Proverbs



This 'Complete The Proverbs' CST activities page is offered as a filler. I have selected the best or most recognisable proverbs from this website - https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/proverbs.html


The idea is to ask members to complete the proverb, with the facilitator reading out aloud each item, but missing out the capitalised word or words.


This is a memory recall activity, but to make it more interesting discuss the meanings of proverbs with members and how much they ring true today.


(The meanings of the proverbs are included on the website, if you need to clarify any of them.)


This is a fairly comprehensive list. You might want to spread the activity over a few sessions?





A barking dog never BITES

A bird in the hand is worth two IN THE BUSH

A change is as good as A REST

A dog is a man's BEST FRIEND

A fool and his money are soon PARTED

A friend in need is a friend INDEED

A leopard cannot change its SPOTS

A little of what you fancy does YOU GOOD

A nod's as good as a wink to a BLIND HORSE

A picture paints a thousand WORDS 

A poor workman always blames HIS TOOLS

A problem shared is a problem HALVED

A rolling stone gathers NO MOSS

A stitch in time saves NINE

A thing of beauty is a joy FOREVER

A watched pot never BOILS

Absence makes the heart GROW FONDER

Actions speak louder THAN WORDS

All good things must come to AN END

All that glisters is not GOLD

All work and no play makes Jack A DULL BOY

All's well that ENDS WELL

An apple a day keeps THE DOCTOR AWAY

An Englishman's home is HIS CASTLE

An eye for an eye, a tooth FOR A TOOTH

Any port in a STORM

Appearances can be DECEPTIVE

As you make your bed, so you must LIE UPON IT

As you sow so shall YOU REAP

Ask a silly question and you'll get A SILLY ANSWER

Ask no questions and hear NO LIES



Bad news travels FAST

Be careful what you WISH FOR

Beauty is in the eye of the BEHOLDER

Beggars should not BE CHOOSERS

Behind every great man there's A GREAT WOMAN

Better late than NEVER

Better safe than SORRY

Beware the Ides OF MARCH

Birds of a feather FLOCK TOGETHER

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS

Blood is thicker than WATER

Business before PLEASURE



Carpe DIEM (Seize the day)

Charity begins AT HOME

Children should be seen AND NOT HEARD

Cleanliness is next to GODLINESS

Clothes maketh THE MAN

Cold hands, WARM HEART

Count your BLESSINGS

Crime doesn't PAY

Cut your coat to suit YOUR CLOTH



Dead men tell NO TALES

Discretion is the better part OF VALOUR

Do as I say, not AS I DO

Do unto others as you would have them DO TO YOU

Don't bite the hand that FEEDS YOU

Don't burn your bridges BEHIND YOU

Don't count your chickens before THEY ARE HATCHED

Don't cut off your nose to SPITE YOUR FACE

Don't get mad, GET EVEN

Don't keep a dog and BARK YOURSELF

Don't let the cat out OF THE BAG

Don't let the grass grow UNDER YOUR FEET

Don't mix business with PLEASURE

Don't put all your eggs in ONE BASKET

Don't put the cart before THE HORSE

Don't rock the BOAT

Don't shoot the MESSENGER

Don't teach your Grandma TO SUCK EGGS

Don't throw the baby out with THE BATHWATER

Don't try to run before you CAN WALK

Don't upset the APPLE-CART

Don't wash your dirty linen IN PUBLIC



Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, WEALTHY AND WISE

East, west, home's BEST

Easy come, EASY GO

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow WE DIE

Empty vessels make the most NOISE

Enough is ENOUGH

Every cloud has a SILVER LINING

Every dog has ITS DAY

Every little HELPS

Every picture tells A STORY

Everything comes to HIM WHO WAITS



Faint heart never won FAIR LADY

Faith will move MOUNTAINS

Familiarity breeds CONTEMPT

Feed a cold and STARVE a fever

Fight fire with FIRE

Fight the good FIGHT

Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have GOOD LUCK

Finders keepers, losers WEEPERS

First come, first SERVED

First things FIRST

Flattery will get you NOWHERE

Fools rush in where angels FEAR TO TREAD

Forewarned is FOREARMED

Forgive and FORGET

Fortune favours THE BRAVE

From the sublime to the ridiculous IS ONLY ONE STEP



Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent PERSPIRATION

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him FOR A LIFETIME

Give a man enough rope and he will HANG HIMSELF

Give credit where credit IS DUE

Go the extra MILE

God helps those who help THEMSELVES

Good things come in SMALL PACKAGES

Good things come to those WHO WAIT

Great minds THINK ALIKE



Hard work never did anyone ANY HARM

He who can does, he who cannot, TEACHES

He who fights and runs away, may live to fight ANOTHER DAY

He who laughs last laughs LONGEST

He who lives by the sword shall DIE BY THE SWORD

He who pays the piper CALLS THE TUNE

Hell hath no fury like a WOMAN SCORNED

History repeats ITSELF

Home is where the HEART IS

Honesty is the BEST POLICY

Hope springs ETERNAL

Horses for COURSES



If anything can go wrong, IT WILL

If a job is worth doing it is worth doing WELL

If at first you don't succeed try, try AND TRY AGAIN

If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us WINGS

If it ain't broke, don't FIX IT

If life deals you lemons, make LEMONADE

If the cap fits, WEAR IT

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go TO THE MOUNTAIN

If the shoe fits, WEAR IT

If you can't be good, BE CAREFUL

If you can't beat em, JOIN EM

If you can't stand the heat get out of THE KITCHEN

If you pay peanuts, you get MONKEYS

If you want a thing done well, DO IT YOURSELF

Ignorance is BLISS

Imitation is the sincerest form of FLATTERY

In for a penny, in for A POUND

It ain't over till the fat LADY SINGS

It is better to give than TO RECEIVE

It never rains but IT POURS

It takes one to KNOW ONE

It takes two to TANGO

It's better to have loved and lost than never to have LOVED AT ALL

It's never too LATE

It's no use crying over SPILT MILK

It's no use locking the stable door after the horse HAS BOLTED

It's the early bird that catches THE WORM

It's the squeaky wheel that gets THE GREASE



Jack of all trades, master OF NONE

Judge not, that ye be not JUDGED



Keep your chin UP

Keep your friends close and your enemies CLOSER

Keep your powder DRY



Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you WEEP ALONE

Laughter is the best MEDICINE

Least said, soonest MENDED

Less is MORE

Let bygones be BYGONES

Let sleeping dogs LIE

Let the punishment fit THE CRIME

Let well ALONE

Life begins at FORTY

Life is just a bowl OF CHERRIES

Life is what you MAKE IT

Lightning never strikes twice IN THE SAME PLACE

Like father, LIKE SON

Little things please LITTLE MINDS

Live and let LIVE

Live for today for tomorrow NEVER COMES

Look before YOU LEAP

Love of money is the root of ALL EVIL

Love makes the world GO ROUND

Love thy neighbour AS THYSELF

Love will find A WAY