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Proverbs explained

30 May, 2021

Proverbs are popular, short and wise sayings with words of advice or warning. Here is a list of proverbs still in current use.
There is safety in numbers
It is safer to be with the majority than with the minority.
They also serve who only stand and wait
Patience is a valuable quality.
The thin end of the wedge is dangerous
A small beginning will lead to something great.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
A beautiful object may perish, but the joy of it will last long.
A thing you don’t want is dear at any price
Do not buy something just because it is cheap.
Things are seldom what they seem
Never judge anything by its appearance.
Think not on what you lack as much as on what you have
Count your blessings, not your wants.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
If your own conduct is open for criticism, do not criticise the conduct of others.
Those whom the gods love die young
There is an assumption that a person who dies young is luckier than one who dies in his old age. This is because after-life is supposed to be better than this life.
Through hardship to the stars
This is a translation of the Latin proverb Per aspera ad astra meaning the road to fame is rough and difficult.
Throw out a sprat to catch a mackerel
It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal.
Time and tide wait for no man
If an opportunity presents itself, decide quickly and act promptly.
Time flies
This is the English translation of the Latin proverb Tempus fugit meaning that time goes very fast and it is difficult to keep pace with it.
Time is money
Do not waste time or money because they are invaluable.
Time is the great healer
All you emotional wounds will heal with the passage of time.
Times change
What was true in the past may not be true today because of changing circumstances.
To err is human
All of us are liable to make mistakes.
Tomorrow is another day
Always hope that things will get better in the future.
Tomorrow never comes
What you have to do today, do it now.
The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth
We always think of something that worries us.
The tongue is not steel yet it cuts
If you speak harshly, it will hurt the feelings of others.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
If too many people try to do the same activity, there will be chaos.
Too much curiosity lost Paradise
Do not be too curious or inquisitive.
A tree is known by its fruit
You are judged by what you do.
Truth is stranger than fiction
More curious things happen in real life than in fiction.
The truth will out
Truth cannot be concealed indefinitely.
Two blacks do not make a white
Your faults are not excused by the faults of another person.
Two dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it
When two people are disputing over something, someone else will take the advantage.
Two heads are better than one
It is better to consult someone when you have to make an important decision.
Two is company, three is none
Two friends can agree on something easily. The presence of a third person will lead to a quarrel.
Two of a trade can never agree
Two people belonging to the same profession are envious of each other. They will not agree on anything.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
If you are a great person like a king, you will have to shoulder many responsibilities.