proverb meaning

A proverb is a short saying/phrase about life that comes from way back in ancient times. They are usually based on some sort of truth with the purpose giving advice or imparting wisdom.

Whether you’re having a casual chat with friends or in a business meeting, you will probably hear proverbs being quoted.

proverbs list G, H and I

Flick through this page to learn some common proverbs beginning with G, H and I.

 

I’ve included pictures to help you understand the meaning.

Proverbs beginning with G

English proverbs list - Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime
proverbs - give a man enough rope
English proverbs list - give credit where credit is due
proverbs - gluttony kills more than the sword
proverbs - God helps those who helps themselves
proverbs - good fences make good neighbours
proverbs - good things come to those who wait
proverbs - great minds think alike
  • Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime. – don’t rely on handouts, learn a skill as it will last forever
  • give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself – people will get caught by their own stupidity
  • give credit where credit is due – praise someone who deserves it
  • gluttony kills more than the sword – more people die of greed than they do in battle
  • God helps those who helps themselves – work hard to achieve your goals
  • good fences make good neighbours – you should mind your own business and respect other people’s property
  • good things come to those who wait – be patient, good things will happen to you eventually
  • great minds think alike – when two or more people have the same idea

Proverbs beginning with H

proverbs - haste makes waste
proverbs - he who dares wins
proverbs - he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword
English proverbs list - hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
proverbs - hindsight is 20-20
proverbs - home is where th heart is
English proverbs list - honesty is the best policy
proverbs - hope for the best but prepare for the worst
  • haste makes waste – if you rush, you will make mistakes
  • he who dares wins – if you take risks, you will succeed
  • he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword – if you choose to live a dangerous lifestyle, it will kill you in the end
  • hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – hell is nothing compared to an angry woman
  • hindsight is 20/20 – it’s easy to look back on an event and know what you should have done
  • home is where the heart is – home is where you are happiest with your loved ones
  • honesty is the best policy – it is better to tell the truth than to lie
  • hope for the best but prepare for the worst – bad things happen so be prepared

Proverbs beginning with I

proverbs - if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again
proverbs - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
English proverbs list - if life gives you lemons
proverbs - if the cap fits
English proverbs lists - if wishes were horses, beggars would ride
English proverbs list - if you can’t be good, be careful
proverbs - if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em
proverbs - if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
proverbs - If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
proverbs - if you play with fire, you’ll get burnt
proverbs - if you snooze, you lose
English proverbs list - if you want something done right, do it yourself
proverbs - if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem
English proverbs list - ignorance is bliss meaning
proverbs - in for a penny
proverbs - it ain't over ‘til the fat lady sings
proverbs - it never rains, but it pours
proverbs - it takes two to tango
proverbs - it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all
proverbs - it’s never too late to learn
  • if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again – keep trying, you will succeed eventually
  • if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – if something works fine, trying to improve it will probably create more problems
  • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade – make the best of a bad situation
  • if the cap fits, wear it – accept a criticism that applies to you
  • if wishes were horses, beggars would ride – if you could reach your goals by wishing for them, life would be easy
  • if you can’t be good, be careful – everyone has a wild side, but try and use your brain too
  • if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – don’t try and change someone, change yourself
  • if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all – don’t say nasty things about people, keep your thoughts to yourself
  • if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys – if you pay low wages, workers will be bad
  • if you play with fire, you’ll get burnt – if you do something dangerous/stupid, be prepared to deal with the consequences
  • if you snooze, you lose – if you procrastinate, you will miss opportunities
  • if you want something done right, do it yourself – don’t rely on others to do things properly
  • if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem – if you don’t work to make things better, you are an obstacle
  • ignorance is bliss – it is better not to know rather than worrying about something
  • in for a penny, in for a pound – if you are going to take a risk, make it a big one or complete a task thoroughly
  • it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings – nothing is certain until the conclusion, the situation may change
  • it never rains, but it pours – several good/bad events happen at the same time
  • it takes two to tango – one person is not always to blame
  • it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all – love hurts, people break your heart but at least give it a go
  • it’s never too late to learn – you are never too old to learn new things