Many proverbs have been absorbed into English having been known earlier in other languages. The list here is specifically of English proverbs and the dates given are those when the proverb first appeared in English.
No Proverbs Meaning1 A cat may look at a king An inferior isn't completely restricted in what they may do in the presence of a superior.
2 A chain is only as strong as its weakest link The proverb has a literal meaning, although the 'weakest link' referred to is figurative and usually applies to a person or technical feature rather than the link of an actual chain.3 A change is as good as a rest -
4 A drowning man will clutch at a straw Try any route to get out of a desperate situation, no matter how unlikely it is to succeed.
5 A fish always rots from the head down When an organization or state fails, it is the leadership that is the root cause
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