A saying is a short, clever expression that usually contains advice or expresses some obvious truth. An idiom is a group of words in current usage having a meaning that is not deducible from those of the individual words. A quote (or “quotation”) is usually a short text written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others. And a proverb is a phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.
Many idioms originated as quotations from well-known writers such as Shakespeare. For example, “at one fell swoop” comes from Macbeth and “cold comfort” from King John. Sometimes such idioms today have a meaning that has been altered from the original quotation.
It’s high time we start with the examples because we haven’t got a “whale of time” and “Time is gold ….”
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
It’s one of the most recognizable expressions around: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But besides the fact that it rhymes, which makes it fun to say and easy to recall, does it really have any value? Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain perfect health? It’s unlikely that the saying would have maintained such popularity if there wasn’t some truth to it.
When the opportunity knocks I answer the door naked.
You will only have one chance to do something important or profitable. Some say opportunity knocks only once, others say that opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it. But there is another formulation of the proverb: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
“The world’s my oyster” William Shakespeare quote
If you boast that “The world’s my oyster” nowadays, you’re claiming that the world’s riches are yours to leisurely pluck from the shell. “The world’s my oyster” has become merely a conceited proclamation of opportunity and means that one rules the world, one is in charge of everything.
“Better to walk without knowing where than to sit doing nothing” Tuareg Proverb
On the one hand, when we sit for long periods, circulation is constricted, metabolism slows, muscles shut off and connective tissue tightens…..uffff¡¡¡ Bad news for your health. On the other hand, and on another quotation: “Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths“. Walt Disney
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius.
Everything has an intrinsic value. But the valuation is subjective, not objective. In others words or in other saying: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Different people have different ideas about what is beautiful.
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours; quid pro quo
No pain, no gain
One must be willing to endure some inconvenience or discomfort in order to achieve worthwhile goals. Related terms:
If one takes no risks, one will not gain any benefits.
To be on cloud number nine
A state of happiness, elation or bliss; to be on seventh heaven (the outermost of the heavenly spheres; a dwelling of the angels)
Every cloud has a silver lining
Means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun.
Why? When we look more closely at the edges of every cloud we can see the sun shining there like a silver lining.
People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who’s having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.