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A bad settlement is better than a good lawsuit

We must take the bad with the good.


A bad workman blames his tools

It is not the tools we use which make us good but rather how we employ them.


A burnt child dreads the fire.

Somebody who has had an unpleasant experience thereafter shrinks from the cause of that experience.


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

You don't lose anything by enlightening others.


A cat in gloves catches no mice.

If you are too careful and polite you may not get what you want.


A cat may look at a king.

We are all equals.


A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A weak part or member will affect the success or effectiveness of the whole.


A cheerful wife is the spice of life

Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.


A civil question deserves a civil answer

If somebody asks you something politely, you should respond in the same manner.


A close shave

To narrowly escape disaster


A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

A man in extreme difficulty will try anything which seems to offer even the slightest help to extricate himself.


A faint heart never won a lady.

A shy or timid person must be bold to attract the woman he likes.


A fool and his money are soon parted.

Someone who acts unwisely with money will soon lose it.


A fool is ever laughing

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


A friend is best found in adversity.

If one is in good circumstances many people pose as friends to have the benefits of friendship but only the true ones remain friends in adversity.


A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend who helps you when you need help is a true friend.


A golden bit does not make the horse any better.

An ugly thing will remain ugly even if its appearance is taken care of.


A good begining makes a good ending.

Starting properly ensures the speedy completion of a process. A begining is often blocked by one or more obstacles the removal of which may ensure the smooth course of the process.


A good mind possesses a kingdom

Material assets are fleeting, but intellectual assets will basically stay with you for the rest of your life.


A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

People who know they have done wrong reveal their guilt by the things they say or the way they interpret what other people say.


A half truth is a whole lie



A hedge between keeps friends green

It is best to have some sort of wall towards your neighbors.


A leopard can't change his spots.

You cannot change someone's basic human nature.


A little hard work never hurt or killed anyone.

One should expect to do hard


A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Knowing little about something may make someone believe they know and therefore make bad choices.


A live dog is better than a dead lion

It is better to be a live coward than a dead hero.


A man is known by the company he keeps.

You often take after those around you.


A man best fortune or his worst is a wife.

A married man's financial situation, his success or failure in business is influenced by his wife.


A miss is as good as a mile.

To miss success by a small amount is the same as missing it by a large amount


A new broom sweeps clean.

We should never use an old tool when the extra labor un consequence costs more than a new one.