This is a list of some of the most important and well-known English proverbs. Each one of them has a simple explanation. The meanings of these phrases have shifted over the years, so a proverb might have originally had a different meaning than the one i explain.
- "Two wrongs don't make a right"
Explanation: When someone has done something bad to you, try to get revenge will only make things worse.
2. "When in Rome, Do as the Romans"
Explanation: Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you're travelling aboard notice that people do things differently than you used to.
3. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease"
Explanation: You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's going to help you.
4. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"
Explanation: Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder
5. "People who lives in glass houses should not throw stones"
Explanation: Don't criticize other if you are not perfect yourself.
6. "Discretion is the greater part of valor"
Explanation: Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.
7. "Too many cook spoils the broth"
Explanation: When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it's confusing and leads to bad results. Jobs and projects should one or two strong leaders.
8. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em"
Explanation: When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you're trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
9. "Necessity is the mother of invention"
Explanation: When you're really in need, you think of creative solution to your problem
10. "You can't judge a book by its cover"
Explanation: Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food.
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