Some Great English Proverbs For Students-The Best African Proverbs

Proverbs are not just ordinary statements they contain in them lots of hidden meanings and wisdoms. In other words, proverbs or adages are not easy to understand until you are forced to think deeply. If a person is not lazy to ponder about a word or two or more, it will not be that necessary to hire an interpreter.

The whole tribes but insignificant few in the world have their own proverbs in the people’s way of life. Sometimes, people formulate proverbs based on an experience of an event that occurred in their presence or that which they heard from others.

For instance, when one says “better a little fire warm us than a great one to burn us”. From the wordings, you may realize that it is possible that the author of this particular adage had once experienced the destructive features of a great fire and the lenient characteristics of small one. But still the direct meaning is not what the adage is conveying right now. There is a technical meaning which may mean that “it is better we are comfortable with what we have rather than to go and lay our hands in what we will not be able to bear or handle afterwards.

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English Proverbs About General Life

‘Money can’t buy friendship.’-‘Neither can poverty.’

  1. Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us.
  2. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
  3. Better an open enemy than a false friend.
  4. Better be alone than in bad company.
  5. Better be born lucky than rich
  6. Better be envied than pitied.
  7. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
  8. Better deny at once than promise long
  9. Better die standing than live kneeling
  10. Better early than late
  11. Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown
  12. Better go to bed supper less than rise in debt.
  13. Better late than never
  14. Better lose a jest than a friend.
  15. Better one-eyed than stone-blind
  16. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
  17. Better the foot slip than the tongue.
  18. Better to do well than to say well.
  19. Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven
  20. Better unborn than untaught
  21. Birds of a feather flock together
  22. Blind men can judge no colours.
  23. Blood is thicker than water.
  24. Borrowed garments never fit well.
  25. Brevity is the soul of wit
  26. Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse.
  27. Business before pleasure.
  28. By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
  29. By hook or by crook.
  30. By the street of ‘by-and-bye’ one arrives at the house of ‘Never’.
  31. Calamity is man’s true touchstone.
  32. Care killed the cat
  33. Catch the bear before you sell his skin.
  34. Caution is the parent of safety
  35. Charity begins at home
  36. Cheapest is the dearest.
  37. Cheek brings success
  38. Children and fools must not play with edged tools.
  39. Children are poor men’s riches.
  40. Choose an author as you choose a friend.

English Proverbs About Actions

  1. Actions speak louder than words.
  2. It is the first step that is the most difficult.
  3. One good turn deserves another.
  4. Sooner begun sooner done.
  5. The early bird catches the worm.

 

English Proverbs About Age

  1. A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
  2. All would live long but none would be old.
  3. An old fox is not easily snared.
  4. Crabbed age and youth cannot live together.
  5. Don’t teach your grandmother to suck egg, life begins at forty.
  6. The first wine comes out of an old bottle.
  7. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
  8. There is no fool like an old fool.
  9. There’s none so old that he hopes not for another year of life.
  10. Those who live longest will see most.
  11. Years know more than books.
  12. You are never too old to learn.
  13. You are only as old as you feel.
  14. You can’t teach old dog new tricks.
  15. Youth and age will never agree.

English Proverbs About Expectations

  1. Don’t count your chickens until they are hatched.
  2. It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  3. It isn’t over until the fat lady sings.
  4. There is many a slip twixt cup and lip

English Proverbs About Appearance

  1. A fair face may hide a foul heart
  2. First impression are the most lasting
  3. All cats are grey in the dark
  4. Appearance are deceptive
  5. Beauty is but skin deep
  6. Be what you appear to be
  7. Beauty is in the heart of the beholder
  8. Clothes make the man
  9. Fine feathers make fine birds
  10. Handsome is as handsome does
  11. The eyes are the window of the soul
  12. Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing
  13. All that glitters is not gold
  14. You must not hang a man by his looks
  15. Things are not always what they seem
  16. You can’t judge a book by its cover
  17. There is no making a good cloak of bad cloth
  18. The fairest rose at last is withered

English Proverbs About Caution

  1. You must learn to walk before you can run
  2. The less said the better
  3. The burnt child fears the fire
  4. Think first and then speak
  5. Slow and steady wins the race
  6. Second thoughts are best
  7. One step at a time
  8. Make haste slowly
  9. Marry in haste repent at leisure
  10. Look before you leap
  11. Let sleeping dogs lie
  12. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  13. Cut your coat according to the cloth
  14. Least said is soonest mended
  15. More haste less speed
  16. Curiosity killed the cat
  17. Better safe than sorry
  18. Once bitten twice shy
  19. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater
  20. A stitch in time saves nine
  21. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know

English Proverbs About Change

  1. You can’t put new wine in old bottles
  2. A change is as good as a rest
  3. Better the devil you know
  4. Don’t change horses in mid-stream
  5. There is nothing new under the sun
  6. You can’t put back the clock
  7. Variety is the spice of life
  8. A rolling stone gathers no moss
  9. A new broom sweeps clean

English Proverbs About Character

  1. Cut of dog’s tail and he will be a dog still
  2. Blood will tell
  3. The apple never falls far from the tree
  4. What’s bred in the bone comes out in the flesh
  5. The leopard cannot change its spots
  6. You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

English Proverbs about Death

  1. All men must die
  2. You can only die once
  3. Dead men tell no tale
  4. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  5. It is as natural to die as to be born
  6. As a man lives so shall he die
  7. One funeral make many orphans
  8. Shrouds have no pocket
  9. The good die young
  10. When one is dead it is for a long time
  11. Whom the gods love die young
  12. You can only die young

African proverbs About Life and Events

  1. Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.
  2. . Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
  3. Don’t set sail using someone else’s star.
  4. A restless feet may walk into a snake pit
  5. Sugarcane is sweetest at its joints.
  6. After a foolish deed, comes remorse
  7. . A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
  8. If a child washes his hands, he could eat with kings.
  9. Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
  10. Lizard that ruins mother’s burial, what did it expects others to do?
  11. Anger against a brother is felt on the flesh not in the bone.
  12. He who will swallow ‘udala’ seed must consider the size of his stomach
  13. When a handshake passes the elbow, it becomes another thing
  14. A boy who perseveres in asking what killed his father before he has enough strength to avenge may be asking for his father’s fate.
  15. A man who sees a hen scattering excrement should stop it. Who knows who will eat the leg?
  16. Rain beats the Leopard’s skin but it does not wash out the spot
  17. Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.
  18. He who is bitten by a snake, fears lizard.
  19. Wisdom is like a Baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it.
  20. When Two Elephants fight, it is the Grass That Gets Trampled
  21. Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle:
  22. The man who belittled the sickness a monkey suffered must ask to see the eyes which his nurse got from blowing his sick fire.
  23. Send your child where he wants to go and you will see the pace
  24. If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime
  25. By trying often after the monkey, one has to learn to jump from tree to tree without falling
  26. No one can tell which lizard has stomach ache because they all lay on their belly
  27. . Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more.
  28. . The black smith who does not know how to fashion the gong, let him observe the kite’s tail.
  29. It is from the ground that one climbs to the tops of the tree.
  30. It is he who climbs with his teeth that knows the tree with bitter back.
  31. It is what an animal eats that is used to set a trap for him
  32. When a child washes his hands clean, he eats with elders.
  33. If you offend, ask for a pardon if offended forgives

English Proverbs To Learn Wisdom

  1. Better late than never.
  2. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  3. Procrastination is the thief of time.
  4. Tomorrow never comes.
  5. Time lost can never be recalled.
  6. He who hesitates is lost.

Courage and cowardice English Proverbs

  1. A bully is always a coward.
  2. He that fights and runs away may live to fight another.
  3. Discretion is the better part of valour
  4. Faint heart never won fair lady.
  5. It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
  6. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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