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Sabtu, 18 Desember 2010

peribahasa dalam bahasa inggris


"A friend in needs is a friend indeed."
artinya : Seorang teman dalam kebutuhan adalah teman sesungguhnya.
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
artinya : Penny (uang) yang dihemat adalah penny (uang) yang diperoleh.
"An apple a day keeps the doctors away."
artinya : Sebuah apel dalam satu hari akan membuatmu tetap sehat (menjauh dari dokter).
* Be what you want to be
                ** Jadilah apa yang kau inginkan
     
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. 
    Advice is least heeded when most needed.
When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.
   Advisers run no risks.
    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.


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.*


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.





A bad tree does not yield good apples.


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
Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.
sound.

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 dry March, a wet April and a cool May

fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.

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.

A friend to all is a friend to none.
Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.

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 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
worse.

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.


As you sow, so shall you reap
You have to accept the consequences of your actions.



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 flatter a fool than fight him.
It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't
It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
know
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
everything.

Better untaught than ill-taught
It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.

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.



D
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.



E
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 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
they say.

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;
One should learn from one's mistakes.
fool me twice, shame on me.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid

Friendship is love with understanding.




G
Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.
Nothing is achieved without effort.

Give someone an inch and they will take a mile.
Give someone a little and they will want more - some people are never satisfied.

Give someone enough rope and they will hang
Give someone enough time and freedom and they will get into trouble.
themselves.

God helps those who help themselves.


Good and quickly seldom meet.
A well-done job takes time.

Good management is better than good income.


Great minds think alike.


Great oaks grow from little acorns.
Large successful operations can begin in a small way.

Grief divided is made lighter




H
Half a loaf is better than none.
You should be grateful for something, even if it's not as much as you wanted.

Hard words break no bones.


Haste makes waste.
If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.

Hatred is a blind as love.
A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates.

He has enough who is content.


He who is everywhere is nowhere.
It's not good to do too many things at the same time.

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.
Knowledge leads us to make choices.

He who pays the piper calls the tune.
The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent

He who plays with fire gets burnt.
If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems.

He who wills the end wills the means.
If you are determined to do something you will find a way.

He laughs best who laughs last.
Don't express your joy, or your triumph, too soon!

Health is better than wealth.


Home is where the heart is.
You call home the place where the people you love are.

Honesty is the best policy.


Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.

However long the night, the dawn will break
Bad things don't last forever.



I
In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.
You have many friends when you have no difficulties.

If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will
If you let something intrusive enter your life, your life will become difficult .
follow.

If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good

for hay nor grain.

If you are patient in one moment of anger,

you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either
If you try to do two things at the same time, you won't succeed in doing either of them.
one.

If you want a friend, be a friend.


If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
Wishing alone is of no use; you must act as well.

Ignorance is bliss.
Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness.

In for a penny, in for a pound.
If you start something, it's better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.


It never rains but it pours.
Misfortunes usually come in large numbers.

It is always darkest before the dawn
The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.
Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied.

It takes all sorts to make a world.
People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing.



J
Justice delayed is justice denied.
If the law is applied too late, there is no justice.



K
Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.


Knowledge is power.


Kill one to warn a hundred.
Warn many by punishing a few.

Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success.

Kindness begets kindness.
If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you.



L
Laughter is the best medicine.


Learn to walk before you run.
Don't rush into doing something until you know how to do it.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner
Education is something you keep forever.
everywhere.

Least said soonest mended.
The more discreet you are, the less damage you cause.

Let bygones be bygones.
Let's forgive and forget past quarrels.

Liars need good memories.


Lightning never strikes in the same place twice
An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the same circumstances.

Like father, like son.
A son's character can be expected to resemble his father's.

Look before you leap.
Consider possible consequences before taking action.

Loose lips sink ships.
Disclosing important information ( to the enemy or a competitor) could result in large
losses.

Losers weepers, finders keepers.
If you lose something you weep, if you find something you keep it.

Love is blind.
A person in love does not see the faults of the person he/she loves.



M
Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
Manage to produce something good using poor material.

Man is the head of the family;

woman is the neck that turns the head.

Man proposes, God disposes.
Our destiny depends on God's will.

Manners make the man.
Possibly: a person's manners show their origins.

Many hands make light work.
Sharing work makes work easier.

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
If you get married too quickly, you may spend all your life regretting it.

Memory is the treasure of the mind.


Men make houses, women make homes.


Might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb
If the penalty is going to be the same, you might as well commit the greater offence.

Money begets money.
If you have money you can make more money.

Money doesn't grow on trees.
You shouldn't waste money because it is not plentiful.

Money is the root of all evil.
Money is the main cause of wrongdoing and problems.



N
Necessity is the mother of invention.
The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it.

Need teaches a plan.
Necessity will make you find a solution.

Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today
Don't postpone something you can do now.

Never say die.
Never give up.

Nobody is perfect.


No man can serve two masters.
It's impossible to follow instructions from two different sources.

No man is an island.
We all need other people.

No news is good news.
If the news was bad, we would hear of it. Since we have heard nothing,
we can assume that all is well.

No smoke without fire.
There could be some truth in the rumour...

No wind, no waves.
Similar to : 'no smoke without fire'.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You cannot expect to achieve anything if you don't take risks.



O
Once bitten, twice shy.
After an unpleasant experience, people are careful to avoid something similar.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.


One good turn deserves another.
You should be helpful to someone who helps you.

One of these days is none of these days.
'One of these days' remains vague.

One today is worth two tomorrow.
What you have today is better than what is promised or hoped for.

One man's meat is another man's poison
People don't always like the same things.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.
What is useless to one person could be valuable to another.

One swallow doesn't make a summer.
A single satisfactory event does not mean that all the others will be as good.

Only real friends will tell you when your face is
Only a real friend will tell you the truth.
dirty.

Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
Don't miss opportunities that come along.

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
Children often speak wisely.

Out of sight, out of mind.
We tend to forget people who are absent.



P
Penny wise, pound foolish.
Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but
not careful about spending large amounts of money.

People who live in glass houses should not throw
One should not criticize others for faults similar to one's own.
stones.

Practice makes perfect.
Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it.

Practise what you preach
Do yourself what you advise others to do.

Prevention is better than cure
It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the
disease later.

Pride comes before a fall.
Don't be too self-confident or proud; something may happen to make you look foolish.

Procrastination is the thief of time
Delaying an action for too long is a waste of time.

Put all your eggs in one basket
Risk everything by relying on one plan (by putting all one's money in one business).



R
Revenge is sweet.
There is satisfaction in returning an injury.

Rome was not built in a day.
It takes a long time to do a job properly. You should not expect to do it quickly.



S
Save me from my friends.
Friends can be more dangerous than enemies.

Saying is one thing, doing is another.
People don't always do what they announce.

Short reckonings make long friends.
Debts paid quickly encourage friendship.

Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.


Snug as a bug in a rug.
Feeling very comfortable.

Spare the rod and spoil the child
If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names
Physical attacks may harm me, but cruel words will not.
will never hurt me

Still waters run deep.
A quiet person can have much knowledge or wisdom.

A stitch in time saves nine
It's better to deal with a problem in its early stages, because if you don't, it will get
worse.

Stolen fruit is the sweetest.
What is forbidden is the most tempting.



T
Tall oaks grow from little acorns.
Great things may come from small beginnings.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Children resemble their parents.

The best advice is found on the pillow.
After a good night's sleep we may find an answer to our problem.

The devil looks after his own.
Success comes to those who deserve it least .

The devil makes work for idle hands
People who have no work, or are idle, often get into or make trouble.

The die is cast.
A decision has been made and it's impossible to change it.

The early bird catches the worm.
If you want to do something successfully, you should do it as soon as you can.

The end justifies the means.
Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.

The first step is the hardest.
The most difficult thing is to begin.

The more haste, the less speed.
A person makes more progress if they do things less quickly.

The more you have, the more you want.


The mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken.
If you depend on just one thing, and it fails you, you will have no alternatives.

The pen is mightier than the sword
Words and communication have greater effect than war and fighting.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It's not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.

The tongue wounds more than a lance.
Insults can be more hurtful than physical injuries.

The truth is in the wine.
People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Feed a man well and he will love you.

The wish is father to the thought.
You think that something is true because you want it to be so.

There is a black sheep in every flock.
There is always one who doesn't behave or perform like the others.

There is no fool like an old fool.
A older person is expected to behave more sensibly.

There is safety in numbers
Being in a crowd makes you feel more confident.

Time and tide wait for no man.
Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place.

Time has wings.
Time goes by quickly.

Time is money.
Time is valuable and should not be wasted.

To err is human, to forgive divine
It is human nature to make mistakes, therefore one should forgive.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
If too many people are involved in something, it will not be done properly.

(Humoristic version of above :

Too many clicks spoil the browse!)

Trust not a horse's heel nor a dog's tooth.


Truth is stranger than fiction.
Events in real life are sometimes stranger than in fiction.

Two wrongs don't make a right
It is wrong to harm someone because they have harmed you.



U
Union is strength.




V
Variety is the spice of life.
Doing a lot of different things makes life more interesting.

Virtue is its own reward.
You should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way.



W
Walls have ears.
Be careful. People could be listening.

Waste not, want not.
If you never waste anything, you will have it when you need it.

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve
If a person doesn't know about something, it cannot hurt them.
over.

What a man says drunk, he thinks sober.
People speak more freely under the influence of alcohol.

What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
People are less discreet under the influence of alcohol.

When the cat's away, the mice play.
People misbehave when their boss, or the person in authority, is absent.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
You should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting,
and behave in the same way.

When poverty come in the door, love goes out the

window.

Where there's life there's hope.


Where there's a will, there's a way.
A person with determination will find a way of doing something.

Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves.
Possible interpretation: an easily influenced person can be mislead.

Wisdom is better than strength.


Wonders will never cease!
Expresses surprise at an unexpected pleasure or event (ironic).

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Worrying over small details can make them seem worse.



Y
You are what you eat.


You are never too old to learn.


You never know what you can do until you try.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
You help me and I'll help you.






A cat may look at a king
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
A change is as good as a rest
A drowning man will clutch at a straw
A fish always rots from the head down
A fool and his money are soon parted
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A golden key can open any door
A good beginning makes a good ending
A good man is hard to find
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A house is not a home
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
A leopard cannot change its spots
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
A little learning is a dangerous thing
A little of what you fancy does you good
A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client
A miss is as good as a mile
A new broom sweeps clean
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse
A penny saved is a penny earned
A person is known by the company he keeps
A picture paints a thousand words
A place for everything and everything in its place
A poor workman always blames his tools
A problem shared is a problem halved
A prophet is not recognized in his own land
A rising tide lifts all boats
A rolling stone gathers no moss
A soft answer turneth away wrath
A stitch in time saves nine
A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
A trouble shared is a trouble halved
A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
A watched pot never boils
A woman's place is in the home
A woman's work is never done
A word to the wise is enough
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Accidents will happen (in the best-regulated families).
Actions speak louder than words
Adversity makes strange bedfellows
After a storm comes a calm
All good things come to he who waits
All good things must come to an end
All is grist that comes to the mill
All publicity is good publicity
All roads lead to Rome
All that glisters is not gold
All the world loves a lover
All things come to those who wait
All things must pass
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
All you need is love
All's fair in love and war
All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds
All's well that ends well
A miss is as good as a mile
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
An army marches on its stomach
An Englishman's home is his castle
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Another day, another dollar
Any port in a storm
April showers bring forth May flowers
As you make your bed, so you must lie upon it
As you sow so shall you reap
Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer
Ask no questions and hear no lies
Attack is the best form of defence
Bad money drives out good
Bad news travels fast
Barking dogs seldom bite
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is only skin deep
Beggars should not be choosers
Behind every great man there's a great woman
Better late than never
Better safe than sorry
Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts
Big fish eat little fish
Birds of a feather flock together
Blood is thicker than water
Boys will be boys
Brevity is the soul of wit
Business before pleasure
Caesar's wife must be above suspicion
Carpe diem (Pluck the day; Seize the day)
Charity begins at home
Cheats never prosper
Children should be seen and not heard
Cleanliness is next to godliness
Clothes make the man
Cold hands, warm heart
Comparisons are odious
Count your blessings
Cowards may die many times before their death
Crime doesn't pay
Cut your coat to suit your cloth
Dead men tell no tales
Devil take the hindmost
Discretion is the better part of valour
Distance lends enchantment to the view
Do as I say, not as I do
Do as you would be done by
Do unto others as you would have them do to you
Don't bite the hand that feeds you
Don't burn your bridges behind you
Don't cast your pearls before swine
Don't change horses in midstream
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
Don't keep a dog and bark yourself
Don't let the bastards grind you down
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Don't meet troubles half-way
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Don't put the cart before the horse
Don't put new wine into old bottles
Don't rock the boat
Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar
Don't throw pearls to swine
Don't teach your Grandma to suck eggs
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
Don't try to walk before you can crawl
Don't upset the apple-cart
Don't wash your dirty linen in public
Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
East is east, and west is west
East, west, home's best
Easy come, easy go
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
Empty vessels make the most noise
Enough is as good as a feast
Enough is enough
Even a worm will turn
Every cloud has a silver lining
Every dog has his day
Every Jack has his Jill
Every little helps
Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost
Every man has his price
Every picture tells a story
Every stick has two ends
Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
Everything comes to him who waits
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Faint heart never won fair lady
Fair exchange is no robbery
Faith will move mountains
Familiarity breeds contempt
Feed a cold and starve a fever
Fight fire with fire
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Fine words butter no parsnips
First come, first served
First impressions are the most lasting
First things first
Fish always stink from the head down
Fish and guests smell after three days
Flattery will get you nowhere
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost
Forewarned is forearmed
Forgive and forget
Fortune favours the brave
From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration
Give a dog a bad name and hang him
Give a man rope enough and he will hang himself
Give credit where credit is due
God helps those who help themselves
Good fences make good neighbours
Good talk saves the food
Good things come to those who wait
Great minds think alike
Half a loaf is better than no bread
Handsome is as handsome does
Hard cases make bad law
Hard work never did anyone any harm
Haste makes waste
He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing
He who can does, he who cannot, teaches
He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day
He who hesitates is lost
He who laughs last laughs longest
He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
He who pays the piper calls the tune
He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
History repeats itself
Home is where the heart is
Honesty is the best policy
Hope springs eternal
Horses for courses
If anything can go wrong, it will
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings
If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers
If life deals you lemons, make lemonade
If the cap fits, wear it
If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If you can't be good, be careful
If you can't beat em, join em
If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
Ignorance is bliss
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
In for a penny, in for a pound
In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
In the midst of life we are in death
Into every life a little rain must fall
It ain't over till the fat lady sings
It goes without saying
It is best to be on the safe side
It is better to give than to receive
It is easy to be wise after the event
It never rains but it pours
It takes a thief to catch a thief
It takes all sorts to make a world
It takes one to know one
It takes two to tango
It's all grist to the mill
It's an ill wind that blows no one any good
It's better to give than to receive
It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness
It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive
It's never too late
It's no use crying over spilt milk
It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted
It's the early bird that catches the worm
It's the empty can that makes the most noise
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
Jack of all trades, master of none
Judge not, that ye be not judged
Keep your chin up
Keep your powder dry
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone
Laughter is the best medicine
Least said, soonest mended
Less is more
Let bygones be bygones
Let not the sun go down on your wrath
Let sleeping dogs lie
Let the buyer beware
Let the dead bury the dead
Let the punishment fit the crime
Let well alone
Life begins at forty
Life is just a bowl of cherries
Life is what you make it
Life's not all beer and skittles
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
Like father, like son
Little pitchers have big ears
Little strokes fell great oaks
Little things please little minds
Live for today for tomorrow never comes
Look before you leap
Love is blind
Love makes the world go round
Love thy neighbour as thyself
Love will find a way
Make hay while the sun shines
Make love not war
Man does not live by bread alone
Manners maketh man
Many a little makes a mickle
Many a mickle makes a muckle
Many a true word is spoken in jest
Many hands make light work
March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb
March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers
Marriages are made in heaven
Marry in haste, repent at leisure
Might is right
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
Misery loves company
Moderation in all things
Monday's child is fair of face,
    Tuesday's child is full of grace,
    Wednesday's child is full of woe,
    Thursday's child has far to go,
    Friday's child is loving and giving,
    Saturday's child works hard for its living,
    And a child that's born on the Sabbath day
    Is fair and wise and good and gay.
Money doesn't grow on trees
Money is the root of all evil
Money isn't everything
Money makes the world go round
Money talks
More haste, less speed
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
Nature abhors a vacuum
Necessity is the mother of invention
Needs must when the devil drives
Ne'er cast a clout till May be out
Never give a sucker an even break
Never go to bed on an argument
Never judge a book by its cover
Never let the sun go down on your anger
Never look a gift horse in the mouth
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Never speak ill of the dead
Never tell tales out of school
Nine tailors make a man
No man can serve two masters
No man is an island
No names, no pack-drill
No news is good news
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
No pain, no gain
No rest for the wicked
Nothing is certain but death and taxes
Nothing succeeds like success
Nothing venture, nothing gain
Oil and water don't mix
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
Once a thief, always a thief
Once bitten, twice shy
One good turn deserves another
One half of the world does not know how the other half lives
One hand washes the other
One man's meat is another man's poison
One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb
One law for the rich and another for the poor
One swallow does not make a summer
One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
One year's seeding makes seven years weeding
Only fools and horses work
Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door
Out of sight, out of mind
Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil
Patience is a virtue
Pearls of wisdom
Penny wise and pound foolish
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
Physician, heal thyself
Possession is nine points of the law
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
Practice makes perfect
Practice what you preach
Prevention is better than cure
Pride goes before a fall
Procrastination is the thief of time
Put your best foot forward
Rain before seven, fine before eleven
Red sky at night shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Revenge is sweet
Rob Peter to pay Paul
Rome wasn't built in a day
See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Seeing is believing
Seek and ye shall find
Set a thief to catch a thief
Share and share alike
Shrouds have no pockets
Silence is golden
Slow but sure
Softly, softly, catchee monkey
Spare the rod and spoil the child
Speak as you find
Speak softly and carry a big stick
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me
Still waters run deep
Strike while the iron is hot
Stupid is as stupid does
Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves
Talk is cheap
Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear
Tell the truth and shame the Devil
That which does not kill us makes us stronger
The age of miracles is past
The apple never falls far from the tree
The best defence is a good offence
The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley
The best things in life are free
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
The bottom line is the bottom line
The boy is father to the man
The bread always falls buttered side down
The child is the father of the man
The cobbler always wears the worst shoes
The course of true love never did run smooth
The customer is always right
The darkest hour is just before the dawn
The devil finds work for idle hands to do
The devil looks after his own
The early bird catches the worm
The end justifies the means
The exception which proves the rule
The female of the species is more deadly than the male
The fruit does not fall far from the tree
The good die young
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
The husband is always the last to know
The labourer is worthy of his hire
The leopard does not change his spots
The longest journey starts with a single step
The more the merrier
The more things change, the more they stay the same
The only good Indian is a dead Indian
The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings
The pen is mightier than sword
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot
The squeaking wheel gets the grease
The truth will out
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream
There are none so blind as those, that will not see
There are two sides to every question
There but for the grace of God, go I
There's a time and a place for everything
There's an exception to every rule
There's always more fish in the sea
There's honour among thieves
There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip
There's more than one way to skin a cat
There's no accounting for tastes
There's no fool like an old fool
There's no place like home
There's no smoke without fire
There's no such thing as a free lunch
There's no such thing as bad publicity
There's no time like the present
There's none so blind as those who will not see
There's none so deaf as those who will not hear
There's nowt so queer as folk
There's one born every minute
There's safety in numbers
They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind
Third time lucky
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
Time and tide wait for no man
Time flies
Time is a great healer
Time is money
Time will tell
'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all
To err is human; to forgive divine
To every thing there is a season
To the victor go the spoils
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive
Tomorrow is another day
Tomorrow never comes
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Truth is stranger than fiction
Truth will out
Two blacks don't make a white
Two heads are better than one
Two is company, but three's a crowd
Two wrongs don't make a right
Variety is the spice of life
Virtue is its own reward
Walls have ears
Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs
Waste not want not
What can't be cured must be endured
What goes up must come down
What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
When the cat's away the mice will play
When the going gets tough, the tough get going
When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over
Where there's a will there's a way
Where there's muck there's brass
While there's life there's hope
Whom the Gods love die young
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Women and children first
Wonders will never cease
Work expands so as to fill the time available
Worrying never did anyone any good
You are never too old to learn
You are what you eat
You can have too much of a good thing
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
You can't have your cake and eat it
You can't get blood out of a stone
You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs
You can't make bricks without straw
You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
You can't teach an old dog new tricks
You can't tell a book by looking at its cover
You can't win them all
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
You pays your money and you takes your choice
Youth is wasted on the young




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