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Proverbs Starting with letter R - part 1
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Rage avails less than courage.
Ragged colts make the handsomest stallions.
Rags are old!.
Rags to riches to rags.

Rain beats on a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.
Rain before seven: fine before eleven.
Rain before seven; clear before eleven.
Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
Rain does not stay in the sky.
Rain wets a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.
Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.
Raining pitchers-full.
Raise crows and they will peck your eyes out.
Raise no more devils than you can lay.
Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.
Raise your voice otherwise their arguments will beat you!.
Raised children, doubled work.
Rare commodities are worth more than good.
Rare is agreement between beauty and modesty.
Rather (have) a pleasure in life than sixpence in the pocket.
Rather a bit correctly than much incorrectly.
Rather a bitter truth than a sweet lie.
Rather a husband with one eye than with one son.
Rather a piece of bread with a happy heart than wealth with grief.
Rather a single grape for me than a brace of figs for thee.
Rather a slip of the foot than a slip of the pen.
Rather a sparrow today than a bustard tomorrow.
Rather alone than in bad company.
Rather an mule that carries than a horse that throws.
Rather be a dog in a peaceful land, instead of being a man in a land of war.
Rather be a dog in peace, than to be a man in chaos.-Chinese Origin-?????,?????.
Rather be a slave to a rich man than the spouse of a poor man.
Rather free in a foreign place than a slave back home.
Rather go rob with good men than pray with bad.
Rather hat in hand than hand in purse.
Rather lose the wool than the sheep.
Rather once cry your heart out than always sigh.
Rather one bird in the hand, than ten in the woods.' (The English equivalent would be 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.').
Rather than an abatement of her viciousness, a witch gives birth to only female children and witchcraft multiplies.
Rather the cruelty of the Turks than the justice of the Bedouins.
Rather the egg to-day than the hen to-morrow.
Rather weigh the will of the speaker, than the worth of the words.
Rats and conquerors must expect no mercy in misfortune.
Rats desert a sinking ship.
Rats do not play tricks with kittens.
Rats know the way of rats.
Rats make havoc in the kitchen when the cat's a kitten.
Ravens do not peck each other's eyes out.
Ravens do not peck out raven's eyes.
Raw cucumber makes the churchyards prosperous.
Raw leather will stretch.
Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.
Ready for all things.
Ready money is ready medicine.
Ready money works great cures.
Real gold is not afraid of the melting pot.
Real love is when you don't have to tell each other.
Real wealth consists not in having, but in not wanting.
Really to stop criticism one must die.
Rear dogs and wolves' cubs to rend you.
Reason doe not come before years.
Reason is absent, when impulse rules.
Reason is the wise man's guide, example the fool's.
Reason is yours, and the goat is mine.).
Reason lies between bridle and spur.
Reason lies between the bridle and the spur.
Reason not with the great, 'tis a perilous gate.
Reasonable people can differ.
Reasonings banish reason.
Rebuke should have a grain more of salt than of sugar.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Rebukes ought not to have a grain more of salt than of sugar.
Receive a plum, return a peach.

Reckless youth makes rueful age.
Reconciled friendship is a wound ill salved.
Reconciled friendship is like a badly healed wound.
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.
Red sky in the evening, one hopes for good weather.
Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.
Reflect on beforehand.
Reform a gambler . . . cure leprosy.
Reform a gambler. Cure leprosy.
Regret, like a tail, comes at the end.
Regretting the past is like chasing after the wind.
Regularity is the best medicine.
Rein in the horse at the edge of the cliff.
Rejoice with those that do rejoice.
Rejoiced in youth, repented in age.
Related: Actions speak louder than words.
Related: Talk is cheap.
Relationship produces envy.
Relatives are spiders.
Relatives are the worst friends, said the fox as the dogs took after him.
Release the chicken.
Religion and learning, the bulwark of liberty' (motto of Dickinson College).
Religion must be taught, not forced.
Religious contention is the devil's harvest.
Remember to be always daring', meaning that you should make an effort and do not mind that you make a mistake.
Remember you will die.
Remember, even monkeys fall out of trees.
Remorse is worse than a beating.
Remove that bean hiding under your tongue.
Remove the ceiling and thatch the roof.
Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's.
Renounce the devil, and thou shalt wear a shabby coat.
Renown is denied to the living.
Rent and Taxes never sleep.
Rent and taxes never sleep.
Re-open not a wound once healed.
Repay evil with good, and hell will not claim you.
Repeated begging leads to poverty/misery.
Repentance costs dear.
Repentance costs very dear.
Repentance for silence is better than repentance for speaking.
Repentance is the heart's medicine.
Repentance is the spring beneath our virtues.
Repentance prolongs a man's life.
Repentance won't cure mischief.
Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
Repetition is a mother of learning.
Repetition is the mother of knowledge.
Repetition is the mother of memory.
Repetition is the mother of study.
Repetition is useful', or 'Repeating things helps.
Repetitions are not well received.' (, Ars Poetica 365).
Report makes the wolf bigger than he is.
Reportedly said by Earl K. Long, Governor of Louisiana.
Reproaches are the soap of the heart.
Repute hangs a man.
Reshape one's foot to try to fit into a new shoe.
Resist the beginnings' (i.e. undesirable trends should be nipped in the bud).
Resolutely in deed, sweetly in manner.
Respect flies away for the one who pursues it and hunts the person who is fleeing from it.
Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.
Respect is greater from a distance.
Respect spiritual beings but keep your distance.
Respect starts with yourself.
Rest breeds rust.
Rest comes from unrest, and unrest from rest.
Rest in peace' a benediction for the dead, often inscribed on tombstones or other gravestones.
Rest is good after the work is done.
Rest makes rusty.

Restless feet may walk into a snake pit.
Retreating is not the same as fleeing.
Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.
Revelry is jolly, hangover is heavy.
Revenge a hundred years old has still its milk-teeth.
Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.
Revenge does not long remain unrevenged.
Revenge in cold blood is the devil's own act and deed.
Revenge is a confession of pain.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Revenge is a dish served cold.
Revenge is a dish that can be eaten cold.
Revenge is a dish that should be eaten cold.
Revenge is a dish that tastes better cold.
Revenge is new wrong.
Revenge is sweet.
Revenge of an hundred years old hath still its sucking teeth.
Revenge remains not unrevenged.
Revere your parents.
Reverence for God isn't a white turban.
Revolutions are not made with rose water.
Reward not a sleeping pilot.
Reward sweetens labor.
Reward sweetens labour.
Rewards come to those who are attentive, or wary of events in the past/present/future.
Reynard is still Reynard, though he put on a cowl.
Rhubarb and patience can work wonders.
Rice is not cooked with only words.
Rich for yourself, poor for your friends.
Rich gamblers and old trumpeters are rare.
Rich garments weep on unworthy shoulders.
Rich is he who has no debts, fortunate he who lives without handicap.
Rich men accumulate money; the poor accumulate years.
Rich not gaudy.
Rich people are everywhere at home.
Rich people eat gold and shit lead.
Rich people never know who their friends are.
Riches abuse them who know not how to use them.
Riches add to the house, virtues to the man.
Riches and favour go before wisdom and art.
Riches are often abused, but never refused.
Riches breed care, poverty is safe.
Riches cause arrogance; poverty, meekness.
Riches fall not always to the lot of the most deserving.
Riches have wings.
Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor.
Riches serve a wise man but command a fool.
Riches serve a wise man, but command a fool.
Riches: a dream in the night; fame: a gull floating on water.
Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water.
Riches: a dream in the night; fame: a gull floating on water.
Ride on, but look before you.
Ride slower — you'll get further.
Ridicule is the test of truth.
Right is with the strongest.

Right or wrong, God aid our purpose.
Right or wrong, our house up to the roof.
Right or wrong, 'tis our house up to the roof.
Right overstrained turns to wrong.
Righteousness is half of religion.
Ripe fruit falls by itself, but it does not fall into your mouth.
Rippling water shows lack of depth.
Rise early and watch, labour and catch.
Rise early, and you will observe; labour, and you will have.
Rivalry between scholars improves science.
Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.
Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never.
Rivers flow to the sea that is there.
Roast geese don't come flying into your mouth.
Roast pigeons don't fly through the air.
Roasted pigeons will not fly into one's mouth.
Robbing Peter to pay paul.
Rocks need no protection from the rain.
Rolling stones gather no moss.
Romance/ without finance/ don't stand a chance.
Rome (i.e. the ) has spoken, the cause (i.e. discussion) is finished.
Rome and Pavia weren't built in one day.
Rome does not reward traitors' (Told by Scipio to the lieutenaunts of Viriato, a Lusitan rebel leader, after they assasinated him in hopes of getting a reward).
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Rooster today, feather duster tomorrow.
Roosters' tail feathers: pretty but always behind.
Rope is good when it's long; speech is good when it's short.
Rosary is hand, the devil at heart.
Roses and maidens soon lose their bloom.
Roses fall, but the thorns remain.
Rotten straw can harm a healthy horse.
Rotten wood cannot be carved.
Rowing with the oars you have got.
Rule the roost.
Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.
Rules were meant to be broken.
Rumors grow through circulation.
Rumour grows easily enough, but is not easily silenced.
Run as hard as a wild beast if you will, but you won't get any reward greater than that destined for you.
Run away from Foggia not for Foggia itself, but for the people of Foggia.
Runaway son, a shining jewel; runaway daughter, tarnished.
Running about madly won't prevent death.
Running and buying don't go together -- running and selling do.
Running away makes you guilty.
Running water carries no poison.

Russia was tsarist - became proletarian.
Russian saying.
Rust consumes iron, and envy consumes itself.
Rust wastes more than use.

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