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美国人常挂在嘴边的体现其文化及价值观的英语  

2014-01-25 20:07:17|  分类: 世界文化 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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1-----You can't argue with success

Though you may tell someone they are doing something in a wrong way, you have to stop criticizing them if their method works.

2-----Nothing succeeds like success

Like money in a savings account, success seems to compound itself. A person who has a small success expects it to be followed by a bigger one.

3-----The end justifies the means

It does not matter how you succeed. Any method is all right if it works for you. This proverb is not always accepted. Often one hears the opposite, " the end doesn't justifies the means."

4-----If you can't beat them, join them

If you cannot compete successfully with a person or a group, stop competing and go join them. Then you can share in their success.

5-----Always a day late and a dollar short

A criticism of a person who never succeeds. The failures may not be drastic but the pattern of small failures is annoying to others, especially in two areas that Americans value as highly as time and money.

6-----One thing at a time

Concentration leads to success. The person who tires to do too many things at once may fail at all of them.

7-----We'll cross that bridge when we come to it

We will not discuss or worry about a future problem. If and when the problem becomes urgent, we will deal with it.

8-----Don't put the cart before the horse

Do things in a sensible order. For example, do something to impress your boss before you ask for a raise in pay. Don't ask for the raise first.

9-----All's fair in love and war

Do not trust a rival or an enemy at all. His or her desire to succeed will overrule everything else. Such a people may lie, cheat, attack or do many other things far more terrible than he or she would normally do.

10-----When in Rome do as the romans do

Flexibility leads to success in unfamiliar circumstances. People may changes their normal way of doing things in order to fit in better with those they are visiting.

11------Easy does it

Some things require gentleness for success. One should not push too hard. Force may cause damage

12-----The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Do not be discouraged by the size of your problem or the fame of your competitor. (the saying is traced to a boxer preparing to fight an opponent much larger than he was.)

13-----All is well that ends well

If we can come to a successful conclusion, let us forget about the pain and mistakes along the way.

14-----Go for it

Go ahead and try to achieve your goal. Don't worry about failing. Similar to this proverb--God provides food to every bird, but he won't cast to its nest, you got to earn it.

15-----Every little bit helps

If someone apologizes for giving only a small gift, the recipient may encourage the giver by quoting this proverb. This is especially true if there is a huge job to do or a huge amount of money to be raised from many people.

16-----Look before you leap

Don't jump into a situation carelessly. You may land in difficulty.

17-----All that glitters is not gold

Do not be fooled by worthless things that seem valuable or look attractive.

"Fool's gold " is the popular name for a kind of stone that glitters like gold but contains no gold at all.

18------Curiosity killed the cat

Do not ask too many questions or become too curious about things. You may get yourself into trouble like a cat that does not see the danger in a new situation.

19-----Don't put all your eggs in one basket

Do not risk everything in one place or on one project. Divide your sources that one failure will not ruin you. Similar to this proverb---Do not use both feet to test the depth of the river.

20-----Don't bite off more than you can chew

Do not attempt something too large for you to handle.

21-----Too good to be ture

This is often used to warn about advertising. An offer looks good but turns out to be misleading.

22-----Flattery will get you nowhere

If flattery (insincere praise) is recognized, it will not succeed. One sometimes hears the opposite, Flattery will get you everywhere.

23-----There is no such thing as a free lunch

If someone you do not know offers you a free lunch or other gift, watch out. The gift may be a method of getting something from you.

24------Pride goes before a fall

Do not be over-confident and careless. Your circumstances may change quickly and the emptiness of your bragging will be exposed.

25------Better safe than sorry

It is better not to take a risk than to take a risk foolishly.

26-----Winning isn't everything

One may enjoy the process of playing a game whether one wins or not. This traditional proverb is now often heard in the opposite form, Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing!

27------Time will tell

Wait and see how something will work out. Don't trust a person or thing too much right now.

28-----The burned child shuns fire

Some of life's lessons are learned the hard way. The person who has had to pay for a mistake will be careful not to make that mistake again.

29-----There are other fish in the sea

There are opportunities! For example, this may be used to encourage someone who has just broken off a relationship with a sweetheart.

30-----Don't count your chickens before they are hatched

Do not become too confident of success before you can see that progress is happening.
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