So, just what is a proverb exactly? One famous Spanish author defined proverbs as “short sentences drawn from long experience.” In other words, a proverb is a short sentence that is full of meaning and sound advice. These little expressions add richness to our speech and allow us to explore and learn new vocabulary.
那么,諺語到底是什么?一位著名的西班牙作家將諺語定義為“從長期經驗中汲取的短句”,換句話說,諺語是一個短句,它充滿了意義和合理的建議。這些小小的表達方式為我們的演講增添了豐富的內容,使我們能夠探索和學習新的詞匯。

PROVERB is a short saying that is commonly known by public, and repeated as a piece of advice or suggestion. A PROVERB usually expresses the common truth. Searching online for Proverbs will result in thousands of results, however, take care! Many sayings are not proverbs; they do not impart good advice or wisdom, and some are even contradictory to each other. In our list that follows we have only included proverbs that state a general truth or piece of advice.
諺語是一種簡短的諺語,為公眾所熟知,并作為建議或建議重復使用。諺語通常表達共同的真理。在網上搜索諺語將導致成千上萬的結果,然而,保重!許多諺語不是諺語,它們不能提供好的建議或智慧,有些甚至相互矛盾。在我們接下來的清單中,我們只列出了一些諺語,說明了一個普遍的真理或一條建議。

Why not make it a goal to learn at least five of the proverbs below to use in your life sometime in the future?
為什么不把學習下面至少五條箴言作為一個目標,在將來的某個時候用在你的生活中呢?

The Most Common English Proverbs
最常見的英文格言

1. Two wrongs don’t make right
不要錯上加錯

When someone did something bad to you, trying to do something bad to them will only make things worse.
當有人對你做了壞事,試圖對他們做壞事只會讓事情更糟。

2. A friend in need is a friend indeed
患難見真情

If someone helps you when you have problems, or you are in trouble, that person is a true friend
如果有人在你有問題的時候幫助你,或者你有麻煩,那人就是你真正的朋友

3. Better safe than sorry
小心不出錯

You should always be careful, even if you think it’s not necessary.
即使你認為沒有必要,你也應該時刻小心。

4. Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk
不要說一套做一套

Don’t brag about being able to do something, unless you actually know how to do it.
不要吹噓自己有能力做某事,除非你真的知道怎么做。

5. Great minds think alike
英雄所見略同

Smart people usually have the same ideas. This proverb is used when someone has the same idea as you.
聰明人通常有相同的想法。當有人和你有同樣的想法時,就用這個諺語。

6. Haste makes waste
欲速則不達

When you try to work too quickly, you usually make mistakes.
當你試圖工作得太快時,你通常會犯錯誤。

7. If you snooze, you lose
一疏忽就失敗

You have to act fast to get what you want.
你必須行動迅速才能得到你想要的。

8. Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
與狗同眠,醒來一身虱。

If you associate with bad or dishonest people, bad things will happen to you.
如果你和壞人或不誠實的人交往,壞事就會發生在你身上。

9. Look before you leap
三思而后行

Make decisions carefully. Think about it first.
仔細做決定。先考慮一下。

Many people are physically hurt every year because they jump into water without checking what is beneath the surface.
許多人每年都會受到身體傷害,因為他們跳入水中時沒有檢查水下的東西。

This proverb helps us to understand that no matter what we are doing we should always check for dangers before we do anything that could cause us harm.
這句諺語幫助我們明白,無論我們在做什么,我們都應該在做任何可能傷害我們的事情之前檢查危險。

10. Measure twice, cut one
三思而后行

It’s hard to change a decision, once you’ve made it.
一旦你做出決定,就很難改變。

11. Misery loves company
同病相憐

People who are unhappy want to make others unhappy too.
不快樂的人也會讓別人不快樂。

12. Actions speak louder than words
事實勝于雄辯

What you do matters – not what you say.
你做什么很重要-不是你說什么。

People today make many promises. Unfortunately, many people never keep their promises, which is why others are more likely to trust a person who says little but does a lot. Their actions speak louder than words and are far more valuable.
今天的人們許下了許多諾言。不幸的是,許多人從不信守諾言,這就是為什么其他人更傾向于相信一個話不多,事不多的人。他們的行動勝于雄辯,更有價值。

13. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
情人眼里出西施

Everyone has their own ideas of what is beautiful.
每個人對什么是美都有自己的想法。

A beautiful person is not always beautiful on the outside. They may not be physically attractive, but this proverb helps us understand that we find real beauty inside a person.
美麗的人外表并不總是美麗的。他們可能沒有外表上的吸引力,但這句諺語幫助我們理解,我們在一個人的內心找到了真正的美。

14. Better late than never
亡羊補牢

It’s better if you do something later, than not do it at all.
晚一點做總比不做強。

15. First things first
先處理要緊的事

Be patient. Do the things in their correct order.
耐心點。按正確的順序做事。

16. Honesty is the best policy
誠信是最好的策略。

It’s better to always tell the truth.
最好總是說實話。

Honesty at the beginning, although hard sometimes, always gives the best results over time. Therefore make being honest your policy or rule.
一開始誠實,雖然有時很難,但隨著時間的推移,總是能帶來最好的結果。因此,要使誠實成為你的政策或規則。

17. It never rains, but it pours
福無雙至,禍不單行

Bad luck never comes alone. Bad things usually happen all together at once.
厄運不會一個人來的。壞事通常同時發生。

18. Love is blind
愛情使人盲目

If you love someone, you don’t notice his or her faults. You think they’re perfect.
如果你愛一個人,你不會注意到他的缺點。你覺得他們很完美。

19. Mind your own business
管好自己的事

Do not interfere with other people’s lives and affairs.
不要干涉別人的生活和事務。

20. Money is the root of all evil
金錢是萬惡之源

Money is the cause of all problems.
金錢是一切問題的根源。

21. No pain, no gain
沒有付出,沒有收獲。

If you don’t work hard, you’ll never achieve your goal.
如果你不努力工作,你就永遠達不到你的目標。

22. Seeing is believing
眼見為實

People don’t often believe something, unless they see it.
人們不常相信某事,除非他們看到它。

23. Time is money
時間就是金錢。

The longer it takes to do something, the more costly it will be
做某事花的時間越長,代價就越大

24. What’s done is done
覆水難收

You cannot change what has already happened.
你不能改變已經發生的事。

25. Too many cooks spoil the broth
人多誤事

If there are many people doing the same job, the result will come out to be bad.
如果有很多人做同樣的工作,結果會很糟糕。

26. Practice what you preach
說到做到

You should do as you say.
你應該照你說的做。

Have you ever met someone who says one thing and does the complete opposite? This proverb tells us to do what we say and not be hypocritical.
你見過一個人說一件事卻做完全相反的事嗎?這句諺語告訴我們要言行一致,不要虛偽。

27. Opportunity seldom knocks twice
機會難得

You probably won’t get another chance, so it’s better to take one right now.
你可能再也找不到機會了,所以最好現在就抓住一次。

28. Once bitten, twice shy
一朝被蛇咬十年怕井繩

If you had a bad experience trying to do something, you won’t repeat it again.
如果你在嘗試做某件事時有不好的經歷,你就不會再重復了。

29. Practice makes perfect
熟能生巧

If you want to be perfect at something, you need to practice every day.
如果你想在某件事上做到完美,你需要每天練習。

Repeatedly doing something will improve our skills and help us to become perfect at doing that action.
反復做一些事情會提高我們的技能,幫助我們在做這個動作時變得完美。

30. Leave no stone unturned
千方百計

To achieve your goal, you should try every possibility.
為了達到你的目標,你應該盡一切可能。

31. It’s a small world
世界渺小

You usually say it to someone you know when you meet him/her very far away from home.
當你在離家很遠的地方遇到你認識的人時,你通常會對他說這句話。

32. Forgive and forget
原諒忘記

Forgive and forget the bad things that have been done to you. Don’t hold the grudge.
原諒并忘記對你所做的壞事。不要懷恨在心。

33. Easy come, easy go
來得快,去得快

It’s as easy to make money as to lose it
賺錢和失去一樣容易

34. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
一天一蘋果,醫生遠離我。

You will not get sick if you eat fruit/ healthy food every day.
如果你每天吃水果/健康食品,你就不會生病。

35. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
入鄉隨俗

When you are in another country, it’s better to behave like the citizens of this country.
當你在另一個國家時,最好表現得像這個國家的公民。

36. A picture speaks a thousand words / A picture is worth a thousand words
圖片更有效果

No matter what language you speak, a picture can tell you more in a few seconds than in the time spent reading a thousand words describing the same thing.
不管你說什么語言,一張圖片在幾秒鐘內就能告訴你比花在閱讀一千個描述同一事物的單詞上更多的信息。

37. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
一日不見,如隔三秋

Have you ever been separated from your loved one for a long time? You probably spent more time than normal thinking about them, which made you want to see that person even more.
你和你愛的人分開很久了嗎?你可能花了比平常更多的時間去想他們,這讓你更想見到那個人。

Therefore, absence (to be apart) made you think about them even more and increased your feelings of love (fondness) for them.
因此,不在(分開)會讓你更加想念他們,增加你對他們的愛(喜愛)。

38. An answer when mild turns away rage
生氣時的話不算數

Everyone has arguments and fights. During a heated fight, we might feel angry which may cause us to say unkind things about the other person. If we say something in anger, this will only make the argument worse.
每個人都有爭吵和爭吵。在激烈的爭吵中,我們可能會感到憤怒,這可能會導致我們對對方說不友好的話。如果我們生氣地說些什么,只會使爭論更糟。

But this proverb tells us to control ourselves and try to say things in a kind way that will not unnecessarily offend the other person. Doing this will help the other person to calm down too.
但這句諺語告訴我們要控制自己,盡量用一種不會不必要地冒犯對方的方式來說話。這樣做也會幫助對方冷靜下來。

39. Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps
任何沒有經驗的人都相信每一句話,但精明的人會深思熟慮

Someone who has little experience in life may believe almost anything said to them, but a person who has experience in life doesn’t believe everything he hears. He will think before taking any action based on what was said.
一個沒有生活經驗的人可能會相信幾乎所有對他們說的話,但一個有生活經驗的人不會相信他聽到的一切。他在根據所說的采取任何行動之前都會考慮。

40. Beggars can’t be choosers
別挑肥揀瘦

A beggar is an individual who is so poor that they must plead, or beg others to give them money. Therefore, a beggar can’t choose between many different things. Beggars can only get what is given to them or buy with whatever money they have at that time.
乞丐是一個窮人,他們必須懇求或乞求別人給他們錢。因此,乞丐不能在許多不同的事物中做出選擇。乞丐只能得到給他們的東西,或者用他們當時所有的錢買東西。

We use this common proverb when we do not have enough money to get what we want but only what we need.
當我們沒有足夠的錢得到我們想要的,而只有我們需要的,我們就用這句俗語。

41. Count the cost
權衡得失

Before buying or building anything, this proverb reminds us to count the cost. How much will it cost me in money, time and energy?
在購買或建造任何東西之前,這句諺語提醒我們要計算成本。我要花多少錢、時間和精力?

42. Crime doesn’t pay
惡有惡報

Many people complain that criminals often get away with their crimes and live the good life, however, often their crimes catch up with them, and they are unable to escape the consequences of their actions.
許多人抱怨犯罪分子往往逍遙法外,過著美好的生活,然而,犯罪分子往往會追上犯罪分子,無法逃避自己行為的后果。

43. Do to others as you would have them do to you
己所不欲勿施于人

This proverb is called the Golden Rule by millions of people around the world. It has a simple meaning, treat others the way you would like them to treat you.
這句諺語被全世界數百萬人稱為黃金法則。它有一個簡單的意思,就是以你希望的方式對待別人。

If you are kind to someone else, they would normally be kind in return. Mistreat someone, and they will mistreat you too.
如果你對別人很好,他們通常會很好的回報。虐待某人,他們也會虐待你。

43. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
不要恩將仇報

Most of us rely on someone else for our means of living (money). However, if we betray the trust that person has placed in us, we could find ourselves without a job and in much trouble.
我們大多數人的生活方式(金錢)依賴于別人。然而,如果我們背叛了那個人對我們的信任,我們可能會發現自己沒有工作,陷入很多麻煩。

44. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
不要過早地盲目樂觀

When you do something in preparation for another thing that may not even happen. For example, I am going to buy a dress, even though no one has invited me to the party.
當你為另一件可能不會發生的事情做準備時。例如,我要買一件衣服,盡管沒有人邀請我參加聚會。

45. Don’t place all your eggs in one basket
不要孤注一擲

This proverb warns us about putting all of our trust into one thing that could fail.
這句諺語警告我們,要把所有的信任都放在一件可能會失敗的事情上。

46. Don’t judge a book by its cover
不要以貌取人

Most books have pictures, symbols or other drawings on them to attract readers. However, a book with a beautiful cover may not be an enjoyable book to read at all! While a book with an ugly cover may be an excellent book to read. This proverb is also called a metaphor, to teach us not to judge another person by the way they look on the outside.
大多數書上都有圖畫、符號或其他吸引讀者的圖畫。然而,一本封面漂亮的書可能根本不是一本令人愉快的書!而封面難看的書可能是一本很好的書。這句諺語也被稱為隱喻,教我們不要用別人看外面的方式來判斷別人。

47. Early in the year, early in the month, early in the week, early in the day
一年之計在于春,一日之計在于晨

To stress how important our time is, we are encouraged to do things as soon as possible and not delay.
為了強調我們的時間是多么重要,我們被鼓勵盡快做事情,而不是拖延。

48. Enjoy it while it lasts
及時行樂

How do you feel on the final day of your vacation? Sad and upset it has already passed? Enjoy it while it lasts, means to make sure we don’t waste our time when we are doing something enjoyable.
你假期的最后一天感覺如何?悲傷和沮喪已經過去了?在它持續的時候享受它,意味著確保我們在做一些令人愉快的事情時不會浪費時間。

49. Failing to plan is planning to fail
凡事預則立不預則廢

It is a tongue twister to say out loud, but it is very clever advice. Success is often dependent on good planning. If we don’t make plans in advance, we are more likely to be unsuccessful.
大聲說出來是繞口令,但這是非常聰明的建議。成功往往取決于良好的計劃。如果我們不提前計劃,我們就更有可能失敗。

50. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
抱最好的希望,做最壞的準備

It is an interesting proverb because it is telling us to stay positive but be realistic. We hope that everything always goes to plan and has a good result, but just in case, we should make plans in case something goes wrong.
這是一個有趣的諺語,因為它告訴我們要保持積極,但要現實。我們希望每件事都按計劃進行,并有一個好的結果,但以防萬一,我們應該制定計劃,以防出問題。

51. Laughter is the best medicine
笑容是最好的良藥

Scientists have discovered that laughter has many health benefits and can actually improve our overall health. It is free and fun making it the best medicine for everyone on earth!
科學家們發現笑對健康有很多好處,實際上可以改善我們的整體健康。它是免費和有趣的,使它成為地球上每個人最好的藥物!

52. Love of money is the root of all evil
貪財是萬惡之源

Perhaps not a proverb as much as it is a general truth. Sadly, the love of money causes many people to lie, steal and cheat from others. Greed, the love of money is sadly the primary cause of many terrible things that happen in the world.
也許不是一句諺語,而是一個普遍的真理。可悲的是,對金錢的熱愛導致許多人撒謊、偷竊和欺騙他人。貪婪,對金錢的熱愛是世界上許多可怕事情發生的主要原因。

53. Many hands make light work
眾人拾柴火焰高

The more help we have from others, the easier a big job becomes to complete.
我們從別人那里得到的幫助越多,一項大工作就越容易完成。

54. Money doesn’t grow on trees
不要揮霍錢財

Those who spend a lot of money often have to be reminded that money is not easy to get, it is not like the leaves on a tree which grows in abundance. Money takes time and effort to obtain so we should use it wisely.
那些花了很多錢的人常常要提醒自己,錢不容易得到,它不像樹上長得茂盛的葉子。金錢需要時間和努力才能獲得,所以我們應該明智地使用它。

55. Necessity is the mother of invention
需要是發明之母

There are situations in life when we can’t get the things we may need. It is often at these moments when we invent something to solve our problem, which is why necessity is the mother of invention.
在生活中,有時我們得不到我們可能需要的東西。我們常常在這些時刻發明東西來解決我們的問題,這就是為什么需要是發明之母。

56. Patience is a virtue
忍耐是美德

Any virtue, is an excellent, admirable quality that we should all aspire to obtain. Patience is something many of us lack and therefore a quality which most of us find desirable and like to see in others.
任何美德,都是我們所有人都應該追求的一種優秀的、令人欽佩的品質。耐心是我們許多人所缺乏的,因此也是我們大多數人認為值得擁有的品質,并且喜歡從別人身上看到的品質。

57. Shrewd is the one that has seen the calamity and proceeds to conceal himself
精明的人大都有遠見

A shrewd or intelligent person is someone who is smart and thinks ahead. They will take action to protect themselves from any danger that they think could happen.
一個精明或聰明的人是一個聰明且有遠見的人。他們將采取行動保護自己免受任何他們認為可能發生的危險。

58. The early bird catches the worm
早起床的鳥兒有蟲吃

Similar to our previous proverb about doing things at the beginning of the day, this proverb explains that a person who takes action sooner rather than later will benefit from doing so.
與我們之前關于一天之初做事的諺語類似,這句諺語解釋了一個人早晚采取行動會從中受益。

59. Two heads are better than one
人多力量大

When trying to solve a problem on our own, we may not be able to think of a solution. If someone was to help us find a solution, this is better than trying to do it on our own.
當我們試圖獨自解決一個問題時,我們可能想不出解決辦法。如果有人要幫我們找到解決辦法,這總比自己動手好。

60. Where there is no wood, the fire goes out
沒有木,就燒不起火

Another metaphor which helps us understand that when two people or sides are arguing if one of them were to stop fighting, the argument will die out.
另一個隱喻有助于我們理解,當兩個人或雙方爭論時,如果其中一方停止戰斗,爭論就會消失。

61. You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink
你能幫到的地方是有限的

Because a horse has a mind of its own, only the horse can decide whether it wants to drink the water. The same applies to people. We can advise another person, but we can’t make them take the advice and use it, that part is up to them.
因為馬有自己的頭腦,所以只有馬才能決定是否要喝水。這同樣適用于人。我們可以建議另一個人,但我們不能讓他們接受建議并加以利用,那部分由他們決定。

62. You cannot serve two masters
一仆不能侍奉二主

This wise proverb tells us that anyone who tries to do two things at the same time will either do well at one thing and not the other or fail at both. It is impossible to do both things well at the same time.
這句明智的諺語告訴我們,任何人試圖同時做兩件事,要么在一件事上做得好,而不是在另一件事上做得好,要么在兩件事上都失敗。兩件事不可能同時做好。

63. You reap what you sow
種瓜得瓜種豆得豆

If a farmer plants potatoes, he will get potatoes, not another thing like tomatoes. Therefore, if we do good things we can expect good results, however, is we do wicked things we should expect the consequences.
如果一個農民種土豆,他會得到土豆,而不是西紅柿。因此,如果我們做好事,我們可以期待好的結果,然而,是我們做壞事,我們應該期待的后果。

Many of these proverbs will work in various situations, some almost daily. Why not try to memorize one Proverb every week and attempt to use it at least three to five times during the week.
許多這樣的諺語會在不同的情況下起作用,有些幾乎每天都有。為什么不試著每周記住一句諺語,并在一周內至少使用三到五次呢。

Try to use it during a general conversation as this will make it sound more natural and fluent. Take care not to offend anyone also by applying a Proverb to the person directly. It is better to use a Proverb to describe a situation or about a person from afar. Do you know an English proverb? Write it in a comment below! Don’t forget to explain its meaning too!
試著在一般對話中使用它,因為這會使它聽起來更加自然流暢。當心不要把諺語直接套用在別人身上,以免得罪別人。最好用一句諺語來描述一個情況或一個人的遠在天邊。你知道一個英語諺語嗎?寫在下面的評論里!別忘了解釋它的意思!