PROVERBS AND THEIR MEANINGS PDF
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Students will be able to apply the meanings of the Core Knowledge sayings and phrases to Students will discuss and connect this idiom to their own life. 6. SOME LOCAL PROVERBS & THEIR MEANINGS. Compiled by Morlene Whittaker. 1. Long grass got ear and baddicada could hear. Be careful when speaking. ENGLISH PROVERBS. Appearances are deceptive. Appetite comes with eating. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The apple never falls far from the tree.
Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing. Choose things or people after proper diligence, but once you choose, stick for long. You should be slow in choosing, but slower in changing.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What may seem beautiful to one person may not seem to another. Example: You may not like the curves of my new car, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is only skin deep. Example: That gorgeous actress behaved so rudely with the driver — beauty is skin deep, after all. Best things in life are free. The most valuable things are often free.
Example: I feel so rejuvenated in clean air, sparkling water, and beautiful nature of the mountains. Often times, the best things in life are free. Better late than never. It is better to get something you desire late than get it never. Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick. Good health is more important than money. Example: The pharma tycoon has been in and out of hospital for the last two months because of kidney ailments. Better to wear out than to rust out.
Blood is thicker than water. Relationships with family or blood relatives is stronger than other relationships.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Cleanliness is a sign of goodness, a great virtue. Example: Keep yourself clean, after all cleanliness is next to Godliness.
Clothes do not make the man. He always seemed so professional and impeccable. Cowards die many times before their deaths.
Cowards suffer the feared effects of death many times over in their lives. Cross the stream where it is shallowest. To do things in the easiest possible way. Curiosity killed the cat. One should mind own business. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost. The consequences of doing wrong always catch up with the wrongdoer. Example: Politicians can fool some people some of the time, but in the end, chickens come home to roost. Discretion is the better part of valor.
It is wise to be careful and not show unnecessary bravery. Example: Son: Can I go hand gliding with my friends? Father: No. If he distances himself from you or talk bad about you, it can hurt you bad. You should avoid proudly talking of your achievements and success in front of others.
Example: To serve them French cuisine is like casting pearls before swine. Deal with a situation when it happens and not unnecessarily worry about it in advance. Example: He seems a bit jerk to me, but, hey, you never know.
He may be good. If you kill a goose that lays golden eggs, you destroy something that makes lot of money for you. Example: Tourists come to this city mainly to see this monument.
By opening it to commercial use, the city council may kill the goose that lays golden eggs. Example: Almost entire revenue of the Company comes from the Facebook platform. If Facebook tweaks its policies in future, the Company may sink. Do things in proper order. Early bird catches the worm. One who starts early on the work has higher chance of success. Example: X: Why have you come so early for the season-ending sale? Y: So that I can choose from a wider selection and get a better piece.
Early bird catches the worm, after all. Easy come, easy go. You say this when you get something easily and then lose it as easily. Example: I found fifty dollars while on my morning walk, but I frittered it away foolishly by the afternoon — easy come, easy go. Empty bags cannot stand upright. A poor or hungry person cannot discharge his duties well.
Example: You cannot expect poor people to fight for climate change, because empty bags cannot stand upright.
They need to first fulfill their basic needs. Every cloud has a silver lining. Every bad or negative situation can result in some benefit to you. The presence of silver lining means that the sun is behind the cloud and will eventually emerge. Example: I know your business has suffered few setbacks this season. But remember, every cloud has a silver lining. Every dog has his day. Even the unluckiest or the most unfortunate will taste success at some point.
Example: Are you surprised that John, the laggard, has got 92 percent marks in math? Well, every dog has his day. Every man is the architect of his destiny. You too are. Every man has his price. Anyone can be swayed to do something.
This proverb is also used in the sense of bribing people. Example: X: He has declined our offer to join the company. Y: Sweeten the offer. Raise the compensation. Fall seven times.
Stand up eight. Be resilient and try despite failures. Example: Abraham Lincoln lost so many elections, but he kept trying. Eventually he became the President of United States. Familiarity breeds contempt. If you know a situation, person, or thing well, you stop respecting them and become careless. I guess familiarity breeds contempt.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Fools or inexperienced persons get involved in situations or pursue goals without much thought. In contrast, wise are thoughtful about such situations or goals.
Example: He sent an angry email without going into the background of the matter — fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Fortune favors the brave. If you carry out your plans boldly, the luck is more likely to favor you. Get out while the going getting is good.
To leave a place or situation before conditions worsen and it becomes difficult to leave. Example: With the stock market at an all-time high and further upside looking difficult, we decided to sell our shares and get out while the going was good.
If you give someone a small amount of power or freedom to do something, they may try to get a lot more. God helps those who help themselves. Good things come to those who wait. Patience is often rewarded. Example: The best investors in the world have made their fortunes by investing for the long term. Grief divided is made lighter. Half a loaf is better than none. Getting less than what one wants is better than not getting anything. Example: X: Did you get the compensation for damage to your vehicle?
X: Well, half a loaf is better than none. Honesty is the best policy. Example: I think you should just explain what happened, rather than trying to cover your tracks. Honesty is the best policy, after all. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Be optimistic, but be prepared for a scenario where things can go wrong. Example: X: Why do you want to change this component in the machine when everything is working fine?
Y: OK. I agree. Example: I need that book for completing my assignment. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. If things were to happen by just wishing them, even the poorest will have everything they want. Example: X: I want to be in a job that would pay me a million dollars a year. Y: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Stop fooling yourself and work hard towards your goal. Example: ABC Pvt. If you do something dangerous or adventurous, you may get harmed.
Example: Enacting the stunts of movie superheroes in real life is playing with fire.
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You may get burned. Ignorance is bliss. This proverb, however, is often used in negative way — ignorance is not bliss. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. It is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened.
Example: I would have never bought an apartment if I had known that the land on which it has been built is disputed. Example: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from two sets down at Wimbledon to pull off a miraculous win. Example: X: He is feeling terrible for accidently elbowing the flower pot from the window. It takes two to make a quarrel. Example: X: Why are you always so quarrelsome? It takes two to tango. Where two parties are involved in a situation, fault usually lies with both if things go wrong.
Rarely can one party be blamed entirely. It takes two to tango, after all. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. Speak only when necessary and remain alert and observant at all times. So, to avoid problems, keep your mouth shut and your eyes open. Laughter is the best medicine. Thinking positively and laughing will help you to feel better.
Example: I think the best thing for you right now would be to spend some time with people you can joke around with. Laughter is the best medicine, after all. Learn to walk before you run. Learn basic skills first before venturing into complex things. Example: X: I want to submit my first article to Fortune magazine for publication. Y: I think you should aim for smaller publications to start with.
You should learn to walk before you run. Let sleeping dogs lie. Example: X: Should I ask the professor if he is upset about my late submission of the assignment? Life begins at forty. A person truly starts enjoying life after forty as a result of accumulated skills and wisdom. Y: You look glum. You should instead be cheerful, after all life begins at forty.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Misfortune does not occur twice in the same way to the same person. Look before you leap. I would say look before you leap. Make hay while the sun shines. Make the most of favorable conditions till they last.
Example: I got plenty of referral traffic to my website from Facebook in its initial years. I made hay while the sun shone.
Later on they changed their algorithm, after which the traffic dried. Money talks. Money gives one power and influence. Money talks, you know. Necessity is the mother of invention. A need or problem forces people to come up with innovative solutions. Example: In some parts of the world, farmers use washing machine to clean potatoes in large volumes. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Never test the depth of water with both feet. Think twice before placing all your bets and investments on one thing.
Never test the depth of the water with both feet. No gain without pain. It is necessary to suffer or work hard in order to succeed or make progress. No news is good news. Example: My daughter has been working in Australia for nearly five years now.
Once bitten twice shy. Once bitten twice shy, I guess. What may seem to be junk to one person maybe valuable to another. Sometimes you get so focused on small details that you may miss the larger context.
Out of sight, out of mind. Example: Many celebrities find a way to appear in media because they know that out of sight is out of mind. Pen is mightier than sword.
In Africa, it is the same and African proverbs are the pride of the African culture.
From time immemorial, African proverbs have been used to convey messages during important conversations. It is believed that these such sayings come from the wise and only the wise understands it.
Over the years, it has become associated with the wise, the elderly and the grey-haired who pride themselves in the knowledge of these proverbs and more often than not, use them to give stern advice children or the youth. In most traditions in Africa, it is usually atypical for one to tell an African proverb and still be the one to explain the meaning. This notwithstanding, Answers Africa brings you some of the greatest and most famous African proverbs and their meanings: African Proverbs of Life 1.
Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet. Knowledge is like a garden: If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. Sugarcane is sweetest at its joint. Meaning: Good and sweet things of life may appear difficult to achieve but in the end, it is worth it. Meaning: Avoid copying someone else. The best way to eat an elephant in your path is cut him up into little pieces.
Meaning: The best approach to solving a problem is to take it bit by bit; one at a time. A restless feet may walk into a snake pit. Meaning: If someone is busy doing nothing or is involved in what he does not know about, it is easy for him to get into trouble. A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches. Meaning: You can easily foresee the future of something through the character and tell-tale signs it exhibits today.
After a foolish deed comes remorse. Meaning: Feeling sorry always follows a foolish act. A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness. Meaning: What goes around, comes around so whatever you sow, you shall reap. A roaring lion kills no game. Meaning: You cannot achieve or gain anything by mere sitting around and just talking about it. If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings.
Meaning: If you prepare and allow yourself to be well trained when you have the opportunity, you will achieve a lot and be favoured in due course. Rain does not fall on one roof alone. Meaning: Trouble comes to everyone at one time or another.
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Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more. Meaning: Life is short, and you only live it once. Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him.
Meaning: What defines a man is his character which is inseparable from him and follows him wherever he goes. Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
The beauty of African proverbs lies in their mystery. An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb. By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. Even though the old man is strong and hearty, he will not live forever. What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another.
Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together. Hunger is felt by a slave and hunger is felt by a king. The lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did. Money is sharper than a sword. No one tests the depth of a river with both feet. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.
When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk. When the fool is told a proverb, its meaning has to be explained to him. Only when you have crossed the river, can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout. The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. When a man is wealthy, he may wear an old cloth. It is no shame at all to work for money.
It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man. The poor man and the rich man do not play together. A bad name is like a stigma. When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised. You can tell a ripe corn by its look. You must judge a man by the work of his hands. The moon moves slowly, but it crosses the town. People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way.
When a man says yes, his chi personal god says yes also. One cannot both feast and become rich. When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk. The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat.Example: X: I want a bike on my birthday. What may seem beautiful to one person may not seem to another. Every ass likes to hear himself bray. A bad experience will make people stay away from A burnt child dreads the fire.
Proverbs can be usually predicted though not heard before in any context.