a smart coat is a good letter of introduction.
a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
a sow, when washed; returns to the muck.
as the old cock crows, so doth the young.
as the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries man.
as the tree falls, so shall it lie.
as they sow, so let them reap.
a still tongue makes a wise head.
a stitch in time saves nine.
a straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.
a straw shows which way the wind blows.
a stumble may prevent a fall.
as you make your bed so you must lie on it.
as you sow you shall mow.
a tall tree catches the wind.
a tree is known by its fruit.
a true friend is known in the day of adversity.
avarice blinds our eyes.
avarice increases with wealth.
a wanderer who is determined to reach his destination does not fear the rain.
a watched pot is long in boiling.
a wilful man will have his way.
a word spoken is an arrow let fly.
a word spoken is past recalling.
bad workmen often blame their tools.
beauty is but skin-deep.
beauty is in the eye of the gazer.
beauty lies in lover’s eyes.
bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails.
before gold, even kings take off their hats.
beggars cannot be choosers.
beggars must be no choosers.
behind bad luck comes good luck.
be honest rather clever.
being on sea, sail; being on land, settle.
be just to all, but trust not all.
believe not all that you see nor half what you hear.
be slow to promise and quick to perform.
be swift to hear, slow to speak.
better an empty purse than an empty head.
better an open enemy than a false friend.
better good neighbours near than relations far away.
between the cup and the lip a morsel may slip.
between two stools one falls to the ground.
big mouthfuls ofter choke.
bind the sack before it be full.
birds of a feather flock together.
birth is much, but breeding is more.
bite off more than one can chew.
bite the hand that feeds one.
bitter pills may have wholesome effects.
blind men can judge no colours.
blood is thicker than water.
bread is the staff of life.
brevity is the soul of wit.
bring up a raven and he’ll pick out your eyes.
burn not your house to rid it of the mouse.