proverbs and their explanation
Absence make the heart grow fonder: People often feel more affectionate toward each other when they are apart.
Actions speak louder than words: People’s actions are more convincing than their words are.
After the feast comes the reckoning: People must always pay the price of their excesses.
All that glitters is not gold: Some things aren’t as valuable as they appear to be.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away: Eating an apple everyday helps a person stay healthy.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Children take after their parents.
Bad news travel fast: Reports of problems and misfortune spread quickly.
Barking dogs seldom bite: People who threaten others usually don’t hurt them.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: What seems ordinary or ugly to one person might seem beautiful to another.
Beggars can’t be choosers: When a person has nothing, he or she must accept whatever help is offered.
The best things in life are free: The things that give a person the most happiness don’t cost anything.
Better a live coward than a dead hero: It’s better to run from a life-threatening situation than to fight and risk being killed.
Better late than never: It’s better to do something late than not to do it at all.
Better safe than sorry: It’s better to choose a safe course of action than a risky one that could lead to regrets.
The bigger they are the harder they fall: The more important someone is, the more severe are the consequences of his failure.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: Something you already have is better than something you might get.
Birds of a feather flock together: People of the same type seem to gather together.
Blood is thicker than water: Members of the same family share stronger ties with each other than they do with others.
Charity begins at home: One should take care of one’s own family, friends or fellow citizens before helping other people.
Clothes don’t make the man: A person shouldn’t be judged by the clothes he wears.
Curiosity killed the cat: It is dangerous to be curious.
Do as I say not as I do: Follow my advice but don’t follow my example.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew: Don’t assume more responsibility than you can handle; don’t be overconfident
Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched: Don’t plan on the successful results of something until those results actually occur.
Don’t cry over spilt milk: Don’t grieve about having done something that can’t be undone.
Don’t judge a book by its cover: Don’t form an opinion about something based on appearance alone.
Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked in his boots: Don’t criticize a person until you’ve tried to do the things he does.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth: Don’t complain about something that is given to you.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Don’t risk losing everything at once.
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today: Don’t unnecessarily postpone doing something.
Don’t put the cart in front of the horse: Don’t do things in the wrong order.
Familiarity breeds contempt: When you know people well you will discover their weaknesses and you may come to scorn them.
The first step is always the hardest: The most difficult part of accomplishing something is getting started.
A fool and his money are soon parted: A foolish person quickly spends his money onworthless things.
Forewarned is forearmed: Being warned about something before it happens allows aperson to prepare for it.
A friend in need is a friend indeed: A true friend will help you in time of trouble.
A friend who shares is a friend who cares: A true friend unselfishly shares what she has.
Good things come in small packages: Small containers can hold objects of great value.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence: Another place or situation always appears to be better than your own.
Haste makes waste: When one hurries too much, one is likely to do a poor job and have to waste time doing it over.
He who hesitates is lost: A person who doesn’t behave decisively is unlikely to succeed.
He who laughs last, laughs best: The person who succeeds in making the last move has the most fun.
Hindsight is better than foresight: People see and understand things more clearly after they’ve happened than before they’ve happened.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again: Persevere until you reach your goal.
If you can’t beat them join them: If you can’t defeat your opponents, join forces with them.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen: If you can’t tolerate the pressures of a particular situation, remove yourself from that situation.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Trying to be someone is the most genuine way of praising that person.
It never rains but it pours: Good and bad things tend to happen in groups.
It takes two to tango: When two people work as a team, they are both responsible for
the team’s successes and failures.
Leave well enough alone: Don’t try to improve something that is already satisfactory.
A leopard can’t change its spots: A person can’t change his or her basic character
once it’s formed.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place: The same misfortune won’t happen twice to the same person.
Look before you leap: Consider all aspects of a situation before you take any action.
Love is blind: One sees no faults in the person one loves.
Love makes the world go round: When people show respect and consideration for one another, the world is a better place.
Make hay while the sun shines: Take advantage of an opportunity to do something.
Man doesn’t live by bread alone: People’s psychological needs as well as their physical
needs must be satisfied if they are to live.
A man is known by the company he keeps: A person is believed to be like the people with whom he or she spends time.
Might makes right: The stronger of two opponents will always control the situation.
Misery loves company: Unhappy people often get satisfaction from having others share their misery.
A miss is as god as a mile: Losing by a narrow margin is no different than losing by a large margin.
Money doesn’t grow on trees: Money isn’t easily obtained.
Necessity is the mother of invention: Most inventions are created to solve a problem.
No news is good news: If one doesn’t hear the outcome of a situation, that outcome must be positive.
No pain, no gain: Nothing can be accomplished without effort.
Nothing hurts like the truth: It is painful to discover an unpleasant truth about oneself.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained: You can’t achieve anything if you don’t try.
Old habits die hard: It is very difficult to change an established pattern of behavior.
One good turn deserves another: A favor should be repaid with another favor.
One man’s gravy is another man’s poison: What is pleasing to one person may not be pleased to another.
One swallow doesn’t a summer make: One piece of evidence is not enough to prove something.
The pen is mightier than the sword: The written word is more powerful than physical force.
Possession is nine-tenth of the law: the person who possesses something has the strongest claim to owning it.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating: The only way to judge something is to try it.
Rome wasn’t built in a day: Important things don’t happen overnight.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak: A person’s body isn’t always as strong as his mind.
The squeaking wheel gets the oil: Those who complain the loudest get the most attention.
Strike while the iron is hot: Act at the best possible time.
There is no honor among thieves: One dishonest person can’t trust another.
There is more than one way to skin a cat: There are many ways to achieve a goal.
There’s no fool like an old fool: A foolish act seems even more foolish when performed by an older person, who should have a lot of wisdom.
There’s no place like home: A person is happiest with his family and friends.
Too many chiefs, not enough Indians: Too many people are giving orders, and not enough people are following orders.
Too many cooks spoil the broth: Too many people trying to take care of something can ruin it.
Two heads are better than one: Two people working together can solve a problem quicker and better than a person working alone.
Two’s company, but three is crowd: Couples often enjoy their privacy and dislike having a third person around.
Variety is the spice of life: Differences and changes make life enjoyable.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach: The way to gain a man’s love is by preparing food that he enjoys.
When in Rome, do as Romans do: When traveling, follow the customs of the local people.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play: Some people will misbehave when they aren’t being watched.
Where there is smoke, there is fire: When there is evidence of a problem, there probably is a problem.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink: You can propose a course of action to someone, but you can’t force that person to accept it.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too: You can’t enjoy the advantages of two conflicting activities at once.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks: Elderly people can’t change their behavior or learn anything new.
You have to take the good with the bad: You must accept disappointment along with success.
You reap what you sow: The amount of effort you put into something determines how much get out of it.
You are never too old to learn: A person can learn at any age.
proverbs and their explanation