English Proverbs – EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY

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Proverb Expansion EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY Nobody can be permanently unlucky. One who is poor today may be rich tomorrow. It is wrong to think that a poor man will always remain poor. Similarly, a man who is rich today can lose all his fortune tomorrow. Fortune and misfortune are only two sides of life just as happiness and sorrow. If we remember this rule, we will not be too proud or boastful about ourselves. Nobody can be counted out just be­cause he is poor and helpless. Fate will help everyone sometime or other. There is no reason to get dejected at all. Good things are bound to come sometime or other. Meanwhile being disheartened does not help us to enjoy those good things. In short, we should be ambitious and proud of what we have without being greedy. At the same time, we should not get dejected with bad luck because it is bound to change sometime or other as every dog has his day.

English Proverbs -DISCONTENT IS THE FIRST STEP IN PROGRESS

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Proverb Expansion DISCONTENT IS THE FIRST STEP IN PROGRESS Greed is always undesirable. But to be ambitious is good. By ambi­tion, we mean that one should/riot be contented with the progress he has made in life. Man should always try for more and more progress. In the past, people used to walk long distances for their needs. Soon they found out that it took up much of their time and energy. So they tried to find out an alternative for walking. Thus wheeled carts were devised. When they were discontented with carts, they developed motor cars. Thus in every field of life true progress has been made by the sheer discontentment of some people in the things around them. This kind of healthy discontentment brings about more and more discoveries.

English Proverbs -DEATH IS THE GREAT LEVELER

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Proverb Expansion DEATH IS THE GREAT LEVELER Different kinds of people live among us. There are good as well as bad, happy and unhappy, rich and poor people. Once we are dead all must certainly refuses to dust. It comes to claim us all one day or the other. Death has no distinction. It could be called the great leveler, i.e. one that levels all distinctions. There is no way by which we can pre­vent or postpone death. All get defeated by death. All riches and fame that we amass in this world should be left here when we die. Remem­ber that death makes all of us equal. So treat our fellow beings as equals and be kind and loving towards them.

English Proverbs -CUT YOUR CLOTH ACCORDING TO YOUR COAT

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Proverb Expansion CUT YOUR CLOTH ACCORDING TO YOUR COAT If a coat is to be stitched properly, we should get the cloth cut in the required measurement. In short, we should cut the cloth in the proper way to make the coat. A big coat if we cut the pieces small, we won’t be able to make a coat of the right size. The pieces we cut can greatly affect the coat we want to make. We should balance our income and expenditure in the right way in order to make both ends meet. The expenditure should never exceed income. If the finances are not man-aged wisely we will be put into debts and difficulties. The proper bal­ancing of income and expenditure is actually wise economy.

English Proverbs -CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

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Proverb Expansion CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME People are often reluctant to help others. Helping others is a rare and good quality. Charity is the willingness to help others. There are people who help their nearest and dearest only. There are others who spend huge sums of money on charitable institutions but pay no atten­tion to their poor relatives. They want to impress others by donating large sums, but have no heart for those who really suffer. A truly chari­table person should help those who are actually in need. To posses such an unselfish loving heart, one should first learn to love his breth­ren. To cultivate charitable habits, start loving one’s kith and kin. Also do the maximum to those outside the family. Such a person can love and sympathize with all those who deserve it.

English Proverbs -CALL A SPADE A SPADE

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Proverb Expansion CALL A SPADE A SPADE Some people use long and round about expressions while speak­ing. This makes the audience confused If one is to express his ideas clearly, he should make his speech plain and simple. Such speeches attract listeners. The best speaker is he who puts his ideas in plain lan­guage. We should call a spade when we see one. Instead of that if we try to call it something else, our speech losses its honesty. Such speech is harmful in our dealings with others. It makes others think that we are cowards and dishonest. Good people always appreciate plain and straight forward speech. One who speaks such a way is always respected by others.

Proverb Expansion- A FAULT CONFESSED IS HALF REDRESSED

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Proverb Expansion  A FAULT CONFESSED IS HALF REDRESSED It is quite natural of human being to commit mistakes. There is nobody who has not committed any mistake. But once we know that we have done something wrong, we should be ready to admit it. Ad­mitting or confessing a fault means that we are prepared to correct it. Without being able to admit a fault, it is impossible to correct it. So, the first step in correcting a fault is to confess it. People respect and appre­ciate those who are willing to admit their faults. This fact makes the proverb; a fault confessed is half redressed true to a good extent.

Proverb Expansion- A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED

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Proverb Expansion A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED Money is an important thing in the world. It can buy many com­forts. It earns us respect. People respect the person who is wealthy and powerful, while nobody pays attention to a beggar. Money is safe in the hands of a wise man. He invests it in profitable ventures that will bring him more money. Once a wise man gets wealthy, he stays wealthy. But it is different with a fool. If a foolish man gets wealthy, somehow or other, he spends it without investing in anything profitable. This proves that money will not remain with him for long. Even if he doesn’t spend too much, he is found to make unwise investments which may make him lose his money.

English Proverbs – A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS

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Proverb Expansion A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS Moss gathers on a stone that is stationary but not on one that is always on the move. Similarly persons who are always changing from one occupation to another can never prosper. They simply waste their time and energy. They lose the power of serious application to any­thing. The result is failure in life. A person who sticks to one thing, inspite of initial difficulties, is sure to succeed in the end. He may fail once or twice or even repeatedly. But he continues the effort and prof­its by the experience gained. Success in one thing gives him greater confidence and enables him to win success in other things also. Of course, we must think wisely, before a piece of work is taken up. Once the choice is made we are to stick to it with patience, perseverance and firm determination.

English Proverbs -AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP

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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.

English Proverbs -A DROWNING MAN WILL CATCH AT A STRAW

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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.

English Proverbs – BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

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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.

English Proverbs – BOOKS AND FRIENDS SHOULD BE FEW, BUT GOOD

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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.

English Proverbs – BURN NOT YOUR HOUSE TO FRIGHT THE MOUSE AWAY

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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.

English Proverbs – CLOTHES DO NOT MAKE THE MAN

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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.