knowledge makes humble, ignorance makes proud.   博学使人谦逊,无知使人骄傲。

learn and live.   活着,为了学习。

learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.   好人越学越好,坏人越学越坏。

learn not and know not.   不学无术。

learn to walk before you run.   先学走,再学跑。

let bygones be bygones.   过去的就让它过去吧。

let sleeping dogs lie.   别惹麻烦。

let the cat out of the bag.   泄漏天机。

lies can never changes fact.   谎言终究是谎言。

lies have short legs.   谎言站不长。

life is but a span.   人生苦短。

life is half spent before we know what it is.   人过半生,方知天命。

life is not all roses.   人生并不是康庄大道。

life without a friend is death.   没有朋友,虽生犹死。

like a rat in a hole.   瓮中之鳖。

like author, like book.   文如其人。

like father, like son.   有其父必有其子。

like for like.   一报还一报。

like knows like.   惺惺相惜。

like mother, like daughter.   有其母必有其女。

like teacher, like pupil.   什么样的老师教什么样的学生。

like tree, like fruit.   羊毛出在羊身上。

little things amuse little minds.   小人无大志。

look before you leap.   摸清情况再行动。

lookers-on see more than players.   当局者迷,旁观者清。

losers are always in the wrong.   胜者为王,败者为寇。

lost time is never found again.   岁月既往,一去不回。

love at first sight.   一见钟情。

love cannot be compelled.   爱情不能强求。

love is blind.   爱情是盲目的。

love is full of trouble.   爱情充满烦恼。

love is never without jealousy.   没有妒忌就没有爱情。

love me, love my dog.   爱屋及乌。

make hay while the sun shines.   良机勿失。

make your enemy your friend.   化敌为友。

man is the soul of the universe.   人是万物之灵。

man proposes, god disposes.   谋事在人,成事在天。

many hands make light work.   众人拾柴火焰高。

many heads are better than one.   三个臭皮匠,赛过诸葛亮。

many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.   有心栽花花不发,无心插柳柳成荫。

measure for measure.   针锋相对。

misfortunes never come alone.   祸不单行。

misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.   患难见真情。

money isn’t everything.   钱不是万能的。

murder will out.   纸包不住火。

my son is my son till he has got him a wife, but my daughter is my daughter all the days of her life.   儿子婚前是儿子,女儿终生是女儿。

nature is the true law.   天行有常,不为尧存,不为桀亡。

necessity is the mother of invention.   需要是发明的动力。

never fish in trouble water.   不要混水摸鱼。

never judge from appearances.   不可以貌取人。

never say die.   永不言败。

never too old to learn, never too late to turn.   亡羊补牢,为时未晚。

new wine in old bottles.   旧瓶装新酒。

no cross, no crown.   不经历风雨,怎么见彩虹。

no garden without its weeds.   没有不长草的园子。

no living man all things can.   世上没有万事通。

no man can do two things at once.   一心不可二用。

no man is born wise or learned.   没有生而知之者。

no man is content.   人心不足蛇吞象。

no man is wise at all times.   聪明一世,糊涂一时。

none are so blind as those who won’t see.   视而不见。

none are so deaf as those who won’t hear.   充耳不闻。

no news is good news.   没有消息就是好消息。

no one can call back yesterday.   昨日不会重现。

no pains, no gains.   没有付出就没有收获。

no pleasure without pain.   没有苦就没有乐。

no rose without a thorn.   没有不带刺的玫瑰。

no sweet without sweat.   先苦后甜。

no smoke without fire.   无风不起浪。

nothing brave, nothing have.   不入虎穴,焉得虎子。

nothing dries sooner than a tear.   眼泪干得最快。

nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it.   世上无难事,只怕有心人。

nothing is difficult to the man who will try.   世上无难事,只要肯登攀。

nothing seek, nothing find.


nothing is so necessary for travelers as languages.


nothing is to be got without pains but poverty.


not to advance is to go back.   不进则退。

not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.   不懂世故,幼稚可笑。

no way is impossible to courage.   勇者无惧。

obedience is the first duty of a soldier.   军人以服从命令为天职。

observation is the best teacher.   观察是最好的老师。

offense is the best defense.   进攻是最好的防御。

old friends and old wines are best.   陈酒味醇,老友情深。

old sin makes new shame.   一失足成千古恨。

once a man and twice a child.   一次老,两次小。

once a thief, always a thief.   偷盗一次,做贼一世。

once bitten, twice shy.   一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳。

one boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, three boys no boy.   一个和尚挑水喝,两个和尚抬水喝,三个和尚没水喝。

one cannot put back the clock.   时钟不能倒转。

one eyewitness is better than ten hearsays.   百闻不如一见。

one false move may lose the game.   一着不慎,满盘皆输。

one good turn deserves another.   行善积德。

one hour today is worth two tomorrow.   争分夺秒效率高。

one man’s fault is other man’s lesson.   前车之鉴。

one never loses anything by politeness.   讲礼貌不吃亏。

one swallow does not make a summer.   一燕不成夏。

one’s words reflect one’s thinking.   言为心声。

out of debt, out of danger.   无债一身轻。

out of office, out of danger.   无官一身轻。

out of sight, out of mind.   眼不见,心为静。

patience is the best remedy.   忍耐是良药。

penny wise, pound foolish.   贪小便宜吃大亏。

plain dealing is praised more than practiced.   正大光明者,说到的多,做到的少。

please the eye and plague the heart.   贪图一时快活,必然留下隐祸。

pleasure comes through toil.   苦尽甘来。

pour water into a sieve.   竹篮子打水一场空。

practice makes perfect.   熟能生巧。

praise is not pudding.   恭维话不能当饭吃。

praise makes good men better, and bad men worse.   好人越夸越好,坏人越夸越糟。

prefer loss to unjust gain.   宁可吃亏,不贪便宜。

prevention is better than cure.   预防胜于治疗。

pride goes before, and shame comes after.   骄傲使人落后。

promise is debt.   一诺千金。

proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.   谚语是日常经验的结晶。

pull the chestnut out of fire.   火中取栗。

put the cart before the horse.   本末倒置。

put your shoulder to the wheel.   鼎力相助。

reading enriches the mind.   开卷有益。

reading is to the mind while exercise to the body.   读书健脑,运动强身。

respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.   要人尊敬,必须自重。

rome is not built in a day.   冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。

saying is one thing and doing another.   言行不一。

seeing is believing.   眼见为实。

seek the truth from facts.   实事求是。

send a wise man on an errand, and say nothing to him.   智者当差,不用交代。

set a thief to catch a thief.   以贼捉贼。

short accounts make long friends.   好朋友勤算账。

something is better than nothing.   聊胜于无。

soon learn, soon forgotten.   学得快,忘得快。

soon ripe, soon rotten.   熟得快,烂得快。

speech is silver, silence is gold.   能言是银,沉默是金。

still water run deep.   静水常深。

strike the iron while it is hot.


success belongs to the persevering.   坚持就是胜利。

take things as they come.   既来之,则安之。

talking mends no holes.   空谈无补。

talk of the devil and he will appear.   说曹*,曹*就到。

tall trees catch much wind.   树大招风。

teach others by your example.   躬亲示范。

the best hearts are always the bravest.   无私者无畏。

the best man stumbles.   伟人也有犯错时。

the cat shuts its eyes when stealing.   掩耳盗铃。

the danger past and god forgotten.   过河拆桥。

the darkest hour is nearest the dawn.   黎明前的黑暗。

the darkest place is under the candlestick.   烛台底下最暗。

the devil knows many things because he is old.   老马识途。

the devil sometimes speaks the truth.   魔鬼有时也会说真话。

the die is cast.   木已成舟。

the early bird catches the worm.   早起的鸟儿有虫吃。

the end justifies the means.   只要目的正当,可以不择手段。

the end makes all equal.


the eye is bigger than the belly.   贪多嚼不烂。

the farthest way about is the nearest way home.   抄近路反而绕远路。

the finest diamond must be cut.   玉不琢,不成器。

the fire is the test of gold, adversity of strong man.   烈火验真金,艰难磨意志。

the first step is the only difficulty.   迈出第一步是最艰难的。

the fox knew too much, that’s how he lost his tail.   机关算尽太聪明,反误了卿卿性命。

the fox preys farthest from home.   兔子不吃窝边草。

the frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.   坐井观天。

the grass is greener on the other side.   这山望着那山高。

the greatest talkers are always least doers.   语言的巨人总是行动的矮子。

the higher up, the greater the fall.   爬得高,摔得惨。

the leopard cannot change its spots.   本性难移。

the more noble, the more humble.   人越高尚,越谦虚。

the more wit, the less courage.   初生牛犊不怕虎。

the outsider sees the most of the game.   旁观者清。

the pen is mightier than the sword.   笔能杀人。

the pot calls the kettle black.   五十步笑百步。

there are spots in the sun.   太阳也有黑点。

there are two sides to every question.   问题皆有两面。

there is a skeleton in the cupboard.   家家有本难念的经。

there is kindness to be found everywhere.   人间处处有温情。

there is no general rule without some exception.   任何法规均有例外。

there is no medicine against death.   没有长生不老药。

there is no place like home.   金窝银窝不如咱的狗窝。

there is no royal road to learning.   书山有路勤为径,学海无涯苦作舟。

the style is the man.   字如其人。

the tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.   人言可畏。

the water that bears the boat is the same that swallows it up.
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