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Proverb with Meaning

Proverb with Meaning

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E

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Easier said than done. What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it.
Easy come, easy go. Money obtained without difficulty is easily spent or lost.
Elbow grease is the best polish. Hard work gives the best results.
Empty vessels make the most noise. The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.
Every ass likes to hear himself bray. People like to listen to themselves talking.
Every cloud has a silver lining There is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation.
Every man for himself. You must think of your own interests before the interests of others.
Every man has his price. Everyone’s loyalty can be bought for a price.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune. Life is what you make it.
Every path has its puddle. Progress is rarely without difficulty.
Every rose has its thorn. Every good thing has an unpleasant side.
Every why has a wherefore. There is an explanation for everything.
Everything in the garden is rosy. Everything is satisfactory.
Experience is the father of wisdom. Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.

F

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Facts speak louder than words. People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
they say.
Familiarity breeds contempt Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them.
Fine words butter no parsnips. No amount of talking can replace action.
First come, first served. The first person in the line will be attended to first.
First things first. You should start with the most important duties or concerns.
Fool me once, shame on you;
fool me twice, shame on me.
One should learn from one’s mistakes.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid

G

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade. Nothing is achieved without effort.
Give someone an inch and they will take a
mile (or yard).
Give someone a little and they will want more – some people are never satisfied.
Give someone enough rope and they will hang
themselves.
Give someone enough time and freedom and they will get into trouble.
Good accounting makes good friends. You will keep your friends if you avoid disputes over money.
Good and quickly seldom meet. A well-done job takes time.
Great minds think alike. Said when you express the same opinion as another person at the same time.
Great oaks grow from little acorns. Large successful operations can begin in a small way.
Grief divided is made lighter If you share your grief it is easier to bear.

H

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Half a loaf is better than none. You should be grateful for something, even if it’s not as much as you wanted.
Haste makes waste. If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.
Hatred is a blind as love. A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates.
He can who believes he can. If you believe you can do something, you will be able to do it.
He has enough who is content. A happy person needs nothing more.
He who hesitates is lost. If you delay your decision too long, you may miss a good opportunity.
He who is everywhere is nowhere. It’s not good to do too many things at the same time.
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing. Knowledge leads us to make choices.
He who pays the piper calls the tune. The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent
He who plays with fire gets burnt. If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems.
He who wills the end wills the means. If you are determined to do something you will find a way.
He laughs best who laughs last. Don’t express your joy, or your triumph, too soon!
Health is better than wealth. It’s better to be in good health than to be rich.
Home is where the heart is. You call home the place where the people you love are.
Honesty is the best policy. It’s always better to be honest.
Honey catches more flies than vinegar. You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.
However long the night, the dawn will break Bad things don’t last forever.
Hunger is a good sauce. All food tastes good when you are hungry.

I

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

In times of prosperity friends are plentiful. You have many friends when you have no difficulties.
If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will
follow.
If you let something intrusive enter your life, your life will become difficult .
If life deals you lemons, make lemonade. You should make the best of a bad situation.
If in February there be no rain, ’tis neither good
for hay nor grain.
Plants and crops will grow badly if there is no rain in early spring.
If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.
Avoid regrets by taking time to think before speaking or acting angrily.
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either
one.
If you try to do two things at the same time, you won’t succeed in doing either of them.
If two ride a horse, one must ride behind. When two people do something together, one will be the leader
and the other will be the subordinate.
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. Wishing alone is of no use; you must act as well.
Ignorance is bliss. Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness.
In for a penny, in for a pound. If you start something, it’s better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. A man of even limited ability has an advantage over a person who is less able.
It never rains but it pours. Misfortunes usually come in large numbers.
It is always darkest before the dawn The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved.
It’s no use crying over spilt milk. Don’t express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied.
It takes all sorts to make a world. People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing.

J

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Justice delayed is justice denied. If the law is applied too late, there is no justice.

 

K

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age. What you learn when you are young will be invaluable when you grow old.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge makes it possible for you to act.
Kill one to warn a hundred. Warn many by punishing a few.
Kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success.
Kindness begets kindness. If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you.

L

Proverb

Meaning/Explanation

Learn to walk before you run. Don’t rush into doing something until you know how to do it.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. Education is something you keep forever.
Least said soonest mended. The more discreet you are, the less damage you  cause.
Let bygones be bygones. Let’s forgive and forget past quarrels.
Let not the sun go down on your wrath. Do not stay angry for more than one day.
Let the chips fall where they may. We should not try to control our destiny.
Let well alone Do not interfere with something that is functioning properly or a calm situation.
Liars need good memories. People who do not tell the truth must be careful to remember what they say.
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the same circumstances.
Like father, like son. A son’s character can be expected to resemble his father’s.
Little strokes fell great oaks. If you divide a task into small parts, it becomes easier to do.
Look before you leap. Consider possible consequences before taking action.
Loose lips sink ships. Disclosing important information ( to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large losses.
Losers weepers, finders keepers. If you lose something you weep, if you find something you keep it.
Love is blind. A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves.

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