Popular Proverbs in English and Chinese 中英文常用谚语

作者:英语教研室 贾智勇    发表时间:2018-12-29    浏览量:0

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 一鳥在手勝于二鳥在林

Actions speak louder than words. 行勝于言

A contented mind is a perpetual feast. 知足常樂

A fall into a pit, a gain in your wit. 吃一塹,長一智

A friend in need is a friend indeed. 患難見真情

A good medicine tastes bitter. 良藥苦口

All is fish that comes to one’s net. 捉到網裏的都是魚/來者不拒

All rivers run into sea. 海納百川/殊途同歸

All roads lead to Rome. /Every road leads to Rome. 條條道路通羅馬

A miss is as good as a mile. 失之毫厘謬以千裏

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. 一日之計在于晨

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 千裏之行始于足下

A promise can not be taken back once it is made. 一言既出驷馬難追

As a man sows, so shall he reap. 種瓜得瓜,種豆得豆

Bad news has wings. 好事不出門,壞事傳千裏

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. /Love is blind. 情人眼中出西施

Better late than never. 遲做總比不做好/亡羊補牢

Birds of a feather flock together. 物以類聚

Blood is thicker than water. 血濃于水

Cast an anchor to wind ward. 未雨綢缪

Constant dripping wears away the stone. 滴水穿石

Courtesy costs nothing. 禮多人不怪

Do as you would be done by others. 己所不欲勿施于人

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. 不要孤注一擲

Don’t put off till tomorrow what should be done today. /Don’t put off what can be done today till tomorrow. 今日事,今日畢

Don’t put the cart before the horse. 勿本末倒置(不要把馬車放在馬前)

Don’t teach fish to swim. 不要班門弄斧

Easier said than done. 說起來容易做起來難

East or west, home is the best. 東奔西跑,還是家裏好/金窩銀窩不如自家的狗窩/在家千日好出門時時難

Early birds catch the worms. 早起的鳥兒有蟲吃/笨鳥先飛

Even Homer sometimes nods. 聖人也會點頭認錯/智者千慮,必有一失(Homer荷馬,公元前9世紀前後的古希臘盲詩人,IliadOdyssey的作者nod: 除了點頭之外還有不專心,不留意而失誤的意思)
Every cloud has a silver lining. 每一朵烏雲都鑲著銀色的邊/否極泰來(silver lining理解爲困境中的希望或安慰)
Failure is the mother of success. 失敗是成功之母
Few words, many deeds. 少說話,多做事
First come, first served. 先到先得
Give a lark to catch a kite. 舍雲雀而抓/得不償失(kite此處不再理解爲風筝,而是理解爲一種猛禽鸢yuān
God helps those who help themselves. 天道酬勤
Great minds think alike. 英雄所見略同 

Grasp all, lose all. 貪多必失

Haste makes waste. 欲速則不達 

He laughs best who laughs last. 誰笑到最後,誰笑得最好

He who does not advance loses ground. 逆水行舟,不進則退

History repeats itself. 曆史往往會重演

Honesty is the best policy. 做人誠信爲本

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. 抱最好的願望,做最壞的打算

It never rains but it pours. 不雨則已,一雨如注/禍不單行

It’s never too old to learn. 活到老,學到老

It’s never too late to mend. 亡羊補牢,为时未晚

It’s no use crying over split milk. 覆水難收

Jack of all trades and master of none. 什麽都會,樣樣不精

Justice has long arms. 天網恢恢疏而不漏

Keep something for a rainy day. 未雨綢缪/有備無患

Kill two birds with one stone. 一石二鳥/一舉兩得

Knowledge is power. 知識就是力量

Learn to walk before you run. 循序漸進

Let bygones be bygones. 既往不咎

Like father, like son. 有其父必有其子

Live and learn. 學無止境/活到老學到老

Look before you leap. 三思而後行

Lookers-on see most of the game. 旁觀者清

Love me, love my dog. 愛屋及烏

Make hay while the sun shines. 曬草要趁陽光好/趁熱打鐵

Many hands make light work. 衆人拾柴火焰高

Man proposes, God disposes. 謀事在天,成事在人

Never say die. /Never give up. /Never say never. 永不放棄/永不言棄

No cross, no crown.不經曆風雨,怎麽見彩虹(中古歐洲教權一度淩駕于王權之上,國王登基需由教皇許可並加冕,故有“沒有十字架就沒有王冠”這一說法。cross另一種含義來自基督背負十字架的典故,引申爲極大的苦難。因此這一成語今天可理解爲“沒有苦難就沒有成功”)

No joy without annoy. 福禍相依

No man can do two things at once. 一心不能二用

None knows the weight of another’s burden. 看人挑擔不吃力

No news is good news. 沒有消息就是好消息

No pains, no gains. 不勞無獲

No piper can please all ears. 衆口難調

No sweat, no sweet. 一分耕耘一分收獲

Nothing is impossible. 一切皆有可能

Nothing is impossible to a willing mind. 世上無難事,只怕有心人

Nothing venture, nothing have (win). 不入虎穴焉得虎子

No way is impossible to courage. 勇者無懼

Once bitten, twice shy. 一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井繩

One boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, three boys no boy.


Out of sight, out of mind. 離久情疏

Opportunities seldom knock twice. 機不可失,失不再來

Practice makes perfect. 熟能生巧

Pride goes before a fall. 驕兵必敗

Reading makes a full man. 讀書長見識

Rob Peter to pay Paul. 拆東牆補西牆

Rome is/was not built in a day. 羅馬不是一天建成的/冰凍三尺非一日之寒

Seeing is believing. 眼見爲實

Silence is gold. 沈默是金

Something is better than nothing. 聊勝于無

Stay hungry, stay foolish. 求知若饑,虛心若愚

Still waters run deep. 靜水流深/大智若愚

Strike the iron while it is hot. 趁熱打鐵

There is no smoke without fire. 無風不起浪

Time flies. 時光飛逝/光陰似箭

Time is money. 時間就是金錢

Time and tide wait for no man. 歲月不饒人

Two heads are better than one. 三個臭皮匠賽過諸葛亮

Well begun is half done. 良好的開端等于成功的一半

what’s done is done. /what’s done cannot be undone.


What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks. 心直口快

Where there is a will, there is a way. 有志者事竟成

You can never be too careful. 再小心都不爲過

You cannot have your cake and eat it too. 魚與熊掌不可兼得

You cannot make something out of nothing. 巧婦難爲無米之炊

You cannot put a price on happiness. 幸福不能用金錢衡量