Proverb Expansion THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD A pen helps the writer to record his thoughts on paper. Words represent the mental force. Words are capable of evoking or stirring up emotions. Emotions make people do anything. A sword can be wielded well only by those, who are physically fit. But words can flow from the pen of a very feeble man. If he is a good writer or an orator, he can use the words to their desired effect. Many great writers had inspired revolutions. Writings can evoke different emotions as love, hatred, sympathy etc. It is something that is to be regarded with awe and respect. Hence pen is considered to be a mightier device than the sword.
Proverb Expansion THESE GRAPES ARE SOUR This proverb has its origin from the fable, Fox and the Grapes. Once a fox tried to get a bunch of grapes beyond his reach. Even after several leaps he failed to get it. Then the fox went off saying that the grapes were so sour that he did not want it. Here, the fox made several efforts to get the grapes. But it failed. We can see a lot of examples around us in which people after failing to get what they desire, often term those things as worthless. Such scorn comes only after failure. Certainly that is a face saving exercise; this often makes the failure bitter and shameful.
Proverb Expansion WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY Everybody desires success, but few attain it. One of the reasons is that most people lacks in strength of will. A weak minded person is frightened away by the initial difficulties and gives up the attempt in despair. If however, a man faces the difficulties bravely, they will prove to be really not so serious as they seemed to be and he will be able to overcome them and succeed in the end. Firm determination will open before us several doors. So if one way should fail, we may take to another and continue it till the object is fulfilled. In fact, nothing is impossible to man and the main thing necessary for success in life is firmness of determination and strength of will.
Proverb Expansion THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM Birds go in search of worms early in the morning. But the earliest one gets the best and most of the worms. A bird that goes out late would not get even a single worm as other birds might have finished them off. Similarly, a person who is always late in doing his duties may not get the full benefit Postponing them to another day or some other time may rob us of our benefits. Everywhere, late comers are often dejected. Those who go first will be served first. Getting up early in the morning and starting our work is the best way to keep ahead of others. We should remember that there are others who start everything early and they quite naturally get the earliest benefits.
Proverb Expansion SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD Children usually have the tendency to do naughty things. At times naughtiness will turn out harmful. A child who grows up with the feeling that for anything he does he will go unpunished, may cause equal harm to himself and to others at a later stage. It is always better to punish children whenever they are found guilty. There are parents who refrain from punishing their children whenever they commit serious mischief’s, just because they love them. This approach only makes Jove all the more meaningless.
Proverb Expansion SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE We often see persons failing though he is intelligent and has abilities. We also sometimes see person of average abilities succeed. The difference lies in the different ways in which the two persons set about their work. The failure of the intelligent and able man is due to his want of steadiness and perseverance. Perhaps he does not exert himself as much as required. Or perhaps he takes up too much work at the same time, dividing his time and energy among several pursuits. The result is that he cannot do any work well. The successful man of average merit on the other hand takes up only one thing at a time and pursues it steadily with keen and undivided attention. It is this steadiness with undivided attention that brings him success. The well known story of the Hare and the Tortoise should teach us the necessary lesson.
Proverb Expansion STRIKE WHEN THE IRON IS HOT Iron is a very hard metal. If we strike it when hot we can bend or expand it according to the desired size and shape. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we should be prepared to make the most of it. The teenage is usually the time when a boy’s or girl’s character is being moulded. The youth is the time when one is full of vigour. For almost everything in life, there is a suitable time at which the most can be exploited out of it. So at an younger age children should be guided properly even with the use of a little force.
Proverb Expansion PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE Medicines will have to be administered to cure the patient. If we take proper precautions, many diseases can be avoided. Similarly, many disasters can be avoided if we are careful. For instance, if we get wet in rain, we may catch cold. This could have been avoided if we didn’t get wet in rain. Like diseases, life can pose many dangers which can be avoided if we are a little careful. So, not to land in trouble, we must be cautious before making a decision.
Proverb Expansion ONE LIE MAKES MANY People usually tell lies because they want to hide the truth. Telling the truth may be unfavourable in certain circumstances. This makes the liar tell more lies, because only lies can come out of lies. It is not a good policy to lie because as one is compelled to add a number of lies to the first lie, it is probable that he may slip in his lying somewhere and the cat will be out of the bag instantly. In most of the cases, even if a lair is able to convince others, the truth will come out in due course making the guilt more grave and unpardonable.
Proverb Expansion GREAT OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW Compared to the big oak tree the acorn is a very small seed. But the seed when matured grows into huge tree in course of time. If we study the history of many of the big business in the world, we can see that they all grew up from small and humble beginnings. The proverb has another meaning too, many of the richest men in the world had a humble beginning in life. With hard and sincere efforts, they earned the position and status.
Proverb Expansion GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELPS THEMSELVES God will help only those who are willing to help themselves. In other words, we should put in our own effort in all our activities in addition to our prayers. If we get into a dangerous situation and do nothing believing that God will miraculously get us out of it, we will be frustrated. In fact, miracles rarely happen. Once a man believed that “God will help him in times of trouble got drowned”. While drowning he found a branch of a tree on the bank and a log floating nearby. He could have caught hold of it and kept himself afloat. But he did not do so. Later, a man with a boat came to him and asked him to get into the boat. But the drowning man refused the offer saying that God would help him. He dead and was taken to heaven. When his soul met God in heaven he complained to God that inspite of being a firm believer God did not help him. God smiled and asked the man, “Who said I didn’t help you? I tried to help you thrice by offering you the branch, the log and the boat. But you refused it all.... read more
Proverb Expansion FORBIDDEN FRUIT IS THE SWEETEST Forbidden things arouse curiosity. If somebody forbids us to do something, our curiosity will increase. We will wonder why we are forbidden to do it. Everyone knows that drugs are harmful. One may get addicted if he tries it. But knowing all this, adventurous youngsters try them at the risk of getting addicted. If a child is forbidden to go and look down from the edge of a high rise building, he will try to look down from the cliff at the first chance he gets. He wants to see what is over the other side of the cliff. This proverb is taken from the story in I the Bible which narrates the incident when Adam and Eve ate the for-bidden fruit.
Proverb Expansion FINE FEATHERS MAKE FINE BIRDS We usually call a bird beautiful if its features are attractive. Some birds have highly coloured and attractive features. Parrots are beautiful with their greenish body and red beaks. Blue lark looks extremely beautiful with its blue feathers. Similarly, a person may be more impressive if he wears fine clothes. He may not be clever or impressive actually. But his clothes and appearance deceive us. At first sight, he creates an impression on us and this impression influences in our dealings with him also. If a person who has enough merit dresses himself smartly, he will be able to impress others much more easily than otherwise. This impression will last. Remember, smart appearance makes the best impression.
Proverb Expansion EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS IS NOBODY’S BUSINESS If a piece of work is entrusted to a single person, he will carry it out sincerely. But if it is given to a group of people, it will be found that the work is not completed properly. As many people are responsible for the work, nobody takes much interest in it. Even if they do it, they would not put in serious effort as the credit is to be shared among many. Besides, all of them will think that others might do the work. If all those who are responsible think so, no work will be done. It is natural for people to be lazy and shirk off responsibilities if given chance. A joint venture offers this chance. On the other hand, one will not be able to shirk off the work, if it is entrusted to him alone. It is clear that the success or failure of the enterprise depends solely on him. At the same time, if he fails he alone must take the blame. This makes the person to put in serious effort in his work.
Proverb Expansion EVERY HORSE THINKS ITS OWN PACK THE HEAVIEST Load carrying horses are concerned only with load it carries. It does not think about the load other horses carry. That is why it feels that it has got the heaviest load. Similarly, people also think that their sorrows are greater than others. Such people do not think or care about the work and sorrows of others. Instead of complaining over their sorrows and work, if they try to understand the position others are in, their own sorrows will lessen automatically and their work will seem lighter. On the contrary, if they complain over their work and sorrow, it will increase and such people will become all the more unhappy. If we are afflicted by some painful diseases, we should remember that thefe are other people who suffer from more dreadful diseases. Such thought will automatically reduce our pain.