English Proverbs – WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

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  WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

This proverb assures us that, if we are really determined to do a thing, we shall find a way to do it, however difficult it may be. If we are armed with a burning ambition and an inflexible determination, we shall surely be able to sweep aside every obstacle in our path. Nothing can defeat a fierce will, which may be compared to a mountain torrent that sweeps out of its way stones and rocks and trees.  All those who achieve great things in life are those who possess irresistible will power. The word “impossible” is not in their dictionary.  In short, it is will power that brings success, and it is lack of will – power that causes failure. So if we wish to achieve success in life, we should develop irresistible will-power. To some extent, will – power is a congenital gift, but through constant effort we can train ourselves to act with self – confidence and determination in the pursuit of our objectives, and thereby win success.

 

English Proverbs – TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH

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TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH

The literal meaning of the proverb is that when many cooks are appointed to prepare the soup, they will spoil it instead of making it delicious. Each of them will have his own tastes and preferences and will use them to make the soup. Often, they disagree with one another in the method of making the broth. Every cook will cook the same soup according to his own interest and skill. As a result, they will spoil the soup. Te same thing applies to most other enterprises. When a person wants to start a project or a business it should be planned according to one main brain. He can do it efficiently because he alone will be responsible for that task. If many persons do the same project, they all use different ideas of their own and the project will be a failure. Nobody will be ready to take up the responsibility for the failure of the project. So, certain things should be done independently by a person and with responsibility. He will be able to do it efficiently and his task will be a success. If too many people are there to do a thing at the same time, the result will not be much desirable. So it is said that too many cools spoil the broth.

English Proverbs -TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO FORGIVE DIVINE

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TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO FORGIVE DIVINE

Man is by nature weak and imperfect. He is imperfect because he is human. He is moulded in such a way that he is imperfect. To commit mistake is normal with man. Though Adam and Eve had all the pleasures of the Garden of Eden, they were tempted to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree and they ate it. This is the innate nature of a man. Often, he is too weak to resist temptation. This weakness makes him do wrong ad evil things. The history of the world is full of the record of the errors committed by man and how his wrong decisions and judgments led to many calamities. So it is natural for man to make mistakes. But it is divine to forgive. Divine quality lies in forgiveness. When someone harms us, it is natural that we want to take revenge upon him. When we take revenge upon him, we are in a way doing more harm to him. If we forgive him, we defeat the evil in him this will be an eye-opener for the wrong-doer ad e will never try to harm others later. Our act of forgiveness purifies his heart and he can never go wrong. So it is said that it is divine to forgive.

English Proverbs – TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN

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TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN

The proverb means that time once lost is lost forever. When we get a good opportunity, we must make the maximum use of it. If we cannot make use of it, it is lost forever. Time and tide has its own course. It does not wait for anyone. When the proper time for taking some action comes, we must act immediately. Once we miss it, we may never come across such an opportune moment. There is no meaning in regretting over the loss. We must not miss the tide when it is favourable. If we miss the tide, we may have to wait for a long time and that may put us to much inconvenience. Thus the proverb stresses the need to do our duty in time if a student wastes his time at school; he is missing the golden opportunity of a sound education. Only when he grows up, he would realize the loss. A farmer dries the hay when the sun shines. If he does it in rain, the hay will decay. A blacksmith strikes the iron rod and gives it the shape when it is hot. Once the rod gets cold, he cannot give it the required shape. In conclusion, it can be said that it is not wise on our part to delay an action. When we are presented with an opportunity, we must decide quickly and act promptly. Moreover, regretting a lost opportunity will not do us any good.

English Proverbs – THE TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT

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THE TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT

The literal meaning of the proverb is that when we taste any fruit, we come to know the basic nature of the tree. We can form an opinion about the tree merely after tasting its fruit. Similarly, a person is judges by the way he behaves. The external appearance of a person needn’t be taken into account to judge him. Actions and behavior give the actual image of a man. Actions and habits reflect the character of a man. The inward character of a person can be judged by his actions and manners. Good actions come only from a good person. One can expect only bad actions from a bad person. The kind deeds of a person show his sympathetic nature harsh actions shoe cruel nature, lively actions shows happy nature and sad mood shows cruel pessimistic nature. It is also true that we can judge a family by the behaviour of the children. Good or bad manners of the children whether the family is cultured or not. Schools and colleges can be judged by the caliber of the students whether they are disciplined or undisciplined. In the same manner, a country’s attitude towards other countries can be perceived from the behaviour of the people of that country, whether they are civilized or uncivilized, friendly or unfriendly. So it is said that the tree is known by its fruit.