What do these proverbs mean?


Half a loaf is better than none.

(It’s better to have something or part of something than nothing at all. A "loaf" is bread.)

Hard work never did anyone any harm.

(Working hard won’t hurt you.)

Haste makes waste.

(If you do something too quickly, you’re more likely to make a mistake.)

He who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

(If you borrow money, you’ll feel bad about it later.)


He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.

(A person who can’t do something well learns how to teach the activity or subject. This proverb is a knock against teachers and teaching in general.)

He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day.

(It’s not a bad idea to run away from a fight because you know you will not lose your life. It’s usually better to live than to die.)

He who laughs last laughs best.

(If a person laughs at you, you may have the opportunity in the future to laugh at that person’s misfortunes.)

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.

(If you choose to make a living in the military or if you choose to get into a lot of fights, your chances of getting killed are pretty good.)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

(Don’t make your girlfriend or wife angry. You will regret it.)

Hindsight is always 20-20.

(It’s easy to say you knew what was going to happen after something happens. No one knows what will happen in the future)

History repeats itself.

(Human beings are likely to make the same mistakes again and again. Whatever good or bad things have happened in the past are likely to be happening now or in the future.)

Home is where the heart is.

(The best place in the world is where your home, your family, and your friends are. This where you feel at peace.)

Honesty is the best policy.

(It’s almost always a good idea to be honest.)

Hope springs eternal.

(Human beings are generally optimistic and hopeful about the future.)

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