English Proverbs-WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

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WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet’ said William Blake. One has to ascend the highest range of determination to achieve an aim. An effort done halfheartedly seldom fructifies. History of mankind shows that man, a descendent of ape, has changed the shape of the world. The difference between the Stone Age and the Modem Era signifies the will and determination of man to proceed on. Nothing is impossible in the world if we have a will to do it. According to Napoleon ‘Impossible is found in fool’s dictionary ‘.

Man may have a bent towards evil or virtue. His will can work both ways. Evil politicians and scientists have fought furious wars with sophisticated weapons produced by them. They almost ravaged the world more than once. On the other hand benevolent people have asserted their will to make the world a better place to live. With their determination they evolved ways and means to save man from diseases. They reduced the distance on the Earth to create a sense of brotherhood. They provided man with means of communication to link the whole World within seconds. If man’s will produced atom bomb it could also find ways to harness atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

Man’s will has crossed the barriers of space. Having given the sophisticated means of pleasure like TV of physical strength like robot and of mental supremacy like computer the scientist is looking ahead in the galaxy. He has the will to know about Mars. Won’t he communicate with life on other planets? Will it remain only a scientific fiction? Probably not. In the years to come man will totally cross the space barrier and establish interplanetary communion.

If the scientist and the politician can exert their will to achieve such big things we can also secure great success in our lives. Let a young boy have strong will power he is sure to achieve great goals. If a Gorbachev at 56 could revolutionize the whole Communist world what can a young man in his teens and twenties is not do.

English Proverbs-VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

The man who tells the same thing every day is considered a big bore by his companions. Spices add to the taste of food, so does variety in life. Young boys and girls get tired of dresses that they wear for a long time. They feel themselves conservative, the word that they hate the most. They want a change in the colour, design and style of clothes. The young girls and boys of china got bored with the khaki colour of their dress. They revolted and were allowed to wear multicoloured clothes. Youth came back to the city of Beijing.

Visit a children’s park in the evening. You find small children in hundreds of shades. They wear multicoloured dresses. This variety fills our hearts with joy and pleasure. Enter a roadside restaurant. You get only a few dishes-idly, dosha, sambar the things that you take every day at home. You like to have some North Indian or Bengali dishes. The big restaurant at the street corner suits you the most for it serves you dozens of dishes. Don’t get bored. Have variety.

We are tempted to see pictures. It is not because we like the idea they project. It is the variety of scenes that we like. It is for the variety of characters that we go to the theatre. It is the variety of dresses that the hero, heroine and other characters wear that attracts us. The commercial movie is full of spice. A dance here, a song there, a disco in between, dialogues full of wit and humour, a girl as police commissioner, a mafia as convict, and the scenes are so varied that they absorb us. We feel a rapport with them. We rather identify ourselves with the different characters. In our real life we may not do what they do. But in our land of fancy we are enamoured by the variety we see in a couple of hours. It keeps us young. Sometimes it makes the old young.

Have a change in your fashions, in your studies, in your food, in your boy and girl friends, in the style of your drawing room and in your ideas too and you will feel yourselves young.

English Proverbs-PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT

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PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT

Mere knowledge of a thing may not be useful. One has to practice it to have control over it. Perfection ‘can’ be achieved only through practice. We can see it in our studies every day. We may know a rule in Accountancy. But we can’t have perfection in the subject till we practice similar examples again and again. A mathematician may solve intricate problems. But he would take time in calculating the price of vegetables that he purchases. The green grocer who is an illiterate person would tell it immediately. He practices it the whole day for years together.

An automobile mechanic is generally uneducated. But he 1 earns his art through practice alone. Even an automobile Engineer is so match for a perfect mechanic. The person working on computer software, the typist, the steno-typist, the cook, the painter, and the artist all gain perfection through practice. Our teachers perfect the art of teaching as they have been practicing it for many years.

Practice is a natural phenomenon. The child learns a number of things through practice. It starts from letters, small words and within a year or two speaks fluently. But it practices strenuously. Very close to the child is the singer or the musician. He takes a number of years to gain perfection in music. The sportsman gains perfection by constant practice. Jesse Owfli got four gold medals in 1936 Olympic in Berlin. The record still stands. He practiced for hours together even when he earned his own livelihood Michael Chang the 17 years-old American Champion who won the title in lawn tennis at Grand Slam tournament in Paris on June 11, 1989 had put in long practice since his boyhood days. It was this practice that brought him success against Stefan Edberg in the final and Ronald Agenor Andrei Chesnokov and Ivan Lendl in other sets together with a cheque for $291, 752 in his pocket.

English Proverbs- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

There is a saying Sanskrit that a king is respected only in his kingdom. But a scholar is respected everywhere. In ancient times the saints, Rishis and Acharyas were not only respected by kings they also guided the kings in their administration. The Minister of a Kshatriya king was generally a Brahman who was well versed in all branches of knowledge—even warfare. Knowledge keeps man in a balanced state. In the absence of perfect knowledge even the strongest people may lose. The Kauravas were guided by Shakuni while Pandavas took Krishna as their mentor. Both were warriors. The result was Mahabharata — the first devastating war in the world.

Man is the only homosapien in the world. Only he can use his brain. Other animals can use only their physical strength. They cannot acquire knowledge. With his acquired knowledge man controls the most ferocious creatures like lions, elephants, snakes and whales. It is only he who knows the secrets of nature and uses the forces of nature. The physically strong animals are at the mercy of nature.

Among men too it is the scholar who runs the race of humanity not the illiterate. An illiterate person is close to animals and wants to solve his problems with physical strength. In the modem world only that country remains supreme which has great scientists. It is only the community of scholars which has produced nuclear energy, atom bomb, missiles, LASER Rays, radar, different types of weapons and aeroplanes. It is these ultra modem weapons that cause a victory in the war. To use them too one requires mental faculty not physical strength.

Moreover as J.M. Clark says “knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns”. The more you use it the more you acquire it. Physical strength perishes while knowledge continues increasing and has its sway at all times in all climes.

English Proverbs-HANDSOME IS THAT HANDSOME DOES OR A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER

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HANDSOME IS THAT HANDSOME DOES OR A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER

When Keats wrote the immortal line ‘A Thing of beauty is a joy for ever’ he was himself a burgeoning flower. He had his own poetic fancies far from the realities of the world. Youth has its own conception. A young man has his own world. He enjoys the maiden beauty. Like Byron he thinks of a beautiful girl.

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

He is guided by his physical senses. Like Thomas Bailey he is enamoured by the idea ‘What is love never dies’. He runs after lovely things, beautiful girls, handsome persons. That is the reality for him, howsoever short lived it may be. It enchants him.

But all physical things perish. The eyes that look at handsome things and persons grow feeble and cave in. So does the physical beauty. Keats too sees a fading rose on the cheeks of the handsome knight. All Bordes and Helens meet the same fate. Nature does not spare anyone. If she gives beauty she snatches it too. The rosy cheeks are a cluster of wrinkles as the youth passes.

At one stage Keats too became philosophic when he wrote ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’. He was hinting at the beauty of artistic engravings on a Grecian Urn that would never die. The beauty of the Himalayan peaks, the three seas at Kanyakumari, the immortal plays of Kalidas and Shakespeare, the music of Lata, Sehgal, Rafi and Subbalaxmi are enamoured with a perennial beauty that would last forever.

But the apparent beauty enjoyed through our senses has its limitations. That is why Socrates thought that’ Beauty is a short lived reign’. The outward beauty may be deceptive. A beautiful lady may be cruel at heart. An artistic looking cup may have poison in it. The real beauty lies in deeds, in mental and spiritual outlook. Physically a man may be as ugly as Abraham Lincoln was. But his deeds were the most handsome. His declaration about the abolition of slavery was a rare act that cost him his life. But it made him immortal. The beauty of Chanakya lay not in his ugly physique but in his knowledge and statesmanship. Socrates, the pillar of European Philosophy was not a good looking personage. But their deeds and those of saints like Valmiki, Ram Krishna and Vivekanand, of poets like Rabindra, Mahadevi and Bharathi who excelled in grace over all European mystics, of all revolutionaries who forsook all material joys are immortal and most handsome. Death and decay have no claim over them.