A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
A bad thing never dies.
A bad workman always blames his tools.
A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.
A boaster and a liar are cousins-german.
A bully is always a coward.
A burden of one’s choice is not felt.
A candle lights others and consumes itself.
A cat has 9 lives.
A cat may look at a king.
A close mouth catches no flies.
A constant guest is never welcome.
Actions speak louder than words.
Adversity leads to prosperity.
Adversity makes a man wise， not rich.
A fair death honors the whole life.
A faithful friend is hard to find.
A fall into a pit， a gain in your wit.
A fox may grow gray， but never good.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend is easier lost than found.
A friend is never known till a man has need.
A friend without faults will never be found.
‘After you’ is good manners.
A good beginning is half done.
A good beginning makes a good ending.
A good book is a good friend.
A good book is the best of friends， the same today and forever.
A good conscience is a soft pillow.
A good fame is better than a good face.
A good husband makes a good wife.
A good medicine tastes bitter.
A good wife health is a man’s best wealth.
A great talker is a great liar.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
A joke never gains an enemy but loses a friend.
A leopard cannot change its spots.
A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
A light heart lives long.
A little body often harbors a great soul.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
A little pot is soon hot.
All are brave when the enemy flies.
All good things come to an end.
All rivers run into sea.
All roads lead to Rome.
All that ends well is well.
All that glitters is not gold.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
A man becomes learned by asking questions.
A man can do no more than he can.
A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.
A man is known by his friends.
A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
A man without money is no man at all.
A merry heart goes all the way.
A miss is as good as a mile.
A mother’s love never changes.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
A new broom sweeps clean.
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
An old dog cannot learn new tricks.
An ounce of luck is better than a pound of wisdom.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
As a man sows， so he shall reap.
A single flower does not make a spring.
A snow year， a rich year.
A sound mind in a sound body.
A still tongue makes a wise head.
A stitch in time saves nine.
A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.
A wise head makes a close mouth.
A word spoken is past recalling.
A year’s plan starts with spring.
A young idler， an old beggar.
Bad news has wings.
Barking dogs seldom bite.
Beauty lies in the love’s eyes.
Be swift to hear， slow to speak.
Better late than never.
Better to ask the way than go astray.
Between friends all is common.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Blood is thicker than water.
Blood will have blood.
Books and friends should be few but good.
Business is business.
Business is the salt of life.
By reading we enrich the mind， by conversation we polish it.
Cannot see the wood for the trees.
Care and diligence bring luck.
Caution is the parent of safety.
Cheats never prosper.
Children are what the mothers are.
Choose an author as you choose a friend.
Come what may， heaven won’t fall.
Complacency is the enemy of study.
Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.
Constant dripping wears away a stone.
Content is better than riches.
Count one’s chickens before they are hatched.
Courtesy on one side only lasts not long.
Creep before you walk.
Cry for the moon.
Custom is a second nature.
Custom makes all things easy.
Diamond cuts diamond.
Do as the Romans do.
Do as you would be done by.
Doing is better than saying.
Do it now.
Do nothing by halves.
Don’t claim to know what you don’t know.
Don’t have too many irons in the fire.
Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what should be done today.
Don’t put the cart before the horse.
Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
Don’t try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
Do well and have well.
Each bird love to hear himself sing.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy， wealthy and wise.
Easier said than done.
Easy come， easy go.
Eat to live， but not live to eat.
Empty vessels make the greatest sound.
Envy has no holidays.
Even Homer sometimes nods.
Even reckoning makes long friends.
Every advantage has its disadvantage.
Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.
Every day is not Sunday.
Every dog has his day.
Every door may be shut， but death’s door.
Every heart has its own sorrow.
Every little helps a mickle.
Every man for himself， and the devil takes the hindmost.
Every man has his faults.
Every man has his hobbyhorse.
Every man has his weak side.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Every minute counts.
Every mother’s child is handsome.
Every potter praises hit pot.
Everything is good when new， but friends when old.
Example is better then percept.
Experience is the father of wisdom and memory the mother.
Experience must be bought.
Fact speak louder than words.
Failure is the mother of success.
False friends are worse than bitter enemies.
Far from eye， far from heart.
Far water does not put out near fire.
Faults are thick where love is thin.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
Fields have eyes， and woods have ears.
Fire and water have no mercy.
Fire is a good servant but a bad master.
First come， first served.
First impressions are half the battle.
First think and then speak.
Fools grow without watering.
Fool’s haste is no speed.
Fools has fortune.
Fools learn nothing from wise men， but wise men learn much from fools.
Forbidden fruit is sweet.
Fortune favors those who use their judgement.
Fortune knocks once at least at every man’s gate.
Four eyes see more than two.
Friends agree best at distance.
Friends are thieves of time.
Friends must part.
Genius is nothing but labor and diligence.
Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
God helps those who help themselves.
Gold will not buy anything.
Good for good is natural， good for evil is manly.
Good health is over wealth.
Good medicine for health tastes bitter to the mouth.
Good watch prevents misfortune.
Great barkers are no biters.
Great hopes make great man.
Great minds think alike.
Great men have great faults.
Great men’s sons seldom do well.
Great trees are good for nothing but shade.
Great wits have short memories.
Greedy folks have long arms.
Guilty consciences make men cowards.
Habit cures habit.
Handsome is he who does handsomely.
Happiness takes no account of time.
Happy is he who owes nothing.
Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others.
Harm set， harm get.
Hasty love， soon cold.
Health is better than wealth.
Health is happiness.
Hear all parties.
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
He is a fool that forgets himself.
He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.
He is a wise man who speaks little.
He is lifeless that is faultless.
He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.
He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.
He is wise that is honest.
He knows most who speaks least.
He laughs best who laughs last.
He sets the fox to keep the geese.
He that climbs high falls heavily.
He that will not work shall not eat.
He who does not advance loses ground.
He who makes constant complaint gets little compassion.
He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.
He who risks nothing gains nothing.
History repeats itself.
Honesty is the best policy.
Hope for the best， but prepare for the worst.
I cannot be your friend and your flatterer too.
If a man deceives me once， shame on him， if he deceives me twice， shame on me.
If you make yourself an ass， don’t complain if people ride you.
If your ears glow， someone is talking of you.
If you run after two hares， you will catch neither.
If you sell the cow， you sell her milk too.
If you venture nothing， you will have nothing.
If you want knowledge， you must toil for it.
Industry is the parent of success.
It is better to die when life is a disgrace.
It is easier to get money than to keep it.
It is easy to be wise after the event.
It is easy to open a shop but hard to keep it always open.
It is hard to please all.
It is never too old to learn.
It is no use crying over spilt milk.
It is the first step that costs troublesome.
It is the unforeseen that always happens.
It is too late to grieve when the chance is past.
It never rains but it pours.
It takes three generations to make a gentleman.
Jack of all trades and master of none.
Judge not from appearances.
Justice has long arms.
Keep good men company and you shall be of the number.
Kill two birds with one stone.
Kings go mad， and the people suffer for it.
Kings have long arms.
Knowledge is power.
Knowledge makes humble， ignorance makes proud.
Learn and live.
Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.
Learn not and know not.
Learn to walk before you run.
Let bygones be bygones.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Let the cat out of the bag.
Lies can never changes fact.
Lies have short legs.
Life is but a span.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Life is not all roses.
Life without a friend is death.
Like a rat in a hole.
Like author， like book.
Like father， like son.
Like for like.
Like knows like.
Like mother， like daughter.
Like teacher， like pupil.
Like tree， like fruit.
Little things amuse little minds.
Look before you leap.
Lookers-on see more than players.
Losers are always in the wrong.
Lost time is never found again.
Love at first sight.
Love cannot be compelled.
Love is blind.
Love is full of trouble.
Love is never without jealousy.
Love me， love my dog.
Make hay while the sun shines.
Make your enemy your friend.
Man is the soul of the universe.
Man proposes， God disposes.
Many hands make light work.
Many heads are better than one.
Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.
Measure for measure.
Misfortunes never come alone.
Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
Money isn’t everything.
Murder will out.
My son is my son till he has got him a wife， but my daughter is my daughter all the days of her life.
Nature is the true law.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Never fish in trouble water.
Never judge from appearances.
Never say die.
Never too old to learn， never too late to turn.
New wine in old bottles.
No cross， no crown.
No garden without its weeds.
No living man all things can.
No man can do two things at once.
No man is born wise or learned.
No man is content.
No man is wise at all times.
None are so blind as those who won’t see.
None are so deaf as those who won’t hear.
No news is good news.
No one can call back yesterday.
No pains， no gains.
No pleasure without pain.
No rose without a thorn.
No sweet without sweat.
No smoke without fire.
Nothing brave， nothing have.
Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it.
Nothing is difficult to the man who will try.
Nothing seek， nothing find.
Nothing is so necessary for travelers as languages.
Nothing is to be got without pains but poverty.
Not to advance is to go back.
Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.
No way is impossible to courage.
Obedience is the first duty of a soldier.
Observation is the best teacher.
Offense is the best defense.
Old friends and old wines are best.
Old sin makes new shame.
Once a man and twice a child.
Once a thief， always a thief.
Once bitten， twice shy.
One boy is a boy， two boys half a boy， three boys no boy.
One cannot put back the clock.
One eyewitness is better than ten hearsays.
One false move may lose the game.
One good turn deserves another.
One hour today is worth two tomorrow.
One man’s fault is other man’s lesson.
One never loses anything by politeness.
One swallow does not make a summer.
One’s words reflect one’s thinking.
Out of debt， out of danger.
Out of office， out of danger.
Out of sight， out of mind.
Patience is the best remedy.
Penny wise， pound foolish.
Plain dealing is praised more than practiced.
Please the eye and plague the heart.
Pleasure comes through toil.
Pour water into a sieve.
Practice makes perfect.
Praise is not pudding.
Praise makes good men better， and bad men worse.
Prefer loss to unjust gain.
Prevention is better than cure.
Pride goes before， and shame comes after.
Promise is debt.
Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.
Pull the chestnut out of fire.
Put the cart before the horse.
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Reading enriches the mind.
Reading is to the mind while exercise to the body.
Respect yourself， or no one else will respect you.
Rome is not built in a day.
Saying is one thing and doing another.
Seeing is believing.
Seek the truth from facts.
Send a wise man on an errand， and say nothing to him.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
Short accounts make long friends.
Something is better than nothing.
Soon learn， soon forgotten.
Soon ripe， soon rotten.
Speech is silver， silence is gold.
Still water run deep.
Strike the iron while it is hot.
Success belongs to the persevering.
Take things as they come.
Talking mends no holes.
Talk of the devil and he will appear.
Tall trees catch much wind.
Teach others by your example.
The best hearts are always the bravest.
The best man stumbles.
The cat shuts its eyes when stealing.
The danger past and God forgotten.
The darkest hour is nearest the dawn.
The darkest place is under the candlestick.
The devil knows many things because he is old.
The devil sometimes speaks the truth.
The die is cast.
The early bird catches the worm.
The end justifies the means.
The end makes all equal.
The eye is bigger than the belly.
The farthest way about is the nearest way home.
The finest diamond must be cut.
The fire is the test of gold， adversity of strong man.
The first step is the only difficulty.
The fox knew too much， that’s how he lost his tail.
The fox preys farthest from home.
The frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.
The grass is greener on the other side.
The greatest talkers are always least doers.
The higher up， the greater the fall.
The leopard cannot change its spots.
The more noble， the more humble.
The more wit， the less courage.
The outsider sees the most of the game.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
The pot calls the kettle black.
There are spots in the sun.
There are two sides to every question.
There is a skeleton in the cupboard.
There is kindness to be found everywhere.
There is no general rule without some exception.
There is no medicine against death.
There is no place like home.
There is no royal road to learning.
The style is the man.
The tongue is not steel， yet it cuts.
The water that bears the boat is the same that swallows it up.
The wise man knows he knows nothing， the fool thinks he knows all.
The wolf has a winning game when the shepherds quarrel.
The world is a ladder for some to go up and others to go down.
The world is but a little place， after all.
Think twice before you do.
Things at the worst will mend.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Time cures all things.
Time is money.
Time lost cannot be won again.
Time past cannot be called back again.
Time tries all.
Tit for tat is fair play.
To err is human.
To know everything is to know nothing.
To know oneself is true progress.
Tomorrow never comes.
Too much familiarity breeds contempt.
繁榮昌盛thriving and prosperous
愛財如命skin a flea for its hide
愛屋及烏love me,love my dog He that loves the tree loves the branch
安居樂業live and work in peace and contentment
白手起家build up from nothing
百里挑一one in hundred
半途而廢give up halfway leave sth. Unfinished
卑躬屈膝bow and scrape cringe
悲歡離合vicissitudes of life
背道而馳run counter to run in the opposite direction
本末倒置put the cart before the horse
笨鳥先飛the slow need to start early
必由之路the only way
閉關自守close the country to international intercourse
變本加厲be further intensified
變化無常chop and change fantasticality
變化無常chop and change fantasticality
別開生面having sth. New
別有用心have ulterior motives
彬彬有禮refined and courteous urbane
兵不厭詐in war nothing is too deceitful
博古通今erudite and informed
不恥下問feel not ashamed to learn from one’s subordinates
不可救藥be past praying for beyond redemption
不勞而獲reap where one has not sown
不屈不撓fortitude indefatigability perseverance persevere tenacity
不速之客crasher uninvited guest
不言而喻speak for itself tell its own story tell its own tale went without saying
不遺余力spare no effort spare no pains
不以為然not approve object to
不義之財filthy lucre filthy pelf the mammon of unrighteousness
不遠千里go to the trouble of travelling a long distance
不約而同happen to coincide
不擇手段by any kind of means by hook or crook play hard by fair means or foul
不知所措be at a loss be all adrift lose one’s head out of one’s wits
才疏學淺have little talent and learning
滄海桑田time brings a great change to the worlds
滄海一粟/九牛一毛a drop in the bucket
草木皆兵a state of extreme nervousness
層出不窮emerge in endlessly
層巒迭嶂peaks over peaks
察言觀色carefully watch what sb. is doing and saying
姹紫嫣紅very beautiful flowers
趁熱打鐵strike while iron is hot Hold a wolf the iron is hot
誠惶誠恐with reverence and awe
承上啟下a connecting link between the preceding and the following
吃里扒外live on sb. while helping others secretly
叱咤風云ride the whirlwind
愁眉苦臉pull a long face snoot
出口成章have an outstanding eloquence
出類拔萃，鶴立雞群fill the bill supereminence
出謀劃策give counsel suggest
出奇制勝defeat sb. by a surprise action
出生入死go through fire and water
觸類旁通comprehend by analogy
垂頭喪氣，無精打采 down in the mouth lose one’s spirits with the tail between the legs
垂頭喪氣的blue about the gills crestfallen downhearted
綽綽有余more than sufficient
此起彼伏as one falls,another rises
從容不迫go easy take one’s time
從容不迫地by easy stages
粗枝大葉careless slapdash sloppy
錯綜復雜的anfractuous daedal reticula sinuous
打草驚蛇act rashly and alert the enemy
大材小用waste one’s talent on a petty job
大海撈針look for a needle in a bottle of hay
大惑不解be extremely puzzled
大驚小怪a storm in a teacup 、foofaraw 、fuss 、like a hen with one chicken
大快人心affording general satisfaction
大名鼎鼎famous well known
大器晚成great minds mature slowly
大千世界the boundless universe
大同小異largely identical but with minor differences
大顯身手、大顯神通strut one’s stuff
大義凜然inspiring awe by upholding justice
大義滅親place righteousness above family loyalty
大智若愚Still waters run deep. An empty vessel makes the most sound Still water runs deep
待人接物the ways one gets along with others
殫思極慮rack one’s brains
膽小如鼠cannot say boh to a goose
淡泊明志not seek fame and wealth
得過且過drift along muddle along
得心應手handy with facility
得意忘形、得意洋洋 bloat get dizzy with success
得意洋洋elated、 elation、 exaltation、 jauntiness
得意洋洋的cock-a-hoop、 high-blown 、perky
德才兼備have both ability and moral integrity
德高望重sainted 、 saintlike
登峰造極reach the limit reach the peak of perfection
地大物博vast territory and abundant resources
顛倒黑白、顛倒是非、 混淆是非call white black、 swear black is white
調虎離山lure the enemy away from his base
掉以輕心treat sth. Lightly
喋喋不休blat 、cackle 、chackle 、harp、 harp on、 jaw-jaw 、rattle 、twitter、 wag
頂天立地of indomitable spirit
東施效顰blind imitation with ludicrous effection
東山再起bob up like a cork
獨樹一幟develop a school of one’s own
獨一無二in a class by oneself
獨一無二的unique 、unmatched、 unparalleled
度日如年one day seems like a year
斷章取義garble 、quote out of context
對牛彈琴whistle jigs to a milestone 、Cast pearls before swine
對癥下藥suit the remedy to the case
多才多藝的accomplished 、all-round 、allround 、miscellaneous、 versatile
多此一舉bring owls to Athens、 hold a candle to the sun
多多益善the more the better
脫胎換骨thoroughly remould oneself
恩將仇報、以怨報德 、忘恩負義 bite the hand that feeds one
爾虞我詐each trying to cheat the other
發人深省set people thinking
翻山越嶺tramp over hill and dale
飛黃騰達、青云直上come into one’s kingdom、 rise in the world strike oil
飛禽走獸birds and beasts
廢寢忘食forget food and sleep
分道揚鑣part company,each going his own way
分化瓦解disintegrate 、divide and demoralize
紛至沓來come in a continuous stream
紛至沓來的thick as hail
奮不顧身dash ahead regardless of one’s safety
豐富多彩rich and colorful
豐衣足食have ample food and clothing
風花雪月sentimental writings of the exploiting classes
風馬牛不相及be totally unrelated
風靡一時be the rage
風起云涌like a rising wind and scudding clouds
風雨同舟stand together regardless of situation
風雨無阻in all weathers
鋒芒畢露make a showy display of one’s abilities
逢場作戲join in the fun on occasion
逢兇化吉trun ill luck into good
敷衍了事make short shrift of 、palter、 scuffle
釜底抽薪take a drastic measure to deal with a situation
赴湯蹈火、出生入死go through fire and water
覆水難收spilt water cannot be gathered up again 、It is no use crying over spilt milk