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Explanation / Meaning When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more. Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable. What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do. When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given. People are undistinguished until they have made a name. Appearances can be deceptive. Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do. Things that are done in love or war can often be excused. There is a solution to everything even though there are doubts. As time goes by, grief subsides little by little.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Accidents will happen. Actions speak louder than words. Advice is cheap. Advice is least heeded when most needed. Advisers run no risks. All cats are grey in the dark. All that glitters is not gold. All days are short to Industry and long to Idleness. All is fair in love and war All's well that ends well All things grow with time - except grief. All things are difficult before they are easy. 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. Eating an apple every day can help to keep you healthy. Other interpretation : A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems. When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear. An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes. When you work you avoid temptation.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.*
An empty purse frightens away friends.
An Englishman's home is his castle. An idle brain is the devil's workshop. An onion a day keeps everyone away.*
It is easier to prevent something from happening than An ounce of prevention is worth a pound to repair the damage or of cure. cure the disease later. April showers bring May flowers.
there's a better chance that it will be done well. Describes something that will be helpful to all. they gain neither friends nor possessions. 3 years to stray. A cat has nine lives. The strength of a group depends on each individual member. Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily. A bird in hand is worth two in a bush. A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time. A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted. A rising tide lifts all boats. A man is known by the company he keeps. by moving often. 2) Three lives = 3 years to play. Someone who helps you when you are in trouble. A man can die but once. a wet April and a cool May fill barn and cellar and bring much hay. 1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury. Another interpretation is that. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. A broken friendship may be soldered but Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never will never be be as strong as before. A leopard cannot change its spots. A dry March. A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things. A burden of one's own choice is not felt. sound. A friend in need is a friend indeed. A good beginning makes a good end. A man is as old as he feels himself to be. Confession is the beginning of forgiveness. A loaded wagon makes no noise. A rotten apple spoils the barrel. A fault confessed is half redressed. A friend to all is a friend to none.A bad tree does not yield good apples. It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant. 3 years to stay. If a task is carefully planned. It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something better. A foolish person usually spends money carelessly. You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about. Really wealthy don't talk about money. . Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special. A bad workman blames his tools. Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill. If a person keeps moving from place to place. A burnt child dreads the fire. one avoids being tied down! A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad A rolling stone gathers no moss. A good conscience is a soft pillow. A loveless life is a living death.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know Better late than never. B Bad news travels fast. Be swift to hear. People of the same sort are usually found together. Beauty is only skin deep. A tree is known by its fruit. Wisdom is the beauty of men. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. rather than continue and risk losing everything. even if it's late. A person's background or education will eventually Better be alone than in bad company. illness etc. Better lose the saddle than the horse. A person's character is more important than their appearance. Beauty is the wisdom of women. One good event does not mean that everything is alright. Better flatter a fool than fight him. an old beggar. It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage. It's better to stop and accept a small loss. A swallow does not make the summer. A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly. . than change and risk dealing with somebody worse. to prevent it from getting worse. than not do it at all. It's better to do something. Listen carefully before speaking. A stumble may prevent a fall. Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people. It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar. Better untaught than ill-taught Birds of a feather flock together. A stitch in time saves nine. Blood is thicker than water Blood will out.) very quickly. slow to speak. Different people have different tastes. People tend to circulate bad news (accidents. Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with.influence on a group. Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one. A young idler. Overcoming adversity leads to competence. It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.
The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy. F Facts speak louder than words. Clothes don't make the man. Every path has its puddle. Don't dig your grave with your own knife Don't do something yourself which causes your own downfall. . People from the same background have the same behaviour. wealthy and wise. Progress is rarely without difficulty. Don't judge by appearances. Easier said than done. Dogs of the same street bark alike. Don't count your chickens before they're You must not be too confident that something will be successful. Don't judge a book by its cover. frost soon. What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Hard work brings rewards.show. frost may form. Clear moon. When you work you avoid temptation. Constant occupation prevents temptation. C Charity begins at home. Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than those of the body. Empty vessels make the most noise. rather than by what they say. E Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. Diligence is the mother of good fortune. and fork. Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view. Appearances can be deceiving. Everything in the garden is rosy. When you are separated from the person you love. Experience is the father of wisdom. Everything is satisfactory. D Dead men tell no tales Diamond cuts diamond. your feelings are even stronger. Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning. Children and fools tell the truth. hatched. Don't bark if you can't bite. Every man is the architect of his own fortune. People show what they are really like by what they do. If the atmosphere is clear. A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal. A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family. Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.
He who plays with fire gets burnt. Home is where the heart is. You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice. H Half a loaf is better than none. Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid G Give someone enough rope and they will Give someone enough time and freedom and they will hang get into trouble. You call home the place where the people you love are. you are likely to have problems. Don't express your joy. If something is done too quickly. your life will become difficult . The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent If you behave in a risky way. Health is better than wealth. Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them. it may be done carelessly and need to be redone. You should be grateful for something. . One should learn from one's mistakes. If a camel gets his nose in a tent. even if it's not as much as you wanted. You have many friends when you have no difficulties. doubts nothing.Failure teaches success. too soon! A well-done job takes time. Good management is better than good income. his body will follow. He who pays the piper calls the tune. He laughs best who laughs last. Familiarity breeds contempt Fool me once. False friends are worse than open enemies.some people are never satisfied. or your triumph. He who knows nothing. Large successful operations can begin in a small way. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Friendship is love with understanding. Honey catches more flies than vinegar. Give someone a little and they will want more . Give someone an inch and they will take a mile. shame on you. Haste makes waste. I In times of prosperity friends are plentiful. shame on me. Great minds think alike. themselves. God helps those who help themselves. Great oaks grow from little acorns. If you let something intrusive enter your life. fool me twice. Good and quickly seldom meet.
If in February there be no rain. it's better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it.L . Kindness begets kindness. An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the . be a friend. The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved. If you start something. It never rains but it pours. If you want a friend. Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success. You help me and I'll help you. Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied. you won't succeed in doing either of them. K Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age. If you chase two rabbits. It takes all sorts to make a world. Alphabetical list of proverbs . you will not catch either one. In for a penny. Ignorance is bliss. Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. in for a pound. If you are kind to people. Education is something you keep forever. you will avoid 100 days of sorrow. It is always darkest before the dawn It's no use crying over spilt milk. 'tis neither good for hay nor grain. Liars need good memories. In the land of the blind. the one-eyed man is king. and this is a good thing. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. If you try to do two things at the same time. Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness. Let bygones be bygones. If you are patient in one moment of anger. Let's forgive and forget past quarrels. People vary in character and abilities.Z with an explanation where necessary Proverb L Explanation / Meaning Learn to walk before you run. Misfortunes usually come in large numbers. Lightning never strikes in the same Don't rush into doing something until you know how to do it. they will be kind to you. Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
like son. we would hear of it. Consider possible consequences before taking action. What you have today is better than what is promised or hoped for. 'One of these days' remains vague. You should be helpful to someone who helps you. you might as well commit the greater offence. If you get married too quickly. Love is blind. Never give up. One today is worth two tomorrow. If the news was bad. Man is the head of the family. The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it. as (for) a lamb Money begets money. nothing gained. Necessity is the mother of invention. M woman is the neck that turns the head. same circumstances. Man proposes. Sharing work makes work easier. . Nobody is perfect. No news is good news. After an unpleasant experience. You cannot expect to achieve anything if you don't take risks. repent at leisure. O Once bitten. A son's character can be expected to resemble his father's. God disposes. you may spend all your life regretting it. Loose lips sink ships. Nothing ventured. people are careful to avoid something similar.place twice Like father. Money is the root of all evil. twice shy. we can assume that all is well. One of these days is none of these days. Disclosing important information ( to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large losses. No man is an island. We all need other people. Our destiny depends on God's will. Money is the main cause of wrongdoing and problems. One man's meat is another man's poison Only real friends will tell you when People don't always like the same things. women make homes. be done today Never say die. Since we have heard nothing. Marry in haste. Men make houses. N If you have money you can make more money. Never put off till tomorrow what can Don't postpone something you can do now. A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves. Look before you leap. Only a real friend will tell you the truth. Might as well be hanged for a sheep If the penalty is going to be the same. Many hands make light work. One good turn deserves another.
Practise what you preach Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money. One should not criticize others for faults similar to one's own. If you don't punish a child when he does wrong. A stitch in time saves nine Feeling very comfortable. Short reckonings make long friends. Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it. Do yourself what you advise others to do. pound foolish. Don't be too self-confident or proud. Don't miss opportunities that come along. Friends can be more dangerous than enemies. Saying is one thing. but cruel words will not. It takes a long time to do a job properly. People don't always do what they announce. Debts paid quickly encourage friendship. Snug as a bug in a rug. P Penny wise. but not careful about spending large amounts of money. doing is another. Prevention is better than cure Pride comes before a fall. because if you don't. Out of sight. It's better to deal with a problem in its early stages. We tend to forget people who are absent. Physical attacks may harm me. Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind. There is satisfaction in returning an injury. S Save me from my friends. you will spoil his character. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Procrastination is the thief of time Put all your eggs in one basket R Revenge is sweet.your face is dirty. Spare the rod and spoil the child Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me Still waters run deep. You should not expect to do it quickly. A quiet person can have much knowledge or wisdom. Delaying an action for too long is a waste of time. out of mind. it will get worse. Risk everything by relying on one plan (by putting all one's money in one business). Opportunity seldom knocks twice. . something may happen to make you look foolish. Practice makes perfect. Rome was not built in a day. It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested. The more haste. Time has wings. T Tall oaks grow from little acorns. The tongue wounds more than a lance. often get into or make trouble. It is human nature to make mistakes. or are idle. A older person is expected to behave more sensibly. There is no fool like an old fool. The devil looks after his own. The more you have. If too many people are involved in something. Time is valuable and should not be wasted. the less speed. To err is human. There is safety in numbers Time and tide wait for no man. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol. you should do it as soon as you can. The best advice is found on the pillow. The end justifies the means. The wish is father to the thought. Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's tooth. It is wrong to harm someone because they have harmed . The early bird catches the worm. Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries. Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident. Words and communication have greater effect than war and fighting.Stolen fruit is the sweetest. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Too many cooks spoil the broth. People who have no work. Children resemble their parents. After a good night's sleep we may find an answer to our problem. Time is money. Success comes to those who deserve it least . Great things may come from small beginnings. Truth is stranger than fiction. Two wrongs don't make a right Events in real life are sometimes stranger than in fiction. the more you want. The truth is in the wine. you must actually do it. it will not be done properly. Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good. A decision has been made and it's impossible to change it. You think that something is true because you want it to be so. No one can delay the passing of time. A person makes more progress if they do things less quickly. Time goes by quickly. It's not enough to intend to do something. to forgive divine What is forbidden is the most tempting. The devil makes work for idle hands The die is cast. If you want to do something successfully. The pen is mightier than the sword The proof of the pudding is in the eating. therefore one should forgive. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Virtue is its own reward. People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol. What the eye doesn't see. V Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting. You help me and I'll help you. What a man says drunk. Waste not. the mice play.you. W Walls have ears. or the person in authority. People misbehave when their boss. Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event (ironic). Possible interpretation: an easily influenced person can be mislead. . you will have it when you need it. If a person doesn't know about something. You should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way. do as the Romans do. it cannot hurt them. A person with determination will find a way of doing something. Wisdom is better than strength. and behave in the same way. When the cat's away. is absent. When in Rome. Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves. What soberness conceals. there's a way. Be careful. People could be listening. Where there's life there's hope. the heart doesn't grieve over. Variety is the spice of life. You should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting. If you never waste anything. Wonders will never cease! You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Where there's a will. drunkenness reveals. he thinks sober. want not. People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.
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