picture proverb

English proverbs

(4)

 

 

 

 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Meaning:

You use this proverb to say that a picture can give you as much information as a written or spoken text with a lot of words can.
If someone says, " A picture is worth a thousand words," he/she means that you can describe something by drawing just one picture as well as you can by writing or saying a lot of words.

People also say " A picture paints a thousand words."

Example:

Thank you for trying to give me directions, but it's too confusing to me. Would you mind drawing a map for me? A picture is worth a thousand words.

 


 

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Meaning:

You use this proverb to say that you are wasting your time if you keep delaying something that must be done instead of doing it today. Edward Young (1683–1765), a British poet, was the first one who said this.

If someone says, " Procrastination is the thief of time," he/she advises you not to procrastinate (put off doing something that you must do) and use your precious
time wisely.

 

Example:

Don't put off the things you must do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

 


 

Safety lies in the middle course.

Meaning:

This proverb teaches us that it is best to act in a way between two opposite (especially extreme) ones to solve a problem or to deal with something.

If you say " Safety lies in the middle course," you mean it is safe to act or do something in a moderate way
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Example:

I think those two parties need to take more time to negotiate. We cannot accept either of their proposals. One is extremely conservative, and the other is extremely radical. Safety lies in the middle course

 


 

Silence is golden.

Meaning:

You use this proverb to say that saying/doing noting is better than saying/doing or trying to say/do something when you face a difficult situation.

People say " Silence is golden" to tell you not to say/do anything when you cannot come up with something to say/do easily to handle a difficult sitatuion.

People also say " Silence is golden, speech is silver."

Example:

A: How did you get throgh such a difficult situation?
B: I didn't say anything. Silence is golden.

 


 

A stitch in time saves nine.

Meaning:

You use this proverb to say that it is better to spend a little time to deal with problems or act right now than wait. If you wait until late, things will get worse, and it will take much longer to deal with them.

It is often shortened to "A stitch in time." This proverb expresses a similar idea to that of
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Example:

I advise fixing the leak now. If not, you might need to replace the whole engine later. Fixing the leak costs $50, but you need to pay at least $1,000 to replace the engine. A stitch in time, you know.

If you have an idea for your final research paper, start writing today. Don't wait until the end of the semester. A stitch in time saves nine.

 


 

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