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美国人常挂在嘴边的200句-体现其文化及价值观

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 1-----You can't argue with success
  
  Though you may tell someone they are doing something in a wrong way, you have to stop criticizing them if their method works.
    
  2-----Nothing succeeds like success
  
  Like money in a savings account, success seems to compound itself. A person who has a small success expects it to be followed by a bigger one.
    
  3-----The end justifies the means
  
  It does not matter how you succeed. Any method is all right if it works for you. This proverb is not always accepted. Often one hears the opposite, " the end doesn't justifies the means."
   
  4-----If you can't beat them, join them
  
  If you cannot compete successfully with a person or a group, stop competing and go join them. Then you can share in their success.
   
  5-----Always a day late and a dollar short
  
  A criticism of a person who never succeeds. The failures may not be drastic but the pattern of small failures is annoying to others, especially in two areas that Americans value as highly as time and money.
   
  6-----One thing at a time
  
  Concentration leads to success. The person who tires to do too many things at once may fail at all of them.
  
  7-----We'll cross that bridge when we come to it
  
  We will not discuss or worry about a future problem. If and when the problem becomes urgent, we will deal with it.
  
  8-----Don't put the cart before the horse
  
  Do things in a sensible order. For example, do something to impress your boss before you ask for a raise in pay. Don't ask for the raise first.
  
  9-----All's fair in love and war
  
  Do not trust a rival or an enemy at all. His or her desire to succeed will overrule everything else. Such a people may lie, cheat, attack or do many other things far more terrible than he or she would normally do.
 
  10-----When in Rome do as the romans do
  
  Flexibility leads to success in unfamiliar circumstances. People may changes their normal way of doing things in order to fit in better with those they are visiting.
  
  11------Easy does it
  
  Some things require gentleness for success. One should not push too hard. Force may cause damage
  
  12-----The bigger they are, the harder they fall
  
  Do not be discouraged by the size of your problem or the fame of your competitor. (the saying is traced to a boxer preparing to fight an opponent much larger than he was.)
  
  13-----All is well that ends well
  
  If we can come to a successful conclusion, let us forget about the pain and mistakes along the way.
  
  14-----Go for it
  
  Go ahead and try to achieve your goal. Don't worry about failing. Similar to this proverb--God provides food to every bird, but he won't cast to its nest, you got to earn it.
  
  15-----Every little bit helps
  
  If someone apologizes for giving only a small gift, the recipient may encourage the giver by quoting this proverb. This is especially true if there is a huge job to do or a huge amount of money to be raised from many people.
  
  16-----Look before you leap
  
  Don't jump into a situation carelessly. You may land in difficulty.
  
  17-----All that glitters is not gold
  
  Do not be fooled by worthless things that seem valuable or look attractive.
  
  "Fool's gold " is the popular name for a kind of stone that glitters like gold but contains no gold at all.
  
  18------Curiosity killed the cat
  
  Do not ask too many questions or become too curious about things. You may get yourself into trouble like a cat that does not see the danger in a new situation.
  
  19-----Don't put all your eggs in one basket
  
  Do not risk everything in one place or on one project. Divide your sources that one failure will not ruin you. Similar to this proverb---Do not use both feet to test the depth of the river.
  
  20-----Don't bite off more than you can chew
  
  Do not attempt something too large for you to handle.
 
  21-----Too good to be ture
  
  This is often used to warn about advertising. An offer looks good but turns out to be misleading.
  
  22-----Flattery will get you nowhere
  
  If flattery (insincere praise) is recognized, it will not succeed. One sometimes hears the opposite, Flattery will get you everywhere.
  
  23-----There is no such thing as a free lunch
  
  If someone you do not know offers you a free lunch or other gift, watch out. The gift may be a method of getting something from you.
  
  24------Pride goes before a fall
  
  Do not be over-confident and careless. Your circumstances may change quickly and the emptiness of your bragging will be exposed.
  
  25------Better safe than sorry
  
  It is better not to take a risk than to take a risk foolishly.
  
   26-----Winning isn't everything
  
  One may enjoy the process of playing a game whether one wins or not. This traditional proverb is now often heard in the opposite form, Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing!
  
  27------Time will tell
  
  Wait and see how something will work out. Don't trust a person or thing too much right now.
  
  28-----The burned child shuns fire
  
  Some of life's lessons are learned the hard way. The person who has had to pay for a mistake will be careful not to make that mistake again.
  
  29-----There are other fish in the sea
  
  There are opportunities! For example, this may be used to encourage someone who has just broken off a relationship with a sweetheart.
   
  30-----Don't count your chickens before they are hatched
  
  Do not become too confident of success before you can see that progress is happening.
 
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