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10 Best Meaningful and Easy English Proverbs for Students

Sanghita Bhuyan
Jan 2, 2023
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When we learn English, we should not only learn grammar rules and vocabulary but also learn proverbs. Proverbs are the experiences of our culture and living, in which we can find inspiration, motivation, and wisdom. Since they are not only a collection of words but also a wealth of practical life knowledge, so they are worthy of our extensive study.

What are Proverbs?

A proverb is usually a short saying that provides one with some advice. While most of these proverbs are quite straightforward and relatively easy to grasp and understand. On the other hand, some make seem to make no sense at all.

Proverbs can be found to be witty but most proverbs are traditional sayings that may be particular to a certain region, country, or community. These short, wise sayings are usually aimed at offering some kind of advice.

Almost every language has its own proverbs, and some proverbs can be observed in many languages. Even if you are hearing a certain proverb for the first time, it is not very difficult to interpret its meaning by looking at the context. 

However, different people can interpret a proverb in different ways, especially when the proverb is borrowed from a foreign culture.

What is the Importance of Proverbs?

A proverb imparts wisdom, advises good, and expresses deep, meaningful truths about the universe. The proverbs or sayings that we’ve heard passed down from parents to children generation upon generation often represent wisdom that has been understood by people through experience and over time.

Proverbs are brief, memorable sayings that offer ethical direction in specific situations from generation to generation. They are a feature of almost all cultures, historically, as well as today.

These proverbs are more than just reflections or witty quotes, they are considered to be civilizational treasures. We often find these proverbs shared across diverse cultures and civilizations. 

These observations are indications that there are shared lessons about this life that we all live together that have been filtered out over the centuries.

They are truths that we need today. Another neat thing about them is that they bridge the gap between the generations. 

We may not be able to connect on technology, politics, culture, or many other things, but we can connect on truths that we all experience. 

In that way, they are somewhat similar to good art or literature. They tap into something deeper about the human experience that we can all connect to.

What is the Difference Between Idioms, Proverbs, and Parables?

Idioms and proverbs are unique cultural components of a language and some might even say essential. Idioms are fixed expressions that are used in day-to-day communication, and proverbs are sayings that give advice.

The main difference between idioms and proverbs is that the latter usually contains a message or advice, unlike idioms. 

Whereas a parable is a short narrative fiction that expresses a moral or religious lesson. Like the proverb, parables are memorable and inspire listener participation: applying the parable to situations in one's daily life.

10 English Proverbs for Students With Their Meanings

Here we would like to introduce the 10 best easy English proverbs for students in the hopes that they can help you both in your daily life and in your future career:-

1. A Bad Workman Always Blames His Tools

● Meaning:

This proverb is used when someone blames the quality of their equipment or other external factors when they perform a task poorly. 

● Example:

 X: The turkey isn’t cooked well because the oven is not functioning well. Y: Well, it’s the case of a bad workman who blames his tools. 


2. A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

● Meaning:

Things we already have are more valuable than what we hope to get. 

● Example:

 X: Why did you turn down that job offer when you don’t have anything concrete in hand at the moment? Y: Well, I’m confident I’ll land one of the two jobs I interviewed for last week. And they’re better than this one. X: In my opinion, you should’ve taken it. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

3. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

● Meaning:

When people we love are not with us, we love them even more. 

● Example:

When I was with her she always fought with me but now she cries for me on the phone. I think distance made her heart grow fonder. 

4. A Cat Has Nine Lives 

● Meaning:

Cats can survive seemingly fatal events. 

● Example:

I haven’t seen him for several weeks, but I wouldn’t really worry about him. Everyone knows a cat has nine lives.

5. A Chain is Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link

● Meaning:

One weak part will render the whole weak. 

● Example:

No matter how confident the team is, it is as strong as its weakest link – its defense. 

6. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

● Meaning:

Actions are a better reflection of one’s character because it’s easy to say things, but difficult to act on them and follow through. 

● Example:

Julie always says she’ll donate to the school, and she never does, so I doubt she will this year. Actions speak louder than words, after all. 

7. A Drowning Man Will Clutch at a Straw

● Meaning:

When someone is in a difficult situation, s/he will take any available opportunity to improve it. 

● Example:

After trying all reliable medicines, he is now visiting quacks to get a cure for his baldness. A drowning man will clutch at a straw. 

8. Adversity and Loss Make a Man Wise  

● Meaning:

We gain wisdom faster in difficult times than in prosperous times. 

● Example:

After losing money in my investments, I know which investments to avoid. It is rightly said adversity and loss make a man wise. 

9. A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted

● Meaning:

Foolish people do not know how to hold on to their money.

 ● Example:

She gave up her entire estate on the basis of a verbal promise. A fool and his money are indeed easily parted. 

10. A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step

● Meaning;

However big a task is, it starts with a small step. 

● Example:

I’m feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of completing a 4,000-word paper by next week, but I guess I’ll start by writing 500 words every day. After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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GIIS Pune has a curriculum and faculty that is aimed at giving our students a wholesome education and in turn molding them into well-rounded individuals. 

At GIIS, teachers are aimed at providing our students with quality education. This kind of knowledge and command of language is what your child will be equipped with while studying here. 

Here at GIIS, our teachers make sure that your child is equipped with all the tools they’ll need in further life. If you are looking for schools in Balewadi for your child, you can be confident in knowing that your child is going to the best CBSE school in Pune.

Sanghita Bhuyan

I am Ms. Sanghita Bhuyan, one of the founder teacher of GIIS Smart Campus Hadapsar. As a qualified and passionate teacher with 8 years of experience, I was very excited to join a highly professional work environment with global standards. I feel I have grown along with this organisation. The values we would love to instill in our children at GIIS are strongly rooted in our hearts by our seniors and we model them to our children. We have the finest curriculum, right approach in shaping young children for tomorrow. GIIS have given opportunities to enhance my technical skill which indeed was a big support in my creative and innovative teaching methodology, also had the privileged to be recognised as a certified Apple teacher.

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