Updated: May 12, 2020
What is a Proverb?
Lord John Russel said that "A proverb is the wit of one and the wisdom of many."
In simple language, a proverb is a short, famous saying that states a general truth or a piece of advice.
Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language.
In the following list, we have mentioned 24 proverbs of English you must add to your vocabulary:
1. Still waters run deep
A quiet or placid manner may conceal a passionate nature.
2. Discretion is the better part of velour
In an act of bravery, practical wisdom is a necessity.
3. Wisdom is too high for a fool
Fools will never heed to a piece of wise advice.
4. He laughs best who laughs last
The person who has control of the situation at the end is more successful.
5. Don't cross the bridge until you come to it
Do not worry about the possible problem until it actually appears.
6. He who follows two hares catches neither
If you try two things at once, you will be able to do neither.
7. Giving to the poor is lending to god
To help the poor is the most pious act.
8. A bad workman blames his tools.
A person who has done something badly will not admit his mistakes but rather seek to lay the blame on their equipment.
9. Many a flower is born to blush unseen
Many unfortunates do not get any opportunity to show their talent.
10. Time makes the worst enemies friends
Time is the healer of all wounds
11. Haste is waste
Doing something in a hurry causes errors and results in wastage of resources as well as time.
12. God helps those who help themselves
Self-help is always rewarded
13. Little strokes fell great oaks
Large goals that seem impossible can be achieved by small but steady efforts.
14. Rome wasn't built in a day
It takes time to create something great
15. The pen is mightier than the sword
The power of writing is stronger than the power of war and conflict.
16. Silence is golden
It's often wise to say nothing
17. Crying over spilt milk
Be upset about something that has already been done.
18. To toil is the lot of mankind
Man survives by working.
19. The darkest cloud has a silver lining
Hard times always lead to better days.
20. It is easier said than done
It is always easier to say something while doing it, in reality, is difficult.
21. To have one's cake and eat it too
To get double advantage from one thing
22. Too many cooks spoil the broth
Too many experts spoil the job
23. A jack of all trades but master of none
A person who has dabbled in many skills rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.
24. Don't talk the talk if you won't walk the walk
Don't boast about your ability to do something, unless you actually know how to do it.