51 English Proverbs Every Kid Should Know


No matter how good your communication skills are but it is always a great idea to up your language. One thing you can do is teach your kid right from the beginning so that he/she can keep on improving. In this article, we will be discussing 51 English proverbs every kid should know:

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Top 51 English Proverbs for Your Kids

The best-laid plans go astray

Meaning: Things may not always go your way despite the best preparations.

The harder you work, the luckier you get

Meaning: You make more good ideas and chances for yourself when you work harder.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Meaning: You can only judge the quality of something after you have tried or used it.

The show must go on

Meaning: Even though there may be problems, a performance or an event must continue.

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Meaning: The result is likely to get inferior when too many people work together on a project.


Watch the doughnut and not the hole

Meaning: You should focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Meaning: When circumstances get difficult, strong people take action.

While the cat’s away, the mice will play;

Meaning: When there’s no supervision, people will do as they please, especially in disregarding or breaking rules.


You can’t always get what you want

Meaning: There may be times when you face disappointments and may not get what you want.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

Meaning: It’s not easy to achieve something important without causing unpleasant effects.

You can’t unscramble a scrambled egg

Meaning: Some actions are irreversible


Better to be poor and healthy than rich and sick

Meaning: Money is not more important than good health.

Better late than never

Meaning: Better to get something late than getting it never.

Beauty is only skin deep

Meaning: Physical beauty is not more important than a person’s character and inner qualities.


You can’t win them all

Meaning: It is not possible to succeed at everything you do.

A thing begun is half done

Meaning: A good beginning makes it a little easier to accomplish the rest of the project.

As you sow, you shall reap

Meaning: Your actions determine what you get.


One shouldn’t miss the forest for the trees

Meaning: You may miss the larger context when you get so focused on small details.

Once bitten twice shy

Meaning: When someone won’t do something for the second time because they had a bad experience when they did it for the first time.

No gain without pain

Meaning: In order to succeed, you need to work hard.


A bird in hand is worth two in the bush

Meaning: Things we have are more valuable than what we hope to get.

A cat has nine lives

Meaning: A cat can survive fatal events.

Adversity and loss make a man wise

Meaning: We gain wisdom faster in difficult times.


Practice makes perfect

Meaning: When you do something over and over, you get better at it.

Watch the doughnut and not the hole

Meaning: Focus on what you have not on what you don’t.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Meaning: Follow the customs of local people when you visit a foreign land.


When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Meaning: Strong people take action when conditions become difficult.

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others

Meaning: People who have faults should not criticize others for having the same faults.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open

Meaning: One must speak only when necessary and remain alert and observant at all times.


Laughter is the best medicine

Meaning: When you think positively and laugh, you will feel better.

It’s not over till it’s over

Meaning: You’re still in the chance to succeed until the event is on.

Half a loaf is better than none

Meaning: Getting less than what you want is better than getting nothing.


A leopard can’t/doesn’t change its spots

Meaning: No person can change its innate character, especially bad.

Every man is the architect of his destiny

Meaning: Your actions and decisions decide what you achieve in life.

The early bird catches the worm

Meaning: One has higher chances of success if they start early on the work.


Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Meaning: Don’t’ make plans that are based on future events that may not even happen.

Don’t cast pearls before swine

Meaning: Do not offer something valuable to someone who doesn’t value it.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Meaning: Don’t take more responsibility than you can handle.


Curiosity killed the cat

Meaning: One should mind their own business. Enquiring into other’s work can be dangerous.

Clothes do not make the man

Meaning: A person’s character is not judged by their physical appearance.

All’s fair in love and war

Meaning: Under extenuating circumstances, one can break the rules of fair play.


Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king

Meaning: An incapable person can gain a powerful position if others are even more incapable.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Eating an apple regularly will keep you healthy.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Meaning: It is comparatively easier to explain something through a picture than through words.


Persuasion is better than force

Meaning: One can achieve better results through persuasion than through coercion.

Barking dogs seldom bite

Meaning: People who appear threatening rarely do any harm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Meaning: What may be beautiful to one person may not seem beautiful to another.


One shouldn’t miss the forest for the trees

Meaning: Sometimes, you may miss the larger context when you get so focused on small details.

Out of sight, out of mind

Meaning: Is something or someone is not seen for a long time, it’ll be forgotten.

An empty vessel makes much noise

Meaning: Stupid people are the most talkative.


Always put your best foot forward

Meaning: Give your best.

Listed above were 51 common English proverbs every kid should know. Of course, there are many more. You can find many more in your books or on google.

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