British Proverbs

  • Absence is the mother of disillusion.
  • Adversity is the touchstone of virtue.
  • Far from court, far from care.
  • If the dog is not at home, he barks not.
  • Ill comes often on the back of worse.
  • It is easy to bear the misfortunes of others.
  • It should be better to blame friends at a distance.*
  • Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
  • Long absence and guilt can change a friend.*
  • Men are best loved furthest off.
  • Misfortune is not that which can be avoided, but that which cannot. (Chinese)
  • Misfortunes come of themselves.
  • Misfortunes hasten age.
  • No man better knows what good is than he who has endured evil.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Present to the eye, present to the mind.
  • Salt water and absence wash away love.
  • Seldom seen, soon forgotten.
  • Sweet are the uses of adversity. (William Shakespeare (1564-1616))
  • The absent are always in the wrong.
  • The absent party is always to blame.
  • The absent saint gets no candle.
  • The wind in one’s face makes one wise.
  • Those far, far away are seldom seen for what they really are.*
  • To be good tends to give absence later on.*
  • To dead men and absent there are no friends left.
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