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45 Most Popular Proverbs

1.a friend in need is a friend indeed

- a friend who helps you when you need help is a true friend

2.absence makes the heart grow fonder

- being away from someone makes you like him or her even more


3.actions speak louder than words

- what you do is more important than what you say


4.all is fair in love and war

- anything that you do in love or in war can be excused


5.all roads lead to Rome

- the same end or goal may be reached by many different ways


6.all that glitters is not gold

- many things that look attractive and valuable actually have no value at all


7.better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion

- it is better to be the leader of a small group than a follower of a bigger one


8.bird in hand is worth two in the bush

- do not risk losing something that you have by trying to get something that is not certain


9.blind leading the blind

- someone who has little ability or knowledge but is trying to help or teach someone else


10.blood is thicker than water

- family ties are stronger than other relationships


11.charity begins at home

- one should help one's family or close friends before helping other people


12.cleanliness is next to godliness

- being a clean person is next in importance in life to having good religious or moral values


13discretion is the better part of valor

- it is better to be careful and use discretion than to be too courageous and take unnecessary risks


14.cross a bridge when you come to it

- face a problem or challenge when you come to it or when it arises


15.don't count your chickens before they hatch

- do not assume that you will be successful until it actually happens


16.do as I say, not as I do

- follow someone's advice and not their actions


17.don't put all your eggs in one basket

- do not gamble and possibly lose your chance at success on one thing or by doing one thing because failure could mean losing everything


18.early to bed, early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise

- going to bed early is good for you


19.easy come, easy go

- something that you easily acquire may be easily spent or lost or wasted

20.empty vessels make the most noise

- people who are the least intelligent are often the loudest and talk the most


21.enough is as good as a feast

- what you have or have done should be satisfactory or enough


22.every cloud has a silver lining

- there is always something good in every problem or bad event


23.eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

- a crime or injury should be paid back equally
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24.first come, first served

- the person who comes first will have his turn first or be served something first


25.flattery will get you nowhere

- praise or flattery will not convince someone to do something that he or she does not want to do


26.good men are scarce


- A good man is hard to find.


27.good wine needs no bush


- Something good does not need to be advertised


28.green leaves and brown leaves fall from the same tree

good things and bad things come from the same source


29.great minds think alike but fools seldom differ

It is often said as a joke when two people think of the same thing


30.grass is always greener on the other side

-means that other people always seem to be in a better situation than you, although they may not be


31.half a loaf is better than none

- having part of something is better than having nothing

32.Haste makes waste

One makes mistakes when being too hasty.


33.he who lives by the sword dies by the sword

- people who commit violent acts will encounter violence themselves


34.honesty is the best policy

- it is always best to be honest in everything that you do

35. Hope for the best but expect the worst

- You should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for disaster. 


36.if at first you don't succeed try, try again

- if you are patient and persevere you will achieve your goal even if you do not succeed at first

37.ignorance is bliss

Not knowing is better than knowing and worrying.

38.It's never too late to mend

 It is never too late to apologize for something you have done or try to repair something you have done wrong.

39.It's no use crying over spilt milk.

 means you should not get upset about something bad that has happened that you cannot change

40.It's the early bird that gets the worm

- If you wake up and get to work early, you will succeed.

41.It's the squeaky gate that gets the grease

People who complain the most will get attention or what they want.

42.Jack of all trades, master of none

 a person that is competent with many skills but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one.


43.Knowledge is power


The more one knows, the more one will be able to control events.

44.kill two birds with one stone

- to accomplish two goals with one deed or action

45.Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

- meaning a large, successful organization or plan was very small or simple when it began

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