A proverb is a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth or piece of advice, based on common sense or experience.
Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society’s values and beliefs is its proverbs.
1.A bad workman always blames his tools.
This proverb is used when someone blames the quality of their equipment or other external factors when they perform a task poorly.
2. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
Things we already have are more valuable than what we hope to get.
3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
When people we love are not with us, we love them even more.
4. A cat has nine lives.
Cat can survive seemingly fatal events.
5. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
One weak part will render the whole weak.
6. Actions speak louder than words.
Actions are a better reflection of one’s character because it’s easy to say things, but difficult to act on them and follow through.
7. A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
When someone is in a difficult situation, s/he will take any available opportunity to improve it.
8. Adversity and loss make a man wise.
We gain wisdom faster in difficult times than in prosperous times.
9. A fool and his money are soon parted.
Foolish people do not know how to hold on to their money.
10. A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.
Howsoever big a task is, it starts with a small step.
11. A leopard can’t/ doesn’t change its spots.
A person can’t change its innate character, especially bad.
12. All good things come to an end.
Good experiences eventually come to an end.
13. All’s well that ends well.
As long as the outcome is good, problems on the way don’t matter.
14. All that glitters is not gold.
Things that look good outwardly may not be as valuable or good.
15.The early bird catches the worm
If you arrive early or do something before other people do it, you have a greater chance of succeeding.
16.Don’t make a mountain out of an anthill (molehill)
Don’t make a minor problem or difficulty into a major one; don’t exaggerate the significance of a small problem.
17.Where there’s a will, there’s a way
If your desire to accomplish something is strong enough, you will find a way to do it.
18.Always put your best foot forward
The meaning of this proverb is that you should always try your best to make a good impression on others; show your best traits and qualities.
19.The squeaky wheel gets the grease
The person who complains the most or is most vocal about something that he needs is usually the one that receives help or attention.
20.A rolling stone gathers no moss
The last proverb has two meanings: 1) a person who is always moving – never living in one place very long – cannot be successful or make a lot of money, and 2) a busy person will not become stagnant but will remain creative and productive.