as a tree falls, so shall it lie
/æz ɐ tɹˈiː fˈɔːlz sˌoʊ ʃˌæl ɪt lˈaɪ/
used to imply that the consequences of one's actions or decisions are inevitable and cannot be avoided, and that people must accept the outcome of their choices, whether positive or negative
a good beginning makes (for) a good ending
/ɐ ɡˈʊd bɪɡˈɪnɪŋ mˌeɪks fɔːɹ ɐ ɡˈʊd ˈɛndɪŋ/
used to emphasize the importance of preparation, planning, and taking the time to ensure that the start of a task or project is done well, as it could lead to a successful outcome
after a storm comes a calm
/ˈæftɚɹ ɐ stˈoːɹm kˈʌmz ɐ kˈɑːm/
used to encourage and remind one that even the most challenging situations are temporary and that there is always the possibility of a brighter future
the bigger they are, the harder / furthest / / deeper they (shall) fall
/ðə bˈɪɡɚ ðeɪ ɑːɹ ðə hˈɑːɹdɚ fˈɜːðəst dˈiːpɚ ðeɪ ʃˌæl fˈɔːl/
used to suggest that those who are in positions of power or authority are often more vulnerable to failure or defeat because they have more to lose
brew, so shall you bake
/bɹˈuː sˌoʊ ʃˌæl juː bˈeɪk/
used to emphasize the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions and recognizing that the effort put in at the outset can significantly impact the eventual outcome
circumstances often / tend to alter cases
/sˈɜːkəmstˌænsᵻz ˈɔfən tˈɛnd tʊ ˈɑːltɚ kˈeɪsᵻz/
used to emphasize the importance of taking into account the specific circumstances of a situation and making decisions based on those circumstances
every why has / hath a wherefore
/ˈɛvɹi wˌaɪ hɐz hæθ ɐ wˈɛɹfoːɹ/
used to say that every action or event has a cause or reason behind it, and that understanding the cause of an event can help one to understand its effects
evil be to him who evil thinks / thinketh
/ˈiːvəl biː tə hˌɪm hˌuː ˈiːvəl θˈɪŋks θˈɪŋkəθ/
used to say that those who have malicious or negative intentions towards others will ultimately bring harm upon themselves
no cure no pay
/nˈoʊ kjˈʊɹ nˈoʊ pˈeɪ/
used to imply that a person or entity will only receive payment if they are successful in achieving a specific outcome or result
nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it
/nˈʌθɪŋ kˈʌmz ˌaʊɾəv ðə sˈæk bˌʌt wˈʌt wʌz ɪn ɪt/
used to imply that the outcome or result of a situation is determined by the factors that were present from the beginning
the sooner begun, the sooner done
/ðə sˈuːnɚ bɪɡˈʌn ðə sˈuːnɚ dˈʌn/
used to suggest that procrastination or delay will only prolong the time it takes to complete a task or project
what you have never had you never miss
/wˌʌt juː hæv nˈɛvɚ hɐd juː nˈɛvɚ mˈɪs/
used to suggest that it is easier to live without something when one has never experienced it or owned it before, and that one should focus on the things that one does have instead
easy come, easy go
/ˈiːzi kʌm ˈiːzi ɡoʊ/
used to suggest that when something is obtained or achieved easily, it is often lost or wasted just as easily
the bleating of the kid excites the tiger
/ðə blˈiːɾɪŋ ʌvðə kˈɪd ɛksˈaɪts ðə tˈaɪɡɚ/
used to imply that even innocent or unintended actions can have unintended consequences, and that people should be mindful of the potential risks or dangers of their behavior
first in, best dressed
/fˈɜːst ˈɪn bˈɛst dɹˈɛst/
used to imply that being proactive and taking early action gives someone an advantage in achieving success or obtaining what they want
what goes up must come down
/wˌʌt ɡoʊz ˌʌp mˈʌst kˈʌm dˈaʊn/
used to suggest that success, power, or fortune is often temporary and that anything that rises to a high position or level will eventually fall or decline
necessity is the mother of invention
/nəsˈɛsɪɾi ɪz ðə mˈʌðɚɹ ʌv ɪnvˈɛnʃən/
used to say that when faced with a difficult situation or problem, people are motivated to find new solutions or innovations to overcome it
there is reason in the roasting of eggs
/ðɛɹ ɪz ɹˈiːzən ɪnðə ɹˈoʊstɪŋ ʌv ˈɛɡz/
used to encourage individuals to be mindful of the significance of even small things and to recognize that there is often a deeper meaning or purpose behind them
one who handles honey, licks his fingers
/wˈʌn hˌuː hˈændəlz hˈʌni lˈɪks hɪz fˈɪŋɡɚz/
used to imply that those who are involved in something good, beneficial, or profitable are likely to enjoy the benefits themselves
all covet, all lose
/ˈɔːl kˈʌvɪt ˈɔːl lˈuːz/
used to imply that when people become too focused on acquiring something that is highly desired, it can lead to negative outcomes or loss for everyone involved
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