English Proverbs with their meanings

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English Proverbs with their meanings

مُساهمة من طرف zedlord في السبت 16 يناير 2010 - 11:57






Proverbs







Actions speak louder than words



Children usually learn more from the
examples set by their elders than from what they are told ; a person's
character is judged by the thing she does and not by what he says; actions
give evidence or proof of.




Fortune knocks once at every man's door


Everyone gets at least one good opportunity in his lifetime; everyone
has the opportunity to be successful in life.




Give the devil his due



Be just
and fair-minded , even to the one who does not deserve much or who is
unfriendly or unfair; we should punish a person according to his
wrongdoings.




God helps those who help themselves


God only helps those people who work hard and make an honest effort.





It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good


A bad or evil occurrence.




Great minds think alike


Wise
people will normally think and behave alike in certain situations.




Habit is second
nature


An act
done repeatedly and often enough will sooner or later become a habit or
second nature.




He laughs best who laughs last


A person who does his best is the one who will get the greatest satisfaction
in the end.




Never do things by halves



One
should not do an incomplete or imperfect job - certain tasks must not be
left half done; they must be done away with immediately.




Great haste makes great waste


If
one does things hastily he will make a lot of mistakes - he will need to
spend a lot of time correcting those mistakes later.




It's never too late to mend


It is
never too late to correct one's mistakes or faults.




It's no use crying over spilt milk



It is pointless to feel remorseful over a thing lost that can never be
found or a mistake done that can never be corrected or rectified.




Still waters run deep


One who is
usually silent and goes about his business quietly may be a very wise
person.




Jack of all trades and master of none


Is a person who can do almost anything, but he rarely excels in any of
them.




Let bygones by bygones


One should
consider forgiving one's and forget all the bad deeds done by others.





Let not the pot call the kettle black



A person who has a fault should not point out the same fault in another;
do not criticize another person as you may have the same weakness.




Let sleeping dogs lie


One should
preferably avoid discussing issues that are likely to create trouble.




No news is good news


When there
is no news, it is likely that everything is all right.




Look before you leap


Avoid acting
hastily, without considering the possible consequences.




Necessity is the mother of invention



When a person is in great need of something, he will find a way of
getting it.




Honesty is the best policy


Being
honest is believed to be the best route to take.





One man's meat is another man's poison


No two persons are alike -
every one has his own preferences, likes and dislikes.




Once bitten twice shy


If a person
has been tricked once he will more be careful and alert the next time.




Like father, like son, like mother, like
daughter




( used to describe a child's
behavior when he or she acts like the
father or mother )




Practice makes perfect


It is
believed that if one practices a certain skill often, he will excel in it




Prevention is better than cure


It
is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem after it
has arisen.

Rome was not built in a day


Any
great plan or big dream cannot be achieved overnight or easily.





Robbing Peter to pay Paul


( this
is quoted when one takes another loan to pay off an earlier loan ) taking
from one to give another.




Spare the rod and spoil the child


A child who is not punished and showed the error of his ways will become
unruly.




Speech is silver, silence is golden


Talk may be beneficial, but sometimes acquiescence may be the best option
to take.




It takes two to make a quarrel


Both parties in a quarrel should share the blame or take responsibility
for it; no one can start a quarrel all by himself.




Strike while the iron is hot


Seize a good opportunity as quickly as possible.




There's no smoke without fire


Rumors do not spread unless there is
some element of truth in them.





Time and tide wait for no one


Time is precious, once it
is past no one can go back and claim it thus everyone should be mindful of how his
time is spent.




To err is human, to forgive divine



It is only normal for man to make
mistakes and do wrong, but for one to forgive another for his wrong is
indeed great and gracious act.




What's done can't be undone



In life there are some things once done
or decisions once made cannot be changed; malicious words once uttered or
harmful actions once done cannot be taken back.




Two heads are better than one


It is always better to get the view of
another than to rely entirely on one's own judgment.




When in Rome do as the Romans do


When one is in a new place, country
or situation he must adapt himself to the new manners and customs.




When the cat is away the mice will play


When law enforcers are not present, certain public members will take the opportunity
to break the law



Absence makes the heart grow fonder

One usually desires another more when he or she is far away.





















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