ضرب المثل های زبان انگلیسی

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Explanation / Meaning  Proverb
When you are away from someone you love, you love them even more. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable. Accidents will happen.
What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do. Actions speak louder than words.
It doesn’t cost anything to offer advice. Advice is cheap.
When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given. Advice is least heeded when most needed.
It’s easier to give advice than to act. Advisers run no risks.
People are undistinguished until they have made a name. All cats are grey in the dark.
Patience brings rewards. .All good things come to those who wait
Appearances can be deceptive. All that glitters is not gold.
Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do. All days are short to Industry and long to Idleness.
Things that are done  in love or war can often be excused. All is fair in love and war.
There is a solution to everything even though there are doubts. All’s well that ends well.
What look good on the outside may not be so in reality. All that glitters is not gold.
As time goes by, grief subsides little by little. All things grow with time – except grief.
With practice things become easier. All things are difficult before they are easy.
Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation.  It is not good to work all
the time.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Eating an apple every day can help to keep you healthy
Other interpretation : A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
When one’s financial situation deteriorates,  friends tend to disappear. .An empty purse frightens away friends
An Englishman’s home is a place where he feels safe,  enjoys privacy
and can do as he wishes.
An Englishman’s home is his castle.
When you work you avoid temptation. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.
A humoristic version of “an apple a day… An onion a day keeps everyone away.
It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or
cure the disease later.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When you are angry, it is best not to speak or act immediately. Anger is the one thing made better by delay.
If the date of an event remains vague, it will never happen. Any time means no time.
Something bad or unpleasant today may bring good things in the future. .April showers bring May flowers
A bad parent does not raise good children. A bad tree does not yield good apples.
Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill. A bad workman blames his tools.
It’s better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something better. A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before. A broken friendship may be soldered but will
never be sound.
Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily. A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.
A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things. A burnt  child dreads the fire.
1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury.
2) Three lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.
A cat has nine lives.
The strength of a group depends on each individual member. A chain is no stronger than its weakest lin.
A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday. A change is as good as a rest.
Harvest predictions according to the weather. A dry March, a wet April and a cool May
fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
Confession is the beginning of forgiveness. A fault confessed is half redressed.
If you miss an occasion, you can avail of it at another time. A flower blooms more than once.
A foolish person usually spends money carelessly. A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted.
If a person hasn’t matured by the age of 40, they never will. A fool at forty is a fool forever.
Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special. A friend to all is a friend to none.
A real friend will tell you the truth. A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
Giving an example is better than giving advice. A good example is the best sermon.
If a task is carefully planned, there’s a better chance that it will be done well. A good beginning makes a good end.
You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about. A good conscience is a soft pillow.
  A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant. A leopard cannot change its spots.
Really wealthy don’t talk about money. A loaded wagon makes no noise.
  A loveless life is a living death.
  A man can die but once.
  A man is as old as he feels himself to be.
A person’s character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend
their time.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
No matter how someone dresses, it’s the same person underneath. A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically. A new broom sweeps clean.
It will be easier to deal with a problem if you discuss it with someone. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Describes something that will be helpful to all. A rising tide lifts all boats.
If 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.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group. A rotten apple spoils the barrel.
Overcoming adversity leads to competence. A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
It’s better to deal with a  problem at an early stage, to prevent it from getting
A stitch in time saves nine.
Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one. A stumble may prevent a fall.
One good event does not mean that everything is alright. A swallow does not make the summer.
A man is judged by his actions. A tree is known by its fruit.
If you wait anxiously for something, it seems to take a long time. A watched pot never boils.
If you don’t work, you won’t have any money when you’re old. A young idler, an old beggar.
Today ‘dinner’ is usually called ‘lunch’, and ‘supper’ more often called ‘dinner.’ After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.
You should choose carefully the person you marry. As you make your bed you must lie upon it.
You have to accept the consequences of your actions. .As you sow, so shall you reap
There are subjects I’d rather not discuss. Ask me no questions, I’ll tell  you no lies.
People tend to circulate bad news (accidents, illness etc.) very quickly. Bad news travels fast.
A person’s character is more important than their appearance. Beauty is only skin deep.
Different people have different tastes. .Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the
beauty of men.
Listen carefully before speaking. Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
Be careful in the choice of the people you associate with. Better be alone than in bad company.
It’s better to be the leader of a small group than a subordinate in a bigger one. Better be the head of a dog then the tail of a lion.
It’s better to avoid disputes with stupid people. Better flatter a fool than fight him.
It’s better to deal with somebody difficult but familiar, than change and risk dealing
with somebody worse.
Better the devil you know than the devil you
don’t know.
It’s better to do something, even if it’s late,  than not do it at all. Better late than never.
It’s better to stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing
Better lose the saddle than the horse.
It’s better to be too careful than to be careless and regret  it later. Better safe than sorry.
Be careful not to destroy the source of your income or welfare. Better to drink the milk than to eat the cow.
It’s better not to be taught at all than to be taught badly. Better untaught than ill-taught.
Don’t trust your enemies. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
People of the same sort are usually found together. Birds of a feather flock together.
Family relationships are stronger than relationships with other people. Blood is thicker than water.
A person’s background or education will eventually show. .Blood will out
Boys, and sometimes men,  behave in a childish way from time to time. Boys will be boys.
A person’s first duty is to help and care for his own family. Charity begins at home.
  Children and fools tell the truth.
A clean body is just as important as a pure soul. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
If the atmosphere is clear, frost may form. Clear moon, frost soon.
Appearances can be deceiving. Clothes don’t make the man.
When you work you avoid temptation. Constant occupation prevents temptation.
Criminals do not benefit from their actions. .Crime doesn’t pay
 A dead person cannot cause difficulties by revealing something that it would be
preferable to conceal.
Dead men tell no tales.
Refers to two people equally matched in wit or cunning. Diamond cuts diamond.
Hard work brings rewards. Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
It is useless to take unnecessary risks. Discretion is the better part of valor.
  Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than
those of the body.
When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger. Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
People from the same background have the same behavior. Dogs of the same street bark alike.
Don’t complain if you can’t enforce your point of view. Don’t bark if you can’t bite.
You must not be too confident that something will be successful. Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.
Don’t do something yourself which causes your own downfall. Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
Don’t judge by appearances. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  Early to bed and early to rise makes a man
healthy, wealthy and wise.
What is suggested sounds easy but it is more difficult to actually do it. Easier said than done.
Money obtained without difficulty is easily spent or lost. Easy come, easy go.
Hard work gives the best results. Elbow grease is the best polish.
The least intelligent people are often the most talkative or noisy. Empty vessels make the most noise.
People like to listen to themselves talking. Every ass likes to hear himself bray.
There is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation. Every cloud has a silver lining.
You must think of your own interests before the interests of others. Every man for himself.
Everyone’s loyalty can be bought for a price. Every man has his price.
Life is what you make it. Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Progress is rarely without difficulty. Every path has its puddle.
Every good thing has an unpleasant side. Every rose has its thorn.
There is an explanation for everything. Every why has a wherefore.
Everything is satisfactory. Everything in the garden is rosy.
Experience and knowledge result in better judgement. Experience is the father of wisdom.
People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what
they say.
Facts speak louder than words.
  Failure teaches success.
  False friends are worse than open enemies.
Knowing somebody very well may lead to a lack of respect for them. Familiarity breeds contempt.
No amount of talking can replace action. Fine words butter no parsnip.
The first person in the line will be attended to first. .First come, first served
You should start with the most important duties or concerns. First things first.
One should learn from one’s mistakes. Fool me once, shame on you;
fool me twice, shame on me.
Inexperienced people act in situations that more intelligent people would avoid. .Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  Friendship is love with understanding.