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 English Proverbs and Sayings 


Alphabetical lists of proverbs - list A1

 List A, page 1 :  from: "a bad excuse"   to: "a flower blooms"  


  • A bad excuse is better than none.
    • Always give an excuse when necessary, even if it's a poor one.

  • A bad penny always turns up.
    • An unwanted or disreputable person constantly comes back.

  • A bad tree does not yield good apples.
    • A bad parent does not raise good children.

  • A bad workman blames his tools.
    • Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.

  • A barking dog seldom bites.
    • Someone who constantly makes threats rarely carries them out.

  • A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
    • It is better to keep what you have rather than to risk losing it by searching for something better.

  • A black plum is as sweet as a white.
    • People should not be judged by their appearance.

  • A book holds a house of gold.
    • There is a wealth of knowledge in books.

  • A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.
    • Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.

  • A burden of one's own choice is not felt.
    • Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.

  • A burnt child dreads the fire.
    • A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things..

  • A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.
    • A person shows their competence or ability when difficulties arise.

  • A cat has nine lives.
    • 1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury.
    • 2) Nine lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.

  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
    • The strength of a group depends on each individual member.

  • A change is as good as a rest.
    • A change in routine is often as refreshing as a break or a holiday.

  • A constant guest is never welcome.
    • If you come to visit too often, your host will be less pleased to see you.

  • A danger foreseen is half avoided.
    • If you are prepared to face a problem or difficulty, it will be easier to deal with.

  • A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy.
    • Times goes by very quickly when you are happy and very slowly when you are sad.

  • A drop of ink may make a million think.
    • A thought expressed in writing (perhaps published in a newspaper) can influence a large number of people.

  • A dry March, a wet April and a cool May fill barn and cellar and bring much hay.
    • Harvest predictions are made according to the weather.

  • A fault confessed is half redressed.
    • A fault confessed is half redressed.

  • A flower blooms more than once.
    • If you miss an occasion, you can avail yourself of it another time.

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