Friday, December 10, 2010

English proverbs

  • The calm (comes) before the storm.
  • A camel is a horse designed by committee.
    • Meaning: a vision is more perfect from the individual rather than a group of people where it becomes anodyne.
  • A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
    • Attributed to Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi
  • A cat may look at a king.
    • Meaning: If a cat may look at the king - then I have a right to look where I please.
  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
    • Meaning: The strength of any group depends on the individual strength of each of its members.
  • The child is father to the man.
    • Meaning: What is true of a child will still be true when it grows up; or, early experiences shape future character.
  • A closed mouth catches no flies.
    • Meaning: You cannot say a bad thing if you don't speak at all.
  • The coat makes the man.
  • A coin of gold is delighting in a bag of silver coins
    • Alternative meaning: One who is unique is often praised or receives more pleasure.
  • Cometh the hour cometh the man.
  • A constant guest is never welcome.
  • A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.
  • The cure is worse than the disease.
  • The customer is always right. 



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