Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 

 

What do these proverbs mean?

 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

(It's okay to give food to a person who needs it, but it's better to teach a person how to take care of himself.)

 

Give, and you shall receive.

(Give to other people and you will receive something in return. Most often, the thing you receive is the good feeling that you have helped another person.)

 

Give credit where credit is due.

(It's important to recognize people who have helped you; don't take credit for something that you didn't do.)

 

Give them an inch and they'll take a yard.

(If you allow people privileges or benefits, they'll just want more. This means that it might be better to be strict than to be lenient.)

 

Go with the flow.

(Do what other people are doing. Allow yourself to relax and try not to worry.)

 

God helps those who help themselves.

(If you take care of yourself, God will look upon you and your efforts more favorably.)

 

Good fences make good neighbors.

(Fences prevent problems from occurring between neighbors. Fences provide privacy, security, and peace of mind.)

 

Good things come to those who wait.

(Be patient and good things will happen for you.)

 

Great minds think alike.

(People who are intelligent think about things in similar ways.)

 

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

(Big things can come from something small.)

 

Grow where you are planted.

(Thrive and become successful in the place where you are now. Don't move in search of success.)

 

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