PROVERBS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW!
Definition:- A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a perceived truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore.(Source- Wikipedia)
The proverbs were purposely designed in a way as it is easy to remember. It’s to deliver the essence of a profound truth in as few words as possible. These proverbs are known as sayings when used in any sentence reflect true wisdom that usually offer some advice.
A list has been curated of the most popular proverbs everyone needs to know.
1: Better late than ever
It’s never too late for anything to make it right in case it isn’t. Like, there is no age to study or learn anything new.
2: It’s no use crying over spilt milk
There is no point crying over something which cannot be undone after the damage has already been done.
3: Still waters run deep
This is referred to the person who is an introvert, and doesn’t say much but such a person has a “deep” intriguing personality.
4: Curiosity killed the cat
If something doesn’t concern you then you should keep your hands away from it, being too curious or piqued will only harm you.
5: The forbidden fruit is always the sweetest
Things that are prohibited or unapproachable seem to be the most attractive or desirable.
6: Strike while the iron is hot
Just like the blacksmith needs to hit a hot piece of a metal before it cools down in order to change its shape, similarly one should be attentive when any opportunity arises so that it’s not missed.
7: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
This proverb clearly states that one shouldn’t be mean and unkind to the person who is always there to help and does all the nice things. If you were to bite the hand who gives you food, then what do you expect? Will that hand offer you food again? So be grateful to the people who are there for you no matter what.
8: Too many cooks spoil the broth
This is a well known fact that if too many people work on the same platform or table in the kitchen then it creates a mess and it ruins the food. It talks about the trouble of too many people who try to do the same thing at once.
9: Two is company, three is a crowd
The proverb means in a romantic context, which implies that we don’t like any third person to intervene in the personal matters where two lovers are concerned. As between the two individuals there is harmony, whereas three people makes for a potential discord.
10: Barking dogs seldom bite
As experience tells us that dogs that mark loudly can barely do us any harm, because they waste their entire energy in barking and when it comes to pouncing and biting they can’t do it. Similarly, with the people who warn or threaten you by saying all the bad things but they rarely take action.
11: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
It’s clearly evident that the people who are too sensitive about themselves be it anything like failures. People like them shouldn’t insult(throw stones)others because there are chances and most likely people will turn around and insult you back. And like glass, your so called self esteem will easily break into pieces.
12: Jack of all trades , master of none
Jack of trades, means that a person is good at everything and it’s a compliment used for such a person. But in this proverb it’s added as master of none as well, so it means that such a person who boasts about being good at everything is hardly great at any one thing.
13: The squeaky wheel gets the grease
Here the word ‘wheel’ refers to many problems that a person faces and the word ‘grease’ refers to the attention that a person wants from others. Now this proverb means that, if you have so many problems and you keep blabbering about it throughout the day, then obviously you’ll get attention come what may.
14: Always put your best foot forward
Do you know the famous saying! First impression is always the last impression. So whenever you go out for any interview, or to do something positive this proverb is mostly used that it’s best to start your day, journey or any project with a good and positive attitude.
15: When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Whenever you travel to some place, you should behave like the residents of that place. As that’s the polite way to do so, and also you’ll be out of trouble anyway. This proverb is very traditional, and it says that one should behave like a Roman while visiting Rome, no matter where you belong and what culture you follow.
16: Absence makes the heart grow fonder
From this proverb it is clearly evident that people often feel more affectionate towards those people who have parted ways. Absence of such people makes them realise the void in their life and we tend to miss them even more when they aren’t even around.
17: Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it
This means that don’t worry about the future problems, anyway you will have to face them as they will certainly come on your way. But why do you need to spoil the present moment thinking about it? Future is unpredictable, so let’s leave everything in the hands of destiny while we wait for the chapters to unfold for us.
18: Beggars can’t be choosers
If someone willingly offers you help or gives you something for free in kindness, then don’t act like a ridiculous person by blaming them that they didn’t leave you with any choices, stop asking for varieties, and accept whatever is been offered to you when you don’t even have to pay the price of a certain commodity so don’t be picky.
19: The cat is out of the bag
Letting the cat out of the bag means revelation of the secrets that were previously hidden by someone. It could be anything like revealing a certain conspiracy against someone be a friend or anyone, telling about the intricate details about some secret agenda to an outsider, are the perfect examples of this proverb.
20: It’s the tip of the iceberg
Only a small amount of iceberg is visible above the surface of water and the most of it lies below. This proverb by the help of the word iceberg, tries to explain us that there will be situations where we will only begin to understand the problems, and the small amount of it are just signals or signs from the universe and we need to ensure that we are ready to face the bigger problems that are yet to come.
If you want to become a pro in English you need to pull up your socks and spend more time with these kinds of proverbs and they’ll become a part of your daily life. These English proverbs are just the tip of the iceberg, there’s more in the box, initially begin with them and you’ll become an eloquent speaker in no time.