“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” – English proverb

ENGLISH PROVERB 31-08

English Proverb 31-08

Example from the web:

  • You can go to all the therapy in the world and as I — as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, you can’t make them drink. Unless you decide you want to change and go through the work of changing yourself, it ain’t going to happen.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – English proverb

Don't give up

Proverb 29-07

In times of crisis, those who are most resilient and determined take action and prove they’re worth.

Example sentences from the web:

  • I realize we’re lost. But always remember, – “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
  • The football team was losing the game, so at half time the coach reminded them that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • Anna lost her job and her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend. She carried on. When the going gets tough the tough gets going. Three months later she was in a better job and going out with a really nice guy.

If you still don’t get the meaning of this proverb …

The going” => the situation
Gets tough” => becomes difficult
The tough” => people who are strong and enduring
Get going”  => become fully engaged

There is a song named after this proverb: When the going gets tough, the tough get going by Billy Ocean.
If you like the 80s, listen to it! 😉

 

Lyrics:

When the going gets tough
The tough get going, tough, tough, huh, huh, huh
When the going gets tough, the tough get ready

Yeah, ooooh, du da do da

I got something to tell you
I got something to say
I’m gonna put this dream in motion
Never let nothing stand in my way
When the going gets touch
The tough get going

I’m gonna get myself ‘cross the river
That’s the price I’m willing to pay
I’m gonna make you stand and deliver
And give me love in the old-fashion way

Woooh

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll do anything

Ooh, can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do
Ooh, wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you, oooh

When the going gets tough
The tough get going
When the going gets rough
The tough get rough
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooooh baby

I’m gonna buy me a one-way ticket
Nothin’s gonna hold me back
Your love’s like a slow train coming (slow train coming)
And I feel it coming down the track (woh)

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll do anything
Ooh (ooh) can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do
Ooh, (ooh) wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you (ooh)
‘Cause when the going gets tough
The tough get going
When the going gets rough
The tough get rough

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Wooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll swim any sea
Darlin’, I’ll reach for the heaven
Darlin’, with you lovin’ me
Oooh (oooh)

Oooh, can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do (can I touch you)
Oooh, wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you

When the going gets tough
Going gets tough
Going gets rough
Going gets rough…

“Two heads are better than one.” – English Proverb

Two heads are better than oneExample sentences from the web:

  • Mary: Can you figure out what this insurance document means?
    John: Why ask me? I don’t know anything about insurance.
    Mary: Neither do I, but two heads are better than one.
  • I couldn’t figure out the answer of the puzzle so I asked Sarah to help me out. After a short time, we figured out the answer. It really shows that two heads are better than one.

Words from the example sentences you may not know:

  • INSURANCE = coverage under a contract in which one party agrees to compensate another for a loss.
  • TO FIGURE OUT = to solve; to understand.

“The pen is mightier than the sword”. – English proverb

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The pen is usually linked with writing while the sword is a weapon. Only who is strong can wield a sword. But words can flow from the pen of even a feeble man.
A person can cause people to change their opinions and not by force. Those who control information have far more power than those with military force.

“A friend in need is a friend indeed”. – English proverb

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Example sentences from the web:

  • When I was sick you certainly proved the old saying, “A friend in need is a friend indeed“.
  • When Bill helped me with geometry, I really learned the meaning of “A friend in need is a friend indeed”.