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English Proverbs & Sayings

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(page 3 :  accidents will happen → ask me no question)

Accidents will happen Some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable.
Actions speak louder than words What a person actually does is more important than what they say they will do.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance Admiration can lead to blilndness. Some people do not want to see any faults in those they admire.
Adversity makes strange bedfellows. People of all origins who share the same misfortune are drawn together.
Advice is cheap It doesn't cost anything to offer advice.
Advice is least heeded when most needed. When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.
Advisors run no risks. It's easier to give advice than to act.
After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a while. Dinner is called 'lunch' nowadays, and supper has become 'dinner'.
Age before beauty Older people should be given precedence over the younger (who are thought to be more beautiful).
Agree, for the law is costly. A compromise is better than an expensive lawsuit.
All cats are grey in the dark. People are undistinguished until they have made a name for  themselves.
All covet, all lose If you try to obtain everything, you risk losing everything.
All days are short to industry and long to idleness. Time goes by slowly when you have nothing to do.
All good things come to those who wait. If you are patient you will be rewarded.
All that glitters is not gold. Appearances can be deceptive.
All in good time. Be patient. Things will happen when the time is right.
All is fair in love and war. Things that are done in love or war can often be excused.
All's well that ends well. There is a solution to everything even if there are doubts.
All roads lead to Rome There are many different ways to reach an objective.
All things grow with time -  except grief. As time goes by, grief subsides little by little.
All things are difficult before they are easy. With practice everything becomes easier.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation. It is not good to work all the time.
An ant may well destroy a whole dam. A small problem can sometimes cause a lot of harm.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Eating an apple every day can help to keep you healthy.
Other interpretation: A small preventive treatment wards off serious problems.
An empty purse frightens away friends. When one's financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.
An Englishman's home is his castle An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes.
An idle brain is the devil's workshop When you are busy working, you avoid temptation.
An old fox is not easily snared. A person of experience is difficult to fool or manipulate.
An onion a day keeps everyone away. A humoristic version of "an apple a day..."
An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit. It is better to be cautious and discreet than to try to be funny.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
Anger is the one thing made better by delay. When you are angry, it is best not to speak or act immediately.
Another day, another dollar. A job may be hard or tedious but at least there is some financial reward.
Any time means no time. If the date of an event remains vague, it will never happen.
(The) apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Children resemble their parents.
April showers bring May flowers. Something bad or unpleasant today may bring good things in the future.
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 one would rather not discuss.
 

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