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Proverbs Can Be Useful As Writing Prompts

Proverbs are short well-known sayings that express a wise thought. They are common, thoughtful, short and often applicable to various situations. These thought provoking statements can also be used as a writing prompt. Select a few proverbs and have your child or student complete the ending, e.g., a picture is worth…

List of Proverbs

Our list contains 160 proverbs. We categorized them as follows: action & determination, animals, appearances, caution, encouragement, food, good advice, good deeds, money, relationships, time and words.

A bad tree does not yield good apples.Food
A bad workman blames his toolWords
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.Animals
A cat has nine livesAnimals
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.Words
A faint heart never won a fair lady.Action & Determination
A fool and his/her money are soon parted.Money
A friend in need is a friend indeed.Relationship
A good beginning makes a good ending.Good Advice
A house divided cannot stand.Relationships
A hovel on a rock is better than a palace on the sand.Good Advice
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.Words
A penny saved is a penny earned.Money
A picture is worth a thousand words.Words
A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.Action & Determination
A rising tide lifts all boats.Encouragement
A rolling stone gathers no moss.Action & Determination
A rotten apple spoils the barrel.Food
A soft answer turneth away wrath.Words
A stitch in time saves nine.Action & Determination
A tongue is worth little without a brain.Words
A watched pot never boils.Time
A word spoken is not an action done.Words
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.Relationship
Actions speak louder than words.Action & Determination
Adversity makes strange bedfellows.Relationships
All good things come to an end.Words
All that glitters is not gold.Money
All things come to those who wait.Action & Determination
All's fair in love and war.Relationship
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.Food
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.Words
Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer.Words
Ask no question and hear no lies.Words
Bad news travels fast.Words
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Appearances
Beauty is only skin deep.Appearances
Beggars can't be choosers.Good advice
Better alone than in poor companyRelationships
Better late than never.Time
Better safe than sorry.Caution
Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.Relationship
Birds of a feather flock together.Animals
Brevity is the soul of wit.Words
Charity begins at home.Good Deeds
Civility costs nothing.Good Deeds
Cleanliness is next to godliness.Appearances
Confession is good for the soul.Action & Determination
Curiosity killed the cat.Animals
Dead men tell no tales (or lies).Words
Different strokes for different folks.Good Advice
Discretion is the greater part of valor.Words
Do right and fear no one.Good Deeds
Do unto others as you would have them do to you.Good Deeds
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.Food
Don't change horses in midstream.Animals
Don't count your chicken before they hatch.Animals
Don't cross the bridge until you come to it.Caution
Don't cry over split milk.Food
Don't get mad - get even.Words
Don't judge a book by its cover.Appearances
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.Food
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man/women healthy, wealthy and wise.Money
Easy come, easy go.Money
Every cloud has a silver lining.Encouragement
Everybody's business is nobody's business.Good Advice
Experience is the father/mother of wisdom.Action and Determination
Fact is stranger than fiction.Words
Familiarity breeds contempt.Relationship
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.Good advice
For every joy, there is a price to pay.Words
Forewarned is forearmed.Caution
Fortune favors the bold.Money
Give credit where creditGood Deeds
God helps those who help themselves.Encouragement
Good fences make good neighbors.Relationship
Good things come to those who wait.Time
Great minds think alike.Relationships
Great oaks from little acorns grow.Good Deeds
Half a loaf is better than none.Food
Haste makes waste.Caution
He/She who hesitates is lostAction & Determination
He/She who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.Words
He/She who pays the piper calls the tune.Money
He/She who sits on the fence is easily blown off.Action & Determination
He/She who would eat the fruit must climb the tree.Food
Honesty is the best policy.Relationships
Honey catches more flies than vinegar.Food
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.Caution
If it isn't broken, don't fix it.Good Advice
If the shoe fits, wear it.Good Advice
If you can't beat them, join them.Relationship
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.Action & Determination
If you want a friend, be a friend.Relationships
If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.Good Advice
if you want something done, ask a busy person.Action & Determination
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.Good Advice
Ignorance is bliss.Words
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.Caution
Laughter is the best medicine.Encouragement
Learn to walk before you run.Caution
Leave no stone unturned.Action & Determination
Lend your money and lose your friend.Money
Let sleeping dogs lie.Animals
Like father, like son.Relationship
Look before you leap.Caution
Love will find a way.Relationship
Make hay while the sun shines.Action & Determination
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.Relationship
Misery loves company.Relationship
Money burns a hole in your pocket.Money
Necessity is the mother/father of invention.Encouragement
Never put off 'til' tomorrow what you can do today.Action & Determination
No man is an island.Words
No pain, no gain.Action & Determination
One camel doesn't make fun of another camel's hump.Animals
One good turn deserves another.Good Deeds
One man's trash is another man's treasure.Words
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.Good Advice
Practice makes perfect.Action and Determination
Short visits make long friends.Relationship
Sometimes you have to run just to stay in place.Action & Determination
Spare the rod and spoil the child.Relationships
Speech is silver, silence is golden.Words
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.Words
Still waters run deep.Words
Strike while the iron is hot.Action & Determination
The apple never falls far from the tree.Food
The darkest hour is just before dawn.Encouragement
The early bird catches the worm.Animals
The first step is the most difficult.Encouragement
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.Appearances
The pen is mightier than the sword.Words
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.Food
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.Words
There's many a slip between cup and lip.Words
There's no place like home.Relationships
There's no such thing as a free lunch.Food
There's no time like the present.Action and Determination
They who dance must pay the fiddler.Money
Time is money.Money
To err is human; to forgive, divine.Good Deeds
Too many cooks spoil the broth.Food
Two heads are better than one.Good Advice
Two wrongs don't make a right.Good Deeds
Waste not, want not.Caution
When in Rome, do as the Romans.Good Advice
When the cat's away, the mice will play. Animals
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.Action & Determination
Where there's a will, there's a way.Action & Determination
You are never too old to learn.Encouragement
You are what you eat.Food
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.Animals
You can't always get what you want.Words
You can't have your cake and eat it too.Food
You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.Food
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.Animals
You can't tell a book by its cover.Appearances
You never know what you can do until you  try.Encouragement
You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.Relationships
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