English Proverbs

A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.
Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.

A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.
Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.

A burnt  child dreads the fire.
A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
The strength of a group depends on each individual member.

A fault confessed is half redressed.
Confession is the beginning of forgiveness.

A flower blooms more than once.
If you miss an occasion, you can avail of it at another time.

A fool and his money are soon (easily) parted.
A foolish person usually spends money carelessly.

A fool at forty is a fool forever.
If a person hasn’t matured by the age of 40, they never will.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Someone who helps you when you are in trouble is a real friend.

A friend to all is a friend to none.
Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
A real friend will tell you the truth.

A good example is the best sermon.
Giving an example is better than giving advice.

A good beginning makes a good end.
If a task is carefully planned, there’s a better chance that it will be done well.

A good conscience is a soft pillow.
You sleep well when you have nothing to feel guilty about.

A leopard cannot change its spots.
It is not possible for a bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.

A loaded wagon makes no noise.
Really wealthy don’t talk about money.

A man is known by the company he keeps.
A person’s character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time.

A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
No matter how someone dresses, it’s the same person underneath.

A new broom sweeps clean.
A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically.

A rising tide lifts all boats.
Describes something that will be helpful to all.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.
If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions. 

A rotten apple spoils the barrel.
A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
Overcoming adversity leads to competence.

A stitch in time saves nine.
It’s better to deal with a  problem at an early stage, to prevent it from getting worse.

A stumble may prevent a fall.
Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.

A swallow does not make the summer.
One good event does not mean that everything is alright.

A tree is known by its fruit.
A man is judged by his actions.

A watched pot never boils
If you wait anxiously for something, it seems to take a long time.

A young idler, an old beggar.
If you don’t work, you won’t have any money when you’re old.

As you sow, so shall you reap
You have to accept the consequences of your actions.

Ask me no questions, I’ll tell  you no lies.
There are subjects I’d rather not discuss.

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