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List of Proverbs in English with Hindi Explanation

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I am providing you List of Proverbs in English with Hindi meaning, examples and their meaning. These are used mostly in our daily conversation. So, try to learn it and try to speak in English in your daily conversation. Read the all examples very carefully and try to make another example of given Proverbs in your own language. It is a great fun to learn English

List of Proverbs in English with Hindi Explanation

A proverb is a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth or piece of advice, based on common sense or experience.

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs".

The meanings of some of these phrases have shifted over the years, so a proverb might have originally had a different meaning than the one I explain.


1. Two wrongs don't make a right 


When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

2. The pen is mightier than the sword Examples:

Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.

3. When in Rome, do as the Romans


Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you're traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you're used to.

4. The squeaky wheel gets the grease


You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's going to help you.

5. When the going gets tough, the tough get going 


Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.

6. No man is an island


You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

7. Fortune favors the bold


People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.

8. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones 


Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.

9. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst 


Bad things might happen, so be prepared.

10. Better late than never 


It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.

11. Birds of a feather flock together 


People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.

12. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer 


If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.

13. A picture is worth a thousand words


Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations. That's why Phrase Mix has illustrations :)

14. There's no such thing as a free lunch


Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.

15. There's no place like home 


Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.

16. Discretion is the greater part of valour 


Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.

17. The early bird catches the worm 


You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.

18. Never look a gift horse in the mouth 


If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.

19. You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs  


When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.

20. God helps those who help themselves 


Don't just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.

21. You can't always get what you want 


Don't whine and complain if you don't get what you wanted.

22. Cleanliness is next to godliness 


Be clean. God likes that.

23. A watched pot never boils 


If something takes time to finish, don't watch it too closely because it will seem like it's taking forever.

24. Beggars can't be choosers 


If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.

25. Actions speak louder than words 


Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually, doing it is harder and more meaningful. Don’t try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing new problems.

कई बार हमने आम जिंदगी (daily routine life) में देखा है की हमारे बड़े या समझदार व्यक्ति कई बार अपनी बातों को कहावतों या मुहावरों (Proverbs) के माध्यम से समझा देते है जो हम हमारी स्थानीय भाषा हिंदी (Local language Hindiमें बोलते है इस blog के माध्यम से हम जानेगे की इन कहावतों (Proverbsको English language में क्या कहा जाता है | हमारी English Speaking को improve करने के लिये यह very important topic है |



Hindi meaning

Might is right.

जिसकी लाठी उसकी भैस

A fog cannot be dispelled by a fan.

ओस चाटने से प्यास नहीं बुझती

An empty vessel sounds much.

थोथा चना बाजे घना

Birds of same feather flock together

चोर चोर मौसरे भाई

Do evil & look for like.


कर बुरा तो हो बुरा

Good mind, good find

आप भले तो जग भला

It takes two to make a quarrel

एक हाथ से ताली नहीं बजती

Barking dogs seldom bite.

जो गरजते है वो बरसते नहीं

Avarice is root of all evils

लालच बुरी भला है

Gather thistles & expect pickles

बोया पेड़ बबूल का तो आम कहाँ से होये

Gather thistles & expect pickles

डूबते को तिनके का सहारा

As the king so are the subjects

जैसा राजा वैसी प्रजा

A honey tongue, a heart of gall

मुह में राम बगल में छुरी

Pure gold does not fear the flame

सांच को आंच क्या

Great cry little wool

ऊँची दूकान फीके पकवान

A drop in the Ocean.

ऊंट के मुहँ में जीरा

A nine days wonder.


चार दिन की चाँदनी फिर अँधेरी रात

Crying in wilderness

भैंस के आगे बीन बजाना

Do good & cast in to the river.


नेकी कर दरिया में डाल

Diamonds cut diamonds.


लोहा लोहे को काटता है


Important Proverb



Hindi meaning

A burnt child dreads the fire. / Once bitten twice shy

दूध का जला छाछ भी फूँक फूँक कर पीता है

A figure among ciphers

अंधों में काना राजा

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. / Half knowledge is dangerous

आधा अधूरा ज्ञान खतरनाक होता है

A wolf in lamb’s clothing

भेड़ की खाल में भेडिया

Everything is well that ends well

अंत भला तो सब भला

Grass on the other side always looks greener

दूर के ढ़ोल सुहावने लगते है

A bad workman blames his tools

नाच ना जाने आंगन टेडा

All that glitters are not gold

हर चमकने वाली चीज सोना नहीं होती

You cannot live in Rome and fight with the Pope

जल में रहकर मगर से बैर

Tit for tat.

जैसे को तैसा

A friend in need is a friend in deed

अपना वही जो मुसीबत में काम आवें

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

दान की बछिया के दांत नहीं देखे जाते

The pot is calling the kettle black”

उल्टा चोर कोतवाल को डाटें

As you sow, so shall you reap

जैसा बोओगे वैसा काटोगे

More to it than meets the eye

डाल में काला

Between the devil and the deep sea

आसमान से गिरा खजूर में अटका

Speak/Think of the devil and the devil is here

नाम लिया शैतान हाजिर

To turn tail. / To show a clear pair of heels

दूम दिखाकर भाग जाना

When in Rome, do as Romans do

जैसा देश वैसा भेश

It is no use crying over split milk

अब पछताये होत क्या जब चिड़िया चुग गई खेत

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