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مُساهمةموضوع: proverbs ** part1   الأحد مايو 03, 2009 6:18 pm

Alphabetical list of English proverbs " A - K"
with an explanation where necessary

Proverb & Explanation / Meaning


1) Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more

2) Accidents will happen.
Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable

3) Actions speak louder than words.
What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do

4) Advice is cheap

5) Advice is least heeded when most needed.
When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given

6) Advisers run no risks

7) All cats are grey in the dark.
People are undistinguished until they have made a name

Cool All good things come to those who wait.
Patience brings rewards

9) All that glitters is not gold.
Appearances can be deceptive

10) All days are short to Industry and long to Idleness.
Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do

11) All is fair in love and war
Things that are done in love or war can often be excused

12) All's well that ends well
There is a solution to everything even though there are doubts

13) All that glitters is not gold.
What look good on the outside may not be so in reality

14) All things grow with time - except grief.
As time goes by, grief subsides little by little
All things are difficult before they are easy

15) All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation. It is not good to work all
the time

16) An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Eating an apple every day can help to keep you healthy
* Other interpretation : A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems

17) An empty purse frightens away friends.
When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear

18) An Englishman's home is his castle.
An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy
and can do as he wishes

19) An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
When you work you avoid temptation

20) An onion a day keeps everyone away

21) An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or
cure the disease later

22) Anger is the one thing made better by delay.
When you are angry, it is best not to speak or act immediately

23) Any time means no time.
If the date of an event remains vague, it will never happen

24) April showers bring May flowers

25) A bad tree does not yield good apples

26) A bad workman blames his tools.
Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill

27) A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something better

28) A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be
Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before

29) A burden of one's own choice is not felt.
Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily

30) A burnt child dreads the fire.
A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things

31) A cat has nine lives.
Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury

32) A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
The strength of a group depends on each individual member

33) A change is as good as a rest

34) A fault confessed is half redressed.
Confession is the beginning of forgiveness

35) A flower blooms more than once.
If you miss an occasion, you can avail of it at another time

36) A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted.
A foolish person usually spends money carelessly

37) A fool at forty is a fool forever.
If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will

38) A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Someone who helps you when you are in trouble

39) A friend to all is a friend to none.
Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special

40) A good example is the best sermon.
Giving an example is better than giving advice

41) A good beginning makes a good end.
If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be done well

42) A good conscience is a soft pillow.
You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about

43) A leopard cannot change its spots.
It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant

44) A loaded wagon makes no noise.

45) Really wealthy don't talk about money

46) A loveless life is a living death

47) A man can die but once

48) A man is as old as he feels himself to be

49) A man is known by the company he keeps.
A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend
their time

50) A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath

51) A new broom sweeps clean.
A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically

52) A rising tide lifts all boats.
Describes something that will be helpful to all

53) A rolling stone gathers no moss.
If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor

54) A rotten apple spoils the barrel.
A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group

55) A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
Overcoming adversity leads to competence

56) A stitch in time saves nine.
It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage, to prevent it from getting

57) A stumble may prevent a fall.
Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one

58) A swallow does not make the summer.
One good event does not mean that everything is alright

59) A tree is known by its fruit.
A man is judged by his actions

60) A watched pot never boils
If you wait anxiously for something, it seems to take a long time

61) A young idler, an old beggar.
If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old

62) After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile

63) As you sow, so shall you reap
You have to accept the consequences of your actions


1) Bad news travels fast.
People tend to circulate bad news (accidents, illness etc.) very quickly

2) Beauty is only skin deep.
A person's character is more important than their appearance

3) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Different people havedifferent tastes

4) Beauty is the wisdom of women.
Wisdom is the
beauty of men

5) Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
Listen carefully before speaking

6) Better be alone than in bad company.
Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with

7) Better flatter a fool than fight him.
It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people

Cool Better the devil you know than the devil you don't
know It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
with somebody worse

9) Better late than never.
It's better to do something, even if it's late, than not do it at all

10) Better lose the saddle than the horse.
It's better to stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing

11) Better untaught than ill-taught
It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly

12) Birds of a feather flock together.
People of the same sort are usually found together

13) Blood is thicker than water
Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people

14) Blood will out.
A person's background or education will eventually show


1) Charity begins at home.
A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family

2) Children and fools tell the truth

3) Cleanliness is next to godliness.
A clean body is just as important as a pure soul

4) Clear moon, frost soon.
If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form

5) Clothes don't make the man.
Appearances can be deceiving

6) Constant occupation prevents temptation.
When you work you avoid temptation


1) Dead men tell no tales
A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal

2) Diamond cuts diamond.
Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning

3) Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Hard work brings rewards

4) Discretion is the better part of valour
It is useless to take unnecessary risks

5) Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than
those of the body

6) Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger

7) Dogs of the same street bark alike.
People from the same background have the same behaviour

Cool Don't bark if you can't bite.
Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view

9) Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
You must not be too confident that something will be successful

10) Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
Don't do something yourself which causes your own downfall

11) Don't judge a book by its cover.
Don't judge by appearances


1) Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy
wealthy and wise

2) Easier said than done.
What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it

3) Elbow grease is the best polish.
Hard work gives the best results

4) Empty vessels make the most noise.
The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy

5) Every ass likes to hear himself bray.
People like to listen to themselves talking

6) Every cloud has a silver lining
There is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation

7) Every man for himself.
You must think of your own interests before the interests of others

Cool Every man has his price.
Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price

9) Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Life is what you make it

10) Every path has its puddle.
Progress is rarely without difficulty

11) Every why has a wherefore.
There is an explanation for everything

12) Everything in the garden is rosy.
verything is satisfactory

13) Experience is the father of wisdom.
Experience and knowledge result in better judgement


14) Facts speak louder than words.
People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
they say

15) Failure teaches success

16) False friends are worse than open enemies

17) Familiarity breeds contempt
Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them

18) Fine words butter no parsnips.
No amount of talking can replace action

19) First come, first served.
The first person in the line will be attended to first

20) Fool me once, shame on you
fool me twice, shame on me.
One should learn from one's mistakes

21) Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid

22) Friendship is love with understanding


1) Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.
Nothing is achieved without effort

2) Give someone an inch and they will take a mile.
Give someone a little and they will want more - some people are never satisfied

3) Give someone enough rope and they will hang
Give someone enough time and freedom and they will get into trouble

4) God helps those who help themselves

5) Good and quickly seldom meet.
A well-done job takes time

6) Good management is better than good income

7) Great minds think alike

Cool Great oaks grow from little acorns.
Large successful operations can begin in a small way

9) Grief divided is made lighter


1) Half a loaf is better than none.
You should be grateful for something, even if it's not as much as you wanted

2) Hard words break no bones

3) Haste makes waste.
If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone

4) Hatred is a blind as love.
A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates
5) He has enough who is content

6) He who hesitates is lost.
If you delay your decision too long, you may miss a good opportunity

7) He who is everywhere is nowhere.
It's not good to do too many things at the same time

Cool He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.
Knowledge leads us to make choices

9) He who pays the piper calls the tune.
The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent

10) He who plays with fire gets burnt.
If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems

11) He who wills the end wills the means.
If you are determined to do something you will find a way

12) He laughs best who laughs last.
Don't express your joy, or your triumph, too soon

13) Health is better than wealth

14) Home is where the heart is.
You call home the place where the people you love are
Honesty is the best policy

15) Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice

16) However long the night, the dawn will break
Bad things don't last forever


1) In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.
You have many friends when you have no difficulties

2) If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will
If you let something intrusive enter your life, your life will become difficult

3) If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good
for hay nor grain

4) If you are patient in one moment of anger
you will avoid 100 days of sorrow

5)If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either
) If you try to do two things at the same time, you won't succeed in doing either of them

6) If you want a friend, be a friend

7) If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
Wishing alone is of no use; you must act as well

Cool Ignorance is bliss.
Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness

9) 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

10) In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

11) It never rains but it pours.
Misfortunes usually come in large numbers

12) It is always darkest before the dawn
The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved

13) It's no use crying over spilt milk.
Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied

14) It takes all sorts to make a world.
People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing


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


1) Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age

2) Knowledge is power

3) Kill one to warn a hundred.
Warn many by punishing a few

4) Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success

5) Kindness begets kindness.
If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you

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