Friday, May 26, 2017

Alphabetical List - R

Revenge is sweet.There is satisfaction in returning an injury.
(A) rising tide lifts all boats.Refers to something that will be helpful to all.
(The) road to hell is paved with good intentions.It is not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.
(A) rolling stone gathers no mossIf a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions.
Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!
Rome was not built in a day.It takes time to a job properly.  You should not expect to do it quickly.
(A) rotten apple spoils the barrel.A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.

Alphabetical List - S

Save me from my friends.Friends can be more dangerous than enemies.
Saying is one thing, doing is another.People don't always do what they announce.
Short reckonings make long friends.Debts paid quickly encourage friendship.
Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.Physical suffering can lead to sadness or depression.
Silence gives consent.If you don't object something, it is assumed that you agree with it.
(A) soft answer turneth away wrath.If your reply is polite and tactful you will avoid anger.
(A) smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.Overcoming adversity leads to competence.
Snug as a bug in a rug.Feeling very comfortable.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.
Speech is silver, silence is golden.Speaking is good, but discretion can be better.
Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.Physical attacks may harm me, but cruel words will  not.
Still waters run deep.A quiet person with a calm outward appearance can have much knowledge or wisdom.
(A) stitch in time saves nine.It's better to deal with a problem at an early stage so as to prevent it from getting worse.
Stolen fruit is sweet / the sweetest
Stolen pleasures are the sweetest.
What is forbidden is the most tempting.
(A) stumble may prevent a fall.Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.
(A) swallow does not make the summer.One good event does not mean that everything is alright.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alphabetical List - P-Q

(The) pen is mightier than the sword.Words and communication have a greater effect than war and fighting.
Penny wise, pound foolish.Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but not careful about spending large amounts.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.One should not criticize others for faults similar to one's own and risk retaliation.
(A) picture paints a thousand words.A picture is better than a long description.
Pity is akin to love.If you begin to feel sorry for someone, you may start to love them.
Poverty waits at the gates of idleness.If you do not work, you will not earn any money.
Practice makes perfect.Doing something repeatedly is the only way to become good at it.
Practice what you preach.Do yourself what you advise others to do.
Prevention is better than cure.It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
Pride comes before a fall.Don't be too self-confident or proud; something may happen to make you look foolish.
(A) problem shared is a problem halved.It is easier to deal with a problem when you discuss it with someone.
Procrastination is the thief of time.Delaying an action for too long is a waste of time.
(The) proof of the pudding is in the eating.The real value of something can be judged only after it has been tried or tested.
Punctuality is the soul of business.You should always be on time for your business appointments.
Put all your eggs in one basket.Risk everything by relying on one plan (e.g. by putting all one's money into one business).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Alphabetical List - O

An) old fox is not easily snared.A person of experience is difficult to fool or manipulate.
Once bitten, twice shy.After an unpleasant experience, people are careful to avoid something similar.
One father is (worth) more than a hundred schoolmasters.A teacher cannot replace a father.
A child is raised by a father and taught by a teacher.
One good turn deserves another.You should be helpful to someone who helps you.
One of these days is none of these days.Until a date is set, 'one of these days' remains a vague promise.
One today is worth two tomorrows.What you have today is better than what is promised or hoped for.
One man's meat is another man's poison.People don't always like the same things.
One man's trash is another man's treasure.What is useless to one person could be valuable to another.
One swallow doesn't make a summer.A single satisfactory event does not mean that all the others will be as good.
(An) onion a day keeps everyone away.A humoristic version of "an apple a day..."
Only real friends will tell you when  your face is dirty.Only a real friend will tell you the truth.
Opportunity seldom knocks twice.Don't miss opportunities that come along.
(An) ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.It is better to be cautious and discreet than to try to be funny.
(An) ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure.
It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings.Children often speak wisely.
Out of sight, out of mind.We tend to forget people or things that we do not see.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Alphabetical List - N

Necessity is the mother of invention.The need for something forces people to find a way of obtaining it.
Need teaches a plan.Necessity will make you find a solution.
Needs must when the devil drives.Sometimes you are compelled to do something that you would rather not do.
Never put off till tomorrow what can
be done today.
Don't postpone until later something you can do now.
Never say die.Never give up.
Never trouble troubles until troubles
trouble you.
Don't look for problems in advance; deal with them when they arise.
(A) new broom sweeps clean
(but the old brush knows all the corners...)
A newly-appointed person often makes changes quickly .
(A) nod is as good as a wink (to a blind horse/man).A hint or a subtle signal is enough to convey meaning to someone who is ready to understand.
Nobody is perfect.It is understandable not to be perfect or to make occasional mistakes.
No joy without annoyThere is no happiness without clouds.
No losers, no winners.If there were no losers, there could be no winners.
No man can serve two masters.It's impossible to follow instructions from two different sources.
No man is a hero to his valet.Few people are admired by those who know them intimately and are aware of their failings.
No man is an island.We are all interdependent and need other people.
No news is good news.If the news was bad, we would hear of it. Since we have heard nothing, we can assume that all is well.
No pain, no gain.Nothing is achieved without effort.
No rain, no grain.Without rain the harvest will be poor.
No smoke without fire.There could be some truth in the rumour ...
No wind, no waves.Similar to 'no smoke without fire'.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.You cannot expect to achieve anything if you take no risks.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Alphabetical List - M

Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.Manage to product something good using poor material.
Man is the head of the family and woman is the neck that turns the head.No comment!
Man proposes, God disposes.Our destiny depends on God's will.
(A) man can die but once.If death comes now, you will not have to experience it later.
(A) man is as old as he feels himself to be.Your age doesn't matter as long as you are fit and healthy.
(A) man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.A person is judged on what he/she actually does, not on what they say they will do.
(A) man is known by the company he keeps.A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time.
Manners make the man.Possibly: a person's manners show their origins.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.Even if something is said as a joke it can still be true.
Many hands make light work.Sharing work makes the task easier.
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.The weather at the beginning of March is stormy
and at the end is mild.
March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.The storms and rain in March and April produce flowers in the month of May.
Mark, learn and inwardly digest.Note and reflect upon something in order to thoroughly assimilate it.
Marry in haste, repent as leisure.If you get married too quickly, you may spend your whole life regretting it.
Memory is the treasure of the mind.A good memory is very precious.
Men make houses, women make homes.Women give a house its comfort and character.
Might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb.If the penalty is going to be same, you might as well commit the greater offence.
Misery loves companyWhen people are sad they often like others to feel sad too.
Money begets money.If you have money you can make more money.
Money doesn't grow on trees.You should not waste money because it is not plentiful or obtained easily.
(A) monkey in silk is a monkey no less.No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath.
(The) more haste, the less speed.A person makes more progress if they take time to do things carefully.
(The) more you have, the more you want.People have a constant desire to possess more.
(The) mouse that has but one hole is
quickly taken.
If you depend on just one thing, and it fails, you have no alternatives.