Common proverbs and their meanings
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
This is not exactly a proverb. It is from one of the poems written by Keats.
Meaning: The pleasure that beautiful people, objects and things give remains forever.
Time is the greatest healer
Meaning: As time passes feelings such as enmity, bitterness, sadness etc., become less keenly felt.
Touch pitch and be defiled
Meaning: You will get defiled if you maintain contact with bad people.
You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink
Meaning: It is useless to give opportunities to people who are unwilling to take advantage of them.
Two heads are better than one
Meaning: When two people think jointly they can find better solutions because one person can make up for the deficiencies in the other.
United we stand divided we fall
Meaning: Groups have more power to act or resist than individuals acting alone.
Variety is the spice of life
Meaning: It is the variety of experiences that makes life more interesting.
Waste not, want not
Meaning: If you don’t waste anything, you will not lack anything.
What is done cannot be undone
Meaning: There is no point in worrying about something that has already been done because it cannot be undone.
Where there is a will there is a way
If you are sufficiently determined, you will find some way or other to obtain something you want.