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TFA Proverbs Table Activity
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Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
"The pen is mightier than the sword."
Act the way that the people around you are acting. (This phrase might come in handy when you're traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you're used to.)
"When in Rome, do as the Romans."
You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's going to help you.
"The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.
"People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.
"Better late than never."
People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
"Birds of a feather flock together."
If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.
"There's no such thing as a free lunch."
Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
"There's no place like home."
You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
"The early bird catches the worm."
If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.
"Never look a gift horse in the mouth."
When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.
"You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."
If something takes time to finish, don't watch it too closely because it will seem like it's taking forever.
"A watched pot never boils."
If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.
"Beggars can't be choosers."
Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.
"Actions speak louder than words."
Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing new problems.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it's easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
"Easy come, easy go."
If someone's paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead.
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
Different people have different ideas about what's valuable.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.
"There's no time like the present."
Save your money. Saving money is just like making money.
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.
"You can't judge a book by its cover."
Be patient. Eventually something good will happen to you.
"Good things come to those who wait."
Have a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or time in one plan.
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.
"Two heads are better than one."
People tend to want whatever they don't have.
"The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill."
If one member of a team doesn't perform well, the whole team will fail.
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."
Sometimes it's good to be away from your partner, because it makes you want to see each other again.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
If you try to help someone, but they don't take your advice or offers, give up. You can't force someone to accept your help.
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
Your plans might not work out, so don't start thinking about what you'll do after you succeed. Wait until you've already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.
"If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."
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