Adages, the oral transfer of knowledge between generations

Here you will find a list of over seven hundred adages people use everyday to improve their lives. An adage is a short saying that transmits wisdom. Before people knew how to read and write, they passed knowledge by word of mouth. The word adage comes from Latin adagium (saying), formed by the prefix ad- (to, toward, about) and agium (from the verb agio, I say). ;
  1. Dressed to kill. (Classy dresser - Thank you: Lorraine)
  2. Dressed to the nines. (Classy dresser. - Thank you: Lorraine)
  3. Eagles fly high, but so do the jet engines that suck them in. (Do not become too self-assured and compalcent. - Thank you: Dr. Bob)
  4. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. (Benjamin Franklin - Thank you: Chan Kuhn)
  5. Easy, doesn't do it. (Thank you: Karc)
  6. Eat or be eaten. (The big fish eats the little fish, and Dog eats dog - Thank you: Maureen)
  7. Either fish or cut bait! (Be bold and make a decision - don't be wishy-washy. - Thank you: Jodi)
  8. Empty barrels make the most noise. (People who have nothing important to say, talk the most. - Thank you: A)
  9. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. (If you keep trying despite obstacles you can succed - Thank you: Donald
  10. Even a clock that doesn´t work gives the correct hour twice a day. (Nothing is useless. - Thank you: O )
  11. Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut. (Thank you: Sara)
  12. Every cloud has a silver lining. (Look for the good in everything that happens to you, no matter how bad it appears at the time. - Thank you: Linda Ellis)
  13. Every dog has his day. ( Thank you: Nimesh Kularatne )
  14. Every eye closed ain't sleep. (Thank you: Q)
  15. Every good-bye ain't gone (Thank you: J2)
  16. Every once in a while, even a blind pig snorts up a truffle. (Everyone gets lucky sometimes.)
  17. Every one serves a purpose, even if only to serve as a bad example. (Thank you: Duran)
  18. Everything is not what it seems. (Thank you: Taylor)
  19. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. (Thank you: Daniel Smitham)
  20. Faith makes things possible, but not easy. (All things are possible, but may not all be easy. - Thank you: Reannah Barr)
  21. Falling like a ton of bricks. (Falling hard and fast.)
  22. Familiarty breeds contempt.
  23. Fat meat is greasy (Thank you: Quantarika - If you don't believe it, you will find out the hard way)
  24. Fear stays, so don't thank fear has left (After you done something real brave and scary. - Thank you: Aidan B.)
  25. Feed a cold, starve a fever. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  26. Feed two birds with one scone (Thank you: zoe2byrdz)
  27. Fighting like cats and dogs.
  28. Finders keepers, loosers weepers. (Hang on to what you value. - Thank you: Nellie B)
  29. Five Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance (If you want to succeed in anything, you must have time of preparation - Thank you: Fantastic Abbillan Mukondo aka Willard)
  30. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
  31. Fools' names like fools' faces, always seen in public places. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  32. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread (It is wiser to traverse the unknown slowly and warily rather than charging ahead blindly. - Thank you: Staralfur)
  33. For every article of clothing you add in your closet, take one out. (It keeps things neat. - Thank you: Marie)
  34. For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
  35. Fore warned is fore prepared. (Make use of the knowledge you have. - Thank you: Richard)
  36. Forewarned is forearmed (Thank you: Chukwuebuka Sunibobo)
  37. Forget about the mules and load the wagon. (It is not so important how you got there, but what you bring).
  38. Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing. (Luke 23,34)
  39. Fortune helps those willing to help themselves.
  40. Friendly Fire - Isn't. (Your sides bullets kill you just as dead as your enemy's bullets.)
  41. Friends are like potatoes. If you eat 'em, they die. (Value your friends.)
  42. From all that you will get, gain understanding.
  43. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninty nine percent perspiration. (Thank you: Mumtaz)
  44. Give a man a book and you give him or her a future and a hope. (Thank you: Sichelesile S Ndlovu)
  45. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
  46. Give him an inch, and he'll take a mile.
  47. Give him enough rope and he'll hang himself.
  48. Give him enough time and he'll hang himself. (Time cures everything, even love matters).
  49. Give it the old college try. (Try the traditional way to be successful. - Thank you: Regina Rosa )
  50. Give them a taste of their own medicine. (Thank you: Devon)
  51. God Bless You (Said when you sneeze) { Thank you: Joseph P. }
  52. God never closes a door without opening a window. (Thank you: Lydia)
  53. God's answers are wiser than our prayers. (God knows what we need.)
  54. Going down like a lead balloon (Something that will not happen, because it can't.)
  55. Golf is like sex, no skill is required to enjoy. (The best things in life are free - Thank you: Kendrick Bateson)
  56. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement.
  57. Good luck is something you create, bad luck is something you endure. (Thank you: Larry).
  58. Good manners never go out of style. (Thank you: Devon)
  59. Good things come to those who wait. (Thank you: Debbie)
  60. Grab the bull by the horns (Just do it. Mistakes will happen, but life is not too tough, and you will get through it. - Thank you: Jon)
  61. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, poor minds discuss people. (Thank you: Raagasudha)
  62. Great minds run along small channels. (We're both thinking about the same things! - Thank you: Nellie B)
  63. Great things come in small packages (Thank you: Brandon Cummings)
  64. Grin and bare it.
  65. Growing potatoes does not produce a dollar note (Motives should be based in righteousness lest evil otherwise be the origin = the creators gifts are not for sale - Thank you: Brian)
  66. Half a loaf is better than none. (Thank you: Dr. Bob)
  67. Happiness is not a reward, it is consequence. Suffering is not a punishment, it is a result. (Thank you: Olaitan Akol)
  68. Hard work is its own reward (Thank you: Kendrick Bateson)
  69. Has the cat got your tongue?
  70. Haste makes waste. (Move forward with great care and deliberation. - Thank you: Ken Gilliland)
  71. Have not seen that since Grant took Richmond (Long time - Thank you: Lorraine)
  72. Have their cake and eat it, too.
  73. Having a gun is a license to be shot. (From To Kill a Mockingbird - Thank you: Alejandra)
  74. He who can keep his head, when those all about him are losing theirs, probably hasn't yet grasped the seriousness of the situation (Thank you: Jared-Heem)
  75. He who chases after chicken will eventually fall, but the chicken will always win the race. (Thank you: Bright Luther Ihejinwoke)
  76. He who follows the crowd gets lost in it. (Don't do anything because everybody did. Be self minded. - Thank you: Omaka Elom Ede)
  77. He, who has the gold, rules. (Another version of the Golden Rule)
  78. He who hesitates is lost.
  79. He who laughs last, didn't get the joke.
  80. He who laughs last, laughs hardest. (Thank you: Orlok)
  81. He who pursueth success mustn't be in a haste, because it may successfully waste. (Knowledge shouldn't be competed for. - Thank you: Zein Souma)
  82. He who rides a tiger can never dismount. (When you get into risky situations in business or dangerous exploits the only way is to carry on till the bitter end or you will get ruined. - Thank you: Tommy finn.)
  83. He who smelt it dealt it.
  84. He who wants to gather the honey, should be ready for the sting of the bee (Expect the consequences of your action. - Thank you: Fitz)
  85. He whom asks is dumb for five minutes; but he who does not ask is dumb for a lifetime. ( Thank you: Luis T. )
  86. Head in the toilet.
  87. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
  88. Here's mud in your eye.
  89. He's full of the old harry. (Has a wild side. - Thank you: Lorraine)
  90. Hit the ground running. (Get up to speed, before you start.)
  91. Hitting the nail on the head. (Right on target.)
  92. Home is where the heart is.
  93. Home is where you hang your hat.
  94. Honesty is the best policy. (Always tell the truth. - Thank you: Anika)
  95. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. (Thank you: Kendrick Bateson)
  96. Houses are made of brick and stone, but homes are made of love alone.
  97. How to stop time: kissing; how to travel in time: reading; how to escape time: listening to music.
  98. I could eat a horse and chase the jockey. (I am so hungry. - Thank you: Staralfur)
  99. I know a little about everything and a lot about nothing. (Thank you: Mehdi)
  100. I once complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. (Be thankful for what you got.)

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