5 Business English Sayings

Proverbs are short, concise, sayings that express some generally held truth. They are very useful in helping people overcome not only the trials of life in general but also in the workplace. They are similar to idiomatic expressions.

Here are 5 common business English sayings.

1. Great Haste Makes Great Waste

This means that if someone tries to do something in a hurry he/she will make mistakes and then will waste time later trying to correct these mistakes.

For example: If you write a report in one day rather than taking the necessary week to do it, it might be inaccurate and then you will have to spend time you had allocated for other activities in re-writing it.

2. There’s No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk

It’s a waste of time feeling bad or regretful over something that has been lost or a mistake that has been made that you can’t rectify.

For example: If one of your clients has decided to go with the competition and there is nothing you can do to bring them back to your company, there is no point feeling depressed or angry about it. This will not change the fact.

3. Never Do Things By Halves

Never leave a task incomplete or half-done. If you are going to start something you should always finish it.

For example: If you are going to start a company, give it your all. Don’t be half-hearted about it.

4. Rome Was Not Built In A Day

Don’t expect achievements or successes to be immediate. Even great empires like Rome took time to develop.

For example: Don’t expect your company to be market leader as soon as it is launched on the market. This takes time and a lot of effort in the meantime.

5. He Laughs Best Who Laughs Last

The person will the final victory is the one with the greatest satisfaction. In a competition, the overall victor is the one who has most to be happy about.

For example: Your competitor might have been ahead in figures during the year but if you have the edge at the end of the year and win all the annual awards in your field, then you will have the greater sense of achievement.


Which of the proverbs do you find most helpful?

What is the proverb you most use in your language? What does it mean?