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Danail
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 7:45:35 PM
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Hi everyone, I will really enjoy obtaing some proverbs. This one is my favorite.
"The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last"Shame on you
What about yours, so I'm waiting.
Bliss
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:29:03 PM
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Here's one D.
A coward man keeps sound bones.
gustavo carlos
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:32:37 PM
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Danail wrote:
Hi everyone, I will really enjoy obtaing some proverbs. This one is my favorite.
"The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last"Shame on you
What about yours, so I'm waiting.

i really don't know any proberbs. i'm from uruguay. but i lived in States.
mustabir
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009 4:09:50 AM
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My favorite proverbs are those:

Learn to walk before you run.

You can't tell a book by its cover.

Still waters are the deepest.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009 9:40:47 AM
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I always liked George Bernard Shaw's take on proverbs (at the end of Man and Superman, as I recall).

They were full of jsbs at well known proverbs such as "Don't do unto other as you would have them do unto you, there tastes may not be the same."
Danail
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009 3:20:34 PM
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Hello everybody, I find this proverb as an intresting one:
"Set a beggar on horseback and he will ride to the devil."
Drew
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009 6:19:32 PM
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This is one of my favorites:

"A stitch in time saves nine."
Betsy D.
Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009 8:26:15 PM
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Here's a good one:

"If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."

- Chinese Proverb
Ahimsa
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009 7:02:24 PM
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Ah proverbs! Love them too.

You can take a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink.
Galad
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009 8:50:50 PM

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Can't Remember who to give credit to for this one but it's definitely my favorite:

THE LAW OFTEN ALLOWS WHAT HONOR FORBIDS

Applause
Sarachan
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009 9:31:18 PM
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Hi,
It's good to remember this one (though it's often heard and not often heeded!):
"Loose lips shink ships."

I've been in many awkward situations because of "he said/she said" business. Anxious
Danail
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:45:23 AM
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Hi,
Another that I know of is "The walls have ears."
Betsy D.
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:46:09 AM
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Here's one my friend's mother used to say:

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

and another good one:

Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
-- Italian Proverb
risadr
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:56:40 AM
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mustabir wrote:
My favorite proverbs are those:

Learn to walk before you run.

You can't tell a book by its cover.

Still waters are the deepest.


I've always heard the second one you've listed as "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Perhaps we're thinking of different proverbs?
risadr
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:58:15 AM
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One of my favorites:

"If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
MiTziGo
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:39:42 AM
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To err is human, to forgive, divine.
mustabir
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:26:58 PM
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risadr wrote:
mustabir wrote:
My favorite proverbs are those:

Learn to walk before you run.

You can't tell a book by its cover.

Still waters are the deepest.


I've always heard the second one you've listed as "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Perhaps we're thinking of different proverbs?


I see that both these phrases are used instead of each other in some different sources (mostly the "judge" one), but I enjoy using the one in my list as I'd rather "tell" a book than "judge" it. However, I still think the meanings are the same.
bewusstlos
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:06:54 AM
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Betsy D. wrote:
Here's one my friend's mother used to say:

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Thanks for this one. I used to think it was:

"If wishes came true, beggars would ride horses."

And MichalG's "To err is human, to forgive, divine" reminds me of the naughty version:

"To err is human, but isn't it divine?"
Danail
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:16:23 AM
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Yesterday, I heard this one:
"Birds of a feather flock together."Dancing
I do not assume that always happens, nor do I consider that would be an absolute combination; nonetheless, it ought to be accepted. What do you think? I'm a little bit impressive!
mustabir
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:54:04 PM
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I want to add one more of it which is short but meaningful...

"No pain, no gain."

I've mentioned it "meaningful" but is it really going on like that everytime in the life... I am not so sure.
Netts
Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 9:35:26 PM
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I prefer 'No pain, no pain!'
worldsclyde
Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 9:54:57 PM
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"give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in your boat drinking beer all day"
worldsclyde
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"The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese"
Atiya
Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:46:45 PM
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Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana Drool


HWNN1961
Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:53:26 PM
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The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Do unto others, then run like hell.
What you see in me, is a reflection of yourself.
He who smelt it, dealt it.
The man who would sacrifce his rights for security will have neither.
I'm rubber, your glue, what you say bounces off of me, and sticks to you.
The Lord helps those that help themselves.
Man with hand in pockets, feels cocky.
Man with hand in pocket, holds his own.
It is better to be thought a fool, than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
What we do in life, echoes in eternity.
Iron bars do not a prison make, but...they sure help...eh, doc!
Strength and honor.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 12:07:55 AM

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You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
blue2
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 3:57:45 AM

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The devil finds work for idle hands.
I've also heard this as: Idle hands are the devil's tools.
Also:
The devil keeps his own.
mbsr_88
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 6:24:02 AM
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Dancing
Bliss wrote:
Here's one D.
Quote:
A coward man keeps sound bones
.
blue2
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 10:49:45 AM

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mbsr_88 wrote:
Dancing
Bliss wrote:
Here's one D.
Quote:
A coward man keeps sound bones
.


Welcome Bliss (a little belated) and mbsr 88
I've never heard this one before. Where's it from?
excaelis
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:26:13 PM

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mbsr_88 wrote:
Dancing
Bliss wrote:
Here's one D.
Quote:
A coward man keeps sound bones
.


Sounds like a version of Better a live dog than a dead lion.
grammargeek
Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:29:35 PM
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excaelis wrote:
mbsr_88 wrote:
Dancing
Bliss wrote:
Here's one D.
Quote:
A coward man keeps sound bones
.


Sounds like a version of Better a live dog than a dead lion.


Well, I haven't heard it before, but I'm thinking maybe it's supposed to be "A cowardly man keeps strong bones." If a man doesn't get into fights, he isn't as likely to have his bones broken. I don't know.
blue2
Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:34:04 AM

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Sounds like a version of Better a live dog than a dead lion.[/quote]

Well, I haven't heard it before, but I'm thinking maybe it's supposed to be "A cowardly man keeps strong bones." If a man doesn't get into fights, he isn't as likely to have his bones broken. I don't know.[/quote]

Yes, I thought "coward" instead of "cowardly" must be a misspelling, but it also looks like a translation so it could be just "coward" instead of "coward man".
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:42:30 AM

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Sounds like this one comes from Texas?

All hat and no cattle.
Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:45:50 AM
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blue2 wrote:
mbsr_88 wrote:
Dancing
Bliss wrote:
Here's one D.
Quote:
A coward man keeps sound bones
.


Welcome Bliss (a little belated) and mbsr 88
I've never heard this one before. Where's it from?


Its Jamaican Proverb.
Proverb: Cowad man kip soun' bone

Translation: A cowardly man keeps sound bones.
Explanation: It is better to be thought of as a coward than to give away one's life through impetuous behaviour. It is certain that, as in the old chinese proverb. "The man who fights and runs away, will live to fight another day".

Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:47:53 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Sounds like this one comes from Texas?

All hat and no cattle.


You are right JJ,
There is an old Texas saying about a cowboy who was “all hat and no cattle.” That is, he was all show and no substance.
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