Great Throughts Treasury

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Welsh Proverbs


"Be rich when you sell, poor when you buy."

"A boy is easier cheated than a witch."

"A boy is easier cheated than an old lady."

"A bitter morsel will be chewed a long time."

"A cat will not play after she is a year old ."

"A chick reared in hell will want to remain in hell."

"A constant knock will break the stone."

"A dry cough is death's trumpet."

"A good dog is better than a wicked man."

"A lame cat is better than a swift horse when rats infest the palace."

"A good aunt is a second mother."

"A girl’s teeth will wear out sooner than her tongue."

"A job started is two parts done."

"A great sin can enter by a small door."

"A man is feeble without nourishment ."

"A man's wealth is his enemy."

"A man without prudence is a ship without an anchor."

"A naked lad will play, a starving lad will not."

"A nagging woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men."

"A nation without a language is a nation without a heart."

"A ship and a woman are ever repairing."

"A slattern woman hold open the door to hell."

"A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible."

"A sword's honor (literally 'credit') is its idleness."

"A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom."

"A sword's honor is its idleness."

"A warm January; a cold May."

"A watched clock never tells the time."

"A story hopefully loses nothing by being repeated."

"A step over the threshold is half the journey."

"A watched pot never boils."

"A whitewashed crow soon shows black again."

"A well-beaten path does not always make the right road."

"A wicked dog must be tied on short rope."

"A wife's advice is not worth much, but woe to the husband who refuses to take it."

"A willful fault has no excuse, and deserves no pardon."

"A wicked man's gift hath a touch of his master."

"A work ill done must be twice done."

"A word to the wise, a stick to the unwise."

"A wise wolf hides his fangs."

"A youth's promise is like the froth of water ."

"Adversity comes with instruction in his hand."

"Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom."

"Adversity and loss make a man wise."

"All waiting is long."

"All musicians are brothers ."

"An angel on the highway, a devil at home."

"An Angel on the road, a Devil at the fireplace."

"An angel abroad, and a devil at home."

"An art above many other arts is to be artful in goodness."