Nail Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nail quotes, nail sayings, and nail proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A good nail does not fear being hammered.     

Rita Zahara

Drive the nail that will go.     

Danish Proverb

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.     

Abraham Maslow

A nail secures the horseshoe, the shoe the horse, the horse the man, the man the castle, and the castle the whole land.     

German Proverb

The nail that sticks out farthest gets hammered the hardest.     

Patrick Jones

The good nail will do its job regardless what kind of hammer comes its way and what kind of surface it sits on.     

Rita Zahara

It takes a heap of licks to strike a nail in the dark.     

American Proverb

Drive not a second nail till the first be clinched.     

German Proverb

Leave no nail unclenched.     

Italian Proverb

One stroke on the nail and a hundred on the horseshoe.     

Spanish Proverb

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.     

Japanese Proverb

Do not hang all on one nail.     

German Proverb

You could no more make an agreement with them than you could nail currant jelly to a wall...and the failure to nail currant jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly.     

Theodore Roosevelt