better a dinner of herbs than a stalled ox where hate is
/bˈɛɾɚɹ ɐ dˈɪnɚɹ ʌv ˈɜːbz ðˌænə stˈɔːld ˈɑːks wˌɛɹ hˈeɪt ɪz/
used to emphasize the value of genuine connections and meaningful interactions over superficial or extravagant experiences
the company makes the feast
/ðə kˈʌmpəni mˌeɪks ðə fˈiːst/
used to imply that good company can enhance the enjoyment of a meal or gathering, emphasizing the value of social connections and relationships in creating a positive atmosphere
adversity / politics makes strange bedfellows
/ædvˈɚsɪɾi ɔːɹ pˈɑːlətˌɪks mˌeɪks stɹˈeɪndʒ bˈɛdfɪlˌoʊz/
used to imply difficult situations can bring together unlikely allies, as people may put aside their differences to work towards a common goal in the face of adversity
absence / distance makes the heart grow fonder
/ˈæbsəns ɔːɹ dˈɪstəns mˌeɪks ðə hˈɑːɹt ɡɹˈoʊ fˈɑːndɚ/
used to suggest that being separated from someone or something can increase our affection and appreciation for them
better be alone than in bad company
/bˈɛɾɚ biː ɐlˈoʊn ðɐn ɪn bˈæd kˈʌmpəni/
used to emphasize the importance of choosing one's companions carefully and avoiding negative influences, even if it means being alone
clothing is cherishable when new, but relationship when old
/klˈoʊðɪŋ ɪz tʃˈɛɹɪʃəbəl wɛn nˈuː bˌʌt ɹɪlˈeɪʃənʃˌɪp wɛn ˈoʊld/
used to imply that while new things may bring temporary joy, long-lasting relationships are more valuable and worthy of cherishing
familiarity breeds contempt
/fəmˌɪlɪˈæɹɪɾi bɹˈiːdz kəntˈɛmpt/
used to suggest that the more familiar one becomes with someone or something, the more likely one is to develop a negative attitude or lack of respect toward them
good company on the road is the shortest cut
/ɡˈʊd kˈʌmpəni ɑːnðə ɹˈoʊd ɪz ðə ʃˈɔːɹɾəst kˈʌt/
used to imply that having good companionship on a journey can make the journey seem shorter and more enjoyable
long absent, soon forgotten
/lˈɑːŋ ˈæbsənt sˈuːn fɚɡˈɑːʔn̩/
used to imply that when someone is away for a long time, people tend to forget about them or lose interest in them
out of sight, out of mind
/ˌaʊɾəv sˈaɪt ˌaʊɾəv mˈaɪnd/
used to imply that people tend to forget about things or people that are no longer visible or present in their lives
far from eye, far from heart
/fˈɑːɹ fɹʌm ˈaɪ fˈɑːɹ fɹʌm hˈɑːɹt/
used to suggest that when people or things are physically distant, there is a tendency for individuals to forget about them and feel less emotionally attached
they are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind
/ðeɪ ɑːɹ nˌɑːt dˈɛd hˌuː lˈɪv ɪnðə hˈɑːɹts ðeɪ lˈiːv bɪhˈaɪnd/
used to imply that people who have passed away continue to live on through the memories and love they leave behind in the hearts of those who knew them
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