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. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. (Thank you: Kendrick Bateson)
  2. Nothing ventured, nothing lost.
  3. Oatmeal is better than no meal. (Be thankful for what you have.)
  4. Obstacles are the those frightful things you see, when you take your mind off your goals. (Thanks: Christophe de Dinechin )
  5. Old adages tend to fly out the window.
  6. Once a task is just begun, never leave it 'til its done, do the labour great or small, and do it right or not at all. (Finish what you start and always give it your best effort. - Thank you: Rick Cohen)
  7. Once bitten, twice shy. (When something or someone has hurt you once, you tend to avoid that thing or person.)
  8. One bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  9. One good deed deserves another. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  10. One is company, two is a crowd. (Thank you: Fitz)
  11. One learns little from success, but much from failure. (Thank you: Debbie)
  12. One manís dirt is another manís patina.
  13. One man's rich is another man's poor.
  14. One man's trash is another man's treasure. (Thank you: Maddy)
  15. One moment on the lips... forever on the hips. (It takes only seconds to eat, it but will be a struggle to lose the weight-gain it caused. - Thank you: Staralfur)
  16. One person's floor is another person's ceiling. (Thank you: Cynthia)
  17. One person's junk is another one person's pleasure.
  18. One shot, one kill (Thank you: Jeremy)
  19. One volunteer is worth two pressed men.
  20. Only one tree can not make a forest. (Thank you: Abdul Yusuf Abdul Yaqqin)
  21. Opinions are like noses, everybody has one. (Opinions are not facts.)
  22. Opportunities are like assholes. (Every human should be subjected to ONE. - Thank you: Zein Souma of c.o.m.a.h.s-sierraleone )
  23. Opportunity knocks only once. (You need to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, before it's too late. - Thank you: Lydia)
  24. Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of utilizing it (Thank you: The great)
  25. Out of sight, out of mind. (Thank you: SdLH)
  26. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
  27. Paranoids are like snails that carry their houses on their backs. (Thank you: Shanker Suman)
  28. Pardon me, I beg thee for a loaf of bread; neatly sliced end to end; with a coat of butter; for the toast of. (Beggars can be choosers - Thank you: Shanker Suman)
  29. Patience and fortitude and things will come your way. (Have confidence in the outcome. - Thank you: Nellie B)
  30. Penny for your thoughts.
  31. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. { Thank you: George A Ramos }
  32. Perfect practice makes perfect. (Thank you: Lei Ann)
  33. Phony as a two dollar bill. (Sneaky person)
  34. Picture perfect. (Thank you: Juju)
  35. Pigs get fed, while hogs get slaughtered. (The greedy always fall victim in the end. - Thank you: Manni)
  36. Play cat and mouse. (Repeatedly tricking someone, so they make a mistake.)
  37. Playing one's card close to the one's chest. (Being secretive, not letting your opponents see what you got.)
  38. Politicians are like wet saddles. Both of them chap my ass. (Using a wet saddle on a horse will chafe your posterior. - Thank you: Paul N)
  39. Positive Pauly (Positive person - Thank you: Benny)
  40. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (When given a little power some people will abuse it... When given a lot of power most people will abuse it. - Thank you: karen12)
  41. Practice makes perfect.
  42. Precious things come in small packages.
  43. Pretty is as pretty does. (Thank you: Barb )
  44. Pulchritude Possesses Solely Cutaneous Profundity, or put simply: Beauty is only skin deep (Thank you: Staralfur)
  45. Put Up or Shut Up. (Thank you: Carolyn)
  46. Put your ducks in a row. (Make sure you have all you need before you make your presentation. - Thank you: Nicole)
  47. Put your money where your mouth is. (Thank you: Jerry)
  48. Quitters never prosper. (Once you quit something, you'll keep failing at it. - Thank you: h7opolo)
  49. Quitters never win and winners never quit! (Thank you: Buzz, from Hudson, WI)
  50. Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.
  51. Real eyes realize real lies. (Thank you: Meissam Sharifi)
  52. Red as fire (Thank you: Peyton Lee)
  53. Red sky in the morning sailor take warning, red sky at night sailor's delight. (Thank you: EMMAJEAN King)
  54. Regret is the fruit of recklessness, carefulness is the solution (Thank you: Sunkanmi)
  55. Remind yourself that it's OK not to be perfect.
  56. Revenge is a dish best served cold. (Emotional detachment and planning (cold-blooded) are best for taking revenge. - Thank you: Andrea)
  57. Rolling stone gathers no moss. (Stay moving and stay active.)
  58. Root hog, or die. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  59. Scarce as a Model T fuel pump. (Thank you: G.E. Castillo)
  60. Seek and ye shall find (Thank you: Nikita)
  61. Settle for crumbs and you'll always will be hungry. (Don't settle for less then you deserve. - Thank you: Walt )
  62. She is the cat's meow. (She's hot. - Thank you: Joan)
  63. Sheep flock together, eagles fly alone. (Thank you: lmohatt)
  64. Shooting fish in a barrel. (Really easy)
  65. Show your oak day. (Thank you: Shirley Whittington)
  66. Silence is golden. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  67. Sin has many tools, but lie is the handle which fits them all. (Thank you: Sneha)
  68. Since Adam was a pup. (Thank you: Staralfur)
  69. Six of one, half dozen of the other. (Doesn't matter which alternative we choose, the result will be the same. - Thank you: Troy)
  70. So thirsty I could spit cotton. (Extremely thirsty. - Thank you: Lorraine)
  71. Some need to wear their pants back to front, rather than their collar. (Thank you: Kendrick Batesom)
  72. Some stones skip further than others and all stones take dives. (Some people are better in life than others, but we all end up in the same place. - Thank you: Jordan L)
  73. Some times the right path is not always the easiest one. (Thank you: P Lakshmi Chowdaiah)
  74. Someone we know in the daytime, we don't switch on the light to see him in the night. (Thank you: Adebowale Agunbiade, Akeem poet)
  75. Sometimes you have to pick your poison. (Thank you: Steve)
  76. Sometimes you've just got to take the good with the bad. (Thank you: Jerry)
  77. Son of a gun. (Thank you: Martyn)
  78. Spare the rod, spoil the child. (Thank you: Staralfur)
  79. Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.
  80. Squeaking wheels get the first grease! (The loudest complainer is usually taken care of first - Thank you: Gary D.)
  81. Stick to your knitting. (Thank you: Dr. Bob)
  82. Stick your hand into a bucket of water up to your wrist; Pull it out and the size of the hole that remains is a measure of how much you will be missed. (Thank you: budzo)
  83. Still waters run deep.
  84. Strike when the iron is hot. (Do it now, before it is too late. Thank you: Alisa Lin)
  85. Stupid is as stupid does.
  86. Sweet in the mouth but sour in the ass. (Thank you: Chrissy)
  87. Take cover or die. (Don't rush into things - Thank you: Penguinstein)
  88. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt. (Thank you: Tammy Holowicki)
  89. Take no prisoners.
  90. Take the time to smell the flowers. (Slow down and enjoy life. - Thank you: Pauline)
  91. Talk is cheap. (Thank you: Bryon)
  92. Tell the truth, shame the devil.
  93. That's water over the dam. (Thank you: Dr. Bob)
  94. The best way to get to a mans heart is through his stomach. (Thank you: Dove)
  95. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. (Thank you: Nellie B)
  96. The black sheep of the family (Thank you: Eric Sim)
  97. The blind man is the one who sees the most. (Thank you: Melvin Corners, Jr.)
  98. The cream always rises to the top. (You can always tell who the best people are. - Thank you: Edmond)
  99. The creators gifts are not for sale (How many have sold their soul. Everything by mankind's evil now has a price. - Thank you: Brian)
  100. The cure is worse than the disease. (Thank you: Bryon)

Total: 813
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