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Flashcards in Proverbs two Deck (102):
1

Constant dropping wears away the stone.

A steady effort can little by little a great effect.

2

Cross a bridge when you come to it.

Face a problem or challenge when you come to it or when it arises.

3

Cross the stream where it is shallowest.

Always do everything in a way that requires the least effort.

4

Crows will not pick out crows eyes.

One belonging to a group having common interests is not likely to act against or find fault with another member of the same group.

5

Curiosity killed the cat.

It's best to mind one's own business.

6

Cut from the same cloth.

This means that a person is very similar to another.

7

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Drastic action is called for and justified when you find yourself in a particularly difficult situation.

8

Diligent youth makes easy age.

If you are careless when you are young you will regret it when you are older.

9

Discretion is the better part of valour.

It is better to be careful and use discretion than to be too courageous and take unnecessary risks.

10

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Treat other people the way that you would like them to treat you.

11

Do not add oil to the fire.

One should not make a bad situation even worse by an improper remark.

12

Don't bark if you can't bite.

Don't give out threats you can't carry out.

13

Don't burn the candle at both ends.

Don't wake up early in the morning and stay up late into the evening as well.

14

Don't change horses midstream.

It's unwise to alter methods or choose new leaders during a crisis

15

Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Wait you have already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.

16

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

Beware of letting spite lead you into self-destructiveness.

17

Don't fall before you are pushed.

Don't give up in the face of adversity.

18

Don't judge a book by its cover.

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19

Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his boots.

Do not criticize or pass judgement on somebody until you have been in the same situation, undergone the same experiences, or tried the same thing.

20

Don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Take care not to destroy something valuable such as a source of steady income, through greed, impatience, or a desire for instant gain.

21

Don't let your emotions cloud your judgement.

Beware of letting your feelings cloud your judgement.

22

Don't put the cart before the horse.

It is important to do things in the right or natural order.

23

Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk.

Don't boast of something if you are unwilling or unable to back it up by your actions.

24

Don't try to reinvent the wheel.

The things you are doing, no matter how seemingly unique, have been done before. Take advantage of, and perhaps expand upon, your predecessors work.

25

Don't wash your dirty linen in public.

Don't speak ill of yourself and the groups you belong to.

26

Dot the i's and cross the t's

Paying attention to every little detail.

27

Early bird catches the worm.

Arriving early gives one an advantage.

28

Easy come, easy go

Something that you easily acquire may be easily spent or lost or waisted.

29

Eat your own dog food.

Consume your own product in order to recognize its faults.

30

Eat drink and be merry

Enjoy yourself while you can without thinking about the future.

31

Eggs and oaths are easily broken.

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32

Empty vessels make the most noise.

Stupid "empty headed" people- lacking due consideration- are often verbose.

33

Every cloud has a silver lining.

There is always something good in every problem or bad event.

34

Every dog has his day.

Every person will have his chance or moment of glory.

35

Every little helps.

All contributions however small are of use.

36

Every man things his own geese swans.

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37

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

Everybody mentions a problem but not anyone tries to solve it.

38

Examle is better than correction.

You will teach people more effectively by being a good example than you will by telling them what to do.

39

Fair play's a jewel

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40

Familiarity breeds contempt.

When you're around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.

41

Fat is in the fire

Something unwise has been said or done which may cause problems or trouble.

42

Fear the man of one book.

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43

First deserve, then desire.

In order to get almost any earthly thing on your own, you must first deserve.

44

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

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45

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Foolish people often act recklessly or impetuously in situations that others would approach with caution or avoid altogether.

46

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

47

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.

A seemingly trivial event can cause a chain reaction which escalates into something very big.

48

Forewarned, forearmed.

Advance warning provides an advantage.

49

Forgive and forget.

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50

Fortune favours the bold.

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51

Fretting cares make grey hairs.

Worrying is a negative activity that can age you prematurely.

52

Garbage in, garbage out.

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53

Give someone an inch and they will take a mile.

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54

Give a dog a bad name and hang him.

Once somebody's reputation has been damaged - for example by rumour or slander- it will never recover.

55

Give a dog a bad name and he'll live up to it.

How well a dog or human behaves depends on how he has been treated.

56

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

The ability to work is of greater benefit than a one-off handout.

57

Give credit where credit is due.

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58

Give neither salt nor counsel till you are asked for it.

A wise man should never resolve upon any thing, at least never let the world know his resolution.

59

Give the devil his due.

People deserve recognition for their skills and contributions even if they are otherwise unworthy or unlikeable.

60

Give, and ye shall receive.

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61

Go with the flow.

Do not push against prevailing behavior, norms, attitudes, occasionally including bowing to peer pressure.

62

God helps those who help themselves.

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63

God never closes one door without opening another.

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64

Good things happen to those who wait.

Be patient.

65

Grasp all, lose all.

Trying to get too much will often result in not gaining anything.

66

Half a loaf is better than none.

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67

Handsome is what handsome does.

People should be valued for their good deeds not their good looks.

68

Haste makes waste.

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69

Hasty judgement leads to repentance.

A quick evaluation is a terrible evaluation.

70

Have you something to do tomorrow. Do it today.

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71

He complains wrongfully at the sea that suffer shipwreck twice.

Don't do the same thing again and expect different results.

72

He laughs best who laughs last.

Do not celebrate prematurely while something is not yet achieved finally.

73

He that hath a head of wax must not walk in the sun

Know your limitations and weaknesses; Don't do something that is sure to damage you.

74

He that sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.

Trouble once started can spark off a chain reaction, often resulting in a great trouble out of control.

75

He that swells in prosperity will shrink in adversity.

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76

He that waits on another man's trencher, makes many a late dinner.

Waiting for others requires a very long time.

77

He that will not when he may, when he will he may have nay.

Take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself, even if you do not want or need it at the time, because it may no longer be available when you do,

78

He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut.

Nothing is achieved without effort.

79

He that would hang his dog gives out first that he is mad.

Those who are planning some action first try to justify it in advance

80

he who hesitates is lost.

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81

he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

People who commit violent acts will encounter violence themselves.

82

He who pays the piper calls the tune.

The person who pays for something should control how it is spent or used.

83

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

A woman who is rejected by the man she loves has an immense capacity for ferocious or malicious revenge.

84

Hindsight is always 20-20

It is easy to be prudent in hindsight.

85

Honesty is the best policy.

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86

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

You should have a positive attitude but make sure you are ready for disaster.

87

Idle hands are the devil's playthings.

One who is idle will likely come to do evil.

88

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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89

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Do not try to improve on something that already is working well.

90

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

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91

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

If you had many bad experiences, make something good out of it.

92

If the cap fits wear it.

If you criticise another person and you also deserve criticism then you should accept the criticism and try and change.

93

If the shoe fits wear it.

if the statement applies to you, admit it or do something about it

94

If you buy cheaply you pay dearly.

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95

If you buy quality youu only cry once.

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96

If you can't beat 'em join'em

If you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead.

97

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

If you cannot cope, with the pace or stress, as in a competitive industry or in a position of high office, then you should leave or resign.

98

If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas

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99

If you want something done well, do it yourself.

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100

If you make yourself into a door mat, people will wipe their feet on you.

Others will abuse you if you let them.

101

If you snooze you lose.

Those who fail to keep alert will lose out.

102

If you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.

Someone who treats others poorly will eventually turn on you.