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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

英諺三百句 (片語/ 俚語/)

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英諺三百句(上)



001. A bad penny always comes back.
   惡有惡報。

002. A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
  = A bad workman always blames his tools.
  = A bad shearer never had a good sickle.
   劣工尤器。

003. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
   一鳥在手勝於二鳥在林。

004. A burnt child dreads the fire.
   一朝被蛇咬,十年怕草繩。

005. A cat has nine lives.
   吉人天相。

006. A cat may look at a king.
   君王卿相於我何。

007. A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
   知足長樂。

008. A drowning man will catch at a straw.
   急不暇擇。

009. A fault confessed is half redressed.
   肯認錯是改過的一半。

010. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
   患難之友乃為真友。

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011. A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.
   失友易,得友難。

012. A Jack (=man) of all trades is master of none.
   博藝無所精;樣樣通,樣樣鬆。

013. A (=The) leopard cannot change his spots.
   江山易改,本性難移。

014. A little learning is a dangerous thing.
   一知半解最危險。

015. A little pot is soon hot.
   小人物容易發怒。

016. A man is known by the company he keeps.
   觀其友,知其人。

017. A man speaks well when his clock strikes.
   人之將死,其言也善。

018. A miss is as good as a mile.
   大錯小錯終歸是錯,死裏逃生和輕易脫逃結果相同。

019. A new broom sweeps clean.
   新官上任三把火。

020. A penny saved is a penny earned.
   省一文則賺一文。

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021. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
   轉石不生苔;轉業不聚財。

022. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (as a rose)
   玫瑰化做其他名稱依然芳香。(本質不變)

023. A soft answer turns away wrath.
   和言足以息怒;柔足以克剛。

024. A sound mind is in a sound body.
   健全的頭腦寓於健康的身體。

025. A stitch in time saves nine.
   及時行事,事半功倍。

026. A watched pot never boils.
   心急水不沸。(等待的時間特別長)

027. A word spoken is past recalling.
   一言既出,駟馬難追。

028. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
   小別勝新婚。

029. Actions speak louder than words.
   事實勝於雄辯。

030. Advice when most needed is least heeded.
   忠言逆耳。

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031. After a storm comes a calm.
   否極泰來。

032. All good things must come to an end.
   天下無不散之筵席;花無百日紅。

033. All is fair in love and war.
   戀愛與戰爭可不擇手段。

034. All is well that ends well. (all that = what)
   結果佳者方佳;善終為善。

035. All men naturally desire to know.
   人的天性皆欲求知。

036. All roads lead to Rome.
   行行出狀元。

037. All that glitters is not gold.
   人不可貌相。

038. All things come to him who waits.
   忍為上策。

039. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
   只工作不逍遣,使人遲鈍。

040. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
   以眼還眼,以牙還牙。

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041. An idle youth, a needy age.
   少壯不努力,老大徒傷悲。

042. Art is long, life is short.
   人生苦短而學術無窮。

043. As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
   自做自受。

044. As you sow, so shall you reap.
  = As a man sows, so he shall reap.
   種豆得豆,種瓜得瓜。

045. Bed news travels fast.
   壞事傳千里。

046. Barking dogs seldom bite.
   外強中乾;虛有其表;虛張聲勢。

047. Beauty is but (= only) skin deep.
   人不可貌相;美是膚淺的。

048. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
   情人眼裡出西施。

049. Beggars mustn't be choosers.
   飢者不該擇食挑剔。

050. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
   家總是最美好的地方。

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051. Better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse.
  = Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
   寧為雞首,不為牛後。

052. Better late than never.
   過則勿憚改,寧遲勿缺;亡羊補牢,猶未晚也。

053. Between two stools you fall to the ground.
   腳踏雙凳必墜地。

054. Birds of a feather flock together.
   物以類聚。

055. Blood is thicker than water.
   血濃於水;親情最重要。

056. Brevity is the soul of wit.
   言簡為貴;簡潔是機智的靈魂。

057. Business is business.
   工作第一;公事公辦。

058. Call a spade a spade.
   直言不諱。

059. Care killed the cat.
   憂能傷神致命。

060. Cast pearls before swine.
   對牛彈琴。

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061. Charity begins at home.
   修身齊家治國愛天下。

062. Clever people often miss their mark.
   聰明常被聰明誤。

063. Clothes do not make the man.
   人不可光看外表。

064. Clothes make the man.
   人要衣裝,佛要金裝。

065. Coming events cast their shadows before.
   事前必有兆。

066. Comparisons are odious.
   人比人氣死人。

067. Constant dripping wears away the stone.
   滴水穿石。

068. Cowards die many times before their deaths.
   懦夫常有無謂的恐懼。

069. Cross the bridge when you come to it.
   船到橋頭自然直。

070. Cross the stream where it is shallowest.
   別自找麻煩;由易處下手。

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071. Cut your coat according to your cloth.
   量入為出。

072. Death is the great leveler.
   死後萬人皆平等。

073. Death quits all scores.
   一死百了。

074. Deeds, not words, are needed.
   行動勝於空言。

075. Diamond cut/cuts diamond.
   強中自有強中手。

076. Discretion is the better part of valor.
   勇敢貴在謹慎。(膽怯者的遁詞)

077. Distant kinsmen mean less than close neighbors.
   遠親不如近鄰。

078. Do as you would be done by.
   己所不欲,勿施於人。

079. Do (to others) as you would have others do to you.
   己所不欲,施於人。

080. Do in Rome as the Romans do.
   入境隨俗。

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081. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
   勿不自量力。

082. Don't change horses in mid-stream.
   陣前勿換將。

083. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
   別過早樂觀得意;別打如意算盤。

084. Don't fish in the troubled waters.
   勿混水摸魚。

085. Don't have too many irons in the fire.
   勿操之過急;勿同時辦多件事。

086. Don't judge a man by his looks. (= appearance)
   人不可貌相。

087. Do not kick against the pricks.
   勿以螳臂當車;勿做無謂之抵抗徒傷自己。

088. Don't (= Never) look a gift horse in the mouth.
   勿對所受之禮物挑剔抱怨。

089. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
   勿小題大作;勿誇大其辭。

090. Don't meet trouble halfway.
   勿杞人憂天。

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091. Don't put all yur eggs in one basket.
   不要孤注一擲。

092. Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
   今日事今日畢。

093. Don't put the cart before the horse.
   勿本末倒置。

094. Don't quarrel with your bread and butter.
   勿自砸飯碗。

095. Don't ride the high horse. (= Don't put on airs.)
   勿擺架子。

096. Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
   勿班門弄斧。

097. Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
   家醜不可外揚。

098. Dog does not eat dog.
   狗不咬狗;同類不相殘。

099. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
   早起三光;晚起三慌。

100. Easier said than done.
   說易做難。

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101. Easy come, easy go.
   來得易,去得快。

102. Empty vessels make the most sound.
   好吹者不實在;半桶水響叮噹。

103. Even a worm will turn.
   狗急跳牆。

104. Even Homer sometimes nods.
   智者千慮,必有一失。

105. Everybody's business is nobody's business.
   眾人之事無人管。

106. Every cloud has a silver lining.
   否極泰來。

107. Every dog has his/its day.
   十年風水輪流轉;瓦片也有翻身日。

108. Every little helps.
   積少成多。

109. Every man has his taste.
   人各有所好。

110. Every man is the architect of his own fortunes.
   一切操之在我。

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111. Every minute counts.
   分秒必爭。

112. Everything must have a beginning.
   萬丈高樓平地起。

113. Every why has a wherefore.
   事出有因。

114. Example is better than precept.
   身教重於言教。

115. Extremes meet.
   物極必反。

116. Faint heart never wins fair lady.
   英雄方得美人。

117. Familiarity breeds contempt.
   熟悉易生輕蔑。

118. Fast bind, fast find.
   鎖得牢,丟不了。

119. Fine feathers make fine birds.
  = Fine clothes make the man.
   人要衣裝,佛要金裝。

120. Fine words butter no parsnips.
   光說不練無用;花言巧語不如誠心;巧言令色鮮矣仁。
121. First come, first served.
   捷足先登。

122. First impressions are most lasting.
   先入為主。

123. Fling dirt enough and some will stick.
   人言可畏。

124. Flow of words is not always flow of wisdom.
   巧言令色鮮矣仁。

125. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
   愚人不怕事;盲人不怕蛇。

126. Forbidden fruit is sweetest.
   禁果最甜。

127. Forewarned is forearmed.
   有備無患;先知先做準備。

128. Forgive and forget.
   既往不究。

129. From the frying pan into the fire.
   每下愈況。

130. Full of courtesy and full of craft.
   多禮必詐。

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131. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
   天才是一分靈感加上九十九分流汗。

132. Give a dog a bad (= an ill) name and hang him.
   欲加之罪,何患無辭。

133. Give knaves an inch and they will take a yard.
   得寸進尺。

134. Give the devil his due.
   公平對待惡魔;平心而論。

135. God gives all things to industry.
   勤者必有天助。

136. God (= Heaven) helps those who help themselves.
   天助自助者。

137. God never shuts one door but he opens another.
   天無絕人之路。

138. God's mill grinds slow but sure.
   法網恢恢,疏而不漏。

139. Good company on the road is the shortest cut.
   良伴行,路程短。

140. Good fences make good neighbors.
   籬笆築得好,相鄰處得好。

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141. Good medicine tastes bitter.
   良藥苦口。

142. Good watch prevents misfortune.
   有備無患。

143. Good words cost nothing, but are worth much.
   良言本無價,其貴值千金。

144. Grasp all, lose all.
   貪多失多。

145. Great oaks fall while reeds remain.
   驕者敗,謙受益。

146. Great vessels take years to produce.
   大器晚成。

147. Half a loaf is better than none.
   聊勝於無。

148. Handsome is as handsome does.
   心美善者始為美貌。

149. Happy is he who is content.
  = He who is content is happy.
   知足常樂。

150. Haste makes waste.
   欲速則不達。

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151. Health is above (better than) wealth.
   健康勝於財富。

152. He knows most, who speaks least.
   智者寡言。

153. He that cannot obey cannot command.
   無法服從者,不能指揮。

154. He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it.
   作賊心虛。

155. He that is down need fear no fall.
   低位者無慮跌落。

156. He that touches pitch shall be defiled.
   近墨者黑。

157. He who denies all confessed all.
   欲蓋彌彰。

158. He who hesitates is lost.
   猶豫者多失。

159. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.
  = Those who live in a glass house should not throw stones.
   投鼠忌器;識時務者為俊傑。

160. He who loves others is constantly loved by them.
   愛人者人恆愛之。

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161. He who loves well chastises well.
   愛之深責之切。

162. He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.
   不犯錯者,一事無成。

163. He who runs after two hares will catch neither.
   腳踏兩船,好事不成。

164. Hide not your light under a bushel.
   勿過份謙沖以致隱沒才能。

165. His bread is buttered on both sides.
   左右逢源;兩面討好。

166. History repeats itself.
   歷史會重演。

167. Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.
   順風轉舵;見機行事。

168. Honesty is the best policy.
   誠實為上策。

169. Hunger is the best sauce.
   飢不擇食。

170. Idle folk have the least leisure.
   懶惰人才說沒空閒。

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171. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
   凡是值得做的事,都值得好好地做。

172. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.
   有志竟成,持之不餒。

173. If you have tasted the bitterest of the bitter, you will become the greatest of the great.
   吃得苦中苦,方為人上人。

174. If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.
   同時追兩兔,兩頭都落空。

175. Ignorance is bliss.
   傻人有傻福。

176. Ill news come apace.
   惡事千里傳。

177. In wine there is truth.
   酒後吐真言。

178. It is a good horse that never stumbles.
   再好的馬也會有絆倒之時。

179. It is a long lane that has no turning.
   路必有彎;否極泰來。

180. It is a long story.
   一言難盡。

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181. It is always a pleasure to greet a friend from afar.
   有朋自遠方來不亦樂乎。

182. It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
   凡事有利有弊。

183. It is a small world.
   冤家路窄;這世界真小。

184. It is dogged (that) does it.
   天下無難事,只怕有心人。

185. It is easy to be wise after the event.
   不經一事,不長一智。

186. It is good fishing in troubled water.
   混水易摸魚。

187. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
   施比受更有福。

188. It is never too late to mend.
   亡羊補牢,為時未晚;見兔雇犬,猶未晚也。

189. It is no use crying over spilt milk.
   覆水難收。

190. It never rains but it pours.
   禍不單行。

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191. It serves you right.
   活該,罪有應得。

192. It takes (= requires) all sorts to make a world.
   世界是由各種人組成的。

193. It takes two to make (= pick up) a quarrel.
   孤掌難鳴。

194. Jump once but look twice.
   三思而後行。

195. Justice has long arms.
   天網恢恢,疏而不漏。

196. Keep something for a rainy day.
   未雨綢繆。

197. Kill two birds with one stone.
   一石二鳥;一舉兩得;一箭雙鵰。

198. Knowledge is power.
   知識就是力量。

199. Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.
   學如逆水行舟,不進則退。

200. Learning without thinking is vain; thinking without learning is perilous.
   學而不思則罔;思而不學則殆。

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201. Least said, soonest mended.
   少說少錯,多言惹禍。

202. Let beggars match with beggars.
   龍配龍,鳳配鳳。

203. Let bygones be bygones.
   既往不究。

204. Let sleeping dogs lie.
   莫惹事生非,一動不如一靜。

205. Light come, light go.
   易得易失。

206. Like cures like.
   以毒攻毒。

207. Like father, like son.
   有其父必有其子。

208. Little strokes fell great oaks.
   滴水穿石。

209. Live and learn.
   活到老,學到老。

210. Look before you leap.
   三思而後行。

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211. Lookers-on see most of the game.
   旁觀者清。

212. Love me little, love me long.
   真愛恰似細水長流。

213. Love me, love my dog.
   愛屋及烏。

214. Make a mountain out of a molehill.
   誇大其詞;小題大作。

215. Make hay while the sun shines.
   把握時機。

216. Make the best of a bad bargain.
   逆來順受;善處逆境。

217. Man proposes, God disposes.
   謀事在人,成事在天。

218. Many a little makes a mickle.
   積沙成塔;積少成多。

219. Many hands make light work.
   眾志成城。

220. Many happy returns of the day!
   祝你生日快樂!祝你長壽!

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221. Harry in haste, and repent at leisure.
   匆匆結婚,慢慢後悔。

222. Man are not to be measured in inches.
   人不可貌相。

223. Might is right.
   強權即公理。

224. Mind your own business.
   勿管閒事。

225. Misfortunes never come single.
   禍不單行。

226. Money is the root of all evil.
   愛財為萬惡之源。

227. Money makes the mare go.
   有錢能使鬼推磨。

228. Money talks.
   錢萬能。

229. More haste, less speed.
   欲速則不達。

230. Much would have more.
   貪得無厭。

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231. Murder will out.
   如欲人不知,除非己莫為。

232. Necessity is the mother of invention.
   需要為發明之母。

233. Necessity knows no law.
   鋌而走險。

234. Needs must when the devil drives.
   情勢所迫,萬不得已。

235. Never do things by halves.
   做事勿半途而廢。

236. Never judge by appearances.
   人不可貌相。

237. Never say die.
   勿氣餒灰心。

238. Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
   勿自尋煩惱。

239. No cross, no crown.
   吃得苦中苦,方為人上人。

240. No gain without pain.
  = No pains, no gains.
   不勞則無獲。

241. No man can serve two masters.
   一人不能事二君;一馬不能被兩鞍。

242. No man is content with his lot.
   無人對命運滿意。

243. None but the brave deserves the fair.
   勇士配美女。

244. None so blind as those who won't see.
   有眼不看者為盲。

245. No news is good news.
   沒有消息就是好消息。

246. Nothing comes of nothing.
   事出必有因;無中不能生有。

247. Nothing is given so freely as advice.
   最樂於給他人忠告。

248. Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.
   有志者事竟成。

249. Nothing succeeds like success.
   一通百通。

250. Nothing venture, nothing have (= gain, win).
   不入虎穴,焉得虎子。

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251. Of evils we must choose the least.
   兩害相權取其輕。

252. Old habits die hard.
   因習難除。

253. Once bitten, twice shy.
   吃一次虧,學一次乖;一回上當兩回乖。

254. One good turn deserves another.
   善有善報;禮尚往來。

255. One man's meat is another man's poison.
   人各有所好;利於甲者未必利於乙。

256. One swallow doesn't make a summer.
   一燕不成夏;凡事不可以偏蓋全。

257. Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
   穿鞋者方知何處太緊;當事者方知困難所在。

258. Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
   福無雙至。

259. Out of debt, out of danger.
   無債一身輕。

260. Out of sight, out of mind.
   久離情疏。

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261. Paddle your own canoe.
   自立自強。

262. Patience is rewarded.
   忍為上。

263. Piety is the foundation of all virtues.
   百行孝為先。

264. Practice makes perfect.
   熟能生巧。

265. Prevention is better than cure.
   預防勝於治療。

266. Pride goes before a fall.
   驕兵必敗。

267. Pride hurts (people), modesty benefits (people).
   滿招損,謙受益。

268. Prosperity makes friends; adversity tries them.
   患難見知己。

269. Pure gold does not fear the furnace.
   真金不怕火鍊。

270. Put the saddle on the right horse.
   責備得當;冤有頭,債有主。

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271. Quality matters more than quantity.
   質重於量。

272. Riches invite robbery.
   富招盜。

273. Rome was not built in a day.
   羅馬不是一天造成的。

274. Second thoughts are best.
   退一步想最穩當。

275. Seeing is believing.
   百聞不如一見。

276. Share and share alike.
   有福同享;有難同當。

277. Sight goes before hearsay.
   百聞不如一見;眼見為信。

278. Simple duty hath no place for fear.
   惟盡職者方可無懼。

279. Slow and steady wins the race.
  = Slow but sure wins the race.
   慢而穩者操勝算。

280. Small profits and quick returns.
   薄利多銷。

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281. Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.
   見樹不見林。

282. Sorrow follows pleasure.
   樂極生悲。

283. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
   不打不成器。

284. Spring follows winter.
   否極泰來。

285. Still water runs deep.
   靜水深流;大智若愚。

286. Strike while the iron is hot.
   打鐵趁熱;把握良機。

287. Take the bull by the horns.
   不畏艱險;勇往直前;毅然處斷難局。

288. Take the rough with the smooth.
   逆來順受。

289. Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.
   說曹操,曹操就到。

290. The bait hides the hook.
   笑裡藏刀。

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291. The best defence is offence.
   先下手為強。

292. The best fish swims near the bottom.
   好魚游溪底。

293. The biter is sometimes bit.
   偷雞不著蝕把米。

294. The child is (the) father to (= of) the man.
   由小看大;本性難移。

295. The course of true love never did run smooth.
   好事多磨。

296. The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
   小人閒居做歹事。

297. The early bird catches the worm.
   捷足先登;早起的鳥兒有蟲吃。

298. The end justifies the means.
   為達目的,不擇手段。

299. The fewer the better cheer.
   人少好吃飯。

300. The fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.
   貪吃的魚兒易上鉤。

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301. The highest branch is not the safest roost.
   樹大招風。

302. The last straw breaks the camels neck.
   凡事宜節制;過則必敗事。

303. The longest way round is the nearest way home.
   長路最快到家。

304. The mill can't grind with water that is past.
   凡事必趁早。

305. The more a man learns, the more he sees his ignorance.
   學然後知不足。

306. The pen is mightier than the sword.
   文勝於武。

307. The pot calls the kettle black.
   五十步笑百步;烏鴉笑豬黑;龜笑鱉無尾。

308. The proof of pudding is in the eating.
   坐而言不如起而行。

309. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
   手抱菩薩操屠刀。

310. The tailor makes the man.
   人要衣裝,佛要金裝。

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311. The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.
   舌頭雖非鐵,卻可傷人。

312. The wish is father to the thought.
   人之思想易為所願相信的事左右。

313. There are two sides to every question.
   公說公有理,婆說婆有理。

314. There is a black sheep in every flock.
   群體總有害群之馬。

315. There is honor among thieves.
   盜亦有道。

316. There is many a slip between the cup and the lip.
   事情往往功敗垂成。

317. There is more to it than meets the eye.
   非眼見的那樣簡單。

318. There is no accounting for tastes.
   人各有所好。

319. There is no love lost between them.
   他們並不相愛。

320. There is no rose without a thorn.
   朵朵玫瑰皆有刺。

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321. There is no royal road to learning.
   學問無捷徑。

322. There is no smoke without fire.
   事出有因;無風不起浪。

323. Time and tide wait for no man.
   歲月不待人。

324. Time flies like an arrow.
   光陰似箭。

325. To err is human; to forgive is divine.
   犯錯乃人之常情,寬恕則超凡入聖也。

326. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
   人多礙事。

327. Turn a stumbling stone into a stepping stone.
   化絆腳石為墊腳石。

328. Two heads are better than one.
   集思廣益;三個臭皮匠,勝過諸葛亮。

329. Two is company, three is none.
   兩個和尚抬水喝,三個和尚沒水喝。

330. Two of a trade never agree.
   同行相忌。

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331. Union is strength.
   團結就是力量。

332. United we stand, divided we fall.
   團結則立,分散則倒。

333. Variety is the spice of life.
   變化是生活的調味料。

334. Virtue is its own reward.
   為善最樂。

335. Walls have ears.
   壁上有耳;謹防竊聽。

336. Waste not, want not.
   不浪費,不會窮。

337. Water far off will not quench a fire near at hand.
   遠水救不了近火。

338. We are in the same boat.
   同病相憐,同舟共濟。

339. Well begun is half done.
   好的開始就是成功的一半。

340. What can't be cured must be endured.
   無可避免之事則忍之。

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341. What must be must be.
   接受無可避免的事實;該來的總會來。

342. Whatever a man sowed, that shall he also reap.
   種瓜得瓜;種豆得豆。

343. What is a worker (man) without his tools?
   巧婦難為無米之炊。

344. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
   人同此心,心同此理。

345. When one door shuts, another opens.
   天無絕人之路。

346. When the cat's away, the mice will play.
   貓去鼠嬉。

347. Where there is a wall, there is a way.
   有志竟成。

348. While the dogs growled at each other, the wolves devoured the sheep.
   鷸蚌相爭,漁翁得利。

349. While there is life there is hope.
   留得青山在,不怕沒柴燒。

350. Whom the gods love, die young.
   天妒英才;紅顏薄命。

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351. Wine and judgment mature with age.
   陳酒味醇,老人識深。

352. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes; fools by their own.
   智者藉人之過習之,愚者藉己之過而學。

353. Within the four seas all men are brothers.
   四海之內皆兄弟。

354. Words cut more than swords.
   言語利於刀劍。

355. Years bring wisdom.
   年歲增長智慧。

356. You can't burn the candle at both ends.
   勿過份消耗體力。

357. You can't get blood out of a stone.
   鐵石心腸者,未能助人。

358. You can't have your cake and eat it (too).
   魚與熊掌,不可兼得。

359. You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
   不可腳踏兩條船。

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