The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Children are usually like their parents.


Good things come in small packages.

Some things may be small but they have better quality than big ones.


The darkest hour is that before the dawn.

When things seem at their worst, they may be just about to begin to improve.


Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Live within your means.


Coming events cast their shadows before.

Usually there are early indications of future happenings.


Charity begins at home.

Provide help first to one's family members and then to others.


Call a spade a spade.

Be blunt and say what you mean.


A burnt child dreads the fire.

Sometimes a mistake can be a great teacher.


What goes up must come down.

You can't always be on top.


Better late than never.

It is better to get the job done (even if it is delayed) than not do it at all.


Do not cast your pearls before swine.

Don't give a precious thing to someone who cannot value it.


Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

Don't make a big fuss about a trivial matter.


First come, first served.

If one arrives early, he or she can get a better choice.


Barking dogs seldom bite.

If someone keeps threatening you that they will do something bad to you, you shouldn't take it seriously as barking dogs seldom (if ever) bite.


The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

People's lives always seem better than one's own.


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

It is not good to only work and have no fun.


Shake the hand before you plough the field.

Arrange the payment conditions before doing the work.


The more you stir, the more it stinks.

It is used when you are dealing with a matter that the further you investigate other worse happenings are uncovered.


Getting out of the wrong side of bed.

It is used to ask why someone is in a bad mood.


Let the cat out of the bag.

To pass along a secret.


Fire is a good servant but a bad master.

Fire must be used wisely.


So close, yet so far.

It is used to refer to a thing or a person who is physically close, but not accessible.


A beggar can never be bankrupt.

A poor person doesn't have anything to begin with so he or she will not go bankrupt.


Every family has it's black sheep.

Every family has one who is always in trouble.


Women: can't live with them, can't live without them!


Man is the head of the family and woman is the neck that turns the head!


The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can't have them.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

The perception of beauty is subjective. Different people have different ideas of what is beautiful.

It takes two to tango.

Both of people involved in a situation or in an argument are responsible for it.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Take the opportunities immediatelly when they come along.

Politeness costs nothing, but yields much.

If you ask politely, you usually get a polite answer.

A good husband makes a good wife!

If a husband treats his wife well, she will be happy and a better wife!

Variety is the spice of life.

Variety makes living interesting and prevents boredom.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

You do me a favor and I will return your favor.

Beauty is but skin deep.

Do not judge by people by their appearances.

Riches have wings.

Money can disapear easily, if you are not careful.

There is no rose without a thorn.

Every desirable situation has its share of difficulty.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

The memory of something pleasant provides everlasting pleasure.

Better safe than sorry.

It is better to be cautious than to be hasty and do something you may later regret.

No guts No glory.

You should take risks to achieve your goals.

Money does not grow on trees.

it is not easy to earn money.

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you!

Don't look for trouble.

The lights are on but nobody's home.

It used to suggest that a person lacks intelligence or awareness.

Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.

If you mix with evil companions you will soon be like them.

Blood is thicker than water.

Family relationships and loyalties are the strongest ones.

No news is good news.

Not getting any NEWS about a situation suggests that nothing bad has happened.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Don't imitate my behavior, but obey my instructions.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

It takes time to build good things.

A burden of one's own choice is not felt.

Difficult things are seem to be easier to do when it is done voluntarily.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

Sometimes you can't get what you want when you are too careful and polite.

A cracked bell can never sound well.

If something is flawed, it doesn't work well.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

If you prepare yourself to face a problem, it will be easier to deal with it.

A hungry wolf is fixed to no place.

A desperate people will go from place to place to satisfy their needs.

Advisors run no risks.

It is always easier to give advice than to act.

A change is as good as a rest.

A change in life is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.

A drop of ink may make a million think.

A thought expressed in writing can influence a large number of people.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

Forgiveness begins with confession.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.

A flower blooms more than once.

It is used when someone misses a good occasion or a thing.

A fool at forty is a fool forever.

If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, he/she never will.

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.

Young people who are growing fast are hungry all the time.

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.

A heavy purse gives to a light heart.

Money makes people feel more cheerful and secure.

A hungry belly has no ears.

A hungry person is so concentrated on his/her need for food that nothing else interests him/her.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Do not act against those whom you depend.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

If you eat your cake you won't have it any more. You can't enjoy both of two desirable but exclusive things.

There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.

It is used to say many things can happen from now to the time that you are expecting to get something.

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Without a proper plan thangs may go wrong.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worrying over every small matter, make problems look bigger what they are.

All good things come to those who wait.

Better to drink the milk than to eat the cow.

Don't destroy the source of your income.

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.

Hatred is as blind as love.

If you hate someone you will blind to any good qualities that person may have.

Honey catches more flies than vinegar.

You can get more help from people by being nice.

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

Wishing alone is not enough; you must act as well.

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

Do not count on something before it happens.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

There is always a reason for the rumor.

Where there's life there's hope.

As long as a person is alive, there is hope for recovery.

When the going gets though, the tough gets going.

When the situation becomes difficult, strong people work harder.

Be just before you are generous.

Pay your debts before you start offering help to others.

Better lose the saddle than the horse.

It's better to accept a small loss than to risk losing everything.

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.

It is used when one (usually a child) gets in trouble because he was given too much freedom.

He who knows nothing doubts nothing.

If you are not after knowledge and you don't try to learn, then you don't have the mental capacity to doubt in or question what is presented to you as fact.

If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will follow!

Don't allow even small malpractices happen, because they will grow big eventually.

Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg.

Do not destroy the source of your income.

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Do not judge the worth or value of something, by its appearance.

When the cat is away, the mice play.

Without supervision, people will do as they please, and they may break rules.

He who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves.

A person who is naive, can easily be misled.

What can't be fixed, must be endured.

When you can't fix a problem, you should learn to live with it.

Better flatter a fool than fight him.

Avoid disputes with stupid people.

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Hard words breaks no bones.

Criticism may be unpleasant but it will not kill anyone.

He who pays the piper calls the tune.

The person who pays the cost of something, gets to control how the work is done.

If two ride a horse, one must ride behind.

When people are working together in a team, only one can be the leader and others should accept his/her leadership.

Loose lips sink ships.

Disclosing important information could result in large losses.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

You feel more affection for those you love when you are parted from them and you don't see them very often.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Don't risk everything on the success of one venture or company.

You can't make bricks without straws.

You can't achieve anything without the right material.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

It is useless explaining things to those who do not want to understand.

There is a black sheep in every family.

There is always one member in every family who doesn't fit into the characteristic of the family.

Great minds think alike.

Thoughtful people tend to come up with similar answers.

Actions speak louder than words.

What you do is more important than what you say will do.

Don't put the cart before the horse.

Don't do things in the opposite or reverse order.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Consistent and effective effort leads to success.

The best things in life are free.

You don't pay for the things that are really valuable, like love, friendship and good health.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Repair things as soon as they are damaged. A small repair job can save you from much bigger and more expensive repair job later.

After the feast comes the reckoning.

You must pay the price of what you get.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A true friend is one who helps you when you are in need.

Still waters run deep.

People who are calm on the outside, often have a strong, deep personality.

You can't take it with you when you die.

Even the richest of the people cannot take their money with them after death.

Don't cross your bridges before you come to them.

Don't worry about problems before they happen.

Even a worm will turn.

Everybody will revolt and defend himself or herself if driven too far.

It was the last straw that broke the camel's back.

There is a limit to everything.

Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.

If you marry someone without thinking carefully, we will be sorry later.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

You can give someone an opportunity, but you can't force him to take advantage of it.

Walk the walk and talk the talk.

First do your job, then talk about it.

A watched pot never boils.

When waiting for something to happen, it feels like time is moving slower.

What goes around comes around.

Good acts will reward you. Evil acts will punish you.

This, too, shall pass.

Things often return to normal after bad times.

One rotten apple will spoil the whole barrel.

One bad person can influence many others to behave like him or her.

Put a beggar on horseback and he'll ride it to death.

Some who get rich suddenly, spend a lot of money.

A rising tide lifts all boats.

Improvements in the economy will benefit everyone.


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