Use proverbs to plot and trigger ideas

Something as simple and intriguing as browsing through a book of proverbs and quotations can start you off with some ideas.

Many well-known quotations and proverbs can make wonderful starting points for creating your characters. All of them refer to people and/or some aspect of human behaviour, thus giving instant reader-character identification.

Here are a few to start:

A bad penny always turns up
A barking dog never bites
A dog is a man’s best friend
A drowning man will clutch at a straw
A fool and his money are soon parted
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A good beginning makes a good ending
A good man is hard to find
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A house is not a home
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
A leopard cannot change its spots
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
A man is known by his friends
A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client
A new broom sweeps clean
A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
A penny saved is a penny earned
A picture paints a thousand words
A place for everything and everything in its place
A poor workman always blames his tools
A person is known by the company he keeps
A problem shared is a problem halved
A prophet is not recognized in his own land
A rising tide lifts all boats
A rolling stone gathers no moss

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