|B||Bad news travels fast.||
People tend to circulate bad news (accidents, illness etc.) very quickly.
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.
|Be swift to hear, slow to speak.||
Listen carefully before speaking.
|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 then 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 the devil you know than the devil you
It's better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
|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, rather than continue and risk losing
|Better safe than sorry||It's better to be too careful than to be careless and regret it later.|
|Better 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.|
|Birds of a feather flock together.||
People of the same sort are usually found together.
|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.|
|C||Charity begins at home.||A person's first duty is to help and care for his own family.|
|Children and fools tell the truth.|
|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.|
|Clothes don't make the man.||Appearances can be deceiving.|
|Constant occupation prevents temptation.||When you work you avoid temptation.|
|Dead men tell no tales|| A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be |
preferable to conceal.
|Diamond cuts diamond.||Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning.|
|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.
|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 from 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 your own knife and fork.||Don't do something yourself which causes your own downfall.|
|Don't judge a book by its cover.||Don't judge by appearances.|
| Early to bed and early to rise makes a man
healthy, wealthy and wise.
|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.|
|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 unpleasant 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 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.
|F||Facts speak louder than words.||
People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
|Failure teaches success.|
|False friends are worse than open enemies.|
|Familiarity breeds contempt||Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them.|
|Fine words butter no parsnips.||No amount of talking can replace action.|
|First come, first served.||The first person in the line will be attended to first.|
| 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 act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid|
|Friendship is love with understanding.|
|G||Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.||Nothing is achieved without effort.|
| Give someone an inch and they will take a
mile (or yard).
|Give someone a little and they will want more - some people are never satisfied.|
| Give someone enough rope and they will hang
|Give someone enough time and freedom and they will get into trouble.|
|God helps those who help themselves.||
|Good and quickly seldom meet.||A well-done job takes time.|
|Good management is better than good income.|
|Great minds think alike.||
|Great oaks grow from little acorns.||Large successful operations can begin in a small way.|
|Grief divided is made lighter|
|H||Half a loaf is better than none.||You should be grateful for something, even if it's not as much as you wanted.|
|Hard words break no bones.|
|Haste makes waste.||If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.|
|Hatred is a blind as love.||A person who feels hatred does not see any qualities in the person he/she hates.|
|He has enough who is content.|
|He who hesitates is lost.||If you delay your decision too long, you may miss a good opportunity.|
|He who is everywhere is nowhere.||It's not good to do too many things at the same time.|
|He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.||Knowledge leads us to make choices.|
|He who pays the piper calls the tune.||The person who provides the money for something should control how it is spent|
|He who plays with fire gets burnt.||
If you behave in a risky way, you are likely to have problems.
|He who wills the end wills the means.||If you are determined to do something you will find a way.|
|He laughs best who laughs last.||Don't express your joy, or your triumph, too soon!|
|Health is better than wealth.||It's better to be in good health than to be rich.|
|Home is where the heart is.||You call home the place where the people you love are.|
|Honesty is the best policy.||It's always better to be honest.|
|Honey catches more flies than vinegar.||You can obtain more cooperation from others by being nice.|
|However long the night, the dawn will break||Bad things don't last forever.|
|Hunger is a good sauce.||All food tastes good when you are hungry.|
|In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.||You have many friends when you have no difficulties.|
| If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will
If you let something intrusive enter your life, your life will become difficult .
| If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good
for hay nor grain.
|Plants and crops will grow badly if there is no rain in early spring.|
| If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.
|Avoid regrets by taking time to think before speaking or acting angrily.|
| If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either
|If you try to do two things at the same time, you won't succeed in doing either of them.|
|If two ride a horse, one must ride behind.|| When two people do something together, one will be the leader |
and the other will be the subordinate.
|If you want a friend, be a friend.|
|If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.||Wishing alone is of no use; you must act as well.|
|Ignorance is bliss.||Possible interpretation: What you do not know causes no worry or sadness.|
|In for a penny, in for a pound.||If you start something, it's better to spend the time or money necessary to complete it.|
|In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.||A man of even limited ability has an advantage over a person who is less able.|
|It never rains but it pours.||Misfortunes usually come in large numbers.|
|It is always darkest before the dawn||The most difficult time is just before a problem is solved.|
|It's no use crying over spilt milk.||Don't express regret for something that has happened and cannot be remedied.|
|It takes all sorts to make a world.||People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing.|
|J||Justice delayed is justice denied.||If the law is applied too late, there is no justice.|
|K||Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.||
What you learn when you are young will be invaluable when you grow old.
|Knowledge is power.||Knowledge makes it possible for you to act.|
|Kill one to warn a hundred.||Warn many by punishing a few.|
|Kill the goose that lays the golden egg.||Destroy something that would be a source of wealth or success.|
|Kindness begets kindness.||If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you.|