Proverb Expansion AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP This is a proverb from the Bible. Man is responsible for the outcome of his actions. If the action is based on goodness the result is also good and if the action has been evil, the outcome also tends to be evil. Goodness is the child of good deeds and misfortune and calamities, the children of evil. If we do well and even if it doesn’t yield proper result all of a sudden, we can certainly expect absolute goodness out of it in future. This fact reminds us to check our actions, whenever they tend to be evil or harmful to others. In short goodness will always bear goodness in our life.
Proverb Expansion A DROWNING MAN WILL CATCH AT A STRAW A person is drowning, will desperately clutch even at a floating straw. The only thought that is in his mind is to catch at something that will save him. To him, it does not make any difference, between a log of wood and a straw. In a desperate situation, the person facing, will grab at any opportunity in the hope of solving it. To him, it does not matter if it is a small or a big chance. Just like the drowning man clutching a straw, the man facing a desperate situation will grab any opportunity irrespective of its worth. Desperation makes man frantic. A frantic person crosses all limits for solving his problem.
Proverb Expansion A BAD WORKMAN ALWAYS BLAMES HIS TOOLS People can generally be classified into two groups, those who have talents and those who have not. A really talented person succeeds in all the work assigned to him. He is confident of doing his work. He uses his tools in the right way, even if they are not excellent. At the same time, a person without talents even if given excellent tools, fails to achieve good results. His talents are limited. He finds lame excuses for his failure. He blames his tools for the bad work he has done. He does not want to admit that he is a bad workman. He deliberately forgets the fact that his talents are limited. Even if good opportunities are provided for the less talented person he fails to exploit the chances and succeed in life. But if the talented person is given the right opportunity, he makes use of it to the full and thereby achieves good results in life.
Proverb Expansion A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH A bird which one has got in the hand is always more valuable than two or three birds which await one in the bush. Birds in the bush can fly away. While the one in his hand cannot escape. So if the person let the bird in his hand free and try to catch those in the bush, they may also fly away leaving him a complete loser. It is always wise to utilize what-ever opportunity is at hand than look forward to some other opportunity that may come in future with more advantages. Those who are near to us and willing to help are more valuable friends than those who are away. So it is foolish to reject whatever help is at hand.
Proverb Expansion A BURNT CHILD DREADS THE FIRE Burns due to fire is very common. Mature persons are very careful in handling fire. Children do not realize that fire produces bums and recklessly play with it. They find it attractive until it bums them. Once they get burnt, they will be more careful. Once a mistake happens to us, we will try to avoid it again. In other words, we are like children, we learn from our mistakes. The memory of our mistakes will make us careful in the future. A wise man never repeats the same mistake twice. As the saying goes child is the father of man.
Proverb Expansion ALL IS FISH THAT COMES TO THE NET A wise man makes use of all opportunities that come to him. There is nothing that cannot be utilized in his strive for success. A fisherman makes money out of the fish that get into his net. There is nothing meager to him. Every opportunity that life offers is invaluable. On the face, they might look dull and without scope. Life on the whole is never worthless or useless. The only thing that prevents, it from yielding value is our own irresponsibility and laziness. In a way, all of us are very efficient to use easily the opportunities life gives us.
Proverb Expansion ALL LAY LOADS ON A WILLING HORSE Horses are often used for carrying heavy loads. Some show a flaming temper. But some others are very co-operative. In all fields of work, the co-operative and uncomplaining man is often chosen to do the hardest work while the lazy people run away from responsibility. It is a strange phenomenon that uncomplaining and helpful mentality is so indecently exploited beyond limits. Unfortunately most of such people are round to be reluctant to refuse flatly the disproportionate work and load allotted to them.
Proverb Expansion BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER Blood relationship is always found to be stronger and valuable than mere friendship formed through acquaintance. They have a strong bond of affection than all other relationships. Friends may be sincere and willing to help. But they have limits. Relatives like father, mother, brother and sister will stand with us risking even their lives. Even if friends are true and sincere, we cannot expect the greatest sacrifice from them. They give more importance to their own kith and kin. Even then true and sincere friendship should be regarded. The most unselfish service is often got from our kith and kin than from friendship formed through acquaintance.
Proverb Expansion BOOKS AND FRIENDS SHOULD BE FEW, BUT GOOD Friends are said to influence the character of a person. Similarly books too can affect the personality of an individual to a great extent. One is free to choose whatever he wants. There are good people and bad people. So one must take care to associate with good people if his character is to be refined. In a way, books also act as friends. If a person read a lot of books he will not be able to grasp anything worthwhile. In the case of friends also, if he tries to entertain a large number of friends he will not be able to form true and firm friendship with any of them. Too many books also might not help him to learn anything from them. Friends should also be chosen on the basis of character.
Proverb Expansion BURN NOT YOUR HOUSE TO FRIGHT THE MOUSE AWAY Mouse is a pest which infects houses and fields. Cats are also reared to get rid of mice. It is difficult to get rid of mice completely if they are many in number. If we try to bum down the house to get rid of the mice, we ourselves will be the losers. While it kills the mice, the fire will also destroy the house and our belongings. Likewise, it is unwise to beat great losses in order to avoid a small danger or difficult situation in our day to day life. In other words, it is foolish to go through great risks just for the sake of avoiding a minor one.
Proverb Expansion CLOTHES DO NOT MAKE THE MAN Some people are fond of wearing colourful clothes. It is not wise to judge a man by the domes he wears. There are crooks that dress well and cheat others. They create an impression on the public by wearing trendy clothes. They also speak sweetly and convincingly. Good and great men are usually plainly dressed. They have no need to impress others by the clothes they wear. Good qualities and talents always show through the clothes irrespective of whether they are good looking or not. Many of the great world renowned personalities were simple men who used to dress plainly. If a man who has no real ability to dresses smartly. His traits will be clearly revealed. So it is really the goodness and moral strength in a man that matter. His qualities are infact the best dress he can wears.
Proverb Expansion THE BEST FISH SWIM NEAR THE BOTTOM It is always easy to catch the fish that swim near the surface of the water. But the best always remains at the bottom and hence they cannot be caught easily. The pain taken to catch such fish is always worthwhile. Likewise, the rarest of gems are usually found at the bottom of oceans. People usually are too lazy or reluctant to take enough pains and thereby achieve good results in life. Even if they do not yield good results overnight, they certainly will pay up in the long run. History is full of such examples which emphasize the fact that real success can only be achieved by putting in hard and sincere effort. A man must be prepared to work hard to get the real fruits of life.
Proverb Expansion BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER Birds of the same kind are often seen to flock and fly together. Some migratory birds fly in flocks. This is because a bird can be comfortable only in a group of its land. This is the case with human beings also. Those with similar tastes and interests often form groups and associate with one another. In order to form a lasting friendship, people must have tastes and outlooks which they share in common. A person’s character can be assessed by the company he keeps. If he get associated in a circle of refined men, his capacity is also likely to be enhanced.
Proverb Expansion BETTER TO GET AN EGG TODAY THAN A HEN TOMORROW An opportunity that we get today may not be available tomorrow. If we set aside the chances at hand hoping to get bigger chances, we are liable to be getting rejected. So it is always wise to accept and utilize whatever is at hand than being over ambitious hoping to get bigger things tomorrow. Today is what counts, tomorrow may never come. If one is offered an egg with promises to give a hen later he should accept the egg instead of rejecting it in the hope of getting a hen later which is more valuable. It he rejects the egg and wait for the hen, the promised hen may not be available tomorrow. Thus he will lose both the egg and the hen.
Proverb Expansion BARKING DOGS SELDOM BITE Dogs are expected to bark and bite. They guard our homes from intruders. Whenever they see a stranger, they bark. There are dogs that bark too much. It is a fact that such dogs rarely bite. They only try to frighten people away by their loud bark. On the contrary, there are dogs that do not bark too much. Around us we find people who talk too much without meaning anything serious. They utter big threats, but are not capable of putting them into practice. Instead, people who remain quiet are to be watched. They believe more in practice than in mere talk. If they mean to do something, they would not waste time on unnecessary threats. They speak after they put into practice whatever they mean.