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Proverbs
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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

A brave man who climbs trees is food for their roots.
      - Proverb, (Maaori)

A braying ass eats little hay.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

A bribe will enter without knocking.
      - Proverb

A bride received into the home is like a horse that you have just bought; you break her in by constantly mounting her and continually beating her.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

A bridle for the tongue is a necessary piece of furniture.
      - Proverb

A brilliant daughter make a brittle wife.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound.
      - Proverb

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.
      - Proverb, (Persian)

A broken sleeve holdeth the arm back.
      - Proverb

A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

A buffeting threatened is never well given.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A bully is always a coward.
      - Proverb

A burned child is afraid of a puff of smoke.
      - Proverb

A burnt child dreads the fire.
      - Proverb, (Dutch, German)

A burnt child fears the fire, and a bitten child fears a dog.
      - Proverb, (Danish)

A bushel of March dust is worth a king's ransom.
      - Proverb

A bustling mother makes a slothful daughter.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

A busybody is always malevolent.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

A buxom widow must be either married, buried, or shut up in a convent.
      - Proverb

A buxom widow must be married, buried, or cloistered.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

A cake and a bad custom ought to be broken.
      - Proverb, (French)

A cake eaten in peace, is worth two in trouble.
      - Proverb

A calm portends a storm.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
      - Proverb

A canoe does not know who is king. When it turns over, everyone gets wet.
      - Proverb, (Madagasy)

A capon eight months old is fit for a king's table.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese, Spanish)

A captive they insult with impunity.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

A carpenter is known by his chips.
      - Proverb

A carrion kite will never be a good hawk.
      - Proverb

A cat always knows whose meat it eats.
      - Proverb, (Russian)

A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
      - Proverb, (Congolese)

A cat has nine lives, as the onion seven skins.
      - Proverb, (German)

A cat has nine lives.
      - Proverb

A cat in gloves catches no mice.
      - Proverb, (English)

A cat is a lion to mouse.
      - Proverb

A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
      - Proverb, (Ethiopian)

A cat may look at a king.
      - Proverb,
        (Dutch, German), also the title of a 1652 pamphlet

A cat pent up becomes a lion.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

A cat that catches mice does not meow.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

A cat that licks the spit is not to be trusted with roast meat.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

A cat that meweth much catcheth but few mice.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

A cat's walk: a little way and back.
      - Proverb

A cautious man will observe the indications of character which nature reveals in others.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
      - Proverb

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
      - Proverb

A chair unsound
  Soon finds the ground.
      - Proverb

A chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of another.
      - Proverb, (Arabic)

A change is as good as a rest.
      - Proverb

A chattering bird builds no nest.
      - Proverb, (Cameroonian)


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