Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Most of the times what we see is not actually true. There is always a hidden fact which goes unnoticed at the first go. This proverb tells you not to make any final decision about others just by his or her looks or by the dress worn. Just like a book may not have an interesting or eye-catchy cover but may have a wealth of information, a person may not be attractive at the first appearance or meeting but may prove to be very useful later on. He may have lot to offer beyond his or her looks and dress.


Peter doesn’t look smart, but you can’t judge a book by its cover

Honesty is the best policy


To be honest in life is the best way to get respect from others. When you speak the truth or make it a policy in your life, it will not give you good return but instead may land up in trouble. But if you can withstand all the troubles and have courage to be honest, people from all walks of life will stand by you and respect you. This policy is sure to bring long term gain.

Example– My father advised me to speak the truth and always be honest because honesty is the best policy.

Practice Makes Perfect


It is very unlikely that you get hold of a musical instrument and start playing like a professional. To be perfect you need to have a lot of practice. Only practice can makes someone perfect. So if you want to a professional singer, musician, writer, or any other profession, you have to work hard to achieve the desired level. So make a habit of practicing daily to be perfect in which you are attempting to be a pro. You can use this proverb to encourage someone or for liking his hard work.

Example– You should not give up though you may be facing problems while learning English. You will get results later on. Practice makes perfect.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do


This proverb dates back to the Roman period of rule. The ancient city of Rome had visitors from different parts of the world and it was expected that when anyone in Rome he or she would abide by the customs and traditions of the Roman culture and not go against it. The other meaning which can be interpreted is when you are as a visitor to someone’s place you should behave like others there and be polite. In this way you will be far away from trouble.

Example– Everyone in my neighborhood is so engaged with different music club. Should I be engaged with one too? Surely,. When in Rome , do as the Romans do

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way


There are times when  one can get frustrated and give up trying in life. There is no sight of success and what we see is only failure. This proverb is used to encourage others not to give up so easily and give them encouragement to try hard. There is always success at the end of the road.  No obstacles in life are big if you have the will and determination to work hard to achieve your goal. This is the actual meaning of this proverb.



There is every chance that in your life some may insult you or harm you. But by doing the same act in return is not a good thing to do. This will lead to escalation of more hatred and it will a never ending process. So if at any time someone harm or insults you , don’t do the same thing in return as it is not a good thing to do.

Example– I would like to take revenge on my friend for insulting me in front of everyone. But my best friend said two wrongs don’t make a right.

Don’t Bite off More Than You Can Chew


Just imagine what will your experience be if you put a big apple in your mouth at one go. You can’t take it with comfort. So it will be good enough to put it bite by bite into your mouth and relish the apple you are eating.

This hold good in our real lives also. It is not good to take on more responsibility or consenting to take more than the capacity one can handle.

So in a way this proverb is to discourage people or a warning to others not to accept more responsibility that cannot be managed.

Example– Tom our class teacher bit off more than he could chew when he volunteered to manage three classes at the same time.

Look Before you leap


Don’t be in a hurry to do things. Before you start doing something always study the ins and outs of the thing. Examine carefully what are the advantages and disadvantages and whether you will be able to do the thing undertaken. This proverb tells that  before taking any major decision in life think twice if it will beneficial to you or not.

Example– Are you sure you can do this job? Look before you leap, otherwise you may land up in trouble.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


This proverb is used to convey the sense that you can be healthy if your are into habit of eating fruits on a daily basis. Apples are so full of vitamins and nutrients which are so essential for our bodies and so it will offer you a good health.
This proverb originated in Wales in the 1860s.

Example- Have an apple a day instead of having those junk food. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, after all.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

 This proverb conveys a meaning it is always wise to start something early so that you can complete the work in time and get all the benefits. It is good to get to any place early so that you get all the good things. For example if you to garments shop during festive season early you will get all the good things but if you reach late you will find either there are only a few left or they are already out of stock.

Example– You have to go to the garments shop early if you want the best selection. The early bird catches the worm, you know.




Sujit Das

Site Owner and Main Content Creator. Works as Teacher at Skill English.

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