows his own stomach.
A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill does not know that it is still on the ground.
A bird that is eating guinea-corn keeps quiet. (Someone going about his regular business will not create a disturbance. Dedicate yourself to a task.).
A bird will always use another birds' feathers to feather its own nest.
A bird will not fly with one wing.
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
A bite from a loving mouth is worth more than a kiss from any other.
A biting cur wears a torn skin.
A black cow also gives white milk.
A black hen lays a white egg.
A black plum is as sweet as a white.
A blacksmith has no need of an axe.
A blade won't cut another blade; a cheat won't cheat another cheat.
A bleeding sheep loses a bite.
A blessing is better than property.
A blind cat catches only a dead rat.
A blind chicken will often find an ear of corn.
A blind hen can sometimes find her corn.
A blind horse goes straightforward.
A blind leader of the blind.
A blind man can see his mouth.
A blind man is not judge of colours.
A blind man may sometimes shoot a crow.
A blind man needs no looking glass.
A blind man sat behind a pile of stones and thought that nobody could see him.
A blind man swallows many a fly.
A blind man who sees is better than a sighted man who is blind.
A blind man will not thank you for a looking glass.
A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.
A blind man's stroke, which raises a dust from beneath water.
A blind man's wife needs no paint.
A blind person doesn't forget his cane.
A blind pigeon may sometimes find a grain of wheat.
A blind pulling a cripple.
A blockhead, a dolt, a donkey, a leaden-headed fellow.
A blow from a frying-pan blacks, though it may not hurt.
A blow from a frying-pan, if it does not hurt, smuts.
A blow to another's purse is like a blow to a mountain of sand.
A blow with a reed makes a noise but hurts not.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
A blushing lie is better than the pale truth.
A boaster and a liar are cousins.

A boat stands firmer with two anchors.
A boat that is not tied up will drift along with the stream.
A boat with two captains will sink.
A boil is fine as long as it's under someone else's arm.
A bold attempt is half success.
A bold does not always fall when it thunders.
A bold man has luck in his train.
A bold onset is half the battle.
A bolt does not always fall when it thunders.
A book holds a house of gold.
A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
A book is a good friend when it lays bare the errors of the past.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A book that remains shut, is but a block.
A bookless man is blind.
A boor remains a boor even if sleeping on silken pillows.
A boor remains a boor, though he sleep on silken bolsters.
A borrowed axe can't finish your work.
A borrowed cat catches no mice.
A borrowed cloak does not keep one warm.
A borrowed coat does not keep one warm.
A borrowed fiddle does not finish a tune.
A borrowed horse and your own spurs make short miles.
A borrowed mule soon gets a bad back.
A borrower may not lend the thing he borrowed.
A bow long bent at length waxeth weak.
A bow too much bent is broken.
A bowl should not laugh when a calabash breaks.
A boy is easier cheated than an old lady.
A boy's love is water in a sieve.
A boy's will is the will of the wind.
A boy's work is little, but who doesn't use it is a fool.
A braggart is recognized by his headgear.
A brain is worth little without a tongue.
A brave man eats the soup, a shy won't even get cabbage.
A brave man is scared of a lion three times: first when he sees the tracks; second when he hears the first roar; and third when they are face to face.
A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield.
A brave man seldom is hurt in the back.
A brave man who climbs trees is food for their roots.
A brave man will face a situation no matter how dreadful.
A brave/daring gypsy will brag on his robberies. (A gypsy, so daringly fool, confesses his own inapplausable acts without even being asked).
A braying mule eats little hay.
A bridle for the tongue is a necessary piece of furniture.
A brilliant daughter make a brittle wife.
A brilliant daughter makes a brittle wife.
A broke merchant counted his small change.
A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.
A broken sleeve holdeth the arm back.
A brother is like one's shoulder.

A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.
A buffalo does not feel the weight of his own horns.
A buffeting threatened is never well given.
A building of sand falls as you build it.
A building without foundation is soon demolished.
A bull is not known in two herds.
A bull went to impregnate a cow, and he came back a fetus.
A bully is always a coward.
A burden that one chooses is not felt.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A burnt child fears the fire, and a bitten child fears a dog.
A bustling mother makes a slothful daughter.
A busy mother makes slothful daughters.
A busybody is always malevolent.
A buxom widow must be married, buried, or cloistered.
A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.
A cake and a bad custom ought to be broken.
A cake eaten in peace, is worth two in trouble.
A calf is not found under an ox.
A calm portends a storm.
A camel does not drink with a spoon.
A camel is a horse designed by committee.
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
A canoe does not know who is king. When it turns over, everyone gets wet.
A capon eight months old is fit for a king's table.
A captive they insult with impunity.
A careful hyena lives a long time.
A carpenter is known by his chips.
A cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints.
A cat always knows whose meat it eats.
A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
A cat has nine lives.
A cat has nine lives, as the onion seven skins.
A cat in a cage becomes a lion.
A cat in gloves catches no mice.
A cat is a lion to mouse.
A cat isn't satisfied by rice, its desire is rat.
A cat likes to eat fresh fish but it will not go into the water.
A cat loves fish, but won't risk its claws.
A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat!.
A cat may go to a monastery, but will always remain a cat.
A cat may look at a king.
A cat pent up becomes a lion.
A cat that has been scalded is afraid of cold water.'. A scalded cat is afraid of cold water.
A cat that is hidden with its tail showing out of the hidding place.
A cat that licks the spit is not to be trusted with roast meat.
A cat that meweth much catcheth but few mice.
A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks, except how to jump backwards.

A cat with gloves never catches mice.
A cat would eat the fish, but not be ready to wet its paws.
A cemetery never refuses a corpse.
A cent earned, a cent spent.
A centipede will not stop for a cripple.
A centipede, though dead, will not fall.
A chain is as strong as its weakest link.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
A chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of another.
A change is as good as a rest.
A change of name or place may sometimes save a person.
A charged pistol scares one person, an empty one scares forty people.
A chatterbox is a treasure for a spy.
A chattering bird builds no nest.
A cheeky person owns half the world.
A cherry year, a merry year; a plum year, a dumb year.
A chick that will grow into a rooster can be spotted the very day it hatches.
A chicken is hatched even from such a well sealed thing as an egg.
A chicken is hatched even from such a well-sealed thing as an egg.
A chicken isn't called to testify nor does it know the law. (?).
A chicken likes her own eggs best.
A chicken that hatches a crocodile's eggs is looking for trouble.
A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner.
A chicken won't be grudged to a place a goose will come from.
A chicken you eat only once -- eggs a hundred times.
A chicken's head cannot wear a turban.
A child is a bridge to heaven.
A child is a certain sorrow and uncertain joy.
A child may have too much of his mother's blessing.
A child must creep until it learns to walk.
A child of a year old sucks milk from the heel.
A child who is to be successful is not reared exclusively on a bed of down.
A child without a mother is like a fish in shallow water.
A child's back must be bent early.
A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
A child's sorrow is short-lived.
A child's tear rends the heavens.
A chip off the old block.
A chip on the shoulder indicates wood higher up.
A church stone drops gold.
A church without a leader is prey for the devil.
A churl knows not the work of spurs (i.e., honour).
A churl never liked a gentleman.
A civil denial is better than a rude grant.
A civil question deserves a civil answer.
A clean hand moves freely through the land.
A clean mouth and honest hand, will take a man through any land.
A clean pig makes lean bacon.
A clear bargain, a dear friend.
A clear conscience is a good pillow.
A clear conscience is a soft pillow.
A clear conscience is a wall of brass.
A clear conscience is far more valuable than money.
A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.
A clear conscience shines not only in the eyes.
A clear sky fears not the thunder.
A clever bird gets caught by a worthless trap.
A clever doctor never treats himself.
A clever head but given to a fool.
A clever man's inheritance is found in every country.

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.
A clever speech (speaker) is pleasant to listen to.

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

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