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"The best things in life are free.

" We don't have to pay for the things that are really valuable, like love, friendship and good health. "A stitch in time saves nine." Repair something as soon as it is damaged. That's a small repair job. If not, you will have a much bigger and more expensive repair job later. Do it now and you'll need one stitch. Do it later and you'll need 9 stitches! (Why nine and not eight or ten? Because "nine" rhymes, approximately, with "time".)
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stitch (noun) = a link made with thread in sewing in time = not late

"Still waters run deep." Some rivers have rough surfaces with waves. That's usually because the water is shallow and there are rocks near the surface. But deep rivers have no rocks near the surface and the water is smooth and still. "Still waters run deep" means that people who are calm and tranquil on the outside, often have a strong, "deep" personality.
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still (adjective) = calm, motionless deep (adjective) = going far down

"He teaches ill, who teaches all." The unusual structure of this proverb may make it difficult to understand. It becomes easier if we change the structure to "He who teaches all teaches ill." The word "ill" here means "badly". So it means that the teacher who teaches students everything, does not teach well. A good teacher lets students discover some things for themselves.

ill (adverb) = badly

"You can't take it with you when you die." When we die we leave everything on earth. We don't take anything with us. Even the richest people cannot take their money with them after death. This proverb reminds us that some material things are not really so valuable as we think. "Better untaught than ill taught." This proverb drops the verb "to be". But we understand: "It is better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly." It's better not to learn something than to learn it badly. This idea is echoed in Pope's famous line: "A little learning is a dang'rous thing;".
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taught = past participle of verb "teach" (here used in passive voice) ill taught = badly taught

"Don't cross your bridges before you come to them." Don't worry about problems before they arrive. "Soon learnt, soon forgotten."

Life's like that!  alas = bad luck." Everybody will revolt if driven too far." There is a limit to everything. over time "One tongue is enough for a woman. alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone. And it is only a single straw that breaks its back . and repent at leisure.    in haste = quickly repent (verb) = feel sorry. regrettable "Where there's a will there's a way.Something that is easy to learn is easy to forget.   straw (noun) = dried stalk of grain (like dry piece of grass) camel (noun) = large long-necked animal used for riding and carrying goods in the desert "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  way (noun) = path. we can always find the path or method to do it.the last straw. without thinking carefully." . alas for the egg!" Life just isn't fair. the simplest of animals. route "If the stone fall upon the egg." Many women have won a man's love by cooking delicious meals for him.   worm (noun) = small thin animal with soft body and no bones or legs turn (verb) = revolt. And we will have plenty of time to be sorry. We can load the camel with lots of straw. way (noun) = path.   will (noun) = strong determination. Even a worm." If we get married quickly. we may be sorry later. will revolt and hit back at some stage. but finally it will be too much and the camel's back will break. The stone will always break the egg. "Even a worm will turn. They fed his stomach and found love in his heart. This can be applied to many things in life. Even the lowest of people. and this realistic Arabic proverb recognizes that. will defend itself. regret at leisure = slowly. or animals. People often say "That's the last straw!" when they will not accept any more of something. pity. desire. tough. method "Marry in haste. fight back "It was the last straw that broke the camel's back." If we have the determination to do something.

" "Bad news" means news about "bad" things like accidents." And that's true. not only books. But "good news" (passing an exam. If they already talk too much." This proverb suggests that we should not interfere in other people's business. People tend to tell this type of news quickly. death. not a young one.  tongue (noun) = large. but it doesn't rain." We need to read a book to know if it's good or bad. Sometimes there are many clouds in the sky." If we are waiting for news about someone." This is like the proverb "Bad news travels fast. consult an old man. One tongue is sufficient. go to for advice or information "The best advice is found on the pillow." If we have a problem. ask an old person. winning some money." . We should live our own lives and let others live their lives. they don't need another tongue."   advice (noun) = recommendation as to what to do pillow (noun) = cushion that you rest your head on while you sleep "All clouds bring not rain. desire advice (noun) = recommendation as to what to do consult (verb) = ask. it's probably good if we hear nothing because "bad news" would arrive quickly. movable fleshy part in the mouth that we use for talking and tasting "If you wish good advice. The title of the famous James Bond story Live and Let Die was a play on this proverb. "Birds of a feather flock together. This proverb is another way of saying that women talk too much. we may find the answer after a good night's sleep. illness etc." We can rephrase this: "Not every cloud brings rain.Some people think that women talk too much. If you want to have good advice or recommendations. This proverb is applied to everything.    wish (verb) = want. "Bad news travels fast. "You can't tell a book by its cover. Sometimes it's the same with problems. or what we think are problems." Old people have a lot of experience. We cannot know what it's like just by looking at the front or back cover. "Live and let live. People also often say: "I'll sleep on it. getting a job etc) travels more slowly. "No news is good news.

A friend who helps when one is in trouble is a real friend."Birds of a feather" means "birds of the same type". you mean that avoiding a dangerous or unpleasant situation is sometimes the most sensible thing to do. Those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not do much work.   feather (noun) = part of the soft. A person who does not get what he wants or needs is a frustrated person and will be easily provoked to rage. The whole proverb means that people of the same type or sort stay together.". They don't mix with people of another type.. light covering of a bird's body flock (verb) = gather in a crowd "Tell me who you go with and I'll tell you who you are." Similar to "Birds of a feather. Discretion is the better part of valor If you say discretion is the better part of valor.it is only when he thinks and feels that he is ageing that he actually becomes old. One who has nothing to do will be tempted to do many mischievous acts. A hungry man is an angry man Empty vessels make the most noise A man is as old as he feels Great talkers are little doers An idle brain is the devil's workshop An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit . A person's age is immaterial . When a person really wants to do something. The first in line will be attended to first. It is better to be careful and discrete than to be clever. this proverb suggests that like minds stick together. he will find a way of doing it. Those people who have a little knowledge usually talk the most and make the greatest fuss. first served A friend in need is a friend indeed To choose between two equally bad alternatives in a serious dilemma. Between the devil and the deep sea Where there's a will there's a way A burnt child dreads fire First come. A bad experience or a horrifying incident may scar one's attitude or thinking for a lifetime..

an informal expression.Faint heart never won fair lady To succeed in life one must have the courage to pursue what he wants. Something that one already has is better than going after something seemingly more worthwhile that one may not be able to get. One will either enjoy or suffer the consequences of his earlier actions or inactions. Those who make loud threats seldom carry them out. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush Birds of a feather flock together Call a spade a spade Charity begins at home Dead men tell no lies A great talker is a great liar Every cloud has a silver lining If you say that every cloud has a silver lining. 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. you mean that they speak frankly and directly. one who is always changing his mind will never get anything done.) A smooth and persuasive talker may be a good liar. often about embarrassing or unpleasant subjects. People of the same sort of character or belief always go together. or good a little late is still better than not doing it at all. so you shall reap Barking dogs seldom bite Better late than never To do something that is right. A penny saved is a penny gained 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 . ( often used as an argument for killing someone whose knowledge of a secret may cause one loss or get into serious trouble. As you sow. By being thrifty one will be able to save up. profitable. you mean that every sad or unpleasant situation has a positive side to . If you say that someone calls a spade a spade.

few can do better Any time means no time Fair exchange is no robbery Fire is a good servant but a bad master . One should not risk everything he has in a single venture.it. will serve man well only when it is controlled and used wisely. Fire. If you talk about silver lining you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or unpleasant situation. It is easier to find fault in other people's actions or methods than to do it properly or correctly. When an event is not decided on or planned earlier it will never take place. but do not live to eat Don't put all your eggs in one basket Every dog has its day Everyone will get a period of success or satisfaction during his lifetime. Man was created for a divine purpose and he has a destiny with his Creator . after a deal is closed neither side can turn around and say that he was unfairly treated. Eat to live. A contract is fair as long as both the parties understand and agree to the conditions willingly. like any other manmade tool or device. Every one can find fault.he was not born just to enjoy food. All that glitters is not gold Do not be deceived by things or offers that appear to be attractive.