Great Throughts Treasury

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Italian Proverbs


"Beware of the man of one book."

"From listening comes wisdom; from speaking, repentance."

"Measure twice and cut once."

"A little truth helps the lie go down."

"Misfortune does not always come to injure."

"One cannot die hidden from God."

"Patience, time and money accommodate all things."

"After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box."

"Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out."

"Among men of honor, a word is a bond."

"Do good, and care not to whom."

"He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much master of the world as he who is ready to die."

"The earth covers the errors of the physician."

"He that jokes confesses."

"No one ever repented of having held his tongue."

"The sick man is free to say all."

"Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves."

"To whom you tell your secret you surrender your freedom."

"A barking cur does not bite."

"A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit."

"A barking dog never bites."

"A beautiful woman smiling, bespeaks a purse weeping."

"A beard well lathered is half shaved."

"A beetle is a beauty in the eyes of his mother."

"A bird in the cage is worth a hundred at large."

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

"A blind man is not judge of colors."

"A bird in hand is worth two in the bush."

"A book whose sale's forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three."

"A braying ass eats little hay."

"A bow that is bent too far will break."

"A cage made of gold does not feed the bird inside of it."

"A calm portends a storm."

"A burden that one chooses is not felt."

"A business thrives under the eye of its owner."

"A cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints."

"A cat pent up becomes a lion."

"A cat that licks the spit is not to be trusted with roast meat."

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

"A clear bargain, a dear friend."

"A cheerful wife is the spice of life."

"A close mouth catches no flies."

"A closed mouth catches no flies."

"A cracked pot never fell off the hook."

"A crown is no cure for the headache."

"A cloak is not made for a single shower of rain."

"A dead man does not make war."

"A doctor and a clown know more than a doctor alone."

"A cur's tail grows fast."

"A crafty fox never preys near his den."