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Sayings and proverbs in English

Sayings and proverbs in English

A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.

Always remember this: 'A kiss will never miss, and after many kisses a miss becomes a misses'.

A man is as big as the things that made him mad.

A man never becomes an orator if he has something to say.

A mill cannot grind with water that is past.

All men are fools, but all fools are not men.

An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee.

 Bad news travels fast.

Beggars can never be bankrupt.

Christmas comes, but once a year is enough.

Loose lips sink ships.

Leaves enough, but few grapes.

 Let the big dog eat

Man is greater than the tools he invents.

Pain is forgotten where gain comes.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. [Ben Franklin]

The early bird catches the worm. [Ben Franklin]

The best man is he who most tries to perfect himself, and the happiest man is he who most feels that he is perfecting himself. [Socrates]

Adversity is the first path to truth. [Lord Byron]

If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.

Public before private and country before family.

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Waiting for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and be killed in order to catch it.

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.

Once on a tiger's back, it is hard to alight.

A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off.

May you get what you wish for.

No wind, no waves.

Talk doesn't cook rice.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

There are always ears on the other side of the wall.

May your every wish be granted.

Steal a bell with one's ears covered.

One beetle recognizes another. 

In winter the milk goes to the cow's horns. 

A wild goose never reared a tame gosling.

A handstaff of holly, a buailtin of hazel,a single sheaf and a clean floor. 

Wilful waste makes woeful want 

It takes time to build a castle.

What is in the marrow is hard to take out of the bone.

He'd offer you an egg if you promised not to break the shell.

What would a young cat do but eat mice?

Nothing dries sooner than tears. Latin Proverb

Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant.

Glory is the shadow of virtue.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

Laugh at life; don't cry over it.

Fear, not kindness, restrains the wicked.

Don't whistle and drink at the same time.

When healty, we all have wonderful advice for the sick.

What you didn't hope for happens more often than what you hoped for.

It's too late to ask advice when danger comes.

Nobody underestimates his own troubles.

When you have just climbed out of a deep well and are perched on top, you are in the greatest danger of falling in again.

A man needs a good mirror to scrutinize his heart as well as his face.

It is stupid to complain about misfortune that is your own fault.

It is better to profit by a horrible example than to be one.

Life is short, but troubles make it longer.

The man you want to keep bound to you should be chained by food and drink.

Everybody lives; not everybody deserves to.

If fortune wants to do you in, she makes you stupid.

The man who inspects the saddle blanket instead of the horse is stupid; most stupid is the man who judges another man by his clothes or his circumstances.

Fortune is glass; just when it gleams brightest it shatters.

There is no point in seeking a remedy for a thunderbolt.

Nothing moves faster than gossip.

A fellow who gets more than he deserves wants more than he gets.

The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet.

A fire can't throw a great light without burning something.

No man loses honor who had any in the first place.

Speech is given to many; intelligence to few.


The silence of a stupid man looks like wisdom.

Thrift is misery with a good press agent.

Whatever you want to teach, be brief.

Good sense, not age, brings wisdom.

The bigger the undertaking, the trickier it is.

Honesty is praised while it starves.

It is very important if a man is wise or only looks it.

He who is everywhere is nowhere.

It is dangerous to guard something everybody wants.

A traveller with empty pockets can whistle in a robber's face.

It is best to do favors for people with good memories.

Who will watch the watchmen?

It's easier to do a wrong than to endure one.

Easy tears show treachery, not grief.

God rewards virtue; he shouldn't have to furnish it.

Anger is the one thing made better by delay.

Be careful about starting something you may regret.

The time will come when looking in the mirror grieves you, and that grief will be another cause of wrinkles.

You ought to watch whatever you can lose.

Beauty and wisdom don't mix.


What you want to keep secret, tell no one. If you could not control your urge to tell, how can you expect silence from anyone else?

It is better to trust in courage than luck.

Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.

Make lots of promises: anybody can be rich in them.

Why shouldn't a fellow laugh while he tells the truth?

Evil natures never lack teachers.

Even those who don't want to kill anybody would like the power to do it.

Tears for somebody else's troubles dry quickly.

Going to Hell is easy; it's coming back that's hard!

What hurt him most was his outrageous opinion of his own worth.

We turn virtues upside down and want to soil a clean vessel. If any honest man lives among us, we call him slow and stupid.

Since you can't copy our pleasures, you begrudge them.

Men easily believe what they want to.

In Rome you want the country; in the country you brag about town.

A few are unwilling to sin; everybody knows how.

Lust wants whatever it can have.

It is stupid to stop in the middle of a crime.

A liar better have a good memory.

When a bad man pretends to be good, he's at his worst.

Anything we haven't seen before is marvellous.

Always depend on people to think the worst.

The sick man does himself no favor when he makes the doctor his heir.

No luck is so good that you can't find some complaint.

A fellow who won't do a favor has no right to ask for one.

Make me chaste and pure, but not yet.

When a man says he did you a favor, he is asking for one.

Nothing is so well fortified that money cannot caputre it.

Money should be mastered, not served.

A bad bush is better than an open field.

Skeptics are never deceived.

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume.

Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself.

Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want.

He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

Report makes mischiefs greater than they need to be.
 
In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.

A bad sheerer never had a good sickle.

He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot.
 
Birds of a feather flock together.

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.

When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.

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