Englische Weisheiten 9

It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

It is never a bad day that hath a good night.

It is not paradox to say that in our most theoretical moods we may be nearest to our most practical applications.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

It is not the cow that moos the most that gives the most milk.

It is not the whistle that pulls the train.

It is what it is.

It is worth remembering that output per man in this country has increased on the average about two per cent a year during this century. Mere continuation of this trend will mean a future full of better things for more people. But it is my own feeling that the tremendous gains which have been achieved by machine techniques may be substantially matched when we learn to make better use of ourselves as people.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

It isn't the whistle that pulls the train.

It never rains but it pours.

It never rains but that it pours.

It pays to advertise.

It rings a bell.
en] It's familiar to you, but you can't remember where you heard it.

It 's a poor family which hath neither a whore nor a thief in it.

It takes a heap of living to make a house a home.

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home.

It takes a thief to catch a thief.

It takes all kinds to make a world.

It takes all kinds to make the world go round.

It takes all kinds.

It takes all sorts to make the world go round.

It takes all sorts.

It takes one to know one.

It takes two to make a quarrel.

It takes two to quarrel.

It takes two to tango.

It took Nixon to go to China.

It were more proper to say a Beetle in a cowturd.

It Won't Fly.

It's About Time.

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn.

It's high time.

It's Not All It's Cracked Up to Be.

It's Not Brain Surgery.

It's Not Rocket Science.

It's written all over (someone') face.

Itch an ease can no man please.

Itchy Feet.

It's a bad cause that none dare speak in.

It's a bad sack will abide no clouting.

It's a cracked pitcher that goes longest to the well.

It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)

It's a foolish sheep that makes the wolf his confessor.

It's a good horse that never stumbles.

It's a long lane that has no turning.

It's a long road that has no turning.

It's a man's world.

It's a piece of cake.

It's a poor sport that is not worth the candle.

It's a rank courtesie when a man is forc't to give thanks for his own.

It's a small world.

It's a Wash.

It's a wicked thing to make a dearth on's garner.

It's all gone Pete Tong.

It's All Greek to Me.

It's all grist to the mill.

It's an ill air where nothing is to be gain'd.

It's an ill battel where the Devil carries the colours.

It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

It's an ill procession where the Devil holds the candle.

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

It's an ill wind that blows no one any good.

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It's an ill wind.

Its Anyone's Call.

It's best to be on the safe side.

It's better to ask forgiveness than permission.

It's better to be safe than sorry.

It's better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.

It's better to be stung by a nettle, then prick't by a rose.

It's better to give than to receive.

It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

It's cheaper to keep her.

It's easie to bowl down hill.

It's easie to rob an Orchard, when none keeps it.

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

It's easy to be wise after the event.

It's good to have company in trouble.

It's he squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

It's high time.
en] When something should have been done already but hasn't been done yet.

It's ill healing an old sore.

It's lonely at the top.

It's more painful to do nothing then something.

It's never too late to mend.

It's never too late.

It's No Skin off My (Your) Nose (Back).

It's no use crying over spilt milk.

It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.

It's not how long but how well we live.

It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady Sings.

It's not the gay coat makes the Gentleman.

It's not the meat, it's the motion.

It's not the whistle that pulls the train.

It's not what you know but who you know.

It's possible for a ram to kill a butcher.

It's raining cats and dogs.

It's that man again.

It's the early bird that catches the worm.

It's the early bird that gets the worm.

It's the empty can that makes the most noise.

It's the hit dog that howls.

It's the singer not the song.

It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

It's the thought that counts.

Its versus It's.
en] Confusing Words

It's wit to pick a lock and steal a horse, but wisdom to let them alone.

It's written all over (someone') face.
en] When someone's facial expressions show their true feelings.

I've Had It Up to Here.

I've no wish to enclose my house with walls. But no foreign culture should estrange me from my maternal soil.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Ivory tower.

Ivy league.

Jack - phrases that include the name Jack.

Jack in the box.

Jack of all trades and master of None.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Jack of All Trades.

Jack Palancing.

Jack the Lad.

Jail versus Gaol.
en] Confusing Words

Jam jar.

Jam Session.

Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.

Jam tomorrow.

Jaws of Death.

Jaws of Life.

en] To cross the street where or when it is not allowed.

Jealousy versus Envy.
en] Confusing Words

Jelly belly.

Jerry built.

Jest not with the eye nor with religion.


Jewelry versus Jewellery.
en] Confusing Words

Jibber jabber.
en] Nonsense or foolish talk. Fast talk that is hard to understand.

Jibe versus Jive.
en] Confusing Words

Jim Crow.

Jimmy Horner.

Jimmy Riddle.

Joan is as good as my lady in the dark.

Jobs for the boys.

Jog somebody's memory.
en] Make somebody remember something.

Johnny on the Spot.

Join the Club (excl.).

Join the colours.

Joined at the Hip.

Joshing me.
en] To trick someone.

Jot or tittle.

Journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Judge not, that you be not judged.

Judgment versus Judgement.
en] Confusing Words

Jump in with Both Feet.

Jump on the bandwagon.
en] Do what most other people are doing.

Jump the gun.
en] Do something too soon.

Jump the shark.

Jump the Track.

Jump Through Hoops.

Jury is still out.

Jury-rigged versus Jerry-rigged.
en] Confusing Words

Just about.
en] Nearly.

Just Around the Corner.

Just deserts.

Just for the Record.

Just in time.

Just my luck!
en] When something bad happens to you, you say this to imply that bad things often happen to you, and thus your luck is bad luck.

Just what the doctor ordered.
en] What you need.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Justice is blind.

Kangaroo Court.

Katy bar the door.

Keen as mustard.

Keep (Something) at Bay.

Keep a lid on something.
en] Keep something secret.

Keep a Stiff Upper Lip.

Keep a wide berth.

Keep An Eye On Him.

Keep an eye on.
en] Closely monitor.

Keep an Eye Peeled.

Keep at bay.

Keep body and soul together.

Keep counsel thy self first.

Keep good men company, and you shall be of the number.

Keep it down.
en] Be quiet.

Keep It Under Your Hat.

Keep on Truckin'.

Keep on.
en] Continue.

Keep schtum.

Keep silent when wisdom so directs; talk but little, and prefer to listen and learn.

Keep somebody in the dark.
en] Not tell somebody what's happening.

Keep Someone at Arm's Length.

Keep something at bay.
en] Keep a threat from coming too near.

Keep the Ball Rolling.

Keep track.
en] Monitor the time.

Keep under wraps.

Keep up with the Joneses.

Keep your chin up.
en] To stay positive during difficult circumstances.

Keep your distance.

Keep Your Ear to the Ground.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Keep your hands clean.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.

Keep Your Nose Clean.

Keep your nose to the grindstone.
en] Work hard or focus heavily on work.

Keep your pecker up.

Keep Your Powder Dry.

Keep Your Shirt On.

Keeping One's Nose to the Grindstone.

Keeping up with the Joneses.


Kettle of fish.

Khyber pass.


Kick around.
en] Treat badly.

Kick Ass, Kick Butt.

Kick back.
en] Relax.

Kick the bucket.
en] Die.

Kick the Can Down the Road.

Kick your heels.

Kicked the bucket.
en] To die.

Kickoff versus Kick Off.
en] Confusing Words

Kid around.
en] Engage in playful joking or teasing.

Kids will be kids.

Kill a Fly With an Elephant Gun.

Kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

Kill time.
en] To keep yourself busy with something while you are waiting.

Kill two birds with one stone.

Kill your darlings.

Kilroy was here.

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.

Kindness, like grain, increase by sowing.

King James' Version of the Bible.

King of the Hill.

Kink in One's Neck.

Kiss and Make Up.

Kiss and Tell.

Kiss me Hardy.

Kith and Kin.


Knee jerk reaction.

Knee-high to a grasshopper.

Knee-Jerk Reaction.



Knight in shining armour.

Knight versus Night.
en] Confusing Words

Knitted versus Knit.
en] Confusing Words

Knock back.

Knock into a cocked hat.

Knock it off.
en] Stop it.

Knock off.

Knock on wood.
en] This is said to avoid bad luck.

Knock on Wood; Touch Wood.

Knock Some Sense Into.

Knock Someone's Socks Off.

Knock Up.

Knock Your Socks Off.

Knocked it out of the park.
en] To do a great job.


Know (Something) Like the Back of One's Hand.

Know something by heart.
en] Memorize something.

Know something like the back of your hand.
en] Be very familiar with something.

Know the ins and outs.
en] Know all aspects of something.

Know the ropes.
en] To know how something works or is done.

Know thyself.

Know which side your bread is buttered.

Know which way the wind blows.

Know which way the wind is blowing.

Know your onions.

Know your stuff.
en] Know something well.

Knowing is half the battle.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge is the goal of mankind, and the only lasting and true happy source of existence.

Knuckle Down.

Knuckle under vs knuckle down.

Knuckle under.

Kowtow to.

La dolce vita.

Labeled versus Labelled.
en] Confusing Words

Labor of Love.

Labor versus Labour.
en] Confusing Words

Labour of love.


Ladder versus Latter.
en] Confusing Words


Ladies first.

Ladies' room.

Lager frenzy.

Laid out in lavender.

Laid out versus Layed out.
en] Confusing Words

La-la land.

Lamb to the slaughter.

Lame duck.


Larger Than Life.

Lark about.

Lasagna versus Lasagne.
en] Confusing Words

Last but not least.
en] The last thing or person mentioned is no less important than what was mentioned earlier.

Last straw.

Late bloomer.
en] To describe someone who develops later than normal.

Lath versus Lathe.
en] Confusing Words

Latin Phrases.

Latitude versus Longitude.
en] Confusing Words

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Laugh like a drain.


Laughter is the Best Medicine.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Laurels - rest on one's.

Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.

Lay it on with a trowel.

Layout versus Lay out.
en] Confusing Words

Lead by example.

Lead versus Lede.
en] Confusing Words

Lead-pipe cinch.

Leant versus Leaned.
en] Confusing Words

Leap of Faith.

Leap out of the frying pan into the fire.

Leapt versus Leaped.
en] Confusing Words

Learn the ropes and know the ropes.

Learn the ropes.
en] Learn about something so you are comfortable with it.

Learn to walk before you run.

Learned versus Learnt.
en] Confusing Words

Least said sooner mended.

Least said, soonest mended.

Leave a bad taste in your mouth.
en] Create a bad feeling about something.

Leave no stone unturned.
en] Do everything you can to achieve your goal.

Leave Someone in the Lurch.

Leave well enough alone.

Leave with the one that brought ya.

Leave with the one that brung you.

Leave with the one what brought you.

Leave with the one what brung you.

Leave with the one who brought you.

Leave with the one who brung you.

Leaves of three, let it be.

Led versus Lead.
en] Confusing Words

Leery versus Leary.
en] Confusing Words

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

Left in the Lurch.

Left to My Own Devices.

Left, right, and center.
en] Everywhere.

Leftover versus Left over.
en] Confusing Words

Legend in one's own lifetime.

Lend an Ear.

Lend me your ear.

Lend thy horse for a long journey, thou mayest have him return with his skin.

Lens versus Lense.
en] Confusing Words

Lent versus Lended.
en] Confusing Words

Less is more.

Lessee versus Lessor.
en] Confusing Words

Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Let all your joys faith and blessings, be to thyself and before God in praise and thanksgiving.

Let bygones be bygones.
en] To stop focusing on negative things that have happened in the past.

Let every cuckold wear his own horns.

Let every pedler carry his own burden.

Let George do it.

Let Her Rip.

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Jesus Christ

Let no womans painting breed thy stomachs fainting.

Let not poor Nelly starve.

Let not the sun go down on your wrath.

Let off steam.
en] Release anger and frustration.

Let One's Hair Down.

Let or hindrance.

Let sleeping dogs lie.
en] To leave things as they are.

Let somebody off the hook.
en] Let someone go free instead of holding him or her responsible for something bad.

Let someone off the hook.

Let the buyer beware.

Let the cat out of the bag.
en] Tell a secret so other people find out too early.

Let the chips fall where they may.
en] Let something happen, no matter what happens next.

Let the cobbler stick to his last.

Let the dead bury the dead.

Let the dust settle.
en] Allow a situation to become calm or normal again after something exciting or unusual has happened.

Let the Genie Out of the Bottle.

Let the punishment fit the crime.

Let the worst come to the worst.

Let them all go to Jericho,
And ne'er be seen againe.

Let them eat cake.

Let there be light.

Let well alone.

Let your freak flag fly.
en] Let others see your uniqueness.

Let your hair down.

Let your letter stay for the post, not the post for the letter.

Let's rewind.

Let's roll.

Lets versus Let's.
en] Confusing Words

Letter of the Law.

Level playing field and level the playing field.

Level playing field.

Level the playing field.
en] To make things fair for everyone.

en] Someone who is reasonable and practical.

Lex dubia non obligat.

Licence versus License.
en] Confusing Words

Lick and a promise.

Lick honey with your little finger.

Lick into shape.

Lick One's Wounds.


Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Lie low.

Lie through your teeth.
en] Make outrageous false statements.

Lie versus Lye.
en] Confusing Words

Lier versus Liar.
en] Confusing Words

Lies, damned lies and statistics.

Life begins at forty.

Life imitates art.

Life imitates chess.
Garry Kasparov

Life in the 1500s.

Life is A Bowl of Cherries.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Life is half spent e're we know what it is.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

Life is not all beer and skittles.

Life is not given merely to exist, but to cultivate and enjoy the work of thy hands, and accomplish life's highest purpose.

Life is short.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Life is too short to drink bad wine

Life is too short.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Life is what you do while you're waiting to die.

Life is what you make it.

Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be.

Life is work, and everything you do is so much more experience. Sometimes you work for wages, sometimes not, but what does anybody make but a living? And whatever you have you must either use or lose.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Life of Riley.

Life without a friend is death with a witness.

Life's a bitch and then you die.

Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.

Life's not all beer and skittles.

Life's too short.

Lifes versus Lives.
en] Confusing Words

Lifetime versus Life time.
en] Confusing Words

Light a Fire Under Someone.

Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Lighted versus Lit.
en] Confusing Words

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Thing Twice.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Lightning versus Lightening.
en] Confusing Words

Likable versus Likeable.
en] Confusing Words

Like a bull in a china shop.

Like a chicken with its head cut off.

Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store.

Like a Moth to a Flame.

Like author like book.

Like being savaged by a dead sheep.

Like Billy-o.

Like Chalk and Cheese.

Like clockwork and as regular as clockwork.

Like cures like.

Like father, like son.

Like gangbusters.

Like It or Lump It.

Like mother, like daughter.

Like riding a bicycle.

Like shooting fish in a barrel.
en] Extremely easy.

Like Shooting.

Like Taking Candy from a Baby.

Like taking candy from a baby.
en] Very easy to achieve.

Like The Cat That Got The Cream.

Like the clappers.

Like the Dickens.

Like to like, and Nan for Nicholas.

Like two peas in a pod.

Like Water Off a Duck's Back.

Like White on Rice.


Linchpin versus Lynchpin.
en] Confusing Words

Link farm.

Link rot.

Lion's Den.

Lions led by donkeys.

Lion's Share.

Lip Service.

Liquor someone up.

Liquor versus Liqueur.
en] Confusing Words

Lite versus Light.
en] Confusing Words

Literally versus Figuratively.
en] Confusing Words

Litmus test.

Little Black Book.

Little by little and bit by bit.

Little devil!

Little dogs start the hare, but the great ones catch it.

Little fish in a big pond.

Little pitchers have big ears.

Little pitchers have long ears.

Little sticks kindle the fire, but great ones put it out.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Little things please little minds.

Little to no or little to none.

Live and learn.

Live and let live.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Live for today for tomorrow never comes.

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