Ten Famous English Proverbs And Their Meaning


Definition of Proverb- 'A proverb is a well known, simple saying which conveys a general truth or a piece of advice.' 

       
Below are some famous and popular proverbs with their meaning.
                  
                           'Never judge a book by it's cover'

                                                             

Meaning- This proverb means that we should not prejudge the value of something by it's external appearance or outer look.                               
                      
                            ' The early bird catches the worm'
               
                                   

Meaning- The person who grabs the opportunity of doing something before the other people, always gets the advantage.
                             
                                  'Don't cry over the split milk'

                                                 
 Meaning- It is not worth feeling sad about something which has     happened already, what is done ,can't be undone.   
                  
                            'Good things come in small packages'  
                  

Meaning- The meaning of this proverb is that we should not underestimate the small things because sometimes, something which looks small turns out to be much better than the bigger ones

                                      'Don't count your chickens before they hatch'
                                             
                                     

                                       
Meaning-It is not good to make plans based on something before it really happens.
                 
                     Necessity is the mother of invention'

                                                    
                                                
Meaning- If you really need something you will find a way to get it.

                                'All that glitters is not gold'    

                                             
                             
Meaning-It is not necessary that everything which looks attractive  or valuable turns out to be so.This proverb is applicable for people too, who promise to be more than what they really are.
                      
                                'One rotten apple spoils the rest'


                                         
 Meaning- A person with bad behavior or character, influences other people who come in his contact.

                    'All work and no play makes jack a dull boy'

                                                    
  Meaning-This proverb means that when a person works continuously he becomes bored or dull.     
         
                   'When life gives you lemon, make lemonade'

         

Meaning- If we face  a difficult and negative situation in life, we should try to find a way to turn it into something good and positive.

                                                                                            -Aunt Mary
                                                              
                                                       

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33 comments:

  1. Wonderful post Aunt Mary. Informative yet interesting. I love your blog.

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    1. Welcome to my blog and thank's a lot for your kind words:)

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  2. Wonderful post Aunt Mary. Informative yet interesting. I love your blog.

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  3. Lovely post Aunt Mary.Every time I land up at your blog I like its cheerful look.

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    1. Thank you very much Sonali for your kind and wonderful comment :)

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  4. Great collection of proverbs to be introduced to the little ones

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    1. Welcome to my place Bushra, glad that you liked the post, thank you so much :)

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    1. Thank you Ekta, nice to see you again :)

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  6. Hi Aunt Mary, these all wise words but ‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade’ is clever as well as wise. We all need to make the best of a bad situation from time to time. Have a great weekend, Barbara

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    1. Thank's a lot Barbara for reading..... and for your lovely comment :)

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  7. Nice post, Aunt Mary. But ya know, it might be true that it's good for that bird to get up early, it might be a good idea for the worm to sleep in. :)

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    1. You are right Susan, it is good for the poor little worm to be caught while sleeping, thank you so much for all the smiles you bring to my face with your lovely words :)

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  8. What a sunny post Aunt Mary !! I like all these wise words but my favorite is the lemonade one ... It takes a lot of guts to make it actually :) thanks for the wonderful share :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely and wonderful comment,I am so happy that you liked the post :)

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  9. i really needed these proverbs! i had to do my holidays homework and this post was really useful to me!! but my favourite one was the lemonade one... that was really good!!! thank you very very very much Aunt Mary!!! :) :) :) :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sanchi Koushal for such a sweet and lovely comment. I am glad that it helped you :)

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    1. Thank you very much Devendra, please keep visiting :)

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  11. Aunty Mary can you give me some more proverbs

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    1. Dear Yashu Shree,
      It is not possible to write a post about proverbs because I
      have just published a post about idioms. Here is the link of that post-
      https://easyway1234.blogspot.in/2016/12/Idioms-meanings-
      sentences.html
      I hope this post helps you.I will write a post having proverbs as soon as possible.
      Thank you so much for reading :)

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    2. But the spelling of catches is wrong in 2nd proverb.

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    3. Thank you for pointing out the mistake, I have corrected it :)

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  12. Nice Proverbs Aunt Mary , I really like them.

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    1. Thank you so much, I am glad that you liked the post :)

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  13. Thanks for the proverb meanings they are short & crisp

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