Practicality Sayings and Quotes

Any water in the desert will do.
Arabic (on practicality)

Better to ask twice than to lose your way.
Danish (on practicality)

Beware of little expenses: a small leak will sink a great ship.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Buying on credit is robbing next year’s crop.
African American (on buying and selling)

By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest.
Ashanti (West African) (on persistence)

Do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Dogs bark but the caravan moves on.
Arab Proverb

Don’t burn your bridges behind you.

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Don’t look where you fell but where you slipped.
Liberian (on practicality)

Don’t plant a seed in the sea.
Swahili (East African) (on appropriateness)

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

Don’t wish your life away.

Easy come, easy go.
Chaucer (c.1343-1400)

Even in Mecca, people make money.
Hausa (West African (on balance and moderation)

Every dog is allowed one bite.
V.S. Lean (1902)

First food, then religion.
Afghan (on practicality)

First things first.
G. Jackson (1894)

Gather the breadfruit from the farthest branches first.
Samoan (on practicality)

He that pays for work before it’s done, has but a pennyworth for two pence.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He who hesitates is lost.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

If you don’t have a plan for yourself, you’ll be part of someone else’s.
American (on planning)

Light gains make heavy purses.
George Chapman (c.1559-1634)

Many hands make light work.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Necessity is the mother of invention.
Irish Proverb

One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade.
Chinese Proverb

One should learn to sail in all waters.
Italian (on the conduct of life)

One today is worth two tomorrows.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Pick your battles.

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
Francis Robelias

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.
Phillip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, (1694-1773)

The mouse that hath but one hole is taken quickly.
George Herbert (1593-1633)

Waste not, want not.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

When you see clouds gathering, prepare to catch rainwater.
African proverb Gola Tribe