Sunday 25 March 2007

Ask About English Q26: 'Proverbs'


I would like to know whether there are an English proverbs that mean :
- that you learn from your mistakes.
- that people are ungrateful even to people that helped them
- that you more probably will be successful if your are very ambitious, arrogant, pushing than if you have much money at the beginning of your career to start with.
- that people repay exactly for what you did to them (jak se do lesa volá, tak se z lesa ozývá :-) )

Thank you very much for your answer.


Here are some of the proverbs that I found.

Learning from mistakes:

We learn from our mistakes
There are no mistakes, only lessons

The burnt child dreads the fire
Once bitten, twice shy
(when someone is hurt they will be more cautious in the future)
Failure teaches success

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Ungrateful people:

Take an old dirty, hungry, mangy, sick and wet dog and feed him and wash him and nurse him back to health, and he will never turn on you and bite you. This is how man and dog differ.

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
(don't show ingratitude)
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
(don't be ungrateful when you receive a gift)

Relationship between your actions and others:

What goes around comes around.
(You will eventually have to face the consequences of your actions towards others as people tend to behave towards you as you have behaved towards others.)

Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

Do as you would be done by
Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

Give, and ye shall receive

Unfortunately I couldn't find the proverb that your asked about, relating to success.

Hope this helps


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