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Popular American Proverbs

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Actions speaks louder than words.
Prove what you say by your actions.
Give someone an inch, he/she will take a mile.
If you give someone a little of something, he/she will try to take a lot more
Let bygones be bygones
Let's forget what happened in the past.
The shoe is on the other foot.
The situation is reversed. My technical lead is now my employee. Suddenly, the shoe is on the other foot.
When it rains, it pours.
When an event occurs, it occurs with great intensity and frequency.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend who is helpful in times of hardship is a true friend.
A watched pot never boils.
If you wait for something to happen, it will never happen.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
People, places, or things become more valuable the longer they are absent.
All's fair in love and war.
When two people are fighting to win the love of someone else, there are no rules of fair play.
All's well that ends well.
As long as there is a happy outcome, the struggle to it is worthwhile.
Beggars can't be choosers.
People who are given something for free can't be selective.
Better late than never.
It's better to do something late than not do it at all.
Better safe than sorry.
It's better to do something cautiously then to suffer the consequences later.
Blood is thicker than water.
Loyalty is to the family first.
Close, but no cigar.
Being partially accurate is still inaccurate.
Crime doesn't pay.
Whatever the outcome, it's not worth committing a crime.
Curiosity killed the cat.
People who are too inquisitive and meddlesome can get themselves into trouble.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Don't assume success until it actually happens.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't gamble your possibility of success on one goal since failure could mean losing everything.
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
People who go to bed early are healthier, wealthier, and wiser than people who go to bed late.
Easy come, easy go.
Anything the can be easily aquired, can be easily taken away.
Every [gray] cloud has a silver lining.
Bad events are always followed by good events.
Every dog has its day.
Every person will have his moment of glory.
Honesty is the best policy.
You'll always get the best results if you're honest.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
If you don't succeed in doing something the first time, keep on trying.
It takes two to tango.
It takes two people to do certain activities.
Money is the root of all evil.
Money causes all the problems in the world.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
If you're desperate enough, you'll find a way to accomplish anything.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you don't attempt something difficult, you'll never benefit from the potential rewards.
Practice makes perfect.
You can only perfect your skills by practicing.
Practice what you preach.
Take the same advice you give to others.
Seeing is believing.
I'll believe it when I see it.
The early bird gets the worm.
The person who begins his work the earliest gets all the opportunities and the most accomplished.
There are plenty of other fishes in the sea.
There are many other opportunities in the world.
There's more than one way to skin a cat.
There are many ways to achieve one's goal. There are lots of right ways to do something.
To kill two birds with one stone.
To accomplish two goals in one deed.
Variety is the spice of life.
People's differences make the world interesting.
We'll cross that bridge when we come/get to it.
We'll face that problem when it arises.
When the cat's away, the mice will play.
When the authorities are gone, mischief begins.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
If something is desired enough, a means will be found to achieve it.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
You can't judge something by how it looks on the outside.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Old people can't learn new skills. It's difficult to break an old pattern of behavior.
to hold someone up
to rob someone. Example: I got held up today in front of my house.
neck of the woods
a region nearby, neighborhood
not out of the woods yet
someone recovers but not yet in healthy conditions. Example: She has be shot many times. She has been in the hospital for many days and recovered, but she is not out of the woods yet.
take it with a grain of salt
shrug it off, let comments go in one ear and out the other