Proverbs are short popular wise sayings that express a piece of advice. They are based on life experience and common sense. They teach us very good lessons that we all should apply on a daily basis.
There are different proverbs used in many languages, and many of them are actually similar or the same. In the list below, you will find 40 of the most common proverbs in English. If there are some that you didn't know, try to remember them and improve your English language skills.
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We should value what we have rather than always look for more.
This proverb emphasizes the fact that who gets enough sleep and starts the day early and with energy will be successful.
Very similar to “A picture is worth a thousand words”. This proverb lets us understand that it is very easy to say things, but the difficult thing is to prove what you’re saying.
Just because someone did something bad to you, you shouldn’t do the same to them.
People shouldn’t criticize other people when they could be criticized for the same thing.
As we previously explained in number 3, people should prove by doing and not just speaking.
It encourages us to eat fruit and vegetable in general because they are healthy.
This saying tells us that people with the same character or that do similar things look for similar company.
Nasty people that threaten others rarely take action.
Things take time, and we need to be patient, it won’t help if you constantly wait for something to happen.
If you’re going through a tough moment in life and someone offers you some help, take what you are given and don’t complain about it. Remember: you didn’t have it before they helped.
Sort out problems as soon as possible, don’t let them get even bigger.
This proverb doesn't really need an explanation.
You should be thankful to people that are helping you, not hurt them.
You shouldn’t judge people by their appearance.
It basically means to mind your own business, or it could be dangerous.
Don’t try and do more than you can.
You can get something good out of every negative or bad time you go through.
In other words, be patient, happiness arrives.
This proverb shows us that is better to do things with caution so you don’t regret it later.
One does not argue on its own, you can't blame only the other side.
Don't question someone's gift.
This proverb shows us that repeating or trying something many times will make you better at it.
If it's hard, it will take time, you just need to be patient.
Wake up early or arrive early and you will succeed.
This proverb is another way of defining Karma.
There is always a reason for a reason to spread and probably some truth in it.
You can't force people to do something, you can only give them some advice or make it easy for them. It's their choice to do it.
If something works well, why do you want to change it?
What you think is useless for you might be valuable for someone else.
Think about this situation at work: your boss is not in today. You will probably do as you like or do it in a more relaxed way.
It is very difficult to change the way of doing something if you have been doing it the same way for many years.
The person who has de money gets to decide how to spend it.
When difficult times come, the ones that survive are the strong ones, the ones that are determined to get on with it.
Not everyone will see beauty in the same things. It is subjective.
This is a piece of advice for those who are used to betting everything or putting all their efforts in something: be careful, you could lose everything.
If you do something yourself you will be certain that it is well done. Don't trust other people to do important things for you.
There is always something that doesn't follow the rule, which means the rule applies in all other cases.
Find your own ways of getting or achieving something when this something becomes essential.
Last but not least, this proverb teaches us that we should watch our enemies closely and stay alert, just in case they try harming you.