A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs fall into the category of formulaic language.
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Catch not a shadow and lose the substance.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
The child is father to the man.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
Confidence begets confidence.
Courage lost, all lost.
A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.
Deal gently with the bird you mean to catch.
Deep calls to deep.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Different strokes for different folks.
Don't bark if you can't bite.
Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Don't burn the candle at both ends.