Proverbs A - Z

   

 

What do these proverbs mean?

Make hay while the sun shines.

(Be productive when you have the opportunity because your opportunities are limited.)

 

Make love not war.

(Love is an effective antidote to war and hostility. Love is a better choice over war.)

 

Man does not live by bread alone.

(People need more than one form of sustenance, whether that's food, intellectual interest, athletics, adventure, etc. Diversity is good.)

 

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

(The truth is often revealed when we joke and laugh with one another because we are less inhibited at that time.)

 

Many hands make light work.

(It's easier to get something finished when a lot of people do the work.)

 

Measure twice; cut once.

(Be very careful before making a big decision that can't be changed. This proverb is often applied to carpentry and other trades that involve cutting material, but it's also used as a metaphor.)

 

Misery loves company.

(People who are unhappy enjoy being together because they can share their unhappiness.)

 

Moderation in all things.

(Don't do one thing too much, no matter how good it might make you feel.)

 

Money doesn't grow on trees.

(Be careful with your money because it's hard to acquire. Learn to understand the value of money.)

 

Money is the root of all evil.

(When something bad happens, chances are it involves a lust for money. Greed is bad.)

 

Money isn't everything.

(There are other things in life that are more important than money.)

 

Money makes the world go round.

(Money inspires people to do what they have to do. The need for money is at the heart of routine activity.)

 

Money talks.

(Money is powerful. Money inspires action.)

 

Monkey see, monkey do.

(People do something after they see another person doing it, often without giving proper consideration to the activity.)

 

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.

(Music calms our animal instincts. This proverb is attributed to the British author, William Congreve.)

 

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