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A dull pencil is greater than the sharpest memory.
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Each to his own taste
Meaning - To each his own.
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The early bird catches the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese.
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The early bird gets (or catches) the worm.
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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Note : Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac.
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Education is a progressive discovering of our own ignorance.
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Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines
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Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference!
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An empty vessel makes the most noise.
Meaning - Those who lack intelligence speak the most/loudest.
Note : Those with the least understanding often complain about things the most.
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The ends justify the means.
Note : Ovid, Heroides.
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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An Englishman's home is his castle.
Note : Variant of "A man's home is his castle."
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Enjoy what you don't know.
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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Even a dog can distinguish between being stumbled over and being kicked.
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Even a dog can make it to the top when there's a flood.
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Even the best perfumes of the world lose their fragrance when you are not around me.
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Every cloud has a silver lining.
Meaning - When something bad happens there is always some good that comes of it.
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Every dog has its day.
Note : Variation on a quote from Hamlet: "...whatever Hercules says, the cat will mew and dog will have its day."
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Every rose has its thorn.
Meaning - Every good thing has its downside.
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Everyday living is life lessons.
Meaning - Every negative thing has positive aspects.
Note : Allen Zimama.
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Everyone talks of changing the world, but no one talks of changing himself.
Note : Leo Tolstoy.
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Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.
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Everything can be justified until it happens to you.
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Everything changes; everything stays the same.
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Everything good in life is either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
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Everything in its own time.
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Everything with time.
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The exception proves the rule.
Meaning - The key is that prove in this case carries the older meaning of to test, as in the phrases proving (testing) ground or the proof (test) of the pudding is in the eating.
Note : Often mistakenly referred to as a misquote. In reality, the Latin probate may mean either to probe or to prove.
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An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Meaning - Retribution should be equitable, proportionate and "fit the crime".
Note : If you kill a neighbor's ox you must buy him a new one. - Biblical reference.
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Failure is not falling down, you fail when you don't get back up.
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Failure is the first step to success.
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Failure is the stepping stone for success.
Meaning - Failing will make you more determined to succeed the next time you try, or make you put in more effort to get something right with successive attempts.
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Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
Meaning - Not speaking up or taking action to achieve things (in this case, fall in love) will never get you anywhere (or, help you fall in love).
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Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
Meaning - Fail seven times, and succeed the eighth. (or)
Keep trying and you will succeed.

Note : Translation of the Japanese proverb "Nana korobi ya oki", often associated with Daruma figurines.
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Falling down does not signify failure but staying there does.
Meaning - Letting failing/falling is not failure in itself, but letting it get you down or stop trying is.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.
Meaning - Long experience of someone or something can make one so aware of the faults as to be scornful.
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Fifty percent of something is better than one hundred percent of nothing.
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Fine feathers make fine birds.
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Fine words butter no parsnips.
Note : Actions speak louder than words.
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Fingers were invented before knives and forks.
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First come, first served.
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The first step to health is to know that we are sick.
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First things first.
Meaning - Do more important things before other things.
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A fool and his money are soon parted.
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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Note : Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism".
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Meaning - To make the same mistake over again is your own fault.
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For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.
Note : Proverb reported by George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum,1651.
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Forewarned is forearmed.
Meaning - If one is told about an event beforehand, they can (adequately) prepare.
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Forgive, but don't forget.
Meaning - Let things/issues go or pass, but don't forget what they were, why they happened, other consequences, etc. Can lead to knowledge about not repeating the same mistake.
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