Proverbs A - Z

   

 

What do these proverbs mean?

Necessity is the mother of invention.

(People learn how to make new things when there is a need for them.)

 

Never judge a book by its cover.

(It's not fair to form an opinion about a person or a thing based only on appearances.)

 

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

(If you are able to do something now, then do it now; don't wait until tomorrow to do it.)

 

Never say die.

(Don't give up. Don't quit.)

 

Never say never.

(Don't limit yourself by saying that you will never do something. Be open to all possibilities, even those that might not be favorable.)

 

Never speak ill of the dead.

(Don't say bad things about a person who has died, especially someone who has died recently.)

 

No man is an island.

(Everyone needs help from other people; you can't achieve success without the contributions made by others.)

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

(Don't be too influenced by the opinions of other people. If you feel hurt by negative criticism, then you are giving your critics too much credit.)

 

No pain, no gain.

(If you don't work hard, you won't gain the physical or mental strength that naturally comes from that work.)

 

No rest for the wicked.

(People who are mean or bad are always plotting to do something bad.)

 

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

(There are very few things in life that are predictable.)

 

Nothing succeeds like success.

(Success is self-evident and attractive.)

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

(You have to make an effort in order to achieve success. If you don't take risks, you might not experience benefits that would otherwise result from risk-taking.)

 

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