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Having spent the last few months towards the phrases & its origin, in particular, I came across good number of Proverbs, along with it, however, I wonder if anyone can provide me with the possible interpretation (or indeed, interpretations, if it could mean more than just one thing), of the following Proverbs.

  1. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
  2. A watched kettle/pot never boils (but unwatched kettle over boils)
  3. Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies OR Ask no questions and hear no lies
  4. April showers bring May flowers
  5. A creaking door/gate hangs long/longest
  6. Advice when most needed is least heeded.
  7. A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all
  8. A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand
  9. A guilty conscience needs no accuser
  10. A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on
  11. All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet
  12. All flowers are not in one garland
  13. All frills and no knickers
  1. Bread is the staff of life
  2. Bitter pills may have blessed effects
  3. Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt
  4. Beer before liquor, you'll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you're in the clear
  5. Beauty is only skin deep (but ugly goes straight to the bone

  1. Chance favours the prepared mind
  2. Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider
  3. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades
  4. Cobbler, stick to thy last
  5. Common sense ain't common
  6. Cross the stream where it is the shallowest
  7. Cry me a river, Build me a Bridge and GET OVER IT
  8. Curiosity killed the cat
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi,

I'll start, with some of them. Perhaps other people will help.

  1. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle A fish doesn't need a bicycle. A woman doesn't need a man.
  2. A watched kettle/pot never boils If you wait impatiently for something, the time seems longer than if you wait without impatience.(but unwatched kettle over boils)>>
  3. Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies Sometimes it's better not to ask about things. OR Ask no questions and hear no lies
  4. April showers bring May flowers Things that seem like problems today bring benefits tomorrow.
  5. A creaking door/gate hangs long/longest>> I don't know this one. Sounds like 'the squeaky wheel gets the oil'. The person who complains gets all the attention.
  6. Advice when most needed is least heeded.>> When you really need advice, that's the time you are not willing to listen to it.
  7. A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all Don't know this one. Goodness is relative? Good people remind bad people of their badness?
  8. A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand He must have good eyesight, bravery and a delicate, gentle touch.
  9. A guilty conscience needs no accuser When you do something bad, you know you did it.
  10. A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on>> Lies spread faster than truth.
  11. All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet Sometimes we want things but we don't like to do the work that is necessary to get them.
  12. All flowers are not in one garland Beauty is not organized???
  13. All frills and no knickers (Let me be careful here.) It describes a person who is concerned with their outward appearance rather than with the important character-related qualities.


  14. Some of the above are not standard English proverbs, I've never heard some of them. Where did you get them?

    Best wishes, Clive
  1. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
    A woman who is fed up with men and is convince that they are totally useless would say this. Just like a bicycle is of no use to a fish.

  2. A watched kettle/pot never boils (but unwatched kettle over boils)>>
    When you are anxious for something to happen, then time magically seems to stand still. An example is, if you are a parent of a baby, you are counting the days till he is old enough to come off the diaper. But the 2 years it takes to potty train him will seem to take forever. On the other hand, to your friend who you only see once a year, he would comment "wow your baby is already potty trained? How time flies."

  3. Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies OR Ask no questions and hear no lies
    Your good friend who gave you a wrong answer to your question might say this. Instead of saying "I am sorry" he might try to be humourous and imply that everytime you ask him a question, he is apt to provide a wrong answer because he is not very smart. A person who does not take himself very seriously might say this.

  4. April showers bring May flowers
    Flowers are a good thing. Showers are not. But you need to put up with bad things before you can reap the fruit of the good thing.
8. A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand
There is a lot required of a good surgeon. Not only does he need to be tough and strong, but he has to have a tender and soft side too.

10. A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on
Bad rumors always gets out of control and spreads quickly. Good news, no one cares to share with one another.

11. All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet
Cats like to get fed fish, but don't want to go fishing for it. It's like we all love to spend money, but hate to work to make money.

OK. I picked some of the easier ones. You experts on this forum can do the rest.
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CliveHi,

I'll start, with some of them. Perhaps other people will help.
  1. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle A fish doesn't need a bicycle. A woman doesn't need a man.
  2. A watched kettle/pot never boils If you wait impatiently for something, the time seems longer than if you wait without impatience.(but unwatched kettle over boils)>>
  3. Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies Sometimes it's better not to ask about things. OR Ask no questions and hear no lies
  4. April showers bring May flowers Things that seem like problems today bring benefits tomorrow.
  5. A creaking door/gate hangs long/longest>> I don't know this one. Sounds like 'the squeaky wheel gets the oil'. The person who complains gets all the attention.
  6. Advice when most needed is least heeded.>> When you really need advice, that's the time you are not willing to listen to it.
  7. A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all Don't know this one. Goodness is relative? Good people remind bad people of their badness?
  8. A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand He must have good eyesight, bravery and a delicate, gentle touch.
  9. A guilty conscience needs no accuser When you do something bad, you know you did it.
  10. A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on>> Lies spread faster than truth.
  11. All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet Sometimes we want things but we don't like to do the work that is necessary to get them.
  12. All flowers are not in one garland Beauty is not organized???
  13. All frills and no knickers (Let me be careful here.) It describes a person who is concerned with their outward appearance rather than with the important character-related qualities.
Some of the above are not standard English proverbs, I've never heard some of them. Where did you get them?

Best wishes, Clive

Thanks Clive for your rather helpful & easily understandable reply.

Check this website out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverb

I came across it, when I was browsing a popular Encyclopedia website, basically to research on Languages & came across the proverbs in different languages, along with English. Course, I'm not, at all interested in every single country's proverb as you can see from this website but other than English, am for sure interested in French, Chinese, Japanese, Irish & Russian proverbs. See how long it takes for my braincells to store it all within its memory cells.Emotion: surprise

Hey Danyoo, Thank you very much for your detailed explanation along with the example, which made it easier to UNDERSTAND it to the extent that I can recall it at the right moment, without needing to simply MEMORISING it. Emotion: smile
I'll try my bidEmotion: smile but I have no idea about 4 of them....

Savvy

  1. Bread is the staff of life (no idea)
  2. Bitter pills may have blessed effects (some pills/situations may be difficult to swallow right now but we will benefit from them in the long run by getting cured or learning from them).
  3. Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt (if you don't have something worthwhile to talk about, just don't talk)
  4. Beer before liquor, you'll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you're in the clear
  5. Beauty is only skin deep (but ugly goes straight to the bone (ugly people in looks or character always stand out of the crowd?)


    1. Chance favours the prepared mind ( a prepared person knows when to grab an opportunity)
    2. Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider ( I think cider is compared to a strong/wicked character and beer to a mild or maybe good character. So a wicked character in the company of good cannot do much wheras a good character who mingles in bad company may become bad himself)
    3. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades
    4. Cobbler, stick to thy last
    5. Common sense ain't common ( most people lack common sense)
    6. Cross the stream where it is the shallowest (be careful with how you handle your life, don't take unnecessary risks)
    7. Cry me a river, Build me a Bridge and GET OVER IT (leave your sorrows to me and get over it, start afresh?)
    8. Curiosity killed the cat (don't poke your nose in other people's business, it might lead you to trouble)
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  1. Bread is the staff of life Comes from the Bible. Bread is the staple on which life depends.
  2. Bitter pills may have blessed effects
  3. Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt
  4. Beer before liquor, you'll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you're in the clear A warning never to drink spirits after drinking beer.
  5. Beauty is only skin deep (but ugly goes straight to the bone

  1. Chance favours the prepared mind
  2. Cider on beer, never fear; beer upon cider, makes a bad rider Beer and cider are made from grain and apples respectively. Yuo can drink cider and then beer without too much effect; but if you drink beer followed by cider, you will become drunk very quickly.
  3. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades
  4. Cobbler, stick to thy last Keep to what you know - the last is the metal form on which cobbler places the shoe he is mending.
  5. Common sense ain't common
  6. Cross the stream where it is the shallowest
  7. Cry me a river, Build me a Bridge and GET OVER IT
  8. Curiosity killed the cat
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