Posted February 23, 2012on:
- 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.
- 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 the time.
- 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 their time.
- 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 possessions. 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 make your bed you must lie upon it. You should choose carefully the person you marry.
- 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.
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