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For­tune knocks once at ev­ery man’s door

Ev­ery­one gets at least one good op­por­tu­nity in his life­time; ev­ery­one has the op­por­tu­nity to be suc­cess­ful in life.

Give the devil his due

Be just and fair-minded, even to the one who does not de­serve much or who is un­friendly or un­fair; we should pun­ish a per­son ac­cord­ing to his wrong­do­ings.

God helps those who help them­selves

God only helps those peo­ple who work hard and make an hon­est ef­fort.

It’s an ill wind that blows no­body any good

A bad or evil oc­cur­rence.

Great minds think alike

Wise peo­ple will nor­mally think and be­have alike in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

Habit is sec­ond na­ture

An act done re­peat­edly and of­ten enough will sooner or later be­come a habit or sec­ond na­ture.

He laughs best who laughs last

A per­son who does his best is the one who will get

the great­est sat­is­fac­tion in the end. Never do things by halves

One should not do an in­com­plete or im­per­fect job - cer­tain tasks must not be left half done; they must be com­pleted im­me­di­ately.

Great haste makes great waste

If one does things hastily he will make a lot of mis­takes - he will need to spend a lot of time cor­rect­ing those mis­takes later.

It’s never too late to mend

It is never too late to cor­rect one’s mis­takes or faults.

It’s no use cry­ing over spilt milk

It is point­less to feel re­morse­ful over a thing lost that can never be found or a mis­take done that can never be cor­rected or rec­ti­fied.

Still wa­ters run deep

One who is usu­ally si­lent and goes about his busi­ness qui­etly may be a very wise per­son.

Jack of all trades and mas­ter of none

Is a per­son who can do al­most any­thing, but he rarely ex­cels in any of them.

Let by­gones be by­gones

One should con­sider for­giv­ing one’s and for­get all the bad deeds done by oth­ers.

Let not the pot call the ket­tle black

A per­son who has a fault should not point out the same fault in an­other; do not crit­i­cise an­other per­son as you may have the same weak­ness.

Let sleep­ing dogs lie

One should prefer­ably avoid dis­cussing is­sues that are likely to cre­ate trou­ble.

No news is good news

When there is no news, it is likely that ev­ery­thing is all right.

Look be­fore you leap

Avoid act­ing hastily, with­out con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­ble con­se­quences.

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