Practicality Sayings and Quotes

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

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.      

Benjamin Franklin

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.      

Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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


Don't wish your life away.      


Easy come, easy go.      


Even in Mecca, people make money.      

Hausa (West African (on balance and moderation)

Every dog is allowed one bite.      

V.S. Lean

First food, then religion.      

Afghan (on practicality)

First things first.      

G. Jackson

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.      

Benjamin Franklin

He who hesitates is lost.      

Joseph Addison

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

Many hands make light work.      

John Heywood

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.      

Benjamin Franklin

Pick your battles.