Adages and Proverbs

Famous Adages

An adage (also called a proverb) is an old, short saying that is generally accepted to have some truth to it (although there are many contradictory adages).

  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Opposites attract.
  • Don't judge a book by its cover.
  • The clothes make the man.
  • The early bird gets the worm.
  • Better late than never.
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  • Better safe than sorry.
  • Curiosity killed the cat.
  • What you don't know can't hurt you.
  • Seek and ye shall find.
  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • There's no such thing as a free lunch.
  • The best things in life are free.
  • Two wrongs don't make a right.
  • Practice makes perfect.



Proverbs are wise sayings in a language based on the practical experiences of different kinds. They can mostly be used independently to explain a situation in very few words.

Here are some common proverbs used in English which you can also use in your day to day talks to cut the long talk short and still convey it with same conviction.

1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder – Our love for the loved ones grows more with the distance.


2. Actions speak louder than words – What people do shows more about them than what they just say.

3. Appearances are deceptive – Internal truth of a person is usually different from what is visible outside.

4. Never judge by appearances – Don’t use looks as the criteria to assess someone.

5. An apple a day keeps the doctor away – An apple eaten everyday keeps you in good health.