English Quiz: Complete the Proverb!

 Do you know your English sayings and proverbs? This quiz will test your knowledge of 21 different English proverbs. You will be given the first half and asked to complete it. Good luck!
"When in Rome..."
This phrase is believed to have been coined by st. Augustine in 390 AD.
"...do as the Romans do."
"...be a Roman."
"...act as a Roman"
"...do as a Roman does."
"Fortune favors..."
"Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat." was the original phrase in latin.
"...the bold."
"...the brave."
"...the poor."
"...the pure."
"A drowning man..."
The origin of this phrase dates back to 1382 when John Wycliffe translated the Bible.
"...will clutch at a straw."
"...will clutch at anything."
"...will do anything."
"...will drown you too if you let him."
"Adversity and loss..."
"...make a man wise."
"...is the righteous path."
"...create strong men."
"...nor perfection nor flaws."
"Among the blind..."
Believed to have been coined by Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus during the 15th or 16th century. The original went: "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man in king."
"...the one-eyed man is king."
"...the rat king is free."
"...the devil is king."
"...the king is the devil."
"An idle brain..."
This proverb can be dated as far back as the 4th century by theologian St. Jerome. It may be one of the oldest expressions in English language.
"...is the devil’s workshop."
"...is the devil’s playground."
"...is a cry for the devil."
"...is a terrible thing to waste."
"An ounce of prevention..."
This axiom was coined by Benjamin Franklin.
"...is worth a pound of cure."
"...is worth a gallon of happiness."
"...is worth any sacrifice."
"...is worth a mountain of effort."
"A stitch in time..."
This proverb dates back to 1732.
"...saves nine."
"...saves fine."
"...saves mine"
"...saves twine."
"Barking dogs..."
This is such good advice there is no known origin for it.
"...seldom bite."
"...will never bite."
"...won't bite."
"...rarely bite."
"Be slow in choosing a friend..."
Another great proverb coined by the great Benjamin Franklin.
"...but slower in changing."
"...but quick in changing one."
"...lest you be chosen."
"...lest you choose rashly."
"Cross the stream..."
"...where it is shallowest."
"...when you reach it."
"...after you drink from it."
"...when you see it."
"Don’t cast pearls..."
This quote should be familiar to those who know the bible, as it appears in Matthew 7:6.
"...before swine."
"...before dimes."
"...at the feet of evil men."
"...at the feet of poor men."
"Empty bags..."
Yet another great proverb coined by Benjamin Franklin.
"...cannot stand upright."
"...will always deflate."
"...will always bend."
"...cannot fight."
the first recorded use of this expression was in Chaucer's Tale of Melibee, published in 1386.
"...breeds contempt."
"...makes one content."
"...destroys intent."
"...drains potent."
"Never test the depth..."
"...of water with both feet."
"...of the ocean with your feet."
"...of water with your head."
"...of an argument with shallow logic."
"Fools rush in..."
First written by Alexander Pope in his 1711 poem: An Essay on Criticism.
"...where angels fear to tread."
"...where wise men tread lightly."
"...where the wise watch closely."
"...where the wise do not tread."
"Give them an inch..."
This expression first appeared in writing in John Heywood's collection of proverbs from the year 1546. The original may have used "ell" instead of mile.
"...and they’ll take a mile."
"...and they’ll take a foot."
"...and they’ll take it all."
"...and they'll take ten."
"Grief divided..."
"...is made lighter."
"...is lighter to bear."
"...is always easier."
"...multiplies healing."
"Make hay..."
Originally a Tudor expression, it was first witnessed in writing in 1546.
"...while the sun shines."
"...while the going is good."
"...while you're young."
"...while you live, for tomorrow you may die."
"Don't try to teach your grandmother..."
This phrase is first included in John Stevens' translation of Quevedo's Comical Works from 1707.
"...how to twine."
"...to suck eggs."
"...how the world turns."
"...new tricks."
"Marry at haste..."
This proverbial saying was first expressed in print by William Congreve in his comedy of manners The Old Batchelour, 1693: Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure: Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.
"...repent at leisure."
"...divorce at leisure."
"...repeat with leisure."
"...undo at leisure."
You Failed This Quiz
Getting less than 20% of the answers right, we're afraid you did not pass this proverb quiz. Granted, most of these sayings aren't uttered that much anymore, but they do represent an enormous amount of wisdom gained over the years and condensed into these shorter sayings. To see the full proverbs as well as learn more about their origins, look below.
Not Bad, Not Great
You got less than half of the proverbs correctly, which means you passed but just barely. You have some knowledge of proverbs but have quite big holes in your knowledge. Granted, they aren't in everyday use anymore, but they haven't vanished, either. They represent a lot of wisdom, and it's a shame not to learn them. You can probably find them in books and articles, and we encourage you to read more as well as perhaps expand your usual reading material. To see the full proverbs as well as learn more about their origins, look below.
Good Job!
You have a good knowledge of proverbs and English sayings. You probably read quite a bit and enjoy the language, so you remember these sayings. Perhaps your parents used to say them to you! That said, there is a little room for improvement. We're sure you've got an A grade in you to make it this far. If you'd like, you can retake the test. If not, you can see the full proverbs as well as learn more about their origins below.
You ACED This Quiz!
You positively know your English proverbs! You must have a great memory as well as a keen interest in reading and the English language. Perhaps you come from a family where proverbs were used daily. If so, lucky you, as most people these days have forgotten most of these important proverbs that encapsulate so much learned knowledge. Good for you! To see the full proverbs as well as learn more about their origins, look below.
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