Where do I get proverbs with their literal and implied meanings?I need the answer soon.........

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The websites listed below are proverb sites that feature both proverbs and their meanings.  Obviously, the web is a great source for finding information and the meanings of commonly used proverbs is one element that is quite abundant on the web.

In terms of understanding both actual and implied meanings, I think that the best way to go would be to visualize in your mind what the proverb means.  If actual meaning is a challenge, then I think being able to find the meaning of the specific word in question is helpful.  Once this has been done, going back and identifying what image is brought in your mind as you reflect on the proverb can help with the implied meaning.  For example:  "You can't tell a book by its cover."  The literal meaning is looking at a book's cover and trying to figure out the meaning of it.  This means you are not reading the pages of the book, the items that actually hold meaning.  The implied meaning of the proverb is that you have to know something and take the time to understand it (reading the book.)  Another way to gain meaning from proverbs is to examine the contexts and situations where they are used.  Let's say that a student rushes through a homework assignment and it is not well done.  The teacher knows the student rushes through it and grades it appropriately.  The student did not do well.  The teacher hands back the assignment to the student and says, "Haste makes waste."  Translation:  Rushing through something is not effective, or take your time in completing something.