Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 

 

What do these proverbs mean?

 

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

(All parts of an organization are important, even the smallest and weakest parts.)

 

A fool and his money are soon parted.

(Foolish people lose their money easily.)

 

A friend in need is a friend indeed 

(Friends prove their friendship when they help each other.)

 

A good man is hard to find.

(It's hard to find a man who is good. This proverb is often used by women.)

 

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

(A country or some previously unified group will experience failure if it can't solve its differences.)

 

A house is not a home.

(A house is just a building, but a home is a place where there is love and caring for the people in it.)

 

A leopard cannot change its spots.

(A person cannot change his ways.)

 

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

(Some people make decisions without having enough information, or they believe they have complete knowledge about a thing when in fact they do not.)

 

A man's home is his castle.

(A man or woman is the ruler inside his or her home. Any person can be a king or a queen at home.)

 

A penny saved is a penny earned. 

(Saving money can be just as good or useful as making money.)

 

A person is known by the company he keeps.

(Whom you choose to be friends with says a lot about who you are. If your friends are bad people, you might be considered to be a bad person also--even if you aren't.)

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.

(A picture can provide a lot more information or truth about something than a written description.)

 

A rising tide lifts all boats.

(When there is success, other people are also positively affected by that success.)

 

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

(If you are always active and doing something, you will remain strong and vital. If you become inactive, you will lose your skills and abilities.)

 

A stitch in time saves nine.

(You can save a lot of time in the future by making relatively small changes.)

 

A woman's place is in the home.

(A woman should not work outside the home.)

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

(When you are away from someone you love, your love for that person increases.)

 

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

(Having too much power will always lead to corruption and the misuse of one's position.)

 

Actions speak louder than words.

(It's what you do that matters--not what you say.)

 

All good things come to he who waits.

(If a person can be patient, eventually good things will happen as a result of that patience.)

 

All good things must come to an end.

(Eventually, a good situation will end or change. Nothing can last forever.)

 

All that glistens is not gold.

(Money and wealth are not the most valuable things in life. There are other things just as valuable such as one's family or good health.)

 

All things must pass.

(Life is full of changes; no matter how bad something is, it will likely change in the future.)

 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

(A person can't work all the time. If a person always works, he or she will become uninteresting.)

 

All's fair in love and war.

(A person is permitted to do whatever is necessary to win the love and affection of someone else.)

 

All is well that ends well.

(Everything is okay if it comes to a good conclusion.)

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. 

(If you eat healthy food or have a healthy lifestyle, it won't be necessary to use the services of a doctor.)

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

(It's a good idea to prevent a problem from occurring because solving a problem can be expensive or difficult.)

 

April showers bring May flowers.

(The rain that we get in April is responsible for the beautiful flowers in May.)

 

Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer.

(It stands to reason that a bad question or a question that is not properly formed will yield an answer that is equal to the question.)

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