Proverbs A - Z

 

 

 
 
 

What do these proverbs mean?

Use it or lose it.

(If you don't use something regularly--usually something related to physical strength or mental powers--your abilities or skills will decrease.)

 

Variety is the spice of life.

(Diversity is a good thing for its own sake.)

 

Virtue is its own reward.

(Good behavior is in itself a reward. It should not be necessary to provide incentives to motivate good or kind actions.)

 

Waste not want not.

(If you don't throw things away or waste things that are useful, you will not find yourself in need of those items in the future.)

 

What goes up, must come down.

(A positive trend can't continue forever.)

 

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

(What's good for one person is good for another.)

 

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

(Whatever you do in a place like Las Vegas, such as gamble or engage in illegal activity, can remain a secret. No one will find out what you did.)

 

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

(Do the things that people of a particular place do when you visit their country or city. Eat their food, wear their clothes, behave as they do--even if it's strange.)

 

When the cat's away, the mice will play.

(People under the supervision of an authority, will break the rules or goof around when that authority is gone. For example, when the teacher leaves the classroom, the students will stop doing their work.)

 

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

(When something becomes difficult, people who are faced with the challenge will work harder to overcome the obstacle.)

 

Where there's a will, there's a way.

(If you really want something, you will get it if you work hard enough.)

 

While there's life, there's hope.

(When a situation seems desperate or ill-fated, there's still hope as long as people are still working towards achieving some goal.)

 

Wonders will never cease.

(There's always something that seems miraculous.)

 

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