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A(英文格言、諺語)

A bad penny always comes back.
惡有惡報。

A bad shearer never had a good sickle.
劣工尤器。
拙劣的割草工人用不出好鐮刀。自己技術不好,再好的鐮刀也沒有用

A bad workman always blames his tools.
劣工尤器。
拙劣的工匠只會怪工具不好。

A bad workman quarrels with his tools
劣工尤器。
劣匠只會跟自己的工具吵架。

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
一鳥在手勝於兩鳥在林。
擁有的才是最真實的。把握現在。及時行樂,有花堪折直須折。

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
小別勝新婚。

A burnt child dreads the fire.
受灼的小孩必怕火。
一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩。

A cat may look at a king.
君王卿相於我何關。
貓也可以打量國王,暗喻人人平等。
人皆可為堯舜帝王。切勿因為別人的經驗不如你多,就不讓他發表想法。

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link."
鏈子的堅固是取決於最脆弱的連結處。
一步下錯,滿盤皆輸。

A clear conscience is like a coat of mail.
良心如信紙之信封。
平生不做虧心事,夜半敲門心不驚。

A clear conscience laughs at false accusation.
只要問心無愧,無端的指責可以一笑置之。

A constant guess is never welcome.
常客難受歡迎.

A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
知足常樂。

A creaking gate hangs long.
會嘎嘎響的門反而用得久。
病夫命久;瑕不掩瑜。

Actions speak louder than words.
事實勝於雄辯。行動勝於言辭。
坐而言不如起而行。

Advice when most needed is least heeded.
忠言逆言。

A fair face may hide a foul heart. (Fair face, foul heart.)
人面獸心。

A fault confessed is half redressed.
肯認錯是改過的一半。過則勿憚改

A fool and his money are easily parted.
愚人難聚財。

A fox smells its own lair first."
狐狸有臭己先聞。要刮別人鬍子前,先刮自己的。
嚴以律己。

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

A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.
朋友應該容忍朋友的缺點。

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
= A friend to all is a friend to none.
人盡可友的人,不是真正朋友。濫交者無友。

After a storm comes a calm.
否極泰來。

After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
午餐後一坐,晚餐後一哩。

After rain comes sunshine.
雨過天晴。

A good beginning makes a good ending.
善始必善終,欲善終務先以善始。

A good conscience is a safe pillow.
行止清白,高枕無憂。

A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all.
眾人皆醉我獨醒。

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
作賊心虛;多行不義必自斃。
夜路走多了總會遇到鬼。千夫所指,不疾而死。

A handful of trade is a handful of gold.
一把貿易,一把黃金。

A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
口蜜腹劍;笑裡藏刀;佛口蛇心。

A hundred tricks are not so good as one well-learned trade.
百藝無如一藝精。

A jack of all trades is master of none.
雜而不精的三腳貓。萬事通,無事精通。

A joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.
開玩笑總不能化敵為友,反而有時會失去朋友。

A lamb is as dear to a poor man as an ox to the rich.
窮人眼中的一隻羊,貴似富人的一頭牛。物品在不同人的身上有不同的價值。

A leopard cannot change his spots.
豹的斑點是改不掉的。
牛牽到北京還是牛。江山易改,本性難移。

A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
真理剛穿鞋,謊言已在途中。好事不出門,壞事傳千里。

A lie has no legs.
謊言不會自己傳播。

A little learning is a dangerous thing.
只懂皮毛是危險的事。
學淺誤人。一知半解最危險。

A little pot is soon hot.
小人易怒。狗肚子盛不得四兩油。
器小易盈。人窮志短。壺小水易熱。

All are not saints that go to church.
去做禮拜者,未必皆聖人。

All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
狗所吠者,未必皆賊。
人不可貌相,海水不可斗量。(勿一概而論)

All asses wag their ears.
傻子總愛裝聰明。

All bread is not baked in one oven.
人心不同,猶如其面。

All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.
貓都愛吃魚,卻怕爪弄濕。
想不勞而獲,將一事無成。

All covet, all lose.
貪多必失。

All flowers are not in one garland.
不是所有的花都在一個花圈上。人各有志,切勿強求。

All good things come to and end.
花無百日紅。天下無不散之筵席。

All is fair in love and war.
愛情和戰爭是不擇手段的。

All is fair in war.
兵不厭詐。

All is fish that comes to one's net.
捉到網裡都是魚。來老不拒。

All is flour that comes to his mill.
什麼東西到他的磨子堻ㄞ鉠V成粉。

All is not at hand that helps.
有用的東西並不都是垂手可得的。

All is not gain that is put in the purse.
放入錢包的錢財,並非都是應得的。勿取不義之財。

All is not lost that is in danger.
在危險中的東西未必都會損失。

All is well that ends well.
善終為善。皆大歡喜。
意思就是雖然一件工作在執行時很困難,但最後有好的結果。

A man may dig his grave with his teeth.
禍從口出。

A man may lead a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.
牽馬到河易,強馬飲水難。

All men are mortal.
人孰無死。人皆有死。人難免一死。

All men cannot be first.
不可能人人都得第一名。第一名只有一個。最好的只有一個。

All one's geese are swans.
自吹自擂。老王賣瓜,自賣自誇。

All rivers run into the sea.
百川入海。海納百川。

All roads lead to Rome.
條條大路通羅馬。

All shall be well, Jack shall have Jill.
有情人終成眷屬。

All that glitters is not gold.
閃爍者未必都是金。金玉其外,敗絮其內。
虛有其表。

All the wit in the world is not in one head.
世上所有的智慧不會集中在一個腦袋。三個臭皮匠勝過一個諸葛亮。集思廣義。

All things are obedient to money.
有錢能使鬼推磨。

All things are difficult before they are easy.
凡事都是先難後易。倒吃甘蔗。

All things are easy that are done willingly.
只要願意,沒有不可能的事。

All things are obedient to money.
有錢能使鬼推磨。錢是萬能的。

All things will come round to him who will but wait.
只要耐心等待,該來的還是會來。該你的就會是你的,總有一天等到你。好事多磨。

All time is no time when it is past.
光陰一去永不回。

All truths are not to be told.
真理未必能說得清。

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
只工作不玩耍,聰明人也會變傻。

Although it rains, throw not away your watering pot.
縱使下雨,莫把水壺丟棄。防患未然。

A merry heart makes a long life.
知足常樂。樂觀者歲足。

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
一日一蘋果,醫生不找上門。

An eye for an eye, and we will all go blind.
兩敗俱傷。(以眼還眼,我們都會變盲。)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
防患未然。預防勝於治療。防微杜漸。未雨綢繆。

An uncut gem goes not sparkle.
玉不琢,不成器。人不學,不知義。

A miss is as good as a mile.
失之毫釐,差之千里。踏錯一步,滿盤皆輸。

A penny saved is a penny earned.
存錢一分才是賺錢一分。儲蓄方是賺錢之道。

A person is known by the company he keeps.
觀其友,知其人。物以類聚。

A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison.
一滴毒藥毀了一瓶奶。一粒老鼠屎,壞了一鍋粥。

Apparel makes the man.
人靠衣裝,佛靠金裝。

April showers bring May flowers.
四月雨帶來五月花。否極泰來。苦盡甘來。

A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
白日不做虧心事,夜半敲門心不驚。

A rolling stone gathers no moss.
滾石不生苔。
(負面) 心浮氣躁者,難成大器。轉業不聚財。
(正面) 常動者不會生疾。勞動養生。

Art has no enemy but ignorance.
無知乃藝術之敵。

Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth. (Pablo Picasso)
藝術是一種使我們能夠實現真實的謊言。(畢卡索)

Art is civilization and civilization is art. (Latin Proverb)
藝術是文明,文明是藝術。(拉丁諺語)

Art is long, life is short.
人生苦短,而學海無涯。人生朝露,藝術千秋。

As a man sows, so shall he reap.
一分耕耘,一分收穫。

Ask and you shall receive.
勤學好問。好學多問。

Ask me no questions, I will tell you no lies.
不問不受騙。

Ask no questions and hear no lies.
不多問便不會聽到謊言。

A soft answer turned away wrath.
和言足以息怒。以柔克剛。忍一句,息一怒。

A sound mind lies in a sound body.
健全的頭腦寓於健全的身體。

A stitch in time saves nine.
及時一針省九針。防微杜漸。

A straight stick is crooked in the water.
直棍水中曲。

As you make your bed so you must lie on it.
自作自受;咎由自取。自食惡果;自討苦吃。作繭自縛。拿石頭砸自己的腳。

As you sow, so shall you reap.
種瓜得瓜,種豆得豆。

A thousand friends are few, one enemy is too many.
朋友千人尚覺少,仇敵一人猶嫌多。

A tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye.
以牙還牙,以眼還眼

A tree is known by its fruit.
凡樹木看果實,就可以認出它的好壞。
觀其行,知其人。

A woman's work is never done.
女子的粗活是做不完的。女人真命苦。

A word to the wise is enough.
智者一言足矣。忠言真心者,一言足矣。

A word once spoken can never be recalled.
一言既出,駟馬難追。

B
Bad news travels fast.
惡事傳千里。

Barking dogs seldom bite.
吠叫的狗不咬人。指裝模作樣,勿用在意。 外強中乾、虛有其表、虛張聲勢。

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
情人眼堨X西施。

Beauty is but skin deep.
美色只是一層皮。紅顏易老。

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone.
美麗流於膚淺,醜陋深入於骨。

Beer before liquor, you'll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you're in the clear.
喝啤酒再喝白酒,你不會清醒;但先喝白酒再喝啤酒,你還會清醒。
由淺入深難,由深入淺易。由儉入奢易,由奢入儉難。

Beggars must not be choosers.
饑者不得擇食。窮人無選擇權。飢不擇食、寒不擇衣、慌不擇路、貧不擇妻。

Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
寧為驢頭不為馬尾;寧為牛頭不為蛇尾。

Better late than never.
寧遲勿缺;亡羊補牢,猶未晚矣。

Better safe than sorry.
安全勝過遺憾。不怕一萬,只怕萬一。小心為上。流汗總比流血好。

Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
已知的魔鬼比未知的好。明槍易躲,暗箭難防。

Between two stools you fall to the ground.
腳踏雙凳必墜地。喻一心二用,將一事無成。

Birds of a feather flock together.
物以類聚。

Bitter pills may have blessed effects.
良藥苦口。忠言逆耳。

Blood is thicker than water.
血濃於水。

Blood will out.
謀殺必將敗露。真相大白、紙包不住火。

Boys will be boys.
孩子就是孩子。理當如此。

Brain is better than brawn.
智慧勝於力量。智勝於勇莽。

Bread is the staff of life.
麵包是生活的主食。民以食為天。

Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.
早餐像國王,午餐像王子,晚餐像乞丐。
早餐吃飽,午餐吃得好,晚餐吃得少。

Brevity is the soul of wit.
精簡是智慧的真髓。

Business before pleasure.
工作先於玩樂。

Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon, lead at night.
奶油在早餐是金、午餐是銀、晚餐是鉛。過猶不及。


C

Care killed a cat.
憂慮致命(勞神喪命)。

Charity begins at home.
修身齊家博愛天下。

Chance favors the prepared mind.
豫則立,不豫則廢。胸有成竹。機會是留給有準備的人。

Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider.
由淺入深難,由深入淺易。由儉入奢易,由奢入儉難。
喝啤酒後再喝蘋果酒不懼怕,喝蘋果酒後再喝啤酒就不能。

Close but no cigar.
很接近了,但不是雪茄。很接近了,但不是我要的答案。

Clothes don't make the man.
人不可貌相,不能以貌取人。好馬不在鞍,人美不在衫。

Comparisons are odious.
人比人氣死人。

Constant dripping wears away the stone.
滴水穿石、積沙成塔。

Cowards die many times, but a brave man only dies once.
懦夫可亡千百次,好漢一生死一回。死有輕如鴻毛、重如泰山。
風瀟瀟兮易水寒,壯士一去不復返。

Cross the stream where it is the shallowest.
過河應走水淺處。做事應從大處著手。凡事從簡單的開始做。從易處著手。

Curiosity killed the cat.
好奇心殺死一隻貓。人不能太好奇。

Cut your coat according to your cloth.
量身裁衣。量力而為、量入為出。三思而後行。

D
Death is the great leveler.
死後萬人皆平等。人皆有死。

Deeds, not words.
在於行動,不在於言語。說得到,做得到。言出必行。

Desperate diseases must have desperate cures(remedies).
重命要用重手治。亂世用重典。死馬當活馬醫。

Diamond cut diamond.
兩虎相爭必有一傷。

Different sores must have different salves.
= Different strokes for different folks.
= Difficulty makes desire.
苦難中能創造欲望。
Diseases come on horseback, but steal away on foot.
= Diseases come on horseback, but go away on foot."
病來如山倒,病去如抽絲。
Do as you would be done by.
己所欲施於人。為所該為之事。

Doctors make the worst patients.
= Don't burn your bridges before they're crossed.
= Don't burn your bridges behind you.
不要過河拆橋。為自己留後路。

Dog does not cat dog.
狗不咬狗(同類不相殘)。

Do in Rome as the Romans do.
入境隨俗。

Don't change horses in mid-stream.
臨陣勿換將。

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
勿打如意算盤。

Don't cross a bridge until you come to it.
= Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
順其自然。水到渠成。船到橋頭自然直。

Don't cry over spilt milk.
覆水難收。後悔無益。

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
不要跟自己過意不去。賭氣無用。

Don't have too many irons in the fire.
不要攬事上身。不要沒事找事做。

Don't judge a person by his appearance.
= Don't judge a book by its cover.
勿以貌取人。

Don't kick against the pricks.
勿以螳臂當車。不要不自量力。

Don't make a mountain out of a molehill
不要誇大其辭、不要小題大做、不要大驚小怪。

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
別把雞蛋擺在同一籃子裡。不要孤注一擲。

Don't put the cart before the horse.
勿本末倒置。

Don't quarrel with your bread and butter.
勿自砸飯碗。別跟自己的工作過不去。

Don't shut the barn door after the horse is gone.
不要本末倒置。

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
勿過河拆橋

Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
家醜不可外揚。

Do unto others as you would have done to you.
將心比心。推己及人。

E
Early bird gets the worm.
早起的鳥兒有蟲吃。

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
早睡早起可使人有錢、健康又聰明。

Easier said than done.
說來容易做來難。

East or West, home is best.
不管東方西方,家就是最好的地方。金窩銀窩不如自己的狗窩好。

Easy come easy go.
容易之財難久留(賺得容易花的也快)。

Eat to live, don't live to eat.
為活而食,而不是為食而活。活出精采。

Empty vessels make the most sound.
空桶最響。深水靜流。

Even a worm will turn.
即使是蟲子也會轉身。狗急跳牆。

Every cloud has a silver lining.
烏雲也有銀色的襯光。凡事要往好處去想。凡事都有光明的一面。
Even Homer sometimes nods.
智者千慮必有一失。

Everybody's business is nobody's business.
眾人之事乏人管。自掃門前雪。

Every dog has his day.
風水輪流轉(狗也有幸運的一天)。

Every man has a price.
任何人皆有其價值。

Every man has his taste.
人各有所好。

Every rule has its exception.
任何規則皆有例外的時候。凡事皆有例外。

Everything comes to him who waits.
成功屬於耐心等待的人。

Every why has a wherefore.
事出有因。

Extremes meet.
物極必反。

F
Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
事實並不僅僅因為受到忽略而停止存在。

Faint heart never won fair lady.
懦弱難得美人心。

Faith will move mountains.
信仰能移山。

Familiarity breed contempt.
熟稔易侮蔑;近廟欺神。

Few words are best.
少說為妙。言多必失。

Fine feathers make fine birds.
= Fine clothes make the man.
人要衣裝、佛要金裝。

Fine words butter no parsnips.
巧言不能滋潤防風草。口惠而實不至。畫餅充飢。

Fine words dress ill deeds.
漂亮的言詞可以掩飾惡劣的行徑。巧言藏惡行。

First come first served.
捷足先登。先來先伺候。近水樓台先得月。

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
天使都不敢去之處,只有笨蛋會闖入。不自量力。

Forbidden fruit is (the) sweetest.
禁果最甜.

Forewarned is forearmed.
先知先戒備。戒慎恐懼。

Fortune favors the brave (bold).
天助勇者。

G
Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard.
得寸進尺。軟土深掘。

God helps those who help themselves.
天助自助者。

God's mill grinds slow but sure.
天網恢恢,疏而不漏。

Good words cost nothing, but are worth much.
良言本無價,其貴值千金

Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
口惠而實不至。

Grasp all, lose all.
貪者必失。

H
Hair of the dog that bit you.
如果被狗咬傷,傳說只要從咬人的狗身上取下狗毛塗在傷口,傷口就會治好。這說法幾經演變,後來被用來比喻一個人宿醉後,隔天早上用來醒酒的一杯酒。

Half a loaf is better than none.
聊勝於無。有總比沒有的好。

Hard words break no bones.
惡言傷不到人心。笑罵由他笑罵。

Haste makes waste.
欲速則不達

Hawks will not pick hawks' eyes out.
同類不相殘。

Health is better than wealth.
健康勝於財富。

Heaven helps those who help themselves.
天助自助者。


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
黃蜂尾後針﹐最毒婦人心。

Help a lame dog over a stile.
雪中送炭;助人之急。

He laughs best who laughs last.
= He who laughs last laughs longest.
最後笑的人笑得最得意。

He that touches pitch shall be defiled.
近朱者亦;近墨者黑。

He that will lie will steal.
說謊者必行竊。

He that will steal an egg will steal an ox.
會偷蛋的,也會偷牛。

He that will swear will lie.
賭咒的人是說謊的人。

He travels the fastest who travels alone.
單獨旅行的人走得最快。

He who denies all confesses all.
否認一切的人就等於承認了一切。

He who hesitates is lost.
猶豫不決者必定失敗

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.
玩火自焚

Hide not your light under a bushel.
勿過份謙沖以致隱沒才能。

His bark is worse than his bite.
刀子嘴豆腐心。嘴硬心軟。

His bread is buttered on both sides.
左右逢源.

History repeats itself.
歷史會重演。

Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.
見機行事。.

Home is where the heart is.
家是心之所在

Honesty is the best policy.
誠實為上策。

Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
投其所好。

Hunger is the best spice.
= Hunger makes good kitchen.
飢餓是最佳調味料

I
Idle folk have the least leisure.
懶人無閑。
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.
失敗勿怕重頭。

If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
如果事情值得做,更值得把它做好。

If you can't beat them, join them.
如果打不過他們,就加入他們吧。

If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.
同時追兩免,兩頭都落空。賠了夫人又折兵。兩邊落空。

In wine there is truth.
酒後吐真言。
It is better to give than to receive.
施比受更有福。


It is easy to be wise after the event.
經一事長一智。遇事才會成長。

It is never too late to mend.
亡羊補牢猶末晚也。

It is never too old to learn.
活到老學到老。

It is none of your business.
不關你的事。

It is no use crying over spilt milk.
覆水難收。

It is the early bird that gets the worm.
早起的鳥兒有蟲吃。

It never rains, but it pours.
禍不單行

J
Jack of all trades master of none.
萬事通,無一通

K
Keep a thing seven years and you will always find a use for it.
帶著這東西七年,你總有用它的一日。養兵千日,用在一時。天生我才必有用。

Keep no more cats that catch mice.
養只抓鼠的貓。只留有用的東西。

Knowledge is power.
知識就是力量。

L
Laughter is the best medicine.
笑一笑,十年少。笑是最有效的萬靈藥。

Learn to walk before you run.
欲速則不達。

Learning is the enterprise of a lifetime.
活到老學到老。學無止境。

Least said, soonest mended.
少說少錯(多言惹禍)。言多必失。

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
你們中間誰是沒有罪的,誰就可以先拿石頭打他。 (聖經.約翰福音8:7)
要指責他人前,先問問自己是否做好。

Let sleeping dogs lie.
別自找麻煩。

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
近朱者赤,近墨者黑

Like cures like.
以毒攻毒。心病還需心藥醫。

Like father, like son.
有其父必有其子。

Live and learn.
活到學到老。

Long absent, soon forgotten.
久疏則必忘;別久情疏;一曝十寒。

Look before you leap.
三思而後行。

Lookers-on see most of the game.
旁觀者清。

Love is blind.
愛情是盲目的。

Love me little, love me long.
愛情要細水長流。

M
Make hay while the sun shines.
未雨綢繆。

Man proposes. God disposes.
謀事在人,成事在天。

Many a little makes a mickle.
=Every little makes a mickle.
積少成多(聚沙成塔、集腋成裘)。

Many hands make light work.
人多好辦事。

Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.
匆匆結婚,慢慢後悔。

Men are not to be measured in inches.
人不可以貌相。

Might is right.
強權即是公理。

Money talks.
金錢萬能。

Money talks, bullshit walks.
錢拿來再說;沒錢免談。

Money makes the mare go.
有錢能使鬼推磨。

More haste, less speed.
欲速則不達。

Much would have more.
貪得無饜。

Murder will out.
如要人不知,除非已莫為。

N

Nature abhors a vacuum.
大自然中不容真空。

Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue, to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.
上天給予我們兩耳,兩眼,一張嘴巴,應該多聽,多看,少說話。

Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.
自然,時間以及耐心是三個最好的醫生.

Necessity is the mother of invention.
需要為發明之母。

Never do things by halves.
做事切莫半途而廢。

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
餽贈之物切莫挑剔。

Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.
今日事今日畢

New brooms sweep clear.
新官上任三把火。

No cross,no crown.
不經一番寒徹骨,怎得梅花撲鼻香。

No man can serve two masters.
忠臣不事二主。一人不能事二君。

No man is content with his lot.
無人能滿意於自己的命運。

No news is good news.
沒消息即是好消息。

No pain, no gain.
不勞則無獲。

No gain without pain.
有所得必有所失。

None so blind as those who won't see.
有眼不看者為盲。

Nothing comes of nothing.
事出必有因(無中不能生有)。

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
不入虎穴,焉得虎子。


O
Once bitten, twice shy.
一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩。

One doctor only makes work for another."
神醫亦不能自醫

One good turn deserves another.
善有善報;待之以禮,回之以禮.

One swallow does not make a summer.
勿以一概全。

One turnip, one pit.
一個蘿蔔一個坑。

Opposites attract.
異性相吸

Out of debt, out of danger.
無債一身輕。

Out of sight, out of mind.
久離則疏遠。

P
Paddle your own canoe.
你只管划你的獨木舟。管好自己的事。

Penny saved is a penny earned.
積少成多,積腋成裘。

Penny wise, pound foolish.
小事聰明,大事糊塗。

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
住在玻璃屋的人不要互擲石頭。勿道人之短。

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
權力使人腐化;絕對的權力使人絕對的腐化。

Practice makes perfect.
熟能生巧。

Prevention is better than cure.
預防勝於治療。

Pride goes before a fall."
驕者必敗。(聖經.箴言16:18)

Procrastination is the thief of time.
拖延是守時之賊。

Put the saddle on the right horse.
責備得當(冤有頭、債有主)。

R
Red sky at night: shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning: shepherd's warning.
朝霞不出門晚霞行千里。

Rome was not built in a day.
羅馬不是一天造成的。

Rules are made to be broken.
不墨守成規。


S
Second thoughts are best.
退一步想最穩當。

Seeing is believing.
百聞不如一見(眼見為真)。

Seek and ye shall find.
尋找,就尋見。(聖經.耶穌語)有志竟成(誠能感動天).

Share and share alike.
有苦同當,有福共享。

Six of one, half dozen of the other.
五十步笑百步

Slow and steady wins the race.
穩健紮實必致勝。

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.
見木不見林,逐末而忘本。

Spare the rod, spoil the child.
孩子不打不成器(玉不琢不成器)。

Stay hungry, stay foolish.
保持飢餓,保持愚笨。求知若渴,虛心若愚。

Still waters are the deepest.
深藏不露(真人不露相)

Still water runs deep.
水深流靜。

Strike while the iron is hot.
打鐵趁熱。

T
Talk is cheap.
說的倒輕鬆.


Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.
說曹操曹操就到。

Take the rough with the smooth.
逆來則順受。

The bait hides the hook.
餌娷羅_。

The best fish swims near the bottom.
好魚游溪底。

The best things in life are free.
自由最為可貴

The biter is sometimes bit.
欺人反受欺(害人及害己)。

The child is father of the man.
少年時代可決定一人之未來。

The coat makes the man.
佛要金裝,人要衣裝.

The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
小人閑居做歹事。

The early bird gets the worm.
早起的鳥兒有蟲吃

The end justifies the means.
結果決定手段是否正當。成敗論英雄。

The first step to health is to know that we are sick.
保健的第一步就是知道自己有病。人貴在有自知之明。

The fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.
貪吃的魚兒易上鉤。

The last straw breaks the camel's neck.
凡事宜節制,過則必敗事。

The leopard cannot change his spots.
江山易改,本性難移。

The pen is mightier than sword.
文勝於武

The pot called the kettle black.
五十步笑百步。

The proof of pudding is in the eating.
欲知布丁味,親嚐便可曉。

There are two sides to every question.
公說公有理,婆說婆有理。

There is a black sheep in every flock.
每一個團體中都難免有害群之馬。

There is always a calm before a storm.
暴風雨前的平靜

There is no rose without a thorn.
朵朵玫瑰皆有刺。

There is no smoke without fire.
有煙必有火(無風不起浪)。

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
手抱菩薩操屠刀。

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
嘎嘎作響的輪子表示要上潤滑油了。會吵的孩子有糖吃。

The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.
舌頭雖非鐵卻可傷人。

Think before you speak.
在說之前先想想

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
投鼠忌器。

Time and tide wait for no man.
歲月不待人

Time is money.
時間就是金錢

To each his own.
人各有命。

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
犯錯是常人之舉,. 寬恕乃神聖之行.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
七手八腳必敗事。

To teach a fish how to swim.
班門弄斧。關老爺面前耍大刀。

Turn a stumbling block into a stepping stone.
化絆腳石為墊腳石。

Two heads are better than one.
三個臭皮匠,勝過一個諸葛亮(集思廣益)。

Two of a trade can never than one.
同行相嫉。文人多相輕。


V
Variety is the spice of life.
變化是生命的調味品。豐富多彩是生活的情趣所在。
Virtue is its own reward.
為善自得其樂。

W

Walls have ears.
壁上有耳。隔牆有耳。

Waste not, want not.
不浪費,就不虞匱乏

We all make mistakes.
任何人皆會有錯。 人非聖賢,孰能無過?

Well begun is half done.
好的開始是成功的一半。

We must take the bad with the good.
勤能補拙。

What can't be cured must be endured.
無能為力之事只得忍耐。

What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
它不但殺不了你,反倒使你更強壯。把吃苦當作吃補。(越挫越勇)


Whatever a man sow, that shall he also reap.
種瓜得瓜,種豆得豆。

What goes around comes around.
十年河東,十年河西;風水輪流轉。

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
雌鵝可以吃的,雄鵝也可以吃。依樣畫葫蘆。

When the cat's away, the mice will play.
貓不在,老鼠就鬧翻天。山中無老虎,猴子稱大王。

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
越挫越勇。

When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.
當你聽到蹄聲時,要想到是馬的蹄聲,而不是斑馬的。不可掉以輕心.

Where one door shuts, another opens.
這門閉,那門開。 天無絕人之路,人生總有轉機。

Where there is a will there is a way.
有志者事竟成。


While there's life, there's hope.
有生命就有希望。活著就有希望。

Who keeps company with the wolves, will learn to howl.
近朱者赤,近墨者黑

Words cut more than swords.
舌劍利於刀劍。


Y
You can lead (take) a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
你可以引馬就水,不可以強迫馬喝水。要順勢而為,不可逆勢而為。

You cannot burn the candle at both ends.
蠟燭不能兩頭燒(勿過份消耗體力)。

You cannot get blood out of a stone.
石頭擠不出血來(鐵石心腸那有淚)。

You can't have your cake and eat it too.
又想吃掉餅,又想餅在你手邊。 天下哪有這麼好的事!

You cannot sell the cow and drink the milk.
魚與熊掌不可兼得。

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
老狗變不出新花樣(人老則守舊)。

You can't have it both ways.
不能兩者兼得。魚與熊掌不可兼得。

You can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.
不把蛋打碎,哪得煎蛋餅。畏手畏?,大事不成。

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
粗手粗腳成不了大事。

You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
你不可以邊跟著野兔跑,邊帶獵犬去打獵。不可腳踏兩條船;不可兩面討好。

You have to crawl before you can walk.
你要先學會爬,再學如何走路。別想一步沖天(要按部就班)

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