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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. 一鸟在手胜于二鸟在林

Actions speak louder than words. 行胜于言

A contented mind is a perpetual feast. 知足常乐

A fall into a pit, a gain in your wit. 吃一堑,长一智

A friend in need is a friend indeed. 患难见真情

A good medicine tastes bitter. 良药苦口

All is fish that comes to one’s net. 捉到网里的都是鱼/来者不拒

All rivers run into sea. 海纳百川/殊途同归

All roads lead to Rome. /Every road leads to Rome. 条条道路通罗马

A miss is as good as a mile. 失之毫厘谬以千里

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. 一日之计在于晨

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 千里之行始于足下

A promise can not be taken back once it is made. 一言既出驷马难追

As a man sows, so shall he reap. 种瓜得瓜,种豆得豆

Bad news has wings. 好事不出门,坏事传千里

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

Better late than never. 迟做总比不做好/亡羊补牢

Birds of a feather flock together. 物以类聚

Blood is thicker than water. 血浓于水

Cast an anchor to wind ward. 未雨绸缪

Constant dripping wears away the stone. 滴水穿石

Courtesy costs nothing. 礼多人不怪

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. 不要孤注一掷

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,今日毕

Don’t put the cart before the horse. 勿本末倒置(不要把马车放在马前)

Don’t teach fish to swim. 不要班门弄斧

Easier said than done. 说起来容易做起来难

East or west, home is the best. 东奔西跑,还是家里好/金窝银窝不如自家的狗窝/在家千日好出门时时难

Early birds catch the worms. 早起的鸟儿有虫吃/笨鸟先飞

Even Homer sometimes nods. 圣人也会点头认错/智者千虑,必有一失(Homer荷马,公元前9世纪前后的古希腊盲诗人,IliadOdyssey的作者;nod: 除了点头之外还有不专心,不留意而失误的意思)
Every cloud has a silver lining. 每一朵乌云都镶着银色的边/否极泰来(silver lining理解为困境中的希望或安慰)
Failure is the mother of success. 失败是成功之母
Few words, many deeds. 少说话,多做事
First come, first served. 先到先得
Give a lark to catch a kite. 舍云雀而抓/得不偿失(kite此处不再理解为风筝,而是理解为一种猛禽鸢yuān
God helps those who help themselves. 天道酬勤
Great minds think alike. 英雄所见略同 

Grasp all, lose all. 贪多必失

Haste makes waste. 欲速则不达 

He laughs best who laughs last. 谁笑到最后,谁笑得最好

He who does not advance loses ground. 逆水行舟,不进则退

History repeats itself. 历史往往会重演

Honesty is the best policy. 做人诚信为本

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. 抱最好的愿望,做最坏的打算

It never rains but it pours. 不雨则已,一雨如注/祸不单行

It’s never too old to learn. 活到老,学到老

It’s never too late to mend. 亡羊补牢,为时未晚

It’s no use crying over split milk. 覆水难收

Jack of all trades and master of none. 什么都会,样样不精

Justice has long arms. 天网恢恢疏而不漏

Keep something for a rainy day. 未雨绸缪/有备无患

Kill two birds with one stone. 一石二鸟/一举两得

Knowledge is power. 知识就是力量

Learn to walk before you run. 循序渐进

Let bygones be bygones. 既往不咎

Like father, like son. 有其父必有其子

Live and learn. 学无止境/活到老学到老

Look before you leap. 三思而后行

Lookers-on see most of the game. 旁观者清

Love me, love my dog. 爱屋及乌

Make hay while the sun shines. 晒草要趁阳光好/趁热打铁

Many hands make light work. 众人拾柴火焰高

Man proposes, God disposes. 谋事在天,成事在人

Never say die. /Never give up. /Never say never. 永不放弃/永不言弃

No cross, no crown.不经历风雨,怎么见彩虹(中古欧洲教权一度凌驾于王权之上,国王登基需由教皇许可并加冕,故有“没有十字架就没有王冠”这一说法。cross另一种含义来自基督背负十字架的典故,引申为极大的苦难。因此这一成语今天可理解为“没有苦难就没有成功”)

No joy without annoy. ;鱿嘁

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

None knows the weight of another’s burden. 看人挑担不吃力

No news is good news. 没有消息就是好消息

No pains, no gains. 不劳无获

No piper can please all ears. 众口难调

No sweat, no sweet. 一分耕耘一分收获

Nothing is impossible. 一切皆有可能

Nothing is impossible to a willing mind. 世上无难事,只怕有心人

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

No way is impossible to courage. 勇者无惧

Once bitten, twice shy. 一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳

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


Out of sight, out of mind. 离久情疏

Opportunities seldom knock twice. 机不可失,失不再来

Practice makes perfect. 熟能生巧

Pride goes before a fall. 骄兵必败

Reading makes a full man. 读书长见识

Rob Peter to pay Paul. 拆东墙补西墙

Rome is/was not built in a day. 罗马不是一天建成的/冰冻三尺非一日之寒

Seeing is believing. 眼见为实

Silence is gold. 沉默是金

Something is better than nothing. 聊胜于无

Stay hungry, stay foolish. 求知若饥,虚心若愚

Still waters run deep. 静水流深/大智若愚

Strike the iron while it is hot. 趁热打铁

There is no smoke without fire. 无风不起浪

Time flies. 时光飞逝/光阴似箭

Time is money. 时间就是金钱

Time and tide wait for no man. 岁月不饶人

Two heads are better than one. 三个臭皮匠赛过诸葛亮

Well begun is half done. 良好的开端等于成功的一半

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. 再小心都不为过

You cannot have your cake and eat it too. 鱼与熊掌不可兼得

You cannot make something out of nothing. 巧妇难为无米之炊

You cannot put a price on happiness. 幸福不能用金钱衡量

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