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Proverbs Starting with letter A - part 8
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A porcupine speaking to its baby says, 'O my child of velvet.'Afghan.
A postern door makes a thief.
A pound's worth of tears will not settle a penny's worth of debt.

A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy.
A powerful man has big ears.
A precipice in front of you, and wolves behind you; that is life.
A precipice is in front, a wolf behind.
A pregnant woman is not afraid if you threaten her with what you made her pregnant with.
A pretty basket does not prevent worries.
A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character.
A pretty person looks pretty in every clothing.
A priest blesses his own bread first.
A priest is a man who is called Father by everyone except his own children who are obliged to call him Uncle.
A priest sees people at their best, a lawyer at their worst, but a doctor sees them as they really are.
A priest's belly is made up of several sheepskins.
A priest's pocket is not easily filled.
A prince without ears to listen has no head to govern.
A princely mind will undo a private family.
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is the rain.
A promise is a debt.
A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.
A proposal without patience breaks its own heart.
A prospering man should remain at home.
A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.
A proud pauper and a rich miser are contemptible beings.
A proverb can't be judged.
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
A proverb is the child of experience.
A proverb is the horse of conversation: when the conversation lags, a proverb revives it.
A proverb never lies, it is only its meaning which deceives.
A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener.
A prudent man will read the letter from back to front.
A prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14.
A puff of wind and popular praise weigh alike.
A puff of wind and popular praise weigh the same.
A pussy hair can pull more weight than a bunch of bulls.
A quarrel is like buttermilk: once it's out of the churn, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.
A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
A quiet tongue shows a wise head.

A ragged coat finds little credit.
A ragged colt may make a good horse.
A ragged colt may make a handsome horse.
A rainy day is not a day for children.
A rainy morn oft brings a pleasant day.
A rakish bachelor makes a jealous husband.
A rap on the ringed finger does not hurt.
A rat is not born a rabbit.
A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.
A razor may be sharper than an axe, but it cannot cut wood.
A real friend takes the hand of his friend in overwhelming worry and fire.
A real scoundrel turned up and they took off their hats to him.
A reconciled friend is a double enemy.
A red-nosed man may be a teetotaler, but will find no one to believe it.
A red-nosed man may not be a drunkard, but he will always be called one.
A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall.
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A refined kitchen leads to the pharmacy.
A reflection does not see itself.
A renter becomes a comfortable dweller.
A reserved will not have sons and daughters.
A resolute heart endures no counsel.
A restive morsel needs a spur of wine.
A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
A rich man even has the devil to lull his children.
A rich man has no need of character.
A rich man is either a rogue or a rogue's heir.
A rich man is either a scoundrel or the heir of a scoundrel.
A rich man is never ugly in the eyes of a girl.
A rich man who is stingy is the worst pauper.
A rich man will get his carriage over the mountains, a poor man will lose his way on a level plain.
A rich man's belongings will tire a poor man's jaw.
A rich man's foolish sayings pass for wise ones.
A rich man's wooing need seldom be a long one.
A rich mouthful, a heavy groan.
A rich widow weeps in one eye and laughs with the other.
A rich widow weeps with one eye and laughs with the other.
A rich widow weeps with one eye and signals with the other.
A rich wife is a source of quarrel.
A rickety chair will not long serve as a seat.
A riddle made by God has no solution.
A ridiculous accident has often been the making of many.
A ring of gold in a sow's nostril.
A ripe coconut can't compete with a stone.
A ripe pear is more likely to fall in the shit than onto the clean ground.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
A river is not contaminated by having a dog drink from it.
A river that rumbles brings boulders.

A roaring lion kills no game.
A rock offered by a friend is like an apple.
A rod is better than a fox's brush.
A rogue says 'Yes' to what a rogue says.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A rose is a rose is a rose.
A rose too often smelled loses its fragrance.
A rose will sprout from the place where a teacher has hit.
A rotten egg cannot be spoiled.
A rotten fish pollutes the whole kitchen.
A rotting fish begins to stink at the head.
A rough river is a profit for the fishers.
A round egg can be made square according to how you cut it; words would be harsh according to how you speak them.
A royal heart is often hid under a tattered cloak.
A ruler without a nation is like a flower without the sun.
A rumour goes in one ear and out many mouths.
A runaway horse punishes himself.
A runaway monk never speaks well of his convent.
A running man can slit a thousand throats in one night.
A rustic ancestry will always remain field-slaves.' 'Villana' in Roman times meant the slaves attached to an estate (villa), and is the root of the term villein (and by extension, villain). Villa is also the root of 'village,' because the descendants of estate-slaves tended to stay near the estate through the Dark Ages, though by the time of Charlemagne they had proven this saying false by changing from slaves to serfs.
A sack full of fleas is easier to watch than a woman.
A sack is best tied before it is full.
A sack was never so full but that it would hold another grain.
A sad bride makes a glad wife.
A sad woman has no chance for happiness even if she tries.
A saddle fits more backs than one.
A saint that cannot cure anyone has few disciples.
A satiated man doesn't know what's hunger, a healthy man doesn't know what's disease.
A satisfied man is happy even if he is poor; a dissatisfied man is sad even if he is rich.
A scabby colt may make a good horse.
A scabby head fears the comb.
A scald head need strong lye.
A scalded cat dreads cold water.
A scalded cat fears cold water.
A scalded cat flees from cold water.
A scalded dog thinks cold water hot.
A scanian is only swedish during the icehockey world championships.
A sceptre is one thing, a ladle another.
A scholar's ink is worth as much as the blood of the martyr.
A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood.
A scorpion never stung me but I cured myself with its grease.
A seat in the council is honour without profit.
A second marriage is like a warmed-up meal.
A second woman has golden thighs.
A secret between two is God's secret, between three is all men s.
A secret imparted is no longer a secret.
A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.
A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.
A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.

A servant and a rooster must be kept but one year.
A service done to the unwilling is no service.
A shady lane breeds mud.
A sharp tongue will cut off its own head.
A sharp tooth for hard bread.
A sheep cannot bleat in two different places at the same time.
A sheep's bite is never more than skip deep.
A sheet of paper is lighter if two of you don't try to carry it.
A shiftless person is the same as a pig.
A ship and a woman are ever repairing.
A ship on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea.
A ship with two captains sinks.
A shock dog is starved and nobody believes it.
A shoemaker's wife and a smith's mare are always the worst shod.
A short cut is often a wrong cut.
A short halter for a greedy horse.
A short horse is soon curried.
A short mass and a long dinner.
A short rest is always good.
A short sword for a brave man.
A short tail won't keep off flies.
A shut mouth catches no flies.
A shut mouth keeps me out of strife.
A sick man sleeps, but not a debtor.
A sick mind cannot endure any harshness.
A sick person is a prisoner.
A sick woman is forever.
A sign is enough for the wise man (in order to understand something).
A silent man accomplishes more than an incessant talker.
A silent man is not a conquered man.
A silent man is the best one to listen to.
A silent man's words are not brought into court.
A silent mouth is melodious.
A silent mouth is musical.
A silent mouth is sweet.
A silent mouth is sweet to hear.
A silent pig digs the deepest root.
A silent woman is a gift from God.
A silent woman is always more admired than a noisy one.
A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children.
A silly song may be sung in many ways.
A silver hammer breaks an iron door.
A silver hammer can open an iron gate.
A sin concealed is half forgiven.
A sin confessed is half forgiven.
A sin of gold is followed by a punishment of lead.
A sin that is confessed is less heavy to bear.
A sin that is hidden is half forgiven.
A single advantage is worth a thousand sorceries.

A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.
A single arrow is easily broken; a quiver of ten is not.
A single bag of money is stronger than two bags of truth.
A single beam cannot support a great house.
A single bracelet does not jingle.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
A single day grants what a whole hear denies.
A single finger cannot catch fleas.
A single flower makes not Spring.
A single penny fairly got, is worth a thousand that are not.
A single prayer moves heaven.
A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn.
A single stroke don't fell the oak.
A single witness is no witness.
A sitting crow starves.
A slave does not choose his master.
A slave has no choice.
A slave yesterday, to-day a freedman.
A sleeping fox counts chicken in his dreams.
A sleeping fox finds no meat.
A slice off a cut loaf isn't missed.
A slight suspicion may destroy a good repute.
A slothful man is a beggar's brother.
A slothful man never has time.
A sluggard claims the wisdom of forty viziers.
A sly rabbit will have three openings to its den.
A sly rogue is often in good dress.
A small bolt to the house is better than none at all.
A small cloud may hide both sun and moon.
A small competence is best.
A small cottage wherein laughter lives is worth more than a castle full of tears.
A small debt makes a man your debtor, a large one your enemy.
A small family is soon provided for.
A small gift is better than a great promise.
A small gift, but well-timed.
A small hatchet fells a great oak.
A small house can lodge a hundred friends.
A small house will hold a hundred friends.
A small pack becomes a small pedler.
A small spark makes a great fire.
A small spark often initiates a large flame.
A small tear relieves a great sorrow.
A small tumbledown house is better than a communal palace.
A small woman always seems newly married.
A smart coat is a good letter of introduction.
A smart person will not climb a mountain; A smart person will go around it.
A smart witch can also dance without a broomstick.
A smile shortens the distance.
A smile will gain you ten more years of life.
A smiling face dispels unhappiness.
A smiling face is half the meal.
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
A smooth tongue is better than smooth locks.
A snake (is hidden) in the grass.' There is something malevolent hidden.
A snake can change its skin but not its disposition.
A snake deserves no pity.
A snake lies concealed in the grass.
A snake that you can see does not bite.
A snake will always give birth to something long.
A snap of sight may describe much more than a thousand words.

A snotnose may grow up to be a man; but he who laughs without cause, never.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

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

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