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A constant guest is never welcome

We are apt to grow to dislike friends who visit us too often

Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance

We should not waste time on trivial aspects of a matter and neglect the essential matter itself.

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch

Those without knowledge should not try to teach the ignorant.

Kindle not a fire you cannot put out

Do not start something you cannot control or resolve

Do unto others as you would others do unto you

Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Foolish people tend to act too hastily and do things that wise people would avoid.

A contented mind is a perpetual feast

Contentment of mind is the cause of lasting happiness.


History tends to repeat itself

  What has happened once is liable to happen again.

Cross the stream where it is shallowest

  Don't make things difficult for yourself; always find the simplest means of achieving your objective.

It is useless to flog a dead horse

  It is no use spending your time and energy on an activity or belief that is already widely rejected or outdated.
Every oak must be an acorn   Everything has to have a small beginning.

A good name is sooner lost than won

It takes a long time to build up a good reputation which can be easily destroyed by misconduct.

Do not cross a bridge till you come to it

  Do not worry about something before it has happened

The best fish swim near the bottom

  The best things are hard to come by

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

  You cannot change a person's real character



It never rains but it pours

  Events, especially misfortunes, always come together and not one at a time.

A house divided against itself cannot stand

  Discord breaks up families.

The darkest hour is that before dawn

  Even when things seem at their very worst, they may shortly improve.

Variety is the spice of life

  Life becomes very monotonous without some break or change in the daily routine.
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Do not have too many irons in the fire

  If we attempt to do too much at once, we shall not do anything properly

A light purse makes a heavy heart

  We cannot be cheerful when we have financial problems.

The pen is mightier than the sword

  The written word is more to be feared than physical violence

A nod is as good as a wink

  A hint or suggestion can be accepted and acted upon without further elaboration.

Do not ride the high horse

  Do not be arrogant

Even Homer sometimes nods

  Even the best of us are liable to make mistakes.

There is no place like home

  Even a simple home is the best place in the world for the people who live in it.

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet

  It is not what a thing is called that matters, but what it is.

Every flow must have its ebb

  Life has its ups and downs, neither good fortune nor ill fortune lasts forever.

A cat may look at a king

  Anyone has the right to look at or speak to anyone else without having to worry about status, position, upbringing etc.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link

  The success of a group or team depends on the full commitment of every member

A closed mouth catches no flies

  It is better not to say anything than to say something that might get you into trouble

A drowning man will clutch at a straw

  A desperate person will do anything to save himself

A friend to all is a friend to none

  A person who makes himself close to everyone probably cannot be trusted by any one

A good beginning makes a good ending

  Something that starts off right will probably succeed all the way and end on the right note

A good name is better than riches

  A good reputation is precious, difficult to earn and cannot be bought

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

  Knowing only a little about something can cause you to distort the truth or overestimate, misunderstand something

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