Proverbs explained | Sunday Observer

Proverbs explained

11 April, 2021

Proverbs are popular, short and wise sayings with words of advice or warning. Here is a list of proverbs still in current use.
Much would have more
Those who have a lot of wealth are never satisfied with what they possess.
Murder will out
You cannot conceal a murder indefinitely.
Nature abhors a vacuum
Any natural deficiency tends to be made good. For instance, if a young woman loses her husband, she will marry somebody else.
The nearer the church, the farther from God
Those who are closely associated with religious activities are least likely to follow the religion.
Necessity is the mother of invention
When there is a great need for something, somebody will invent it.
Necessity knows no law
A hungry man will steal food to satisfy his hunger.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
If you borrow money from a friend, you will not be able to repay it. If you lend money to a friend, he will not be able to repay it. Ultimately, your friendship will be spoilt.
Never buy a pig in a poke
Always examine what you are going to buy.
Never do things by halves
If you start doing something, finish it.
Never judge by appearances
You should not base your opinion on what something looks like.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth
Do not be critical when you receive a gift.
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today
If you have to do something, do it now.
Never say die
Never give up.
Never spend your money before you have it
Never make plans to spend a sum of money you expect from somebody else.
Never spur a willing horse
Never urge a person who works well to work harder.
Never tell your enemy that your foot aches
Never allow an enemy to know your weaknesses.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you
Do not worry about something before it happens.
New brooms sweep well
New appointees do their work well.
Ninety per cent of inspiration is perspiration
Inspiration is useless without an aptitude for hard work.
No cross, no crown
You cannot achieve anything worthwhile without suffering.
No man can serve two masters
The meaning is obvious.
No man is a hero to his valet
Your servant knows your weaknesses.
No man is content with his lot
People are not satisfied with what they have.
No man is indispensable
When an employee leaves an organization somebody else will be appointed.
No man is infallible
All of us are liable to make mistakes.
No names, no pack drill
Do not mention names in case anyone is going to suffer.
No news is good news
If we do not receive any good news from somebody, there is nothing to worry about them.
Noblesse oblige
Noble birth imposes obligations of noble actions.
A nod is as good as a wink
A slight change of expression on a person’s face is enough to convey his emotions.
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse
It is no use giving a hint to a person who is determined not to take it.