English ProverbsRating Mail
There is only eight years between success and failure in politics.
Note : Jim Brown, Louisiana statesman.
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A thief thinks everyone steals.
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Think before you speak.
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This, too, shall pass.
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Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
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Those who run with pigs, smell like pigs.
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Time and tide wait for none.
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Time flies.
Note : In Latin: Tempus fugit!
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Time flies when you're having fun.
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Time is gold.
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'Tis better to hoave loved and lost than to have never loved at all.
Note : Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "In Memoriam:27".
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Tit for tat.
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To each, his own.
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To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Note : Pope, Essay on Criticism.
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To have the fulfilled life, you must question the unanswerable and learn nothing.
Meaning - You must build your own opinions, but life is too short to waste trying to understand life.
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To know the road ahead ask those coming back.
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To put something in a new jacket.
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Tomorrow is another day.
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Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians.
Meaning - Implies that an organization is top-heavy, too many different directions to go and not enough ability to go along them.
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Too many cooks spoil the broth.
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Too much of one thing, good for nothing.
Meaning - Don't overspecialize.
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Trapped between a rock and a hard place.
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Tread on a worm and it will turn.
Note : This Proverb is generally used by Persons who have received gross insults and Injuries from others (which they have for some time bore with Patience) to excuse their being at last transported to some Warmth of Resentment and Passion. - Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey, 1721.
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Trouble shared is trouble halved.
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The truth is in the wine.
Meaning - A drunken man's words are a sober man's thoughts.
Note : A person will more freely divulge a secret when plied with alcohol.
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Truth is stranger than fiction.
Note : "Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction." - Lord Byron, Don Juan.
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The truth shall set you free, or The truth will set you free.
Note : In the Bible, John 8:32.
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Truth will out.
Meaning - The truth will eventually come out, no matter how well it is hidden.
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Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
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Try try but don't cry.
Meaning - Never give up in life.
Note : Try and try until you suceed.
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Two heads are better than one.
Note : In a multitude of counselors there is more wisdom (than in few)
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Two things prolong your life: A quiet heart and a loving wife.
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Two wrongs don't make a right.
Note : Also jocularly formed from above: Two wrongs don't make a right - but three lefts make a right.
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Two's company; three's a crowd.
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Two sides of the same coin.
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An unasked question is the most futile thing in the world.
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Unprepare to prepare, be prepared to be unprepared
Note : supposedly said by W.B.Govo in 1916.
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Use it or lose it.
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Use it up, wear it out, make do with, or do without.
Note : Great depression era proverb.
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The value is determined by the agreement of two people.
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Variety is the spice of life.
Note : An early version is found in William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book II, "The Timepiece", lines 606 - 7:Variety's the very spice of life,That gives it all its flavour.
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Vengeance is mine, thus saith the Lord.
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Virtue which parleys is near a surrender.
Note : Divers Proverbs, Nathan Bailey,1721.
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Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Note : This Proverb is from the Japanese proverb.
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Walk softly, carry a big stick.
Note : Variant of an African proverb that was made famous in the U.S. by Teddy Roosevelt, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far".
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Walk the walk and talk the talk.
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Waste not, want not.
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A watched pot never boils.
Meaning - Time seems to pass quicker when you aren't consciously waiting for something.
Note : Worrying over something can make the task seem to take longer than it should.
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The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
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We are all on this earth, we can't get off so get on.
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