the ‘real’ proverbs 73
1. A friend in need … is a friend indeed.
Meaning:This means that a friend who helps you when you really need help is a true friend.
2. A hungry man … is an angry man.
Meaning:One who does not get what he needs is a frustrated person and will be provoked to rage very easily
3. It takes two to … make a quarrel.
Meaning:An argument is never only one person's fault.; If the other person refuses to participate, there cannot be an argument.
Sue: I think Dan ought to apologize for arguing with me.
Mother: I think it's not just his fault. It takes two to make a quarrel, dear. Maybe you ought to apologize to him.
4. It's never too late … to mend.
Meaning:You're never too old to change your ways. Learning is always possible.
5. Great talkers … are little doers.
Meaning:Most of those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not do much work.
6. We never miss the water … till the well runs dry .
Meaning:People are not grateful for what they have until they lose it.
Jill: I never realized what a good friend Jeanie was until she moved away. Jane: You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
7. Every dog … has its day.
Meaning:Everyone gets a chance eventually.
Don't worry, you'll get chosen for the team. Every dog has its day. You may become famous someday. Every dog has his day.
8. It's no use … crying over spilt milk.
Meaning: Do not be upset about making a mistake, since you cannot change that now.
I know you don't like your new haircut, but you can't change it now. It's no use crying over spilled milk. OK, so you broke the drill I lent you. Don't cry over spilled milk.
9. God helps those who … help themselves.
Meaning: You cannot depend solely on divine help, but must work yourself to get what you want.
You can't spend your days waiting for a good job to find you. God helps those that help themselves. If you want a better education, start studying. God helps those who help themselves.
10. Every one can find fault, … few can do better.
Meaning:It is easier to find fault in other people's actions or methods than to do it properly or correctly.