Proverbs Part II
January 4th, 2010 in Vocabulary
East or west, home is the best
Your home is where you are more likely to be the happiest.
Easy come, easy go
That which has been achieved without much effort will be lost equally fast.
The fault is in ourselves, not in our stars
We are what we make ourselves to be. Stars have nothing got to do with making a person successful or not. In fact, our lack of skills and the unwillingness to work hard are the causes of our failures.
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A friend who is there for you when you need his/her help is the true friend.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains
Exceptional achievements are the result of an inexhaustible willingness to work hard.
Half a loaf is better than no bread
Half a loaf will probably not satisfy your hunger, but isn’t it better than having nothing to eat at all?
Honesty is the best policy
Being honest is safer and more advantageous than being dishonest.
It is never too late to mend
It is always possible to improve your character and habits, no matter how long you have been living with them.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone
You will find plenty of people willing to share your joys and successes. But you will not find many people willing to sympathize with you in your sorrows and failures.
Look before you leap
One must avoid the temptation to act hastily without considering its possible consequences.
Make hay while the sun shines
This proverb is an advice to make use of your opportunities. If you miss them you may not get another chance.
Make a mountain out of a mole hill
To make a mountain out of a mole hill is to exaggerate a thing, particularly a difficulty so that it seems greater than it really is.
No rose without a thorn
There is nothing called perfect happiness. Joy and sorrow go hand in hand.
There is no smoke without fire
If there is a rumor there must be some cause behind it; rumors do not arise from nothing.
Out of sight out of mind
People or things not seen in a long time are easily forgotten.
The pen is mightier than the sword
Writers, intellectuals and philosophers who wield their pen have more power to control the world than Emperors who wield their swords.