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List of English Proverbs - S

A collection of English Proverbs with explanation.  Listed in alphabetical order by phrase.
This page contains English Proverbs that start with letter S.   

1.  Second thoughts are best.
Explanation: It is dangerous to act on one’s first impulse without due thought
2.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Explanation: Conventionally represented by “the three wise monkeys" covering their eyes, ears and mouth respectively with their hands and used particularly to imply a deliberate refusal to notice something that is wrong.   
3.  Set a thief to catch a thief
Explanation: Used to imply that the person best placed to catch someone out in dishonest practices is one whose own nature tends that way.   
4.  Soon ripe, soon rotten.
Explanation: A warning against talent/maturity, meaning that notably early achievement is unlikely to be long-lasting.
5.  Speech is silver, but silence is golden.
Explanation: Discretion can be more valuable than the most eloquent words. 
6. Stolen fruit are sweet.
Explanation: The knowledge that something is forbidden makes it more attractive. 
7.  Strike while the iron is hot.
Explanation: One should take advantage of opportunity
8.  Sing before breakfast, cry before night.
Explanation: Warning against overconfidence in early happiness presaging a reversal of good fortune..  
9.  Still waters run deep.
Explanation: Now commonly used to assert that a placid exterior hides a passionate nature. 
10.  Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach.
Explanation: You should not spend more than you can afford.
11  Spare well and have to spend.
Explanation: The person who is and careful with their resources can use them lavishly when the occasion offers. 

12.  Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan.
Explanation: Once something is seen to succeed many people will claim to have initiated it, while responsibility for failure is likely to be disclaimed. 


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