Proverbs explained | Sunday Observer

Proverbs explained

4 April, 2021

Proverbs are popular, short and wise sayings with words of advice or warning, Here is a short list of proverbs still in current use.
Make the best of a bad bargain
Try to be cheerful in an unhappy situation.
Make the best of a bad job
Accept your present position with equanimity.
Make yourself all honey and flies will devour you
If you are too servile, others will treat you with contempt.
A man can only die once
The fact of dying can only be experienced once.
A man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks
As long as a man feels strong, it does not matter how old he looks. However, looks are more important for a woman because she tends to be judged by them.
A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds
If a man does nothing but talks, he produces nothing of value.
Man proposes, God disposes
Man intends doing something but it is God who decides whether it is to be done.
A man without a smiling face must not open a shop
If you do not have a smiling face, you will not attract customers.
Manners maketh man
You are judged by your manners.
Many a little makes a mickle
If you save a little continuously, you will have a lot of money.
Many hands make light work
If more people are engaged to do a job, it will be finished soon.
Many kiss the hand they wish to cut off
Do not be deceived by mere politeness.
Marriage is a lottery
You can never tell beforehand what sort of a wife or husband you will get.
Marry in haste, and repent at leisure
If you get married in a hurry, you will regret it.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies
A tactless friend will cause more mischief than an enemy.
Men are known by the company they keep
You are judged by the people you associate with.
Men are not to be measured in inches
The greatness of a man does not depend on his physical size.
Men leap over where the hedge is lowest
Human beings naturally take the easy course.
Men make houses, women make homes
Men can build houses but only women can make them warm and comfortable.
Men strain at gnats and swallow camels
Some people condemn small offences violently while committing greater offences.
A mill cannot grind with the water that is past
Do not allow yourself to suffer from vain regrets.
The mill of God grinds slowly
Divine retribution will take time but it will overtake us in the end.
Misfortunes never come singly
One misfortune is usually followed by several others.
A miss is as good as a mile
Whether you have missed your target by a narrow margin or a wide one, you have still failed.
Moderation in all things
Do not go to extremes.
Money burns a hole in the pocket Some people spend their money quickly.
Money talks
You can do many things with money than without it.
More know tom Fool than Tom Fool knows
You are known to more people than you realise.
More than enough is too much Exercise moderation in everything.
The more you have, the more you want
You are never satisfied with what you have.
The mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken
You should not depend too much on one thing, but should have others in reserve.