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Commonly used idioms, expressions, sayings, maxims, adages, cliches, and proverbs

Knowledge is power
Meaning: the more one knows, the more one can manipulate one's environment to get what one wants.


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
Meaning: Getting plenty of sleep (by going to bed early) certainly helps the body remain healthy. Getting up early and getting a "head-start" on one's studies or work, certainly makes wise or wealthy (respectively). But, this proverb presupposes that one does not squander one's time or money.


A mind is a terrible thing to waste
Meaning: this can be called an adage, because of the inherent metaphor. The metaphor is:
In fact, the mind is an abstract thing. It cannot be touched, nor heard, nor seen. It is only perceivable by the owner. Descartes's observation: "I think, therefore I am," is about the mind. Only the mind can think. Giving up one's education, is often considered to be "wasting" one's mind, or in other words: not using one's mind in a worthy manner.


Two heads are better than one.
Meaning: Two minds (working together) are better than one mind (working alone).


Make hay while the sun shines.
Meaning: it is a metonymy. "Making hay" is a task, which represents any/all tasks. "While the sun shines" means while the opportunity is there.


Time is money.
Meaning: This is clearly a metaphor. Time is equated with money. The idea being conveyed here is that through the consumption of time (and work), one can make money. The implication is: "don't waste time."


Another day, another dollar
Meaning: Another day of work means another (some) dollar(s) in my pocket.

13 Th08 2016 20:07
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Thanks for sharing Richard. The way you spend time and energy on new entries is priceless. It's a shame that such useful posts usually are seen by maximum 100 users, while pointless posts such as 'How's the weather in your city' or 'Your favorite pet' are seen by more than 300 users. I am really wondering why this is! 
14 tháng 8 năm 2016

A very interesting discussion! I think language is full of idioms but we use them spontenously not realizing that we are saying them. 

Time is money is an expression we have in Spanish but slightly different, it would be El tiempo es oro (Time is gold)

The one I like the most is the second one because of its meaning and the way it sounds (rhythm).

I like this expression: A stich in time saves nine (I have seen it wuite recently)

Thank you so much for this Discussion!

14 tháng 8 năm 2016

Thank you very much Richard,

Time is money and even so you have spent a lot of time posting wonderful tips for us.

14 tháng 8 năm 2016

Thank you Richard!

This is great indeed.Please keep posting more. I will be looking forward to your posts.This was really helpful!

14 tháng 8 năm 2016

Thank you very much Richard for another good lesson.These expressions and idioms are used in day-to-day life ,so I can use it in my conversation and writing also.I also agree with the expression that A mind is a terrible thing to waste. But we should say hey while the sun shines to utilise it properly.Am I right @Richard with this sentence?

Thank you once again for sharing with us:) 

14 tháng 8 năm 2016
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