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What we want in hay we make up in straw.

What you do, do quickly.

What you give, is written in sand; what you take, with an iron hand.

What you have, hold.

What you lend to a friend, an enemy sues for.

What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.

What! keep a dog and bark myself?

What's of no use is too dear at a gift.

What's one man's meat's another man's poison.

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

What's sport to you is death to us. [Fable of Boys and Frogs.]

What's the good of a sun-dial in the shade?

What's the use of putting honey in an ass's mouth.

Whatever is given to the poor, is laid out of the reach of fortune.

Whatever is to be a hook, bends early.

Whatever is to be a nettle, burns early.

When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black.

When a man is down, everybody runs over him.

When a man is rich, he begins to save.

When a thing is done, make the best of it.

When blind leads the blind, both fall into the ditch.

When Christ was along, the devil tempted him.

When David grew old he sang pious psalms.

When fortune knocks, open the door.

When God says To-day, the devil says To-morrow.