The most important English proverbs

What are proverbs?

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


How can you use proverbs to learn English?

It’s good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all the time. Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking cultures think about the world.

Proverbs can also give you good example sentences which you can memorize and use as models for building your own sentences.

The most important English Proverbs

This is a list of some of the most important and well-known English proverbs. Below each one, there’s a simple explanation.

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.“ 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. „No man is an island.“ You can’t live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

  5. „People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.“ Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.

  6. „Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.“ Bad things might happen, so be prepared.

  7. „Better late than never.“ It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it late.

  8. „Better late than never.“ It’s best to do something on time. But if you can’t do it on time, do it late.

  9. „Never look a gift horse in the mouth.“ If someone offers you a gift, don’t question it.

  10. „If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.“ Don’t try to improve something that already works fairly well. You’ll probably end up causing new problems.

  11. „Easy come, easy go.“ When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it’s easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.

  12. „Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.“ Different people have different ideas about what’s beautiful.

  13. „You can’t judge a book by its cover.“ Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.

  14. „Honesty is the best policy.“ Don’t lie.

  15. „Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.“ Your plans might not work out, so don’t start thinking about what you’ll do after you succeed. Wait until you’ve already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.


Different Types of Breads in English

  • White bread

Wholemeal bread is more nutritious than white bread.

  • Wheat bread

Making good wheat bread is a satisfying experience for a number of reasons.

  • Whole grain bread

Parents were sent weekly and coupons for brown rice, whole grain bread, and other healthful foods.

  • Rye bread

Since it is low in calories, rye bread is ideal for dieters.

  • Hot dog bun

I had a hot dog bun for breakfast.

  • Hamburger bun

It’s the hamburger bun what I ordered.

  • Croissant

She bit into a croissant and took a sip of coffee.

  • Swiss roll (U.K) – jelly roll (U.S)

I will have black tea with lemon and sugar and a piece of swiss rolljelly roll.

  • Pretzel

I love pretzels, trail mix, raisins and dried fruit.

  • Bagels

People are eating bagels for lunch, dinner and snacks in between.

  • Donut

She is eating a donut, and the powdered sugar makes more spots on her dress.

  • Rolls

She put some margarine on her roll.

  • Breadsticks

Would you like some more breadstick?

  • French bread/ baguette

French bread goes stale very quickly.


Demons by Imagine Dragons



When the days are _____

And the ______ all fold

And the saints we see

Are all made of ______


When your dreams all _____

And the ones we hail

Are the ______ of all

And the blood’s run stale


I wanna hide the _____

I wanna________ you

But with the beast inside

There’s __________ we can _____


No matter what we _______

We still are made of _______

This is my kingdom come

This is my kingdom come


Put in the right order

__Don’t get too close

__It’s where my demons hide

__Look into my eyes

__It’s where my demons hide

__It’s dark inside

__It’s where my demons hide

__When you feel my heat

__It’s where my demons hide



At the curtain’s call

It’s the _____ of all

When the lights fade out

All the_______ crawl


So they dug your _____

And the masquerade

Will come calling out

At the _______ you made


Don’t wanna let you down

But I am ______ bound

Though this is all for you

Don’t wanna______ the truth


Put in the right order

__ It’s woven in my soul

__ I say it’s up to fate

__ They say it’s what you make

__ I need to let you go


__ Unless you show me how

__ Your eyes, they shine so bright

__ I can’t escape this now

__ I wanna save that light