24 Proverbs to Zhoosh Up Your Vocabulary

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.

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