English ProverbsRating Mail
Fortune favours the brave.
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A fox smells its own lair first. Or: A fox smells its own stink first.
Meaning - One knows where they belong, and knows when they make a mistake.
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Fretting cares make grey hairs.
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A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Meaning - A genuine friend is with you even in times of trouble.
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From those to whom much is given, much is expected.
Note : Biblical quote Luke 12:48.
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Garbage in, Garbage out.
Note : Sometimes abbreviated GIGO.
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Get four Episcopalians together and a fifth will always appear. (Humor intended!)
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Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
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Give a dog a bad name and he'll live up to it. (or repay you for it)
Note : Implying that people live up to stereotypes given to them or that individuals are corrupted by the illtreatment that goes with being given a bad name.
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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Note : Knowledge is the best charity.
To learn a lesson is a far better reward than to receive a gift.
It is better to know how to help yourself than to beg from others.
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Give a man a match, he shall be warm for a moment. Light a man on fire and he shall be warm for the rest of his life.
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Give and take is fair play.
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Give, and ye shall receive.
Note : Luke 6:38
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Give credit where credit is due.
Note : Derived from Romans 13:7,Variant: Give the Devil his due.
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Give him an inch and he'll take a yard.
Meaning - Once concessions have been made to someone they will demand a great deal more.
Note : Variant: Give the Camel and inch and it will take an ell.,Variant: Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
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Give people a common enemy and hopefully they will work together
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Give respect, take respect.
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Go with the flow.
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God cures and the physician takes the fee.
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God don't like ugly and he ain't stuck on pretty.
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God takes care of drunks.
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A good beginning makes (for) a good ending.
Meaning - Planning is the key to success.
Note : Chinese Version: A good beginning is half a succession.
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Good eating deserves good drinking.
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A good enemy is a better person than a false friend.
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Good fences make good neighbors.
Note : Robert Frost, "Mending Wall".
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A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.
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Good men are hard to find.
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A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.
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Good wine needs no bush.
Meaning - Something desirable of quality and substance need not be embellished. It was customary since early times to hang a grapevine, ivy or other greenery over the door of a tavern or way stop to advertise the availability of drink within, once something establishes a good reputation for quality the advertisement is rendered superfluous.
Note : It was customary since early times to hang a grapevine, ivy or other greenery over the door of a tavern or way stop to advertise the availability of drink within.
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The grass is always greener on the other side...
Meaning - You will always want what you don't (or can't) have.
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Great cry little wool.
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Great events cast their shadows before them.
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Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ.
Note : Great minds think alike, as do lesser ones.
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Great oaks from little acorns grow.
Meaning - Wonderful things come from tiny things.
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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Note : Albert Einstein.
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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do..
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The greatest thing that could happen in my lifetime is for all my ideas to be stolen.
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Green leaves and brown leaves fall from the same tree.
Meaning - Many possible interpretations- Things change over time- If you are good at one aspect of a skill, you should be skilled at the other aspects, such as a painter who says he can't draw, yet both painting and drawing are aspects of art.- No matter of the outside, we are all the same inside.
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Grow where you are planted.
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A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
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Guns for show, knives for a pro.
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A half truth is a whole lie.
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(You can't) Have your cake and eat it too
Meaning - Said to someone that needs to compromise between two ends.
Note : Cf. George Herbert The Sizz "Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it".
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The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm.
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He doesn't boast who does the most.
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He laughs best who laughs last.
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He who dares wins.
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Health is wealth.
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
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Heritage is invaluable.
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