Famous English Proverbs With Explanation


Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "PROVERBS". It's good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversations all the time. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a someone. Here is a collection of some famous proverbs along with their meanings...

  • Where there is a will, there is a way.
    When a person really wants to do something, he will find a way of doing it.
  • A bad workman blames his tools.
    Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.
  • The best things in life are free.
    We don't have to pay for the things that are really valuable, like love, friendship and good health.
  • There's many a slip between the cup and lip.
    We cannot assume anything is ours until we actually get it.
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing.
    One should have full knowledge, rather than speaking incomplete information.
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
    If you try to help someone, but they don't take your advice or offers, give up. You can't force someone to accept your help.
  • 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.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
    Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.
  • Don't cross your bridges before you come to them.
    Don't worry about problems before they arrive.
  • There is no smoke without fire.
    Rumours are not baseless but have some truth in them.
  • Action speaks louder than words.
    One should implement his actions, rather than keep talking about them.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.
    People tend to want whatever they don't have.
  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
    To succeed in life one must have the courage to pursue what he wants.
  • A hungry wolf is fixed to no place.
    A desperate person will go from place to place in order to satisfy their needs.
  • One tongue is enough for a woman.
    Some people think that women talk too much. If they already talk too much, they don't need another tongue. One tongue is sufficient. This proverb is another way of saying that women talk too much.
  • Time is a great healer.
    Pain or grief diminish or disappear with the passage of time.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    Be grateful for whatever you have.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
    Have a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or time in one plan.
  • An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
    One who has nothing to do will be tempted to do many mischievous acts.
  • A good conscience is a soft pillow.
    You sleep well when you have nothing to be guilty about.
  • Live and let live.
    This proverb suggests that we should not interfere in other people's business. We should live our own lives and let others live their lives.
  • Two heads are better than one.
    It is beneficial when persons reason jointly and make up for each other's deficiencies.
  • All that glitters is not gold.
    One should not be led by appearance.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
    When you're really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
  • 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 flower blooms more than once.
    If you miss an occasion, you can avail yourself of it another time.
  • The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
    Many women have won a man's love by cooking delicious meals for him. They fed his stomach and found love in his heart.
  • Walls have ears.
    Take care when you speak lest others hear what they should not.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
    One should avoid procrastinating.
  • There is no time like the present.
    If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.
  • A greater talker is a great liar.
    A smooth and persuasive talker may be a good liar.
  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
    Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.
  • You can't tell a book by its cover.
    We need to read a book to know if it's good or bad. We cannot know what it's like just by looking at the front or back cover. This proverb is applied to everything, not only books.
  • Nothing venture, nothing gain.
    Without risks, there are no rewards.
  • A merry heart makes a long life.
    Being happy brings good health.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.



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