a fault confessed is half redressed
/ɐ fˈɑːlt kənfˈɛst ɪz hˈæf ɹiːdɹˈɛst/
used to imply that by acknowledging and taking responsibility for one's fault, a person has already made progress towards resolving the issue
accusing the times is but excusing ourselves
/ɐkjˈuːzɪŋ ðə tˈaɪmz ɪz bˌʌt ɛkskjˈuːsɪŋ aɪʊɹsˈɛlvz/
used to say that blaming external circumstances or conditions for one's failures or shortcomings is just a way of making excuses for one's lack of effort, skill, or commitment
every bird must / has to hatch her / its own egg
/ˈɛvɹi bˈɜːd mˈʌst hɐz tʊ hˈætʃ hɜːɹ ɪts ˈoʊn ˈɛɡ/
used to emphasize the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their own actions and outcomes
everybody's business is (basically) nobody's business
/ˈɛvɹɪbˌɑːdiz bˈɪznəs ɪz bˈeɪsɪkli nˈoʊbɑːdiz bˈɪznəs/
used to emphasize the importance of clearly assigning responsibilities, as when no one takes ownership of a task or issue, it tends to be neglected or ignored
success has many fathers, failure is an orphan
/səksˈɛs hɐz mˈɛni fˈɑːðɚz fˈeɪlɪɹ ɪz ɐn ˈɔːɹfən/
used to emphasize the importance of taking accountability in both success and failure, as people tend to claim credit for successes but disassociate themselves from failures
if you would be well served, (you might as well) serve yourself
/ɪf juː wʊd biː wˈɛl sˈɜːvd juː mˌaɪt æz wˈɛl sˈɜːv joːɹsˈɛlf/
used to suggest that people should do things for themselves, since they cannot always rely on others to do things exactly the way they want
every tub must stand on its own bottom
/ˈɛvɹi tˈʌb mˈʌst stˈænd ˌɑːn ɪts ˈoʊn bˈɑːɾəm/
used to emphasize that every person should be self-reliant and work toward achieving their own goals and meeting their own needs, rather than expecting others to do it for them
every man is (meant to be) the architect of his own fortune
/ˈɛvɹi mˈæn ɪz mˈɛnt təbi ðɪ ˈɑːɹkɪtˌɛkt ʌv hɪz ˈoʊn fˈɔːɹtʃən/
used as a reminder that individuals have the power to shape their own destiny through their choices and actions
life is what you make it
/lˈaɪf ɪz wˌʌt juː mˈeɪk ɪt/
used to emphasize that a person's life is largely determined by their own choices, actions, and attitudes
business before pleasure
/bˈɪznəs bɪfˌoːɹ plˈɛʒɚ/
used to advise individuals to prioritize their work or responsibilities before engaging in leisure activities or personal pursuits
creditors have better memory than debtors
/kɹˈɛdɪɾɚz hæv bˈɛɾɚ mˈɛmɚɹi ðɐn dˈɛɾɚz/
used to imply that people who are owed money are more likely to remember the debt and pursue the repayment while those who owe the money may be inclined to forget or delay the payment
with great power comes great responsibility
/wɪð ɡɹˈeɪt pˈaʊɚ kˈʌmz ɡɹˈeɪt ɹɪspˌɑːnsəbˈɪlɪɾi/
used to imply that individuals who hold significant power or influence have a corresponding obligation to use it in a responsible and ethical manner for the greater good
the married man must turn his staff into a stake
/ðə mˈæɹɪd mˈæn mˈʌst tˈɜːn hɪz stˈæf ˌɪntʊ ɐ stˈeɪk/
used to emphasize the idea that once a person is married, they must prioritize and focus their efforts on providing for their family and fulfilling their obligations
promise is a debt
/pɹˈɑːmɪs ɪz ɐ dˈɛt/
used to imply that making a promise carries a moral obligation to fulfill it, similar to a financial debt that must be repaid
a dog is for life, not just for Christmas
/ɐ dˈɑːɡ ɪz fɔːɹ lˈaɪf nˌɑːt dʒˈʌst fɔːɹ kɹˈɪsməs/
used to emphasize that owning a dog is a long-term commitment that requires love, care, and responsibility throughout its life, rather than just as a holiday gift
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