Some old english proverbs and its meanings

  • A camel is a horse designed by committee.

Meaning: a vision is more perfect from the individual rather than a group of people where it becomes anodyne.

  • A cat may look at a king.

Meaning: If a cat may look at the king – then I have a right to look where I please.

  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

Meaning: The strength of any group depends on the individual strength of each of its members.

  • The child is father to the man.

Meaning: What is true of a child will still be true when it grows up; or, early experiences shape future character.

  • A closed mouth catches no flies.

Meaning: You cannot say a bad thing if you don’t speak at all.

  • A coin of gold is delighting in a bag of silver coins

Meaning: One who is unique is often praised or receives more pleasure.

  • A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.

Meaning: The valiant (the brave) take no account of possible danger, whereas cowards are constantly fearing the worst.

  • Different strokes for different folks.

Meaning: Someone prefers one thing; others, something different.

  • Discretion is the better part of valour.

Meaning: Caution is preferable to rash bravery.

  • Don’t burn your bridges.

Meaning: Do not act in such a way as to leave yourself no alternative or no opportunity to “retreat.”

  • Don’t cry over spilt milk.

Meaning: Don’t worry about things that have already happened.

  • Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

Meaning: Do not mix yourself in others problems.

  • A fox smells its own lair first. Or: A fox smells its own stink first.

Meaning: One knows where they belong, and knows when they make a mistake.

  • Give him an inch and he’ll take a yard.

meaning: Once concessions have been made to someone they will demand a great deal more

  • A good beginning makes (for) a good ending.

Meaning: Planning is the key to success.

  • Good wine needs no bush.

Meaning: Something desirable of quality and substance need not be embellished..

  • In the mind of thieves the moon is always shining.

Meaning: dishonest persons have to be always on the alert to avoid getting caught.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

Meaning: It’s easy to say you believe something, but people are more likely to risk cash or possessions on something they truly believe.

Proverbs run in pairs.

Meaning: Every proverb seems to be contradicted by another proverb with an opposed message, such as “too many cooks spoil the broth” and “many hands make light work.”

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Credits : Mahendra Varma

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