50 Simple Proverbs that are Truly Timeless

50 proverbs
A proverb is defined as “a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.” For me, I define them as “those little quips of wisdom we hear almost every single day that are typically more profound than we give them credit for.” Most simple proverbs we hear throughout our lives have uncertain origins, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t apply to us all. Below is a list of 50 of my all-time favorite proverbs, and I challenge you to throw these out in your everyday conversations.

They will make you sound wise and worldly, like an old bearded wizard, or a Samurai master, and THAT is pretty cool.

  • A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • A friend is easier lost than found.All’s fair in love and war.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Before you meet the handsome prince you have to kiss a lot of toads.
  • Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.


  • A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
  • A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
  • False friends are worse than open enemies.
  • Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Grief divided is made lighter.
  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
  • Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • The best of friends must part.


  • The best things are not bought and sold.
  • There is no better looking-glass than an old friend.
  • To err is human (To forgive divine).
  • A loveless life is a living death.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Cold hands, warm heart.
  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
  • First impressions are the most lasting.
  • Hatred is as blind as love.


  • Love makes a good eye squint.
  • A wink is as good as a nod, to a blind man.
  • An injury is forgiven better than an injury revenged.
  • Anger and hate hinder good counsel.
  • Appearances are deceptive.


  • At a round table there’s no dispute about the place.
  • Attack is the best form of defence.
  • Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing.
  • Behind every great man stands a strong woman.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Cheerfulness smooths the road of life.
  • Confess and be hanged.
  • Conscience makes cowards of us all.
  • Don’t blow your own trumpet.


  • Do as you would be done by.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
  • Grow angry slowly; there’s plenty of time.
  • He bears misery best that hides it most.
  • He that hurts another, hurts himself.
  • He who wronged you will hate you.
  • Heavy givers are light complainers.
  • Honor is a gift you give yourself.
  • I am rubber and you are glue. Your words bounce off me and stick to you.

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