To understand a language proverbs is a way to understand its speakers
Starting with A
|Absence makes the heart grow fonder.||When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more.|
|Accidents will happen.||Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable.|
|Actions speak louder than words.||What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do.|
|Advice is cheap.||It doesn't cost anything to offer advice.|
|Advice is least heeded when most needed.||When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.|
|Advisers run no risks.||It's easier to give advice than to act.|
|All cats are grey in the dark.||People are undistinguished until they have made a name.|
|All good things come to those who wait.||Patience brings rewards.|
|All that glitters is not gold.||Appearances can be deceptive.|
|All days are short to Industry and long to Idleness.||Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do.|
|All is fair in love and war||Things that are done in love or war can often be excused.|
|All's well that ends well||There is a solution to everything even though there are doubts.|
|All that glitters is not gold.||What look good on the outside may not be so in reality.|
|All things grow with time - except grief.||As time goes by, grief subsides little by little.|
|All things are difficult before they are easy.||With practice things become easier.|
|All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.|| Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation. It is not good to work all |
|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.
|An empty purse frightens away friends.|| |
When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.
|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.
|An idle brain is the devil's workshop.||When you work you avoid temptation.|
|An onion a day keeps everyone away.*||*A humoristic version of "an apple a day..."|
|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.
|Anger is the one thing made better by delay.||When you are angry, it is best not to speak or act immediately.|
|Any time means no time.||If the date of an event remains vague, it will never happen.|
|April showers bring May flowers.||Something bad or unpleasant today may bring good things in the future.|
|A bad tree does not yield good apples.||A bad parent does not raise good children.|
|A bad workman blames his tools.||Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.|
|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.|
| A broken friendship may be soldered but will |
never be sound.
|Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.|
|A burden of one's own choice is not felt.||Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.|
|A burnt child dreads the fire.||A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.|
|A cat has nine lives.|| 1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury. |
2) Three lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.
|A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.||The strength of a group depends on each individual member.|
|A change is as good as a rest.||A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.|
| A dry March, a wet April and a cool May |
fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
|Harvest predictions according to the weather.|
|A fault confessed is half redressed.||Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.|
|A flower blooms more than once.||If you miss an occasion, you can avail of it at another time.|
|A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted.||A foolish person usually spends money carelessly.|
|A fool at forty is a fool forever.||If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will.|
|A friend in need is a friend indeed.||Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.|
|A friend to all is a friend to none.||Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.|
|A friend's eye is a good mirror.||A real friend will tell you the truth.|
|A good example is the best sermon.||Giving an example is better than giving advice.|
|A good beginning makes a good end.|| |
If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be done well.
|A good conscience is a soft pillow.||You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about.|
|A guilty conscience needs no accuser.|
|A leopard cannot change its spots.||It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.|
|A loaded wagon makes no noise.||Really wealthy don't talk about money.|
|A loveless life is a living death.|
|A man can die but once.|
|A man is as old as he feels himself to be.|
|A man is known by the company he keeps.|| A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend |
|A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.||No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath.|
|A new broom sweeps clean.||A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically.|
|A problem shared is a problem halved.||It will be easier to deal with a problem if you discuss it with someone.|
|A rising tide lifts all boats.||Describes something that will be helpful to all.|
|A rolling stone gathers no moss.|| If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor |
Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!
|A rotten apple spoils the barrel.||A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.|
|A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.||Overcoming adversity leads to competence.|
|A stitch in time saves nine.|| It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage, to prevent it from getting |
|A stumble may prevent a fall.||Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.|
|A swallow does not make the summer.||One good event does not mean that everything is alright.|
|A tree is known by its fruit.||A man is judged by his actions.|
|A watched pot never boils||If you wait anxiously for something, it seems to take a long time.|
|A young idler, an old beggar.||If you don't work, you won't have any money when you're old.|
|After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.||Today 'dinner' is usually called 'lunch', and 'supper' more often called 'dinner'.|
|As you sow, so shall you reap||You have to accept the consequences of your actions.|
|Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.||There are subjects I'd rather not discuss.|
|B||Bad news travels fast.|| |
People tend to circulate bad news (accidents, illness etc.) very quickly.
|Beauty is only skin deep.|| |
A person's character is more important than their appearance.
|Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.|| |
Different people have different tastes.
| Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the |
beauty of men.
|Be swift to hear, slow to speak.|| |
Listen carefully before speaking.
|Better be alone than in bad company.|| |
Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with.
|Better be the head of a dog then the tail of a lion.|| |
It's better to be the leader of a small group than a subordinate in a bigger one.
|Better flatter a fool than fight him.|| |
It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.
| Better the devil you know than the devil you |
It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
with somebody worse.
|Better late than never.|| |
It's better to do something, even if it's late, than not do it at all.
|Better lose the saddle than the horse.|| |
It's better to stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing
|Better safe than sorry||It's better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later.|
|Better untaught than ill-taught||It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.|
|Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.||Don't trust your enemies.|
|Birds of a feather flock together.|| |
People of the same sort are usually found together.
|Blood is thicker than water||Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people.|
|Blood will out.||A person's background or education will eventually show.|
|C||Charity begins at home.||A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family.|
|Children and fools tell the truth.|
|Cleanliness is next to godliness.||A clean body is just as important as a pure soul.|
|Clear moon, frost soon.||If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form.|
|Clothes don't make the man.||Appearances can be deceiving.|
|Constant occupation prevents temptation.||When you work you avoid temptation.|
|Dead men tell no tales|| A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be |
preferable to conceal.
|Diamond cuts diamond.||Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.|
|Diligence is the mother of good fortune.||Hard work brings rewards.|
|Discretion is the better part of valour||It is useless to take unnecessary risks.|
| Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than |
those of the body.
|Distance makes the heart grow fonder.||When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.|
|Dogs of the same street bark alike.|| |
People from the same background have the same behaviour.
|Don't bark if you can't bite.||Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view.|
|Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.||You must not be too confident that something will be successful.|
|Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.||Don't do something yourself which causes your own downfall.|
|Don't judge a book by its cover.||Don't judge by appearances.|
| Early to bed and early to rise makes a man |
healthy, wealthy and wise.
|Easier said than done.||What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it.|
|Elbow grease is the best polish.||Hard work gives the best results.|
|Empty vessels make the most noise.||The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.|
|Every ass likes to hear himself bray.||People like to listen to themselves talking.|
|Every cloud has a silver lining||There is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation.|
|Every man for himself.||You must think of your own interests before the interests of others.|
|Every man has his price.||Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price.|
|Every man is the architect of his own fortune.||Life is what you make it.|
|Every path has its puddle.||Progress is rarely without difficulty.|
|Every rose has its thorn.||Every good thing has an unpleasant side.|
|Every why has a wherefore.||There is an explanation for everything.|
|Everything in the garden is rosy.||Everything is satisfactory.|
|Experience is the father of wisdom.|| |
Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.
|F||Facts speak louder than words.|| |
People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
|Failure teaches success.|
|False friends are worse than open enemies.|
|Familiarity breeds contempt||Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them.|
|Fine words butter no parsnips.||No amount of talking can replace action.|
|First come, first served.||The first person in the line will be attended to first.|
| Fool me once, shame on you; |
fool me twice, shame on me.
|One should learn from one's mistakes.|
|Fools rush in where angels fear to tread||Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid|
|Friendship is love with understanding.|
We have just started so we should go on, don't stop but fight for change with your brains and knowledge that you have, "a 100 mile way starts with a step" so this is my first step and I need a hand to keep it on.