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Saturday, 20 August 2011

List of English proverbs with their meaning.

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
    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.

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