Complete These Classic Proverbs

 English is such a rich language. It borrows from many other languages and keeps evolving with time. As such, it is a language full of fascinating phrases and sayings that have stood the test of time for hundreds of years, surviving to this modern age. How many of these do you know? Let's put you to the test!
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Source is a mystery, but it first appeared in public in 1932 in a magazine, though it was already known by some people
- join them.
- run away.
- fight another day.
- lead them.
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From the 16th century, probably Latin in origin: "Parva leves capiunt animos"
...please little minds.
...please little people.
...get the job done.
...create big things.
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This is one of the phrases of Aesop the company he keeps. his enemies. how he treats his own. his mercy.
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In the early 3rd century, biographer Diogenes Laërtius attributed the phrase “do not speak ill of the dead” to philosopher Chilon of Sparta
...of the dead.
...of poorer folks.
...of a woman scorned.
...of angels and demons.
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The origin of the phrase is thought to have originated in 19th-century American saloons where customers were given free lunches with the purchase of drinks. a free lunch. a free ride. a free life. a free man.
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This proverb dates back at least to the 14th century as "Jt is ywrite that euery thing Hymself sheweth in the tastyng", and William Camden stated it in 1605 in Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine as "All the proofe of a pudding, is in the eating" in the eating. in the sugar. in the making. in the maker.
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A British phrase commenting about their weather
...fine before eleven.
...storm before eleven.
...pouring by eleven.
...pretty by eleven.
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A proverbial saying from mid 16th century.
...always goes barefoot.
...never goes barefoot.
...walks proud.
...walks tall.
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Ascribed to US President Roosevelt "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
...and carry a big stick.
...but act hard.
...but live strongly.
...and act softer.
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“VICTORY HAS A HUNDRED FATHERS AND DEFEAT IS AN ORPHAN.” It was made popular by President John F. Kennedy. However, it was originally coined by the Italian diplomat, and son-in-law of Mussolini, Count Caleazzo Ciano (1903-44).
...while failure is an orphan.
...and one mother.
...while failure lives alone.
...and few siblings.
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Favorite rejoinder by Senator Harry S. Truman
...get out of the kitchen.
...close the oven.
...don't start the fire.
...don't awaken the dragon.
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Originating in the 1600s make a world. make a family. make a home. make a dream come true.
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First appearance in a 1907 collection titled “The Supreme Conquest and Other Sermons Preached in America” by William L. Watkinson.
...than curse the darkness.
...than be blinded by the sun.
...than burn your house down.
...than stumble in the dark.
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any credit Plato for bringing "empty barrel" into the vernacular: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers."
...that makes the most noise.
...that has the most room.
...that has the most potential.
...that makes you buy a full one.
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The phrase originates with the invention of the car and it being something that was adopted quickly by every household in America. When people were new to having them though, it was only when a wheel would squeak that it would be greased since nobody was used to the servicing of cars as often, back then.
...that gets the grease.
...that brings the wagon down.
...that slows the trip.
...that ruins your day.
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...weep and you weep alone.
...cry and the world cries with you.
...weep and die alone.
...weep and the world turns away.
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his expression derives from the Bible, Ephesians 4:26.
...on your wrath.
...on your dreams.
...before it shines on you.
...before you pray.
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This proverb is found in Poor Richard's Almanack, by Benjamin Franklin.
...fell great oaks.
...for different folks.
...for little folks.
...make for big works.
Try Again?
We're afraid you did not pass this proverb quiz. Granted, most of these sayings aren't uttered that much anymore, but they do represent an enormous amount of wisdom gained over the years and condensed into these shorter sayings. To see the full proverbs as well as their origins, look at "show mistakes".
Room for Improvement
You got quite a few of the proverbs right, but also missed quite a big chunk of them. Could be you need to rest a bit or went too fast. Could be that you need to refresh your memory a little. We'd recommend trying again for a better score. Alternatively, you can have a look at the answers by clicking on "Show Mistakes", you can also see their full origins.
Good Job!
You have a good knowledge of proverbs and English sayings. You probably read quite a bit and enjoy the language, so you remember these sayings. Perhaps your parents used to say them to you! That said, there is a little room for improvement. We're sure you've got an A grade in you to make it this far. If you'd like, you can retake the test. If not, you can see the full proverbs when clicking "show mistakes" as well as their origins.
You positively know your English proverbs! You must have a great memory as well as a keen interest in reading and the English language. Perhaps you come from a family where proverbs were used daily. If so, lucky you, as most people these days have forgotten most of these important proverbs that encapsulate so much learned knowledge. Good for you! If you'd like to know the origin of these phrases, click on 'Show Mistakes'.
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