Proverbs are common sayings containing wisdom nuggets. Using any of these 100 common proverbs, you can improve your Language proficiency by a few folds.

  1. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

If someone does something wrong with you, trying to get revenge would only make it worse.

  1. The pen is mightier than the sword.

Trying to persuade someone with thoughts and words is more successful than manipulating someone to do what you want to do.

  1. When in Rome, do as the Romans.

Live the way the people around you act. This concept could come in handy when you’re traveling abroad to find that people are doing things differently than you used to.

  1. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

You will get a decent experience if you complain. If you wait patiently, nobody can help.

  1. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Strong people don’t give up when struggling. They strive hard.

  1. No man is an island.

You can’t exist independently. Everyone wants support from others.

  1. Fortune favors the bold.

People who courageously pursue what they want are more effective than people trying to live comfortably.

  1. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Don’t judge anyone unless you’re perfect.

  1. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Things can go wrong, so be vigilant.

  1. Better late than never.

Timeously doing anything is safest. But if you can’t do it, do it late.

  1. Birds of a feather flock together.

People prefer to spend together with like-minded others.

  1. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

If you have an opponent, appear to be acquainted with them instead of competing directly. You should watch them closely and find out what they’re preparing.

  1. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Images express feelings and messages greater than written or spoken.

  1. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

The stuff provided free of charge often has a hidden cost.

  1. There’s no place like home.

Your own house is the most convenient place to be.

  1. Discretion is the greater part of valor.

Sometimes it’s essential to know when to give up and walk away instead of still behaving courageously and suffering.

  1. The early bird catches the worm.

You should wake up early if you want to grow.

  1. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

If somebody gives you a present, don’t inquire.

  1. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

If you’re trying to do something amazing, you’ll probably make some people irritated or frustrated. Don’t think about them; concentrate on positive outcomes.

  1. God helps those who help themselves.

Don’t just hope for positive stuff to happen. Strive to fulfill the goals.

  1. You can’t always get what you want.

Don’t complain if you don’t get what you desire.

  1. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Become clean. God loves that.

  1. A watched pot never boils.

Whenever something takes time to complete, don’t monitor it too closely because it seems it takes longer.

  1. Beggars can’t be choosers.

If you ask someone else’s favor, you must take whatever they give you.

  1. Actions speak louder than words.

Only saying you’re doing something doesn’t mean much. Actually, it’s tougher and more significant.

  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Don’t try to change anything that works pretty well. You can end up causing additional problems.

  1. Practice makes perfect.

You have to practice a lot to make it successful.

  1. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

It is frustrating and leads to poor outcomes if too many people try to lead and offer their viewpoints. One or two powerful leaders should be in jobs and programs.

  1. Easy come easy go.

It’s easy to waste or lose money when you get money easily, like winning it.

  1. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

When you are paid or helped by others, you must make sure that you don’t get them upset or tell them negative things.

  1. All good things must come to an end.

You don’t have good luck or fun forever; it’s going to end.

  1. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

If you’re trying to change somebody’s actions and it doesn’t succeed, you might have to change. For instance, if you try to get your classmates to concentrate on studying but want to party, then you should just be partying with them.

  1. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Different people have different ideas about what’s valuable.

  1. There’s no time like the present.

If you do something, don’t postpone it for later. Just do it right away.

  1. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Different individuals have different perceptions about what is really attractive.

  1. Necessity is the mother of invention.

When you’re in real distress, you find innovative solutions to your problems.

  1. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Save income. Cutting costs is like making money.

  1. Familiarity breeds contempt.

If you’re too long with someone, you get bored and irritated with them.

  1. You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Things often look different than they’re.

  1. Good things come to those who wait.

Have patience. Eventually, something positive happens to you.

  1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Take a contingency measure. Don’t gamble money or time in one strategy.

  1. Two heads are better than one.

When two people collaborate, they think of better suggestions.

  1. The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.

People seem to like something they don’t.

  1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Don’t be mean to people.

  1. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

If one group member fails, the whole group will collapse.

  1. Honesty is the best policy.

Don’t lie.

  1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Often, being away from your partner is good because it makes you want to see each other again.

  1. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

If you want to help someone but they don’t take advice or offers, give up. You can’t compel others to accept support.      

  1. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Your expectations might not work out, so don’t start worrying about what you’re going to do after you achieve. Wait until you’ve already accomplished, and then consider what to do next.

  1. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

Don’t rely on other people to do things that really matter to you. You have to do it yourself to confirm the quality of the findings.

  1. A bad workman always blames his tools.

This proverb is used when people blame the quality of their equipment or other external factors for poorly performing a mission.

  1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Stuff that we already have is more precious than we expect to get.

  1. Learn to walk before you run.

First of all, learn simple skills before going into complicated things.

  1. A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

When anyone is in a tough situation, they will take every opportunity available to enhance it.

  1. You show me the man, and I’ll show you the rule.

Regulations differ according to how popular or strong the individual is possibly affected by the laws.

  1. Adversity and loss make a man wise.

In tough times we develop wisdom faster than in times of prosperity.

  1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

Foolish people don’t know how to keep their cash.

  1. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

No matter how big a mission, it begins with a small move.

  1. A leopard can’t/ doesn’t change its spots.

An individual cannot, nasty, change his inherent character.

  1. All good things come to an end.

Pleasant experiences come to an end.

  1. All’s well that ends well.

As long as a result is successful, it doesn’t matter on the way.

  1. All that glitters is not gold.

Outwardly good items may not be as important or good.

  1. Always put your best foot forward.

Try as hard or give your best.

  1. Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

If others in the fray are even more incompetent, incapable individuals may gain a powerful place.

  1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Eating an apple a day makes you healthy.

  1. An empty vessel makes much noise.

Ignorant fools are the most easygoing.

  1. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.

If you’ve nothing to do, you’ll probably think of mayhem.

  1. An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.

Before a disaster strikes, a little precaution is safer than warfighting afterward.

  1. Appearances can be deceptive.

External appearance may not be what you expect.

  1. A rolling stone gathers no moss.

An individual who always switches jobs and places have the benefit of less obligation and the drawback of no set place to live.

  1. A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is for.

Leave your personal space to develop and reach your ability.

  1. A stitch in time saves nine.

It’s easier to deal with issues immediately rather than waiting by when they get worse and bigger.

  1. As you sow, so you shall reap.

Your behavior – good or bad—defines what you will get.

  1. A thing begun is half done.

A solid start makes the other project easier to achieve.

  1. Barking dogs seldom bite.

People that appear dangerous are rarely hurt.

  1. Be slow in choosing but slower in changing.

Choose stuff or people after due diligence, but stick longer once you choose.

  1. Beauty is only skin deep.

Character, intelligence, and other inner attributes are more important than their outward appearance.

  1. Beggars can’t be choosers.

People who rely on others’ kindness can’t choose things as they want. They must embrace what they get.

  1. The best things in life are free.

Sometimes the most important items are free.

  1. Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.

A healthy lifestyle matters more than money.

  1. Better to wear out than to rust out.

Better to be busy than idle (used mainly for older people).

  1. Blood is thicker than water.

Family (or blood) relationships are deeper than other relationships.

  1. Clothes do not make a man.

A person’s character cannot be measured by attire and physical appearance.

  1. Cowards die many times before their deaths.

Cowards experience death’s dreaded consequences several times in their lives.

  1. Cross the stream where it is shallowest.

To do things in the easiest method.

  1. Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it a bank.

Investigating the work of others can be risky. One’s meant to mind its own business. However, satisfaction can bring it back.

  1. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.

Often catch the wrongdoer’s repercussions of doing wrong.

  1. Discretion is the better part of valor.

Be patient and don’t display needless courage.

  1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Don’t take more risks than you should.

  1. Don’t blow your own trumpet.

It would help if you stopped boasting about your successes and accomplishments before others.

  1. Don’t cast pearls before swine.

Don’t give anyone valuable who doesn’t deserve it.

  1. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Just like you can’t form a book’s opinion just by looking at its cover, you can’t form an opinion about anyone (or some kind of) from its external appearance.

  1. Don’t throw the baby with the bathwater.

Don’t discard anything valuable when riding anything useless.

  1. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Every bad or negative condition can help you. (Silver lining means the sun is behind the cloud and will finally emerge.)

  1. Every man is the architect of his destiny.

Your own choices and actions determine in your life what you do (or not do).

  1. Every man has his price.

All can be persuaded to do something. It’s just that some can need higher, some low. The proverb is often used in the sense that people are bribed.

  1. Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

Be strong despite defeats. This is how you excel.

  1. Familiarity breeds contempt.

If you know a circumstance, person, or thing, you’re going to stop honoring them and become reckless.

  1. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fools or inexperienced people get involved in situations or follow goals without much thought. On the other hand, smart people are thinking about certain circumstances or ambitions.

  1. Fortune favors the brave.

If you are brave enough to carry out your dreams, luck is more likely to benefit you.

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