Monday, May 16, 2011

English Proverbs with their Meanings

Proverb:

‘If you have lemons, make lemonade’ is a mantra in today’s world. 

Explanation :

Use the best things you have and settle for something handy. ‘Something is surely better than nothing.’

Proverb:

‘Beauty is skin deep’.  

Explanation : 

Mere pleasant looking people are the most deceptive. Values, principles and humane nature is a more reliable trait.

 Proverb:

‘It is no use crying over spilt milk’

Explanation : 

This means what has been done and begone is a past. Forgetting and forgive makes living easy.

Proverb:

‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’  

Explanation : 

This seems another way to juggle the problems of life. This causes more confusion and surely not the right way to manage.

Proverb:

‘When the cat is away, the mice will play,’ 

Explanation :

 This is the best way to explain indiscipline. Governance is necessary as without rules each one will have their own way.

 Proverb:

‘Great minds think alike’. 

Explanation : 

Success is often the meeting of ideas and marriage of like minds.

Proverb:

‘Teach an old dog new tricks’. 

Explanation : 

Though learning is a process in life, one cannot mend the crooked ways or negative traits of a person completely.

Proverb:

‘Honey catches more flies than vinegar’.  

Explanation : 

This is a sure case that sweetness is preferred for being popular.

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