American Proverbs

By | July 31, 2016

Sayings of American – USA origin

Don’t put robbers to work in a bank.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

A man chases a woman until she catches him.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

When in charge, ponder. When in trouble, delegate. When in doubt, mumble.

Don’t expect. Inspect.

Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.

Old habits die hard.

The first hundred years are the hardest.

It takes two to make a bargain.

Nothing hurts like the truth.

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

Make hay while the sun shines.

Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.

It’s best to keep your troubles pretty much to yourself.

Don’t allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

One good turn deserves another.

Bad news travels fast.

The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put back it in your pocket.

Observe with the eyes; listen with the ears; shut the mouth.

He who laughs last, laughs best.

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.

The United States of America

USA Map with American Flag

America or U.S.A, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, the federal district of Washington, D.C., five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and federal district are in central North America between Canada and Mexico, with the state of Alaska in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii comprising an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2) and with over 320 million people, the U.S. is the world’s third largest country by total area (and fourth largest by land area) and the third most populous. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. The geography and climate are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife. (An excerpt from Wikipedia)

American English is the de facto national language. Although there is no official language at the federal level, some laws—such as U.S. naturalization requirements—standardize English. In 2010, about 230 million, or 80% of the population aged five years and older, spoke only English at home. Spanish, spoken by 12% of the population at home, is the second most common language and the most widely taught second language.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as “Washington”, “the District”, or simply “D.C.”, is the capital of the United States.

More American Proverbs & sayings

Charity begins at home.

From small beginnings come great things.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The road to the head lies through the heart.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

I’d rather have them say “There he goes” than “Here he lies.”.

What goes around comes around.

Don’t change horses while crossing a stream.

A crooked cornstalk can have a straight ear.

Barking dogs seldom bite.

Hell and the courtroom are always open.

Haste makes waste.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

Listen or the tongue will keep the deaf.

Eggs cannot be unscrambled.

You must not enthrone ignorance just because there is much of it.

Cut your losses and let your profits run.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

All is fair in love and golf.

You can’t unscramble scrambled eggs.

We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.

Doctor’s faults are covered with earth, and rich men’s with money.

Look before you leap.

When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, change the subject.

Every animal knows more than you do.

The rain follows after the forest.

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

Forewarned is forearmed.

The love of evil is the root of all money.

When you throw dirt, you lose ground.

If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you.

It takes two to tango.

The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell on their knees; then they fell upon the aborigines.

Buying on credit is robbing next year’s crop.

Better late than never.

The best things in life are free.

An ignorant consent is no consent.

When you’re trying’ somethin’ new, the fewer people that know about it, the better.

Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.

Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

If you ever find yourself in a hole, the first thin’ to do is stop digging.

It’s as difficult to win love as to wrap salt in pine needles.

The early bird gets the worm.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

No news is good news.

Leave well enough alone.

Maternity is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion.

The rich get richer, and the poor get babies.

Blood is thicker than water.

Don’t cry over spilled milk.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.

Paddle together, bail, paddle; paddle, bail; paddle towards the land.

An ounce of proof is worth a ton of assertions.

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live you life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.

Don’t mistake chicken dung for an egg.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

An analyst is only as good as his last idea.

The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.

A miss is as good as a mile.

Variety is the spice of life.

If your time ain’t come not even a doctor can kill you.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Unite to move forward.

There are three things that can destroy a preacher, the glory, the gold, and the girls.

Man does not live by bread alone.

The good lawyer knows the law, the clever one knows the judge.

You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.

We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Curiosity killed the cat.

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.

Don’t ignore the small things — the kite flies because of its tail.

Clothes do not make the man.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Better a live coward than a dead hero.

The most dangerous food is wedding cake.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Every man is occasionally what he ought to be perpetually

Better to risk a little than to lose the whole.

When the bait’s worth more than the fish, it’s time to stop fishing.

No pain, no gain.

Don’t take any wooden nickels.

The length of a conversation don’t tell nothing about the size of the intellect.

You reap what you sow.

Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan.

Bragging saves advertising.

The simplest things are the most startling.

Always count the cost.

Loose lips sink ships.

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.

Lust never sleeps.

Living in worry invites death in a hurry.

One swallow does not a summer make.

Some will, some don’t, so what!

The unknown is always great.

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Those who sleep with dogs gets up with fleas.

There’s no place like home.

A bad man in Zion City is a good man in Chicago.

You have to take the good with the bad.

You’re never too old to learn.

There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don’t know what’s happening.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Don’t marry without love, but don’t love without reason.

A smile is worth a thousand words.

Smith and Wesson or a Colt always beat four aces.

The opportunity of a lifetime is seldom so labeled.

A person who talks about his inferiors hasn’t any.

A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

When a father praises his son, he flatters himself.

Fooled once shame on you, fooled twice shame on me.

After the feast comes the reckoning.

Professionals built the ‘Titanic,’ amateurs built the ark.

The world is a ladder for some to go up and others down.

Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

When the cat’s away, the mice play.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Never lie unless you have to, and if you don’t have a dang good lie, stick to the truth.

The mountains are never so far apart but the animals find one another.

Hindsight is better than foresight.

No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman—and neither one works.

Try the ice before you venture on it.

In business partnerships and marriage partnerships, oh, the cheating that goes on.

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal.

If you cut down the trees you will find the wolf.

If men could see the epitaphs their friends write they would believe they had gotten into the wrong grave.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Love is blind.

Bulls make money and bears make money, but hogs just get slaughtered.

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Gentlemen prefer blonds — but marry brunettes.

If you don’t have a plan for yourself, you’ll be part of someone else’s.

In unity there is strength.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked in his boots.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

One man’s gravy is another man’s poison.

Borrowed wives, like borrowed books, are seldom returned.

All that glitters is not gold.

There are many witty men whose brains can’t fill their bellies.

The first step is always the hardest.

Abuse is like a god that destroys his master.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

There’s no use asking the cow to pour you a glass of milk.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

If you sing before breakfast, you’ll cry before night.

Boys will be boys.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

The squeaking wheel gets the oil.

It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

What a fool does in the end, the wise man does in the beginning.

Might makes right.

Where there’s smoke, there’s toast.

A whistling girl and a crowing hen never came to a good end.

Hunger finds no fault with moldy corn.

Gold is where you find it.

Some families are like potatoes — all that’s good of them is underground.

There are two sides to every story—and then there’s the truth.

If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t.

Self-help is the best help.

If slavery isn’t wrong, nothing’s wrong.

Money does not grow on trees.

Money talks — everything else walks.

The real owners of the land are not yet born.

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

Good things come in small packages.

No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.

Human nature is the same all the world over.

If you eat a live toad first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen all day long.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

A lean agreement is better than a fat judgment.

Don’t measure your neighbor’s honesty by your own.

A friend who shares is a friend who cares.

Buy on the rumor; sell on the news.

One who cannot respect himself cannot respect another.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

You can’t steal second base with your foot on first.

When pleasure interferes with business, give up business.

One foot is better than two crutches.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

The tiger crouches before he leaps upon his prey.

Before borrowing money from a friend decide which you need most.

Love makes the world go round.

A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense.

Cunning men deal in generalizations.

There is no honor among thieves.

Buy low, sell high.

Years know more than books.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Those above are going down, those below are going up.

The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.

There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

The sound of a church bell at times has more effect than a sermon.

Two heads are better than one.

When you see gossamer flying, be sure the air is drying.

Fish or cut bait.

Birds of a feather flock together.

The only thing we learn from new elections is we learned nothing from the old.

There’s no advice like father’s — even if you don’t take it.

Actions speak louder than words.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

It takes a heap of licks to strike a nail in the dark.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Drink and frankfurters for a dime; kill a man before his time.

You made your bed, now lie in it.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Ignorance is bliss.

Misery loves company.

After weeks of beans and taters, even a change to taters and beans is good.

Good fences make good neighbors.

Practice makes perfect.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

You cannot have all chiefs; you gotta have Indians too.

It don’t take no genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep. (

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The wicked work harder to preach hell than the righteous do to get to heaven.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

After a rich man gets rich, his next ambition is to get richer.

Strike while the iron is hot.

An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee.

If we blame others for our failures, then we should also give others credit for our successes.

Honesty is like an icicle — if once it melts, that’s the end of it.

There’s no fool like an old fool.

Better safe than sorry.

The cemeteries are filled with people who thought the world couldn’t get along without them.

Use your wit as a shield, not as a dagger.

Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

It never rains but it pours.

A forest is the poor man’s overcoat.

If you are always dwelling in trouble, change your address.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

They who drink beer think beer.

Use it up, make do, or do without.

New churches and new bars are seldom empty.

He who hesitates is lost.

The customer’s always right.

It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.

Man is greater than the tools he invents.

No rogue like the godly rogue.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America.

American National Anthem Lyrics:

O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Panda Panda Panda Panda Panda
I got broads in Atlanta
Twistin’ dope, lean, and the Fanta
Credit cards and the scammers
Hittin’ off licks in the bando
Black X6, Phantom
White X6 looks like a panda

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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