Saturday, April 22, 2017

Alphabetical List - F

Facts speak louder than wordsPeople show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what they say.
Failure teaches success.People can learn from their failures and be successful later on.
Fair exchange is no robberySwapping two items of equal value is an honest deal.
False friends are worse than open enemies.It's better to know who your real enemies are rather than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back.
Familiarity breeds contemptKnowing someone very well can lead to a lack of respect for them.
(A) fault confessed is half redressed.Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.
Fear lends wingsFear makes you do things faster than would normally seem possible.
Fine words butter no parsnipsNo amount of talking can replace action.
First come, first served.The first person in the line will be attended to first.
(The) first step is the hardest.The most difficult part of an action is the beginning.
(A) flower blooms more than once.If you miss an occasion, you can avail yourself of it another time.
(A) fly will not get into a closed mouth.If you learn when to keep silent you will avoid trouble.
(A) fool and his money are (soon) easily parted.A foolish person usually spends money carelessly.
(A) fool at forty is a fool forever.If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.One should learn from one's mistakes.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.Inexperienced people become involved in situations that more intelligent people would avoid.
Forbidden fruit is sweet.What you cannot have is what is always the  most desirable.
(A) friend in need is a friend indeed.Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.
(A) friend to all is a friend to none.Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.
(A) friend's eye is a good mirror.A real friend will tell you the truth.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.Effort is necessary to keep a friendship alive.
Friendship is love with understanding.A friend is more tolerant than a lover/partner/spouse?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Alphabetical List - E

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes
a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
It is much better for you to go to bed early and to get up early in the morning;
(The) early bird catches the worm.Act early, or before anyone else, if you want to have an advantage or be successful.
Easier said than done.What is suggested sounds easy, but it is more difficult to actually do it.
Elbow grease is the best polish.Hard work gives the best results.
Empty vessels make the most noise.The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy.
(An) empty purse frightens away friends.When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.
(The) end justifies the means.Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.
(An) Englishman's  home is his castle.An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes.
Enough is as good as a feast. A moderate amount is sufficient.
Even a worm will turn.Even someone who never complains will react to an intolerable situation.
Every ass likes to hear himself bray.People like to listen to themselves talking.
Every cloud has a silver lining.There is a positive or hopeful side to every situation.
Every man for himself.You must think of your own interests before the interests of others.
Every man has his price.Everyone's loyalty can be bought for a price.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.Life is what you make it.
Every man thinks his own geese swans.Everyone tends to rate their own children, possessions or achievements more highly than others do.
Every path has its puddle.Progress is rarely without difficulty.
Every rose has its thorn.Every good thing has an unpleasant side.
Every why has a wherefore.There is an explanation for everything.
Everything in the garden is rosy.Everything is satisfactory.
Experience is the father of wisdom.Experience and knowledge result in better judgement.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alphabetical List - D

(A) danger foreseen is half avoided.If you are prepared to face a problem or difficulty, it will be easier to deal with.
(The) darkest hour is just before dawn.The most difficult moment is just before a problem is solved.
(A) day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy.Times goes by very quickly when you are happy and very slowly when you are sad.
Dead men tell no lies.A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be preferable to conceal.
Death is the great leveller.All people are equal when they die.
(The) devil looks after his own.Success comes to those who deserve it least.
(The) devil makes work for idle hands.People who have no work, or are idle, often get into trouble.
Diamonds cut diamonds.Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.
(The) die is cast.A decision has been made and it is impossible to change it.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.Hard work brings rewards.
Discretion is the better part of valour.It is useless to take unnecessary risks.
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous
than those of the body.
Thought to refer to mental and emotional disorder or spiritual torment as opposed to bodily pain.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder.When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.
Dogs of the same street bark alike.People of the same background have the same behaviour.
Don't bark if you can't bite.Don't complain if you can't enforce your point of view.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.You must not be too confident that something will be successful.
Don't dig your grave with our own knife and fork.Don't do something yourself that causes your own downfall.
Don't judge a book by its cover.Don't judge by appearances.
(A) drop of ink may make a million think.A thought expressed in writing (perhaps published in a newspaper) can influence a large number of people.
(A) dry March, a wet April and a cool May
may fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
Harvest predictions according to the weather.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Alphabetical List - C

(A) calm sea does not make a skilled
 sailor.
A person shows their competence or ability when difficulties arise.
Care is no cureWorrying about something does not solve the problem.
(A) cat has nine lives.1) Cats can survive many accidents because
    they land on their feet without injury.
2) Nine lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to
    stray, 3 years to stay.
(A) chain is no stronger than its  weakest link.The strength of a group depends on each individual member.
(A) change is as good as a rest.A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.
Charity begins at home.A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family.
Children are certain cares but uncertain comfortsChildren are bound to cause anxiety but do not always bring joy.
Children and fools tell the truth.Neither children nor fools know that it is sometimes advantageous to lie.
Cleanliness is next to godliness.A clean body is just as important as a pure soul.
Clear moon, frost soon.If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form.
(A) closed mouth catches no flies.If you learn when to keep silent you will avoid trouble.
Clothes don't make the man.Appearances can be deceiving.
(A) constant guest is never welcome.If you come to visit too often, your host will be less pleased to see you.
Constant occupation prevents temptation.When you are busy working, you avoid temptation.
Courtesy is contagiousIf you are polite to other people, they will be polite to you.
No cure no payIf the results promised are not produced, there will be no payment.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Alphabetical List - B

Bad beginnings lead to bad results.If you start something badly the result will be unsatisfactory.  
(A) bad cause requires many words.It is difficult to defend a bad cause.
(A) bad excuse is better than none.Always give an excuse when necessary, even if it's a poor one.
Bad news travels fast.People tend to circulate bad news very quickly (accidents, illness, etc.).
(A) bad penny always turns up.An unwanted or disreputable person constantly comes back.
(A) bad tree does not yield good apples.A bad parent does not raise good children.
(A) bad workman blames his tools.Blaming tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.
(A) barking dog seldom bites.Someone who constantly makes threats rarely carries them out.
Be just before you are generous.Make sure all your debts are paid before you start offering help to others.
Beauty is only skin deep.A person's character is more important than their appearance.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Different people have different tastes.
Beauty is the wisdom of women.
Wisdom is the beauty of men.
No comment!
Be swift to hear, slow to speak.Listen carefully before speaking.
(The) best advice is found on the pillow.A good night's sleep may help us find an answer to our problem.
(The) best helping hand is at the end of your sleeve.The best way to get something done is to do it yourself.
(The) best things in life are free.You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness, friendship, good health.
Better brain than brawn. It's better to have a brain than muscles.
Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.It is preferable to have something sure now than the possibility of something better later.
Better be alone than in bad company.Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.It's better to be the leader of a small group than a subordinate in a bigger one.
Better flatter a fool than fight him.It's better to avoid disputes with stupid people.
Better to drink the milk than to eat the cow.Be careful not to destroy the source of your income or welfare.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.It's better to deal with someone difficult but familiar than change and risk dealing with somebody worse.
Better late than never.It's better to do something, even if it's late, than not do it at all.
Better lose the saddle than the horse.It's better to stop and accept a small loss than continue and risk losing everything.
Better safe than sorry.It's better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later.
Better be untaught than ill-taught.It's better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.Don't trust your enemies.
(A) bird in hand is worth two in a bush.It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something else.
Birds of a feather flock together.People of the same sort are usually found together.
(A) black plum is as sweet as a white.People should not be judged by their appearance.
Blood is thicker than water.Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people.
Blood will out.A person's background or education will eventually show.
(A) book holds a house of gold.There is a wealth of knowledge in books.
(A) broken friendship may be soldered but it will never be sound.Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.
(A) burden of one's own choice  is not felt.Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.
(A) burnt child dreads the fire.A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.