Most Famous and Powerful Proverbs

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called “proverbs”.

Defining a “proverb” is a difficult task. Proverb scholars often quote Archer Taylor’s classic “The definition of a proverb is too difficult to repay the undertaking… An incommunicable quality tells us this sentence is proverbial and that one is not. Hence no definition will enable us to identify positively a sentence as proverbial”. Another common definition is from Lord John Russell (c. 1850) “A proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many.”

“Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

“When in Rome, do as the Romans.”

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

“No man is an island.”

“leaves of three, let it be”

“Fortune favors the bold.”

“People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

“There’s no place like home.”

“Discretion is the greater part of valor.”

“Never look a gift horse in the mouth.”

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“You can’t always get what you want.”

“A watched pot never boils.”

“Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

“Practice makes perfect.”

“Too many cooks spoil the broth.”

“Easy come, easy go.”

“All good things must come to an end.”

“There’s no time like the present.”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.”

Bonus: We also collected Ghanaian Proverbs and Asian Proverbs you can read.


1 thought on “Most Famous and Powerful Proverbs”

  1. Thanks for sharing these proverbs! “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is one of my favorites, one I try hard to be mindful of!

    Look forward to more posts from you!


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