proverbs

This article will help you strengthen your knowledge of proverbs.

ProverbsMeanings
A friend in need is a friend indeedA friend who helps when one is in trouble is a real friend.
All that glitters is not goldDon’t be deceived by things which look attractive.
A rolling stone gathers no mossA person who often changes his job or who never settles in one place will not succeed in life.
A stitch in time saves nineA small piece of work done now may save a lot of work later.
A bird in hands is worth two in the bushSomething that one already has is better than something that one may or may not be able to get.
Actions speak louder than wordsActions give evidence or prove of.
A miss is as good as a mileA narrow escape is the same in effect as an escape by a wide margin.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
A hungry man is an angry man
All’s well that ends well
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
A heavy purse makes a light heart
A fool and his money are soon parted
An empty bag will not stand upright
Any time means no time
Ask much to get little
A small leak will sink a great ship
As you sow, so you shall reap
As you make your bed so must you lie on itYou must accept the consequences of your acts.
Barking dogs seldom bite
Beggars must not be choosers
Half a loaf is better than no breadIt is better to take what one can get or is offered than to run the risk of having nothing.
Better late than never
Between the devil and the deep blue seaBetween two equally bad alternatives; in a dilemma.
Birds of a feather flock togetherPeople of the same sort or character go together.
Blood is thicker than waterThe ties of relationship are real.
Boys will be boys
Charity begins at homeA person’s first duty is to help the members of his own family.
Christmas comes but once a year
Cut your coat according to your clothLive within your income; don’t be too ambitious in your plans, etc.
Don’t count the chickens before they are hatchedDon’t be too hopeful of your chances of success, etc.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basketDon’t risk everything you have in a single venture.
Early to bed early to rise

Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Eat to live, but do not live to eat
Empty vessels make the most noise
Every cloud has a silver liningThere is something good in every evil.
Every dog has its day
Fair exchange is no robbery
Familiarity breeds contemptWhen we know something or someone very well, we may lose respect, fear, etc.
Fire is a good servant but bad master
First come, first served
God helps those who help themselves
Great mind thinks alike
He laughs best who laughs last
His bark is worse than his biteHe is bad-tempered but not dangerous.
Honesty is the best policy
If the cap fits, wear it
It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good
It is never too late to mend
It’s no use crying over spilt milkIt’s no use feeling sorry for a thing lost and can never be found or a mistake already made and can never be corrected.
It is never rain but it poursThings do not come singly but in numbers.
It takes two to make a quarrel
Jack of all trades and master of noneJack of all trades = a person who can turn his hand to anything.
Laugh and grow fat
Let bygones be bygonesForgive and forget the past.
Let not the pot call the kettle blackOne who has a fault should not point out the same fault in another person.
Let sleeping dogs lieAvoid discussing problems that are likely to cause trouble.
Like father, like son. Like mother, like daughter
Listeners hear no good of themselves
Little boys should be seen and not heard
Look before you leapAvoid acting hastily, without considering the possible consequences.
Make hay while the sun shinesMake the earliest use of one’s opportunities
Many hands make light work
More haste, less speedThe more you hurry, the less real progress you are likely to make
Necessity is the mother of inventionWhen a person is in great need of something he finds a way of getting it.
Never cross the bridge until you come to it
Never do things by halvesby halves= imperfectly; incompletely
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today
New brooms sweep cleanNewly appointed officials work with great interest.
No news is good news
Once bitten twice shy
One good turn deserves anotherHelp, kind service, etc. should be repaid.
One’s man meat is another man’s poison
Out of sight, out of mind
Out of the frying pan into the fireFrom a bad situation to one that is worse.
Penny wise and pound foolishCareful in small matters and wasteful in large matters
Practice makes perfect
Prevention is better than cureIt is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem after it has arisen.
Pride goes before a fallA proud person soon falls into disgrace.
Robbing Peter to pay PaulTake from one to give to another.
Rome was not built in one dayGreat things are not achieved easily.
Set a thief to catch a thief
Silence gives consent
Slow and steady wins the race
Spare the rod and spoil the child
Speech is silver, silence is golden
Still waters run deepSaid of a person whose real feelings, ideas, etc., are not openly displayed.
Strike while the iron is hotSeize a good opportunity.
The early bird catches the worm
There are two sides to every question
There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lipSomething may easily go wrong before a plan is fully carried out.
There”s safety in numbers
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stonesThose who are themselves not free from blame should not find fault with others.
Time and tide wait for no man
To be born with a silver spoon in the mouthTo be born into a rich family.
To err is human; to forgive divine
To kill two birds with one stoneTo gain two ends at once.
To look for a needle in a haystackTo look for a small article among a mass of other things.
To put the cart before the horseDo or put things in the wrong order.
To turn over a new leafTo make a new and better start.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Two heads are better than one
Unity is strength
We never miss the water till the well runs dry
What’s done can be undone
When in Rome do as the Romans doWhen you are in a new place or country, you must adapt yourself to new manners and customs.
When the cat’s away the mice will play
Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise
Where there’s a will there’s a wayWhen a person really wants to do something, he will find a way of doing it.
Where there is smoke there is fire

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