English Proverbs with their meanings

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English Proverbs with their meanings

مُساهمة من طرف zedlord في السبت 16 يناير 2010 - 11:52





Proverbs






Between the devil and the deep sea


To choose between two equally bad alternatives in a serious dilemma.





Where there's a will there's a way



When a person really wants to do
something, he will find a way of doing it.




A burnt child dreads fire


A bad experience or a horrifying incident
may scar one's attitude or thinking for a lifetime.




First come, first served


The
first in line will be attended to first.




A friend in need is a friend indeed


A friend who helps when one is in
trouble is a real friend.





Discretion is the better part of valor




If
you say discretion is the better part of valor, you mean that avoiding a
dangerous or unpleasant situation is sometimes the most sensible thing to
do.




A hungry man is an angry man


A person who does not get what he wants
or needs is a frustrated person and will be easily provoked to rage.





Empty vessels make the most noise



Those people who have a little knowledge usually talk
the most and make the greatest fuss.




A man is as old as he feels


A person's age is immaterial - it is only
when he thinks and feels that he is ageing that he actually becomes old.




Great talkers are little doers


Those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not
do much work.




An idle brain is the
devil's workshop



One who has nothing to do will
be tempted to do many mischievous acts.




An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit


It is better to be
careful and discrete than to be clever.




Faint heart never won fair lady


To succeed in life one must have the
courage to pursue what he wants.





A penny saved is a penny gained



By being thrifty one will be able to
save up.




A rolling stone gathers no moss



A person who never settles in one
place or who often changes his job will not succeed in life ; one who is
always changing his mind will never get anything done.




As you sow, so you shall reap


One will either enjoy or suffer the
consequences of his earlier actions or inactions.




Barking dogs seldom bite


Those who make loud threats seldom carry
them out.




Better late than never


To do something that is right, profitable, or
good a little late is still better than not doing it at all.




A bird in hand is worth two in the bush



Something that one already
has is better than going after something seemingly more worthwhile that
one may not be able to get.





Birds of a feather flock together



People of the same sort of
character or belief always go together.




Call a spade a spade



If you say
that someone calls a spade a spade, you mean that they speak frankly and
directly, often about embarrassing or unpleasant subjects; an informal
expression.




Charity begins at home


A person's first obligation should be to help
the member of his own family before he can begin thinking of talking
about helping others.




Dead men tell no lies



( often used as an argument for killing someone
whose knowledge of a secret may cause one loss or get into serious
trouble.)




A great talker is a great liar


A smooth and persuasive talker may be
a good liar.




Every cloud has a silver lining



If
you say that every cloud has a silver lining, you mean that every sad or
unpleasant situation has a positive side to it. If you talk about silver
lining you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or
unpleasant situation.





All that glitters is not gold



Do not be deceived by things or
offers that appear to be attractive.




Eat to live, but do not live to eat


Man was created for a divine purpose and he has a destiny with his Creator
- he was not born just to enjoy food.




Don't put all your eggs in one basket


One should not risk everything he has in a single venture.




Every dog has its day


Everyone will get a period of success or satisfaction during
his lifetime.




Every one can find fault, few can do better


It is easier to
find fault in other people's actions or methods than to do it properly or
correctly.




Any time means no time


When an event is not decided on or planned
earlier it will never take place.





Fair exchange is no robbery



A contract is fair as long as both the parties understand and agree to the
conditions willingly; after a deal is closed neither side can turn around
and say that he was unfairly treated.




Fire is a good servant but a bad master


Fire, like any other manmade tool or device, will serve man well only when
it is controlled and used wisely.















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