Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 

 

What do these proverbs mean?

Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.

(People are more attracted to those who are happy and fun than those who are sad)

 

Laughter is the best medicine.

(Laughing will help you feel better.)

 

Learn to walk before you run.

(Don't try to do too much when learning how to do something that is new to you. Take it one step at a time.)

 

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

(Before you criticize others for bad behavior, consider your own behavior first. )

 

Let bygones be bygones. 

(Try not to think too much about something bad that happened in the past. Don't let the past interfere with the present.)

 

Let sleeping dogs lie.

(Don't try to find out what happened in the past. Revealing the truth about activities in the past could have negative consequences for the present.)

 

Let the buyer beware. (Caveat emptor)

The buyer is responsible for his own purchases. Be careful when making a purchase.)

 

Let the punishment fit the crime.

(A person who did something wrong should receive a punishment that is equal to the offense. This expression is used for criminals, but it's also used in jest for common activity.)

 

Life imitates art.

(A person's behavior is influenced by a movie, novel, painting, song, etc.)

 

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

(Everything is okay. LIfe is good and there aren't any problems. This is often used with the negative: Life isn't just a bowl of cherries.)

 

Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're going to get.

(Anything can happen to you. We don't know our fate.)

 

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

(Something big--romance, inspiration, disaster, sudden wealth, etc.--only happens once to a person.)

Like father, like son.

(The son's behavior is very similar to that of the father.)

 

Live for today for tomorrow never comes.

(Enjoy your life now because you don't know what will happen tomorrow. Many people simply say something like, "You have to live for today.")

 

Look before you leap.

(Think before you do something; otherwise, you might make a mistake.)

 

Look on the sunny side of life.

(Try to be optimistic and think about things that are good rather than things that are bad.)

 

Loose lips sink ships.

(Talking to other people about something might reveal secrets. This is often applied to military operations. It originated during World War II.)

 

Love is blind.

(When you are in love, you don't see the world clearly. Nor do you see the other person you are in love with clearly.)

 

Love makes the world go round.

(Love is what keeps humanity moving forward. It's a very powerful emotion.)

 

Love thy neighbor.

(Care for and respect other people, whether they live next door to you or occupy the same city, country, continent, etc. The word "thy" is an old English word that means "your." So, you could also say, "Love your neighbor." )

 

Love will find a way.

(Somehow, people who are in love will get what they want. Love is a powerful emotion that can remove obstacles.)

 

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