A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
It’s better to be content with what you have than to risk losing everything
by seeking to get more

A change is as good as a rest
A change of work or occupation can be as restorative or refreshing as
a period of relaxation

A stitch in time saves nine
If you sort out a problem immediately it may save a lot of extra work later.

A friend in need is a friend indeed
A person who helps at a difficult time is a person who you can really rely on

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
A group or organisation is only as strong as the weakest or least powerful person

A fish always rots from the head down
Leadership is the root cause of an organisation’s failure and demise

Honesty is the best policy
Telling the truth is better than lying even when it is hard to do

If you play with fire, you’ll get burned
If you do something dangerous, you will get hurt

Laughter is the best medicine
Keeping a positive outlook on life will help combat negative emotions
during hard times

Practice makes perfect
Regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient at it

The pen is mightier than the sword
Thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force or violence

There is no such thing as a free lunch
You can’t get something for nothing. You have to work for it.

A bad workman always blames his tools
Someone blames the quality of their equipment or other external
factors when they perform a task poorly

A trouble shared is a trouble halved
Talking to someone else about one’s problems helps to alleviate them

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going
When the situation is difficult, it’s time for you to show you can do it

Don’t put too many irons in the fire
Engaged in too many activities, and unable to cope 



Proverbs in English that native speakers actually use

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