Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

A skilful mechanic is a good pilgrim.Spanish.

A workman is known by his chips.

At the working man’s house hunger looks in but does not enter.Franklin.

Diligent work makes a skilful workman.

Handle your tools without mittens: remember the cat in gloves catches no mice.Franklin.

He is a bad workman who cannot talk of work.German.

He never wrought a good day’s work who went grumbling about it.

He who has money to throw away let him employ workmen and not stand by.Italian.

It is working that makes a workman.

Many workmen, little work.German.

Never pay your workmen beforehand.Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your house open.

Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.

The work praises the workman.German.

The workman is known by his work.French, Italian, Dutch.

The workman is worthy of his hire.Dutch.

They may know the workman by his work.Italian.

Workmen are easier found than masters. (More hands than heads.)German.

Would you a perfect workman find,
To an embroidery needle an iron pestle grind.Chinese.