Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 

 

What do these proverbs mean?

 

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

(It's important to plan before you do something if you don't want to avoid failure.)

 

Faith will move mountains.

(You can do anything if you have faith in yourself, in your enterprise, or in a higher power such as God.)

 

Familiarity breeds contempt.  

(The closer you are to a person or a thing, the greater the chance that you will might dislike it because you know its flaws. This can apply to family, friends, coworkers, etc.)

 

Feed a cold and starve a fever.

(When you have a cold, eat; when you have a fever, don't eat.)

 

Fight fire with fire.

(Take care of a problem or situation by applying a similar problem or situation. Confront your opponent with an equal amount of force.)

 

Finders keepers, losers weepers.

(If you lose something and I find it, it's mine.)

 

First come, first served.

(The person who arrives first or arrives early gets whatever benefits might be available.)

 

First impressions are the most lasting.

(People remember what a person or thing was like upon the first meeting or experience.)

 

Fish and guests smell after three days.

(Three days is the limit to have a guest stay with you; after that it begins to get a little uncomfortable.)

 

Flattery will get you nowhere.

(Offering a person compliments will not lead to something better or improve your situation.)

 

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

(Foolish, stupid people do things that smarter, wiser people won't do.)

 

Forewarned is forearmed.

(In order to protect yourself, it's good to have advance warning of something that might happen.)

 

Forgive and forget.

(If someone does something bad to you, forgive that person and try to forget what happened.)

 

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