50 Additional proverbs to improve on your written and spoken English
A change is as good as a rest! Therefore, contrary to our normal habit of receiving motivational articles, I still bring to you today an educational article. I am a Cameroonian and my first language is French but I keep on improving on my English daily. Recently I came across more 50 English proverbs and their meaning which help me to enrich my written and spoken English. Permit me share them with you.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune! You can construct varied and better sentences by these 50 English proverbs that I have discovered for you.
The proverbs are in bold print while their meanings follow immediately
1. Better late than never.= It’s better to do something, even if it’s late, than not do it at all
2. Better lose the saddle than the horse.= It’s better to stop and accept a small loss than continue and risk losing everything.
3. Better safe than sorry.= It’s better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later.
4. Better be untaught than ill-taught.= It’s better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.
5. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.= Don’t trust your enemies.
6. (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 else.
7. Birds of a feather flock together.= People of the same sort are usually found together.
8. Blood is thicker than water.= Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people.
9. Blood will out.= A person’s background or education will eventually show.
10. (A) broken friendship may be soldered but it will never be sound.= Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.
11. (A) burden of one’s own choice is not felt.= Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.
12. (A) burnt child dreads the fire. =A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.
13. (A) cat has nine lives. =1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury. 2) Nine lives 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.
14. (A) chain is no stronger than its weakest link.= The strength of a group depends on each individual member.
15. (A) change is as good as a rest.= A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.
16. Charity begins at home. =A person’s first duty is to help and care for his own family.
17. Children and fools tell the truth.= Neither children nor fools know that it is sometimes advantageous to lie.
18. Cleanliness is next to godliness. =A clean body is just as important as a pure soul.
19. Clear moon, frost soon.= If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form.
20. Clothes don’t make the man.= Appearances can be deceiving.
21. Constant occupation prevents temptation.= When you are busy working, you avoid temptation.
22. Dead men tell no lies. =A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal.
23. Diamonds cut diamonds.= Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.
24. Diligence is the mother of good fortune.= Hard work brings rewards.
25. Discretion is the better part of valour.= It is useless to take unnecessary risks.
26. Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than those of the body.= Thought to refer to mental and emotional disorder or spiritual torment as opposed to bodily pain.
27. Distance makes the heart grow fonder.= When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.
28. Dogs of the same street bark alike.= People of the same background have the same behaviour.
29. Don’t bark if you can’t bite.= Don’t complain if you can’t enforce your point of view.
30. Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.= You must not be too confident that something will be successful.
31. Don’t dig your grave with our own knife and fork.= Don’t do something yourself that causes your own downfall.
32. Don’t judge a book by its cover. =Don’t judge by appearances.
33. (A) dry March, a wet April and a cool May may fill barn and cellar and bring much hay. =Harvest predictions according to the weather.
34. Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.= It is much better for you to go to bed early and to get up early in the morning.
35. Easier said than done. =What is suggested sounds easy, but it is more difficult to actually do it.
36. Elbow grease is the best polish.= Hard work gives the best results.
37. Empty vessels make the most noise.= The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.
38. (An) empty purse frightens away friends. =When one’s financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.
39. (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.
40. Every ass likes to hear himself bray.= People like to listen to themselves talking.
41. Every cloud has a silver lining.= There is a positive or hopeful side to every situation.
42. Every man for himself.= You must think of your own interests before the interests of others.
43. Every man has his price.= Everyone’s loyalty can be bought for a price.
44. Every man is the architect of his own fortune.= Life is what you make it.
45. Every path has its puddle.= Progress is rarely without difficulty.
46. Every rose has its thorn.= Every good thing has an unpleasant side.
47. Every why has a wherefore.= There is an explanation for everything.
48. Everything in the garden is rosy.= Everything is satisfactory.
49. Experience is the father of wisdom.= Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.
50. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.= It is preferable to have something sure now than the possibility of something better later.
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