English Proverbs-APPEARANCES ARE DECEPTIVE

English_Master February 14, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion APPEARANCES ARE DECEPTIVE Bright things are attractive and sometimes remove the drudgery of life. But some bright things may just beguile us. A pair of bright blue eyes may make thousands of people mad. They belong to none of them. They just pine for them. The beautiful silvery clouds trailing in the sky may have lightening in their womb. It may bring the onlookers to their doom. A Merlin or a Sanjeev Kumar may break the hearts of young boys and girls in their teens on the silver screen. Wash their faces off you find a middle aged woman or man with dimples or wrinkles. They may look your mother or father rather than a figure to fancy. The sweet tongued salesman deceives a number of gullible ladies and gentlemen all the day. A sycophant is the sweetest man for a rich man or an inexperienced statesman. A coterie of such men creates a bright ring round the politician. When do they give him a fatal stroke only time can tell? They may bathe him with sweet showers of praise but may betray him at the moment of trial. Their golden tongue may bite him. The modern politicians are mostly young smiling personalities when they are at...
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English Proverbs-WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

English_Master January 30, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY ‘Great things are done when men and mountains meet’ said William Blake. One has to ascend the highest range of determination to achieve an aim. An effort done halfheartedly seldom fructifies. History of mankind shows that man, a descendent of ape, has changed the shape of the world. The difference between the Stone Age and the Modem Era signifies the will and determination of man to proceed on. Nothing is impossible in the world if we have a will to do it. According to Napoleon ‘Impossible is found in fool’s dictionary ‘. Man may have a bent towards evil or virtue. His will can work both ways. Evil politicians and scientists have fought furious wars with sophisticated weapons produced by them. They almost ravaged the world more than once. On the other hand benevolent people have asserted their will to make the world a better place to live. With their determination they evolved ways and means to save man from diseases. They reduced the distance on the Earth to create a sense of brotherhood. They provided man with means of communication to link the whole World within seconds. If man’s will produced atom bomb it could also find...
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English Proverbs-VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

English_Master January 30, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE The man who tells the same thing every day is considered a big bore by his companions. Spices add to the taste of food, so does variety in life. Young boys and girls get tired of dresses that they wear for a long time. They feel themselves conservative, the word that they hate the most. They want a change in the colour, design and style of clothes. The young girls and boys of china got bored with the khaki colour of their dress. They revolted and were allowed to wear multicoloured clothes. Youth came back to the city of Beijing. Visit a children’s park in the evening. You find small children in hundreds of shades. They wear multicoloured dresses. This variety fills our hearts with joy and pleasure. Enter a roadside restaurant. You get only a few dishes-idly, dosha, sambar the things that you take every day at home. You like to have some North Indian or Bengali dishes. The big restaurant at the street corner suits you the most for it serves you dozens of dishes. Don’t get bored. Have variety. We are tempted to see pictures. It is not because we like the idea they project. It is the variety of scenes that we...
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English Proverbs-PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT

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Proverb Expansion PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT Mere knowledge of a thing may not be useful. One has to practice it to have control over it. Perfection ‘can’ be achieved only through practice. We can see it in our studies every day. We may know a rule in Accountancy. But we can’t have perfection in the subject till we practice similar examples again and again. A mathematician may solve intricate problems. But he would take time in calculating the price of vegetables that he purchases. The green grocer who is an illiterate person would tell it immediately. He practices it the whole day for years together. An automobile mechanic is generally uneducated. But he 1 earns his art through practice alone. Even an automobile Engineer is so match for a perfect mechanic. The person working on computer software, the typist, the steno-typist, the cook, the painter, and the artist all gain perfection through practice. Our teachers perfect the art of teaching as they have been practicing it for many years. Practice is a natural phenomenon. The child learns a number of things through practice. It starts from letters, small words and within a year or two speaks fluently. But it practices strenuously. Very close to the child is the singer...
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English Proverbs- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

English_Master January 30, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion  KNOWLEDGE IS POWER There is a saying Sanskrit that a king is respected only in his kingdom. But a scholar is respected everywhere. In ancient times the saints, Rishis and Acharyas were not only respected by kings they also guided the kings in their administration. The Minister of a Kshatriya king was generally a Brahman who was well versed in all branches of knowledge—even warfare. Knowledge keeps man in a balanced state. In the absence of perfect knowledge even the strongest people may lose. The Kauravas were guided by Shakuni while Pandavas took Krishna as their mentor. Both were warriors. The result was Mahabharata — the first devastating war in the world. Man is the only homosapien in the world. Only he can use his brain. Other animals can use only their physical strength. They cannot acquire knowledge. With his acquired knowledge man controls the most ferocious creatures like lions, elephants, snakes and whales. It is only he who knows the secrets of nature and uses the forces of nature. The physically strong animals are at the mercy of nature. Among men too it is the scholar who runs the race of humanity not the illiterate. An illiterate person is close to animals and wants to solve...
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English Proverbs-HANDSOME IS THAT HANDSOME DOES OR A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER

English_Master January 30, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion HANDSOME IS THAT HANDSOME DOES OR A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER When Keats wrote the immortal line ‘A Thing of beauty is a joy for ever’ he was himself a burgeoning flower. He had his own poetic fancies far from the realities of the world. Youth has its own conception. A young man has his own world. He enjoys the maiden beauty. Like Byron he thinks of a beautiful girl. She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; He is guided by his physical senses. Like Thomas Bailey he is enamoured by the idea ‘What is love never dies’. He runs after lovely things, beautiful girls, handsome persons. That is the reality for him, howsoever short lived it may be. It enchants him. But all physical things perish. The eyes that look at handsome things and persons grow feeble and cave in. So does the physical beauty. Keats too sees a fading rose on the cheeks of the handsome knight. All Bordes and Helens meet the same fate. Nature does not spare anyone. If she gives beauty she snatches it too. The rosy cheeks are a cluster of wrinkles as the youth passes. At one stage Keats too became...
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English Proverbs -THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

English_Master January 18, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD There is a saying in Sanskrit that a king rules only his own kingdom while a scholar has a sway over the whole world. Of course since the beginning of the world the principle of might is right has been followed. The physically superior eliminates the weak. According to thinkers like Darwin only the strong have the right to live. Many kings and even religious sects have expanded their empires and spread their religions with the help of sword. Even today the nations having latest arms and ammunitions and nuclear bombs have the veto power in the UNO. The human race, the common man, anywhere in the world has no respect – no regard for these ferocious animals in the shape of human beings. The control of the mighty kings and dictators evaporates as soon as they are in their grave. With the development of culture and civilization it is the scholar, the writer, the poet who rules over the heart and mind of the common man. It is easy to have control through armed forces. But it is a temporary aspect. In the long life of a nation or the world it is just a minor storm that rises...
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English Proverbs – THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD OR MOTHER — THE FIRST AND THE BEST TEACHER

English_Master January 18, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD OR MOTHER — THE FIRST AND THE BEST TEACHER There is a saying in Sanskrit that ‘Janani Janmabhumishcha Swargadapi Gariyasi.’ It just means that mother and the motherland are more important even than heaven. It is the mother who sees the first smile on the lips of the baby and dreams of making it a permanent one. She rears the child according to her plan. She is not only mother but the first teacher of the child. She creates permanent impressions upon the heart and mind of the child. These go to make the whole personality of the young one. Mother has the greatest affection for the child. No one can love the child as much as the mother does. It is the affectionate lullaby that starts the impressions on the child. The father or the teachers in the school enter his life at a later stage. Even then it is the mother who sees to it whether the child has done his work. She supplements what is taught at the school. She is rather omnipotent and omnipresent for the child. That is why a Jewish saint used to say ‘God could not be everywhere and therefore he...
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English Proverbs -SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

English_Master January 18, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE  The old fable wherein the tortoise won the race even when it could not run like the hare has grown rather stale yet the truth it depicts remains. Some people are full of enthusiasm at a particular moment. Their actions are full of vigour and speed. Still they do not achieve their goal as they do not remain constant in their efforts. As soon as their sudden enthusiasm cools down they sleep—slumber like the hare. Howsoever intelligent a student may be, he does not shine if his efforts and studies do not take the shape of an ever flowing stream. Many a time a normal chap beats his friends by pursuing his studies constantly and consistently. It may be slow but not jerky. Life is like a marathon race. The journey is long and the competitions are numerous. The participant who gains speed since the very beginning gets tired soon and breathes heavily. His effort to gain speed again fails. A person, who starts with a normal speed, remains constant and gains momentum gradually crosses the line like a storm. One has to face many problems when he starts a business. It takes time to have contacts and to maintain them....
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English Proverbs – SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD

English_Master January 18, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD Milton was sad that he could not serve his creator for he had gone blind. But he consoled himself by saying ‘they also serve who stand and wait’. It was a poor consolation. His real solace lay in the fact that billions and billions of people do His purpose in the world. The purpose of God is to create and sustain. Thus those who sustain human beings, those who are in the service of man are really in the service of God. Many great men laid their lives to serve man. They actually served God. Abraham Lincoln served the cause of Negroes He abolished slavery and made them free. It was a divine task. Jesus laid his life in the service of man, so did Buddha. The Jain Tirthankars died serving the poor in Bihar. St. Joan of Arc served the people of her nation and was burnt at the stake. The great revolutionaries like De Valera, Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad served men in Ireland and India. They were the real persons who served God. God actually loves those who love his creation. About Ben Adhem did not enlist his name in the list of those who love God for he had no time...
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English Proverbs -ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY

English_Master January 18, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY A great achievement requires persistent efforts and planning, European civilization is indebted to Roman Civilization and culture, developed in the ancient city of Rome. Rome, in the past, was considered an archaeological wonder. But it did not reach its zenith in a day. The Roman Empire started its sway in the 8th century B.C. It took hundreds of years for Rome to reach its glamour. It had the backing of the Augustan Kings who brought a fancy to reality. Since then the phrase has gained a practical significance. The fairy tales take a child to a land of fancy and wonder. When he grows he is in his own land of fancy. He thinks of a career. He is in his own wonder-land. But his wonder-land cannot be procured through Aladdin’s lamp or a magic wand. He has to make efforts to change his fancy into reality. It requires perseverance and constant hard work. Even a writer or a poet who is surrounded with his imaginations cannot make his castles on fancy alone. He has a store of knowledge all around him. He too has to study and work hard to build his poetic caves. A society, a culture, a...
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English Proverbs – ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS

English_Master January 17, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion  ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS Moss, that green plant sticks to stones and covers still water in damp climate. It may not be a useful thing. But it sticks and symbolizes addition to anything that does not shift from place to place. A stone that moves has no moss. A man who changes his stand and plans every now and then does not gain any useful position, does not earn and does not establish a social status. Shifting sands move here and there with even a small gush of wind. A man who lacks determination does not stick to anything. He loiters in the world aimlessly. By the time he is at home in one situation he is dissatisfied with conditions around him. With a sudden gush of passion he moves from the place or profession. In the new situation he is a new comer. It takes time to establish oneself. A student, who aims at a job or profession after his education and makes sincere efforts to get it, secures it. But another who moves from profession to profession or job to job is nowhere. An M.B.B.S. has to decide his later career and has to stick to it. But if one day he starts a clinic, the...
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English Proverbs -PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

English_Master January 17, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is an old saying. Most of our diseases are because of malnutrition. A very large number of people, now a day, suffer from cardiac trouble. It generally originates from high blood pressure. It is not an infectious disease that we catch from others, nor is it a viral disease. The cause is that we do not take care of our body. We take spicy rich food and do not do any physical work. All the butter that we consume is deposited in arteries. The circulation of blood is affected as the passage becomes narrow. Poor heart has to work more. It may succumb to pressure one day. One should rather take precaution to avoid very rich diet. It would prevent heart trouble. Fried food created problems for the intestines, liver and kidneys. When these parts are affected we spend a lot on medicines. Sometimes these medicines have side effects. Then we take other medicines to cure our side effects. This vicious circle continues throughout our life. If we stop taking chilies, too much spices, fried dishes and those things that we cannot digest, the system would remain intact. We would not require any medicines, Throat cancer is a result of too...
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English Proverbs – NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

English_Master January 17, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion  NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION ‘Mater artium necessitas’ goes the Latin proverb i.e. Necessity is the mother of invention. But St. Augustine went a step further when he said ‘Necessitas non habet legem’ i.e. necessity knows no law. It just means that when a scientist feels that the human beings require a certain facility he tries to invent means to satisfy human need. He bypasses the existing social laws and conventions. Since the beginning of the world man has been inventing things for his safety, need, comfort and even for luxury. Fire was most probably his first invention. It brought him safety beasts, provided him relief from cold and later on cooked his food. Inventions have a long history of human efforts to satisfy his needs. When skins did not suffice as clothes he reared sheep and prepared clothes from wool. He wanted cooler clothes, cotton was evolved. Looking to the scarcity of meat man developed food grains from the seeds available in nature. But man doesn’t live for food cloth and house. He has an ambitious nature. He has human feelings for those who suffer. He wants to crush those who oppose him. These two special cravings of man are responsible for the noblest products and the most devastating things....
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English Proverbs – AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP

English_Master January 17, 2016 No Comments
Proverb Expansion AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP According to the natural laws every action has equal and opposite reaction. If we plant a sapling of rose or mango we shall have rose and mango.  But if we plant cactus we shall have the thorny cactus. It is equally true in the life of an individual or a nation. If a student studies hard in his early life he builds a good career for himself in his youth. Those who neglect studies are not able to secure good jobs. Some turn mafias too and risk their lives. In the society there is a general notion that we cannot make progress without corrupt practices. Parents, teachers, professionals, bureaucrats, political leaders all practice immoral ways of life. They place the example of corrupt life before the young ones. It is strange that they expect their children ideal young men and women. They forget that they have sown the seeds of an immoral society. They will have, and they have a corrupt society in which idealism has been discarded. The national life is also affected by our actions. In 1946-47 we accepted the partition of the country on communal basis. The seeds of communal disharmony were sown. Millions of people were...
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