The easiest definition of proverbs is that they are wise saying usually offering advice regarding our lives. Let's go back to the 16th century when the first collection of proverbs was published by Erasmus of Rotterdam. Since then, proverbs became part of our everyday life and very often, they are the perfect way to reflect our reality. We use them in different situations when we want to say something in a different but still a very intelligent way. Also, they differ from culture to culture but there are many of them used worldwide and all people understand their unique messages. One of the reasons why you should learn some proverbs is that they enrich your conversations and show great knowledge of the language you posses. Take a look at some of them:
1. When in Rome, do as the Romans.
This means you should adapt to a place or situation you are in. Act in the way people around you do. It is especially helpful when you go somewhere abroad and experience situations you are not familiar with.
2. No man is an island.
Basically, you can’t live independently all your life. It is good to be independent but it’s impossible to always live like this. We need friends and relatives in our lives and we need to learn how to accept their help.
3. Fortune favors the bold.
If you like to be on the safe ground this proverb is for you. It means you should be brave in order to be successful.
4. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Very funny but yet very good saying! We should think about this proverb every day because it has an excellent message: no one is perfect. Don’t criticize others and try to understand their acts. You are not perfect as well!
5. Birds of a feather flock together.
Usually used as a proverb of friendships. We enjoy spending time with people who are like us. We have much in common and we are pretty similar to each other.
6. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
This one could be applied to our jobs in particular. Our wish to succeed in life. If you want to achieve something, you will have to make someone annoyed. That’s natural and don’t worry about it. Try to stay focused on your goal and do everything to achieve it!
7. The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.
Have you ever wanted something so much but you couldn’t afford it? It happens, right? Many of us experienced it. Even though we have so many things we always want something we don’t have.
8. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Very often, when you start doing something, you immediately think about the results and what after this. Always wait for your plan to become a reality, and then think about what to do next.
9. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
You love your partner, that is true. But you probably want to be away from him/her sometimes? It just gets boring and you need some time for yourself. It is good to find this time and spend it alone because it will make you miss your loved one and you will want to see him/her again.
10. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
We all love the word ‘’free’’. But does it always have positive consequences? Be careful. What is offered for free is likely to have a hidden cost.