Proverb A proverb is most often a phrase or saying that gives advice in an obscure way. The phrase usually has an allegorical type of message behind that when first heard may seem a little odd. Usually a proverb is very well known because of its popular use in colloquial language. •Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. •It’s no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. •Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. •See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you’ll have all day. •‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.