New England Proverbs

New England Proverbs

Growing up in New England, proverbs were frequently thrown at me. Most related to weather, foretelling conditions for the near future, whether it be later in the day or the following morning. There were many others and I believe they weren’t exclusive to the region. But as a New Englander, proverbs ran rampant. The Old Farmer’s Almanac was a source of some of the proverbs, and a bible for a peek at the coming winter weather. My parents ensured a copy available for consultation at any time.

New England States

The following are a few insightful proverbs:

New England Proverbs


  • Evening red and morning gray sends the traveler on his way. Evening gray and morning red, stays the traveler home in bed.
  • Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
  • If you wet your feet with dew in the morning, you may keep them dry for the rest of the day.
  • When the bubbles of coffee collect in the center of the cup, expect fair weather. When they adhere to the cup, forming a ring, expect rain. If the bubbles separate without assuming a fixed position, expect changing weather.
  • You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you don’t have to give it a chair.
  • The world is your cow. But you have to do the milking.
  • Take off you flannels before May , and you’ll have doctors bills to pay.
  • The quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.

New England Winter


Now you’re prepared.


This topic inspired by the following passage in The Field Trip:

The pit-pattering sounds of rain reached Ross’ ears as he emerged from a restless sleep. His eyes opened slowly to the dimly lit tent, reinforcing his initial impression of it being a dismal day. Although he would have enjoyed the recuperative aspects of a day spent lounging lazily in the dry nylon shelter, such a waste of time was not consistent with his goals. A fine mist speckled his face when he poked his head into the early morning air. “So much for cute Vermont weather verses,” he muttered.

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