Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 

 

What do these proverbs mean?

Say something nice or say nothing at all.

(If you can't think of anything nice to say to a person or about something, don't say anything.)

 

Seeing is believing.

(You might not believe something is true until you see it with your own eyes.)

 

Seek and you shall find.

(If you really try, you will find either the thing you were looking for or something similar.)

 

Silence is golden.

(Many people put a high value on peace and quiet. It's not easy to find a place where there is perfect silence.)

 

Slow and steady wins the race.

(Be patient, don't worry about speed, and you will succeed. Listen to your teacher read this Aesop's fable about The Tortoise and the Hare.)

 

Something is better than nothing.

(It's better to have something than nothing at all.)

 

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

(If a child is not punished in some way, usually physically, you will have big problems with the child.)

 

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

(It's a good idea to show that you have the means to enforce rules in order to avoid using force. The originator of this proverb is U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.)

 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

(No matter what a person says about another, the words can't inflict physical injury.)

 

Still waters run deep.

(A person who is quiet and doesn't talk very much probably has a lot on his mind. It could be a personal problem or a person is deep in thought.)

 

Strike while the iron is hot.

(Take advantage of an opportunity. Do something when you have the chance.)

 

Stupid is as stupid does.

(Stupidity is reflected in a person's behavior.)

 

Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan.

(Many people would like to take credit for producing something that is successful, but no one wants to claim a failure as his own.)

 

Success is a journey, not a destination.

(There are many obstacles to avoid and paths to take in order to achieve success. A person must learn to navigate through these things in order to become successful.)

 

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