Proverbs

Between the devil and the deep sea :

To choose between two equally bad alternatives in a serious dilemma.

Where there’s a will there’s a way :

When a person really wants to do something, he will find a way of doing it.

A burnt child dreads fire :

A bad experience or a horrifying incident may scar one’s attitude.

First come, first served :

The first in line will be attended to first.

A friend in need is a friend indeed :

A friend who helps when one is in trouble is a real friend.

Discretion is the better part of valor :

If you say discretion is the better part of valor, you mean that avoiding a dangerous or unpleasant situation is sometimes the most sensible thing to do.

A hungry man is an angry man:
A person who does not get what he wants or needs is a frustrated person and will be easily provoked to rage.

Empty vessels make the most noise :

Those people who have a little knowledge usually talk the most and make the greatest fuss.

A man is as old as he feels :

A person’s age is immaterial – it is only when he thinks and feels that he is ageing that he actually becomes old.

Great talkers are little doers :

Those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not do much work.

An idle brain is the devil’s workshop :

One who has nothing to do will be tempted to do many mischievous acts.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit :

It is better to be careful and discrete than to be clever.

Faint heart never won fair lady :

To succeed in life one must have the courage to pursue what he wants.

A penny saved is a penny gained :

By being thrifty one will be able to save up.

A rolling stone gathers no moss :
A person who never settles in one place or who often changes his job will not succeed in life ; one who is always changing his mind will never get anything done.

As you sow, so you shall reap :

One will either enjoy or suffer the consequences of his earlier actions or inactions.

Barking dogs seldom bite :

Those who make loud threats seldom carry them out.

Better late than never :

To do something that is right, profitable, or good a little late is still better than not doing it at all.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush :

Something that one already has is better than going after something seemingly more worthwhile that one may not be able to get.

Birds of a feather flock together :

People of the same sort of character or belief always go together.

Call a spade a spade :

If you say that someone calls a spade a spade, you mean that they speak frankly and directly, often about embarrassing or unpleasant subjects; an informal expression.

Charity begins at home :

A person’s first obligation should be to help the member of his own family before he can begin thinking of talking about helping others.

Dead men tell no lies :

( often used as an argument for killing someone whose knowledge of a secret may cause one loss or get into serious trouble.)

A great talker is a great liar :

A smooth and persuasive talker may be a good liar.

Every cloud has a silver lining :

If you say that every cloud has a silver lining, you mean that every sad or unpleasant situation has a positive side to it. If you talk about silver lining you are talking about something positive that comes out of a sad or unpleasant situation.

All that glitters is not gold :

Do not be deceived by things or offers that appear to be attractive.

Eat to live, but do not live to eat :

Man was created for a divine purpose and he has a destiny with his Creator – he was not born just to enjoy food.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket :

One should not risk everything he has in a single venture.

Every dog has its day :

Everyone will get a period of success or satisfaction during his lifetime.

Every one can find fault, few can do better :

It is easier to find fault in other people’s actions or methods than to do it properly or correctly.

Any time means no time :

When an event is not decided on or planned earlier it will never take place.

Fair exchange is no robbery :

A contract is fair as long as both the parties understand and agree to the conditions willingly; after a deal is closed neither side can turn around and say that he was unfairly treated.

Fire is a good servant but a bad master :

Fire, like any other man made tool or device, will serve man well only when it is controlled and used wisely.