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595 Portuguese Proverbs

Wind and fortune are not lasting.

Wipe your sore eye with your elbow.

Woman, wind, and luck soon change.

Women and glass are always in danger.

Women are supernumerary when present, and missed when absent.

Work done expects money.

Work expands so as to fill the time available.

Would you have me serve you, good king, give me the means of living.

Would you have potatoes grow by the pot-side?

Would you know your daughter? See her in company.

You can't make a good shaft of a pig's tail.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

You can't make horn of a pig's tail.

You have lent and not recovered; and if recovered, not so much; and if so much, not such; and if such, a mortal enemy.

You have many strings to your bow.

You may keep yourself safe from fire, but not from a bad man.

You need not find a shelter for an old ox.

You will not see many with green eyes.

Your wife and sheep early at home.

Your windmill dwindles into a nutcrack.