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an english proverb



jarek2011
Poland

an english proverb
 
I am racking my brain and I can īt recall an English proverb that says that from time to time we must be a bit selfish and have some me-time and do our own things.

In Polish we say that "everyone needs to grind their own flour from time ti time".

Can you help me to find a nice equivalent that will sound/ feel similar in English?

12 May 2012      



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I īm thinking about this, but in the meantime, in the North, the old īuns used to say, īSelf first, self last, and if there īs owt left, self again ī.  

Owt is Yorkshire twang for anything.

12 May 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

How about 
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?
Sophia

12 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I was thinking of that one. I used it about Les (idthemagicman) a couple of weeks ago and he gave a superb reply. If I was as clever as you, Sophia, I would be able to give the link.

12 May 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

To find that post you need to search the forum posts, but you need to know either the user who originally started the thread or the date when it was posted. You need good memory for that, not smarts:)
I don īt remember either of that Confused
Sophia  

12 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I thought there was a way, via īmy followed topics ī but apparently not. I might have a look for this post, because Les īs answer was brilliant. I īll see what I can do. I īve got a bit of time on my favourite site before I settle down to watch the film... I wouldn īt mind a caption - anybody up for it?

12 May 2012     



Pinky Makus
Canada

Were you looking for this link?

http://www.eslprintables.com/forum/topic.asp?id=34

Smile

12 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Fantastic, Pinky, thank you! Anybody reading Les īs reply should know that a ījill ī (maybe īgill ī) is a half pint of beer.

12 May 2012