Proverb Expansion 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.
Proverb Expansion 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... read more
Proverb Expansion 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... read more
Proverb Expansion 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... read more
Proverb Expansion 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... read more
Proverb Expansion THE PEN IS MIGHTER THAN THE SWORD The pen helps us to record ad convey our ideas in black and white. The sword helps us to prove our might and to rule over the less mighty. In a wider sense, the pen represents intellectual or mental force whereas the sword stands for physical force; mental power is always superior to physical power. A warrior who wields a sword is destructive force, but an author who uses a pen is a constructive force. If we go through the pages of history, we come across many warriors and writers. We admire the military feats of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon. But their achievements do not evoke a positive response in us. They do not inspire us in a way like the works of great authors. On the other hand, the great heroes of the pen – Homer, Kalidasa, Shakespeare, Milton and Tagore who gave the world new enlightenment and renaissance through their pen are remembered with adoration and worship. Their writings continue to inspire and influence people even after their death. The world is what it is today because people wrote and spoke about what is good and what is evil and what is to be removed... read more
Proverb Expansion THE LOGEST WAY ROUND IS THE NEAREST WAY HOME The familiar and usual way to reach our home may be long. It may take some time for us to reach home by that way. Even if it is time-consuming, we may be able to reach home without any danger. At the same time, there may be short-cuts are full of hidden dangers. We may not be able to reach home as we expect by taking a short-cut. It may take more time and energy than the familiar longest way. It is natural for people to take short-cuts to get quick success. But short-cuts often land us in difficulties. It is better to follow the familiar and usual order of doing things than to adopt an unfamiliar method that seems to be easier, in order to save time and effort. A person who chooses a short-cut to a place may come across a ferry where the ferryman is on the other side of the river, or a level crossing where the gate remains closed. He may fall down on the unfamiliar muddy ground. In the meantime, the person who started with him and chose the longest way round might have reached the place. People often do things in... read more
Proverb Expansion THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD The meaning of the proverb is that the influence of a mother in a person’s life is great. The mother is the first and the best teacher. It is the mother who sees the first smile on the lips of her body and she dreams of making it a permanent one. The child is with the mother always. She feeds and takes care of her child. The child learns its first lesson from the mother. Most of the child’s moral training is given by the mother. She creates permanent impressions upon the mind of the child. The impressions made on the child in his early years are not easily forgotten and have a great deal to do with the fixing of his character. Naturally, it is the mother who has the greatest influence on the child. The influence of a person’s mother is the strongest and the most permanent in life. The mother influences the child even before its birth. All these contribute to the whole personality of a person. What children do in the world as men and women is largely determined by what their mothers did for them when they were small. Thus the mother indirectly... read more
Proverb Expansion THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM The statement advises us to act in time. Te bird that rises earlier than the other birds goes in search of prey and it gets as many worms as it requires. But the bird that arrives late may not get a single worm and may have to go hungry. Similarly, a person who is late in doing his duties may not get the desired results. When we postpone our duties or acts, we lose the opportunities of success. We should work hard, and in time. If we are lazy, we will not attain success. When we try to work hard at a later stage, it may be is of no use. So, we should be careful in life from the beginning. Life is full of competition. Those who come first will win. We should remember the fact that there are other people who start everything early and they naturally get the best and the earliest benefits. Those who delay in their actions are always the losers. This proverb is a good piece of advice to those who get late or do not act promptly.
Proverb Expansion THE CHILD IS THE FATHER OF THE MAN This statement is found in Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Rainbow’. It means that the child is superior to the adult because the child is nearer to God. The proverb can be explained from point of view. A person’s childhood is an indicator of his manhood. The childhood experience of a person is the measuring rod of what he would be when reaches manhood. A child is quick to learn things, good or bad. Whatever it learns, will remain with it even when it reaches adulthood. The period of childhood is the most impressionable in life of a man. The mental, moral and spiritual qualities present in a person were inculcated in him during his childhood. The childhood experiences shape the character of a person. Anything that the child learns or acquires in that period has a far –reaching consequence in his career. If a child is insulted for doing a thing, the feeling of the insulted will remain with him even when he reaches manhood. He will not do that same thing even if it is needed because of his childhood experience. Good things learned and done during childhood will help people to earn fame and name in future. Shivaji’s... read more
Proverb Expansion THE BEST FISH SWIMS NEAR THE BOTTOM It is easy to catch the fish that swims near the surface of a river, sea etc. The fish caught from the surface is of low quality and less value. But the best kind of fish swims near the bottom. It is difficult to catch it. But once he catches it, it may be of great value to him. The pain taken to catch such a fish is always worthwhile. Similarly, the most precious gems are found at the bottom of the oceans. But if a person manages to get one, he will get a good fortune. The pains taken to get such gems are amply rewarded. Getting something free or without trouble gives little mental satisfaction. But, if we get a good result from the true hard work, it will give us much mental satisfaction. We can feel proud of it too. In general, people are not ready to do hard work to achieve good results in life. They are reluctant to spend their time and energy on any endeavour. Most of them look out for shortcuts which require only less labour and effort. But they may not get a good result. Only true hard work will bring the... read more
Proverb Expansion SWEET ARE THE USES OF ADVERSITY Adversity means danger or misfortune. The proverb means that adversity has any many advantages. Some people get weakened when they face adversity. They will lose courage and self-confidence. They also curse God when misfortunes come to them. To them, adversity is a tragedy. This is not right attitude. Adversity has its own its benefits. The uses of adversity are sweet as well as useful and educative, as the individual concerned comes out to be more hardy and courageous. He battles against heavy old and wins smashing victories. We can learn good lessons from adversity. Adversity is good teacher. Rana Pratap Singh, Babar, Humayun, and Robert Bruce learned great lessons during the period of their adversity and become wiser and victorious. When misfortune comes to us, we should calmly try to understand similar misfortunes in future. Moreover, adversity urges us to overcome the difficulties of life with courage. Most of the great men of the world belonged to the lower strata of the society. But the lessons they learned during the struggle for existence or from their misfortunes helped them to attain high position in life. Adversity gives us the qualities of courage, patience, tolerance, and wisdom. So, it can be correctly... read more
Proverb Expansion IF YOU WOULD HAVE PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR An unarmed person or nation can be an easy prey to any enemy that is armed and ready to fight. In the present state of the world a nation cannot be safe if it relies for its safety solely on the honour and good will of other nation. One has only to remember how India, which instead of arming herself, had relied entirely on the friendliness and honour of China, was attacked and humiliated by that treacherous nation in 1962. So it is perfectly true that only a nation that is well armed and ready to resist and repel aggression can enjoy peace and security.
Proverb Expansion A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS A “rolling stone”, in this old proverb, represents a man who is always changing his occupations and pursuits, and never settles down steadily to any work. A stone that is constantly rolling cannot gather any moss. In the same way a fickle, unstable person, who does not work steadily and earnestly at some chosen job, cannot hope to achieve success in life.
A MORNING WALK The proverb “Early to bed and early to rise” is well-known and oft-repeated. It also reflects the wisdom and experience of life embodied in it. But only a few are there who are lucky to act according to this gem of a saying. Unfortunately, I am a late riser because I go to sleep quite late. I have a habit of doing my lessons and homework when all is quiet, and almost all are in their beds. In the afternoon or evening I cannot pursue my studies, and so, practice my hobby or enjoy listening music. Power-cuts, failures, breakdowns etc., are very common in Delhi. One day it was a long power breakdown, as a transformer had got burnt and destroyed. Our generator set was out of order. Therefore, that day I really went to bed with the lamb and woke up with the lark. It was an exceptional day for me. That morning I accompanied my father for a morning walk. He goes regularly for his morning walk in the very early hours of the day. It is his habit. There is a very spacious District Park near our locality. It was early morning and yet there were many people in the park. But there... read more