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as cool as a cucumber
to be calm and relaxed, especially in a difficult situation
(During the awful, horrifying accident, he remained as cool as a cucumber
as thin as a rake
very thin
(As he never ate much, his arms were as thin as a rake)
as bold as brass
very brave and confident; not afraid to say what you feel or take risks
(That devilish monkey which stole my banana was as bold as brass!)
as thorny as a rose bush
very thorny
(The old man's beard is as thorny as a rose bush; I won't touch it!)
as smooth as glass
very smooth
(He washed his face until it was as smooth as glass).
as bright as the moon
very bright
(After finding a bag full of jewels, the young man's eyes looked as bright as
the moon)
gleamed like pearls
shining very brightly
(Amazed by the sight of the famous singer, the little children's eyes gleamed
like pearls)
as green as mold
very green
(Her teeth look as green as mold; she needs to brush them more often!)
as soft as velvet
very soft
(The cover of my new book is as soft as velvet)
as gentle as a lamb
very calm and kind
(If you are going to look after my cat Ichigo, you'll have to be as gentle as a
as fiery as a volcano
quickly or easily becoming angry
(The giraffe living next door has a fiery temper)
as black as pitch
completely black
(Pitch.n. a black sticky substance made from oil or coal)

as black as coal
very black
(The pirate's evil eyes are as black as coal)
as clear as crystal
very easy to understand/ easy to see
(The water in the Mediterranean sea is as clear as crystal)
as easy as taking candy from a baby
very easy or simple
(Beating my little sister at chess is like taking candy from a baby)
as thin as a rail
very thin
(This path is as thin as a rail)
as red as rubies
very red
(These fresh tomatoes are as red and shiny as rubies)
as soft as silk
very soft or gentle
(The singer's sweet voice sounded as soft as silk)
as slippery as an eel
very slippery
as warm as toast
very warm in a pleasant, comfortable way
(This chair feels as warm as toast; has anybody been sitting on it?)
as big as a building
very big
(I didn't want to play basketball against him as he was as big as a building)
as clean as a whistle
very clean
By the time we had finished mopping the floor it was as clean as a whistle; you
could have eaten your dinner on it)
as rough as sandpaper
very rough
as dead as a door-nail
completely dead, extinct
as fresh as the air in spring
very fresh
as stubborn as a mule
very stubborn and obstinate

as ugly as sin
very ugly and unpleasant to look at
as crooked as a witch's hat
very dishonest
as soft as a daffodil's petals
very soft
(The falling cherry blossom felt as soft as daffodil petals)
as blue as the deepest ocean
completely blue
(Her piercing eyes were as blue as the deepest ocean)
as fragile as a house of cards
easily destroyed or spoilt
(This igloo is as fragile as a house of cards; I want to leave before it collapses!)

As blind as a bat

An exaggeration used to show someone who is unable to see


Eats like a bird

Comparing eating habits to that of a bird who supposedly eats

very little

As pure as snow

Comparing a persons character to fresh snow (white and pure)

As strong as an ox

Someone having great strength

English Proverbs: Every student is given one proverb to memorize. They should memorize
the proverb word for word, but they can explain the meaning of the proverb in their own
Absence makes the heart
Don't put all your eggs in
There is more than one
grow fonder.
one basket.
way to skin a cat.
If you spend time away
from someone you love,
you will love them even
more. In other words, you
realize how much you love
something when you are
spend time away from it.

You should not depend on
just one thing for success.
Instead, you should
diversify your risks. For
example, don't invest all
your money in one thing
because you might lose
everything if it fails.

There is more than one
way to solve a problem. In
other words, if one solution
doesn't work, try to find
another way to solve the

You can lead a horse to
water but you can't make it

What doesn't kill you makes
you stronger.

Necessity is the mother of

People become tougher
and wiser by facing
hardships. For example, if
someone cheats you out of

If you really need to do
something you will find a
way. In other words,
people can be very

You can tell somebody
what the best thing to do
is, but you can't make

them do it. In other words,

even if you give somebody
good advice, they might
not follow it.

money, the experience will

make you wiser so that you

creative when they have to


The apple doesn't fall far
from the tree.

Don't count your chickens
before they hatch.

That's the pot calling the
kettle black.

Children grow up to be
similar to their parents. For
example, if the parents are
bad then the child will be
bad as well.

Don't rely on something that
hasn't happened yet. For
example, you shouldn't
spend money that you
haven't earned yet.

You shouldn't criticize
other people's faults if you
have those same faults.
For example, if you are
lazy you shouldn't
complain when other
people are lazy.

Every cloud has a silver

When it rains, it pours.

A leopard cannot change
its spots.

There is a positive side to
every bad situation. In
other words, bad things
also produce some good.

You shouldn't judge a book
by its cover.
Outward appearances can
be deceiving. In other
words, you should look at
something closely before
deciding if it is good or bad.

When bad* things happen,
they happen all at once. In
other words, if you have
some bad luck, more bad
luck will follow shortly.
(*It is also sometimes used
for good things as well.)

Look before you leap.
You should carefully plan
things before you do
anything. In other words,
don't be hasty because If
you act rashly, you might
get hurt.

People cannot change
their personality or nature.
For example, if someone
is bad then they will
always be bad (so don't
believe people who say
they've changed).
Too many cooks spoil the
If too many people are
managing something, it
will fail. In other words, it's
better to have one person
directing a project than
many people.

Proverb Meanings
"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
"A stitch in time saves nine."
Repair something as soon as it is damaged. That's a small repair job. If not, you will have a
much bigger and more expensive repair job later. Do it now and you'll need one stitch. Do it
later and you'll need 9 stitches! (Why nine and not eight or ten? Because "nine" rhymes,
approximately, with "time".)

stitch (noun) = a link made with thread in sewing

in time = not late

"Still waters run deep."

Some rivers have rough surfaces with waves. That's usually because the water is shallow
and there are rocks near the surface. But deep rivers have no rocks near the surface and the
water is smooth and still. "Still waters run deep" means that people who are calm and
tranquil on the outside, often have a strong, "deep" personality.

still (adjective) = calm, motionless

deep (adjective) = going far down

"He teaches ill, who teaches all."
The unusual structure of this proverb may make it difficult to understand. It becomes easier if
we change the structure to "He who teaches all teaches ill." The word "ill" here means
"badly". So it means that the teacher who teaches students everything, does not teach well.
A good teacher lets students discover some things for themselves.

ill (adverb) = badly

"You can't take it with you when you die."
When we die we leave everything on earth. We don't take anything with us. Even the richest
people cannot take their money with them after death. This proverb reminds us that some
material things are not really so valuable as we think.
"Better untaught than ill taught."
This proverb drops the verb "to be". But we understand: "It is better not to be taught at all
than to be taught badly." It's better not to learn something than to learn it badly. This idea is
echoed in Pope's famous line: "A little learning is a dang'rous thing;".

taught = past participle of verb "teach" (here used in passive voice)

ill taught = badly taught

"Don't cross your bridges before you come to them."
Don't worry about problems before they arrive.
"Soon learnt, soon forgotten."
Something that is easy to learn is easy to forget.
"Even a worm will turn."
Everybody will revolt if driven too far. Even the lowest of people, or animals, will revolt and
hit back at some stage. Even a worm, the simplest of animals, will defend itself.

worm (noun) = small thin animal with soft body and no bones or legs

turn (verb) = revolt, fight back

"It was the last straw that broke the camel's back."
There is a limit to everything. We can load the camel with lots of straw, but finally it will be
too much and the camel's back will break. And it is only a single straw that breaks its back the last straw. This can be applied to many things in life. People often say "That's the last
straw!" when they will not accept any more of something.

straw (noun) = dried stalk of grain (like dry piece of grass)

camel (noun) = large long-necked animal used for riding and carrying goods
in the desert
"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.

way (noun) = path; route

"If the stone fall upon the egg, alas for the egg! If the egg fall upon the stone, alas for the
Life just isn't fair, and this realistic Arabic proverb recognizes that. The stone will always
break the egg. Life's like that!

alas = bad luck; pity; tough; regrettable

"Where there's a will there's a way."

If we have the determination to do something, we can always find the path or method to do

will (noun) = strong determination, desire.

way (noun) = path, method

"Marry in haste, and repent at leisure."
If we get married quickly, without thinking carefully, we may be sorry later. And we will have
plenty of time to be sorry.

in haste = quickly

repent (verb) = feel sorry, regret

at leisure = slowly, over time

"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.

tongue (noun) = large, movable fleshy part in the mouth that we use for
talking and tasting
"If you wish good advice, consult an old man."
Old people have a lot of experience. If you want to have good advice or recommendations,
ask an old person, not a young one.

wish (verb) = want, desire

advice (noun) = recommendation as to what to do

consult (verb) = ask; go to for advice or information

"The best advice is found on the pillow."
If we have a problem, we may find the answer after a good night's sleep. People also often
say: "I'll sleep on it."

advice (noun) = recommendation as to what to do

pillow (noun) = cushion that you rest your head on while you sleep
"All clouds bring not rain."
We can rephrase this: "Not every cloud brings rain." And that's true. Sometimes there are
many clouds in the sky, but it doesn't rain. Sometimes it's the same with problems, or what
we think are problems.
"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.
"Bad news travels fast."
"Bad news" means news about "bad" things like accidents, death, illness etc. People tend to
tell this type of news quickly. But "good news" (passing an exam, winning some money,
getting a job etc) travels more slowly.
"No news is good news."
This is like the proverb "Bad news travels fast." If we are waiting for news about someone,
it's probably good if we hear nothing because "bad news" would arrive quickly.
"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. The title of the famous James Bond story Live
and Let Die was a play on this proverb.
"Birds of a feather flock together."
"Birds of a feather" means "birds of the same type". The whole proverb means that people of
the same type or sort stay together. They don't mix with people of another type.

feather (noun) = part of the soft, light covering of a bird's body

flock (verb) = gather in a crowd

"Tell me who you go with and I'll tell you who you are."
Similar to "Birds of a feather...", this proverb suggests that like minds stick together.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
*Teman sejati adalah orang yang ada saat merasa dibutuhkan
An Apple a day keeps the doctors away.
*Sebuah apel dalam satu hari akan membuat tetap sehat/menjauh dari dokter
A fruitless life is useless life.
*Hidup tak berarti tanpa berbuat sesuatu yang bermanfaaat
A good example is the best sermon.
*Contoh yang baik adalah nasehat yang baik
A good book as a great friend.
*Buku yang bermanfaat adalah teman yang hebat
A little better than none.
*Sedikit lebih baik daripada tidak sama sekali
A man is known by the companion he keeps.
*Seseorang bisa dikenal jiwanya berdasarkan dengan siapa ia bergaul
A slader is more dangerous than murder.
*Fitnah lebih kejam daripada pembunuhan
A pot can not call a kettle black.
*Jangan menghina orang lain kalau anda sendiri tidak ingin dihina
A man without ambition is like a brd without wing.
*Seseorang yang tidak punya cita cita bagaikan burung tak bersayap
A stumble may prevent a fall.
*Tersandung dapat menghindari kejatuhan
A puff of wind and popular praise weigh the same.
*Tiupan angin dan pujian popular bernilai sama
A tree is known by its fruit.
*Seseorang dinilai dari karyanya
Be what you want to be.
*Jadilah apa yang kau inginkan
Bending without breaking.
*Mengalah bukan berarti kalah
Better forgiven than resentment.
*Lebih baik memaafkan dari pada berlaku dendam
Better late than never.
*Lebih baik terlambat daripada tidak sama sekali
Better lose the saddle than the horse.
*Lebih baik berhenti dan menerima kehilangan kecil daripada diteruskan dan beresiko
kehilangan semua
Birds of a feather flock together.
*Orang orang yang setipe biasanya terlihat bersama
Blood is thicker than water.
*Hubungan keluarga lebih kuat daripada hubungan dengan orang lain
Blood will out.
*Latar belakang atau pendidikan seseoranh pasti akan terllihat
By learning to obey we know to command.
*Dengan memahami untuk patuh kita tahu bagaimana untuk memerintah
Cut your coat according to your cloth.
*Sesuaikan pengeluaran andan dengan penghasilan
Charity begins at home.
*Tugas pertama seseorang adalah membantu dan menjaga keluarganya
Children and fools tell the truth.
*Anak anak dan orang bodoh biasanya mengatakan hal yang sebenarnya
Cleanliness is next to godliness.

*Tubuh yang bersih sama pentingnya dengan jiwa yang murni

Clear moon, frost soon.
*Jika cuacanya cerah, ada kemungkinan akan turun hujan es
Clothes dont make he man.
*Penampilan bisa menipu
Constant occupation prevents temptation.
*Bekerja dapat menghindari godaan
Do not put your eggs in one basket.
*Jangan menempatkan semua resiko dalam satu tempat saja
Despise another, despise yourself.
*Menghina orang lain berarti menghina diri sendiri
Destroy somethings easier than to construct.
*Menghancurkan lebih mudah daripada membangun
Dont go too far in small.
*Masalah kevil jangan dibesar besarkan
Dont put off till tomorrow what you can to today.
*Janganlah tunda sampai besik apa yang bisa anda lakukan hari ini
Dream the impossible to reach the stars.
*Gantungkan cita citamu setinggi bintang di langit
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
*Kerja keras akan membuahkan hasil terbaik
Discretion is the better part of valour.
*Tidaklah berguna mengambil resiko yang tidak perlu
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than thos of the body.
*Penyakit dalam jiwa lebih berbahaya daripada penyakit fisik
Dont count your chickens before theyre hatched.
*Jangan terlalu percaya diri sebelum suatu hal terjadi
Dont dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
*Jangan melakukan sesuatu yang hanya akan merugikan diri sendiri
Dont judge a book by its cover.
*Jangan menilai sesuatu dari apa yang terlihat
Experience is the best teacher.
*Pengalaman adalah guru terbaik
Early bird gets worm.
*Tuhan akan memberikan rezeki kepada makhluknya yang lebih dahulu bangun
Easy come, easy go.
*Mudah datang, mudah pergi
Easier said than done.
*Melakukan sesuatu yang disarankan secara lisan gak semudah kedengarannya
Easy to promise but hard to perform.
*Mudah berjanji tetapi sulit untuk menepatinya
Economy is the easy chair of old age.
*Hemat pangkal kaya
Empty case has louder sound.
*Tong kosong nyaring bunyinya
Enough is good as a feast.
*Sederhana lebih baik daripada berlebihan
Every man is thr architect of his own fortune.
*nasib seseorang berada di tangan seseorang itu sendiri
Every path has its puddle.
*Suatu proses akan selalu ada kesulitan
Every why has a wherefore.
*Selalu ada penjelasan dari semua masalah
Experience is the father of wisdom.
*Pengalaman memunculkn kebijaksanaan
Failure is not misfortune.
*Kegagalan bukan berarti suatu kemalangan
Fall one time and stand up two times.
*Tak kenal menyerah sebelum berhasil

Haste makes waste.

*Sesuatu yang dilakukan terburu buru tak akan menghasilkan sesuatu yang baik
Health is the greatest wealth.
*Kesehatan adalah kekayaan terbesar
Idleness is the root all evils.
*Pengangguran adalah akar dari semua kejahatan
Impossible is nothing.
*Tidak ada yang tidak mungkin
If you pay eanuts, you get monkeys.
*Mutu yang didapat sesuai dengan harga yang dibayar
Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.
*Pengetahuan saat muda adalah kebijaksanaan di masa tua
It is always darest before the dawn.
*Setelah kesulitan pasti ada jalan keluar
Ignorance is bliss.
*Apa yang tidak diketahui tak akan menyebabkan kekhawatiran atau kesedihan
Laziness is the key to beggary.
*Kemalasan adalah kunci kemmiskinan
Leaving after having fun.
*Habis manis sepah dibuang
Life is no bed of roses.
*Hidup ini bukanlah kesenangan belaka
Lost time never found.
*Waktu yang hilang tidak bisa ditemukan lagi
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
*Banyak kebenaran yang terucap dalam candaan
More haste, less speed.
*Kerjakan sesuatu dengan cepat, bukan terburu buru
Many little makes a mikle.
*Belajar itu tidak memandang usia
Memory is the treasure of the mind.
*Pikiran atau ide biasanya banyak muncul dari kenangan
Never say die.
*Teruslah berusaha
Nature is the true law.
*Alam adalah hukum yang sebenarnya
United we stand, divided we fall.
*Bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita runtuh
Success never come to the indolence.
*Sukses tidak akan datang keada orang yang malas
Where there is a will, there is a way.
*Ketika ada kemauan, ada jalan keluar
To Err is Human, To Forgive is Divine
*Manusia bersifat khilaf, Tuhan bersifat pemaaf
To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.
*Berbicara tanpa berfikir seperti menembak tanpa membidik
Be what you want to be.
Jadilah apa yang kau inginkan
Better forgiven than resentment.
Lebih baik memaafkan dari pada berlaku dendam
Bad news travels fast.
Orang-orang cenderung untuk mengedarkan berita buruk (kecelakaan, penyakit dll) sangat
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Orang yang berbeda memiliki selera yang berbeda.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Hati-hati dalam memilih orang-orang yang bergaul dengan kita.

Blood will out.

Latar belakang atau pendidikan seseorang pasti akan terlihat
By learning to obey we know to command.
Dengan memahami untuk patuh kita tahu bagaimana untuk memerintah
Better late than never.
Lebih baik terlambat daripada tidak sama sekali
Be a self-sufficient young man. Continuing to rely on the parents make yourself get into
trouble in the future.
Jadilah anak muda mandiri. Terus bergantung kepada orang tua akan membuat diri Anda
kesulitan di masa mendatang.
Beauty is only skin deep.
Karakter seseorang lebih penting daripada penampilan mereka.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
Dengarkan baik-baik sebelum berbicara.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play and to look up at the
Syukurilah hidup, karena hidup memberimu kesempatan untuk mencintai, bekerja, bermain
dan memandang bintang-bintang
Better to love amiss than nothing to have loved.
Lebih baik keliru mencintai daripada tidak pernah sama sekali merasakan cinta
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you
Sangat dicintai oleh seseorang membuatmu memiliki kekuatan; sementara sangat mencintai
seseorang membuatmu memiliki keberanian.
Better flatter a fool than fight him.
Lebih baik untuk menghindari perselisihan dengan orang-orang bodoh.
Bending without breaking.
Mengalah bukan berarti kalah
Birds of a feather flock together.
Orang orang yang setipe biasanya terlihat bersama
Being careful in judging an opinion is a sign of wisdom
Kehati-hatian dalam menilai pendapat orang adalah ciri kematangan jiwa
1. Better late than never.
(Lebih baik terlambat daripada tidak sama sekali.)
(Mengalah bukan berarti kalah.)
3. A good book is a great friend.
(Buku yang bermanfaat merupakan teman yang baik.)
4. Out of sight near by heart.
(Jauh di mata dekat di hati.)
5. No one too old to learn.
(Belajar tidak memandang usia.)
6. Action speak louder than words.
(banyak bekerja sedikit bicara.)
7. Desperate people has no standpoint.
(Orang yang putus asa tidak mempunyai pendirian.)
8. Full coin, full case.
(Banyak uang banyak masalah.)
9. Think first, than action.
(Berfikir matang terlebih dahulu baru bertindak.)
10. United we stand, divided we fall.
(Bersatu kita teguh bercerai kita runtuh.)
11. Unused advantage are no advantages.
(Kepandaian yang tidak bermanfaat adalah sis-sia.)
12. Blood is thicker than water.
(Ikatan darah atau persaudaraan lebih kuat dari segala-galanya.)
13. Succes never comes to the indolence's.


(Keberhasilan tidak akan pernah datang pada orang yang malas.)

14. Failure is not misfortune.
(Suatu kegagalan bukanlah berarti suatu kesialan.)
15. Wiseman is the one who always speak a little.
(Orang bijak adalah orang yang tidak banyak bicara.)
16. Better forgiven than resentment.
(Lebih baik memaafkan daripada mendendam.)
17. All the world is a stage.
(Dunia ini adalah sebuah panggung sandiwara.)
18. Money is the servant of some people.
(Kebanyakan orang diperbudak oleh uang.)
19. Knowledge knows no borders.
(Pengetahuan itu tidak pernah mengenal batas.)
20. Do not go too far in small.
(Masalah yang kecil jangan diperbesar.)
21. East or west, home is best.
(Hujan emas di negara orang, lebih baik hujan batu di negeri sendiri.)
22. Where there is a will. there is away.
(Dimana ada kemauan pasti akan ada jalan keluar.)
23. Pride is the beginning of destruction.
(Kesombongan adalah awal dari sebuah kehancuran.)
24. A bird in the hand is worth than two in the air.
(Seekor burung yang ada di genggaman tangan lebih baik daripada dua burung yang
terbang di udara.)
25. A new broom sweeps clean.
(Sapu baru itu menyapu selalu bersih.)
26. Strike the iron while it is hot.
(Tempalah baja pada saat panas niscaya akan bertambah kuat.)
27. Water and fire are good friend when it is a little.
(Air dan api selagi kecil adalah kawan yang baik.)
28. If you are going to a good turn, do it now, but if you are going to do a mean turn, wait till
(Jika anda ingin berbuat baik lakukan sekarang juga, akan tetapi jika anda ingin berbuat
keji tunggulah
sampai esok hari.)
29. The brave man is man who speak the truth if it is as well.
(Seorang pemberani adalah seorang yang berani mengatakan benar jika itu adalah
30. Silent is gold.
(Diam itu emas.)
31. A man becomes learned by asking questions.
(Semakin banyak bertanya seseorang akan menjadi pintar.)
32. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
(Teman dalam duka adalah teman sejati.)
33. Laziness is the key to beggary.
(Kemalasan adalah kunci kemelaratan.)
34. Science is organised body of principle supported by fact.
(Ilmu adalah rangkaian keterangan yang didukung oleh data.)
35. Love is the key of every good nature in human live.
(Cinta adalah kunci alami dalam kehidupan manusia.)

"Two wrongs don't make a right."
When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things
"The pen is mightier than the sword."
Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people
to do what you want.
"When in Rome, do as the Romans."
Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when
you're traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you're used to.
"The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's
going to help you.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
"No man is an island."
You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.
"Fortune favors the bold."
People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live
"People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.
"Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."
Bad things might happen, so be prepared.
"Better late than never."
It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.
"Birds of a feather flock together."
People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them.
That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations. That's
why PhraseMix has illustrations :)
"There's no such thing as a free lunch."
Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.
"There's no place like home."
Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
"Discretion is the greater part of valor."
Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting
brave and maybe getting hurt.
"The early bird catches the worm."
You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
"Never look a gift horse in the mouth."
If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.
"You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."
When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry.
Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.
"God helps those who help themselves."
Don't just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.
"You can't always get what you want."
Don't whine and complain if you don't get what you wanted.
"Cleanliness is next to godliness."
Be clean. God likes that.

"A watched pot never boils."
If something takes time to finish, don't watch it too closely because it will seem like it's taking
"Beggars can't be choosers."
If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.
"Actions speak louder than words."
Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing
new problems.
"Practice makes perfect."
You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.
"Too many cooks spoil the broth."
When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it's confusing and
leads to bad results. Jobs and projects should have one or two strong leaders.
"Easy come, easy go."
When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it's easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
If someone's paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry
or say bad things about them.
"All good things must come to an end."
You can't keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it will stop.
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change
instead. For example, if you're trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they
want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Different people have different ideas about what's valuable.
"There's no time like the present."
If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
When you're really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
Save your money. Saving money is just like making money.
"Familiarity breeds contempt."
When you're around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.
"You can't judge a book by its cover."
Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small
might have amazing food, for example.
"Good things come to those who wait."
Be patient. Eventually something good will happen to you.
"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.
"Two heads are better than one."
When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.
"The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill."
People tend to want whatever they don't have.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Don't do mean things to people.
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."
If one member of a team doesn't perform well, the whole team will fail.
"Honesty is the best policy."
Don't lie.

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
Sometimes it's good to be away from your partner, because it makes you want to see each
other again.
"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.
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
Your plans might not work out, so don't start thinking about what you'll do after you succeed.
Wait until you've already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.
"If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."
Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to
control the quality of the results.

"A broken clock is right twice a day."

When an old clock stops working, it shows one specific time but doesn't move. So once in
the day and once at night, the clock is pointing to the correct time. In the same way, even a
person who's not very smart can sometimes be correct by accident.
"A friend in need is a friend indeed."
If someone helps you when you're in trouble, that person is a true friend.
"A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing."
Sometimes when a person knows a little bit about something, they feel like they're an expert.
Because they feel like an expert, they try to do things that they shouldn't and they mess
everything up.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Some things, like learning to speak English fluently, take a really long time. It might seem
like too much work. But the only way to achieve your goals is to start working now.
"All is fair in love and war."
In love and romance, you sometimes do things that aren't very nice. For example, you might
break up with someone or steal another person's partner. This phrase means that that's OK.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
You can't work all of the time. You have to relax as well.

"Better safe than sorry."

You should be careful, even if it seems like it's not necessary. The consequences if
something goes wrong are much worse than wasting a little time and effort by being careful.
"Better the devil you know than the one you don't."
When you have a choice between two bad things, it's safer to pick the bad thing that you've
already experienced. The other bad thing might be worse.
"Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes."
Sometimes people criticize each other. But it's not fair to criticize someone else if you
haven't had the same experiences.
"Don't put the cart before the horse."
Pay attention to what's most important. Don't let things which aren't as important take up all
of your time and attention.
"Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk."

You shouldn't brag about being able to do something if you can't actually do it.
"Don't throw out the baby with the bath water."
When you're trying to get rid of something bad, you might accidentally get rid of the good
things that are connected with it as well. Don't do that.
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
This is a quotation from the famous American inventor and diplomat Benjamin Franklin. It
means it's healthy and smart to go to sleep early and wake up early.
"Every cloud has a silver lining."
When something bad happens to you, don't get too upset. There's usually something good
associated with any bad experience. For example, if you get fired from your job, it might
push you to get a better job instead.
"Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime."
Don't try to help people by just giving them things. The result will be temporary. If you want to
help someone long-term, teach them how to do things on their own.
"Great minds think alike."
Smart people often have the same ideas. Say this when someone has the same smart idea
that you have.
"Haste makes waste."
When you try to work too quickly, you make mistakes. That can waste time, money, or
materials. So slow down.
"Hindsight is 20/20"
It's easy to know what you should have done in the past, but making correct decisions is
harder in the moment. This phrase means that you shouldn't judge someone's past
decisions based on the information you know now.
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Keep working hard and trying to succeed, even if you fail at first.
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
Don't spend a lot of time wishing for things. Wishes are useless. Instead of wishing, you
should work hard to achieve your goals.
"If you snooze, you lose."
You have to act quickly to get the things you want.
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Don't say mean things about other people.
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."
Don't just complain about problems that you see. Do something to solve the problems.
"It's no use crying over spilled milk."
If you break something, lose money, etc., don't get too upset about it. It's already happened,
so getting upset isn't useful.
"It's not over 'till the fat lady sings."
Say this in a competition or game. When other people think that the result has already been
decided, but you're not ready to admit that it's finished, use this phrase.
"Jack of all trades, master of none."
Someone who is good at a lot of different skills is usually not very good at any of them.

"Knowledge is power."
You should try to learn a lot. Knowing more things makes you more powerful.
"Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas."
If you associate with dishonest people, bad things will happen to you.
"Look before you leap."
Make decisions carefully. Don't make a decision without thinking about it and researching it
"Measure twice, cut once."
Once you've made some decisions, it's hard to change it. Think carefully before making a
"Misery loves company."
People who are unhappy want to make other people unhappy too.
"Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today."
Don't be lazy. If you have some work that you need to do, do it now. Don't wait to do it later.
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
When people get power, they always do mean, dishonest things. We shouldn't allow anyone
to have too much power.
"Rome wasn't built in a day."
Doing important work takes a long time. Be patient.
"Slow and steady wins the race."
You shouldn't use all of your energy at the beginning of a project. Work slowly so that you
won't run out of energy quickly.
"Still waters run deep."
People who don't talk a lot sometimes have really interesting thoughts.
"Strike while the iron is hot."
When you have a good opportunity, go for it. Don't wait for too long.
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
Children are very similar to their parents.

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

What you want or intend to do doesn't matter. Your actions matter. Simply wanting to do the
right thing isn't enough; you have to actually do the right thing.
"The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach."
Men love women who can cook well.
"There's no such thing as bad publicity."
When people talk about a business, it's good for the business, even if they're saying bad
things about it.
"Time is money."
Wasting time is expensive, so hurry up!
"Two is company, three is a crowd."
You say this when you want to be alone with someone (often because you are romantically
interested in them) but someone else is also with you. In other words, you want the third

person to go away.
"What goes around comes around."
If you do bad things to other people, bad things will happen to you. On the other hand, good
things will happen to you if you do good things to other people.
"What goes up must come down."
Nothing can continue to increase forever. Everything that grows or rises will shrink or fall
"What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
A goose is a type of bird. A gander is the male version of that bird. So this phrase means that
things which are good for women are also good for men, and vice versa.
"You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
To get what you want, be nice to people. Don't yell at them or be mean.
"You can't have your cake and eat it too."
This means that you can't have everything you want. There are trade-offs in life. You may
also hear people say that you can have your cake and eat it too.
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Older people don't change their habits easily.
"You reap what you sow."
Your actions have consequences. When you do good things, good things happen to you.
When you do bad things, bad things happen to you.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Actions speak louder than words.
After the feast comes the reckoning.
All that glitters is not gold.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Bad news travels fast.
Barking dogs seldom bite.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Beggars can't be choosers.
The best things in life are free.
Better a live coward than a dead hero.
Better late than never.
Better safe than sorry.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Blood is thicker than water.
Charity begins at home.
Clothes do not make the man.
Curiosity killed the cat.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Don't cry over spilled milk.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Don't judge a man until you've walked in his boots.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.


Don't put the cart before the horse.

Familiarity breeds contempt.
The first step is always the hardest.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Forewarned is forearmed.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend who shares is a friend who cares.
Good things come in small packages.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Haste makes waste.
He who hesitates is lost.
He who laughs last, laughs best.
Hindsight is better than foresight.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
If you can't beat them, join them.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
In unity there is strength.
It never rains but it pours.
It takes two to tango.
Leave well enough alone.
A leopard cannot change its spots.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Look before you leap.
Love is blind.
Love makes the world go round.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Man does not live by bread alone.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
Might makes right.
Misery loves company.
A miss is as good as a mile.
Money does not grow on trees.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
No news is good news.
No pain, no gain.
Nothing hurts like the truth.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Old habits die hard.
One good turn deserves another.
One man's gravy is another man's poison.
One swallow does not a summer make.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
Practice makes perfect.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The squeaking wheel gets the oil.
Strike while the iron is hot.
There is no honor among thieves.
There's more than one way to skin a cat.
There's no fool like an old fool.
There's no place like home.
Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Two heads are better than one.
Two's company, but three's a crowd.


Variety is the spice of life.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When the cat's away, the mice play.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
You have to take the good with the bad.
You reap what you sow.
You're never too old to learn.