Proverb Expansion WHAT CANNOT BE CURED MUST BE ENDURED We face many obstacles and problems in our lives. We have succeeded in finding solutions to some of them by our effort. But even if we try hard, we are not able to solve some problems or difficulties in our lives. The only thing left before us is to endure them or suffer them. We should accept the reality and try to lead a contented life. If a person’s disease cannot be cured, he has to endure it. There is no other way left. What cannot be cured or solved must be tolerated and endured. Everyone has problems to face. We should try our best to overcome them. If we cannot, in spite of our best efforts, we have to endure them. Many people give up hope in life when such a situation comes. This will only make life miserable. We should try to adapt ourselves to the reality. The example set by the great men and women of the world, cheerfully enduring their disabilities, are an eye-opener in this connection. Beethoven, one of the greatest musicians and composers of the world, became deaf at a very early age. He tried his best to find a remedy for it. When... read more
Proverb Expansion WELL BEGUN IS HALF DONE Beginnings are always difficult and so a good beginning is very important. It is a fact that when we start any task in a good manner, it reaches its heights successfully. A good start in anything is important for its successful completion. A bad beginning will have an adverse effect on the progress of the work. It may cause delay in the execution of the work. Sometimes, we may have to undo what we have done till then. This causes waste of time, money and energy. We have to make the best use of time and energy. A good and smooth start will surely lead to the progress of the work. We should also try to avoid any mistakes that might occur. The progress and completion of a project depend on a good start. If a person begins his business after taking sufficient preparations, half of his task is done. But if a person opens a shop in a hurry and without sufficient capital and preparation, he will not succeed. The customers who visit the shop do not get enough selections and as a result, the shop will have a bad name from the beginning. It is very important to make a... read more
Proverb Expansion WE LIVE IN DEEDS, NOT IN YEARS This proverb means that the worth or value of our life depends not upon the years we live, but upon the good or useful deeds we do in this world. Most people usually pray for a long life. But it is not life that matters, but living. A brief life made glorious by virtuous deeds is far better than a long life of no use to others. Ever since the inception of the world, how many people have been born, lived and died, nobody can even guess. But even in such an overcrowded world, some people have made history. It is also worth noting that these great men who have left their footprints on the stands of time did not live long. Within their short span of time, they left an indelible impression on the world through their good deeds. Christ died at the age of 33. Shankaracharya and Alexander the Great also died at about 33 years. Shelley, Keats, Bhagath Singh, Swami Vivekananda – all these great men had only short lives. But who can ever forget their glorious achievements in their chosen fields? These men have become immortal through their good deeds. The survival of our name and... read more
Proverb Expansion WASTE NOT, WANT NOT Nature has provided everything that man needs for his existence. He is to use them carefully and prudently. If he wastes the gifts of nature, he and the future generations will suffer. There are many renewable and non-renewable resources in nature. Resources like coal, petroleum and minerals are non-renewable. Man has to use them prudently and scientifically. Unwise use of resources may reduce the living standard of the future generations. If the present available resources are used prudently, the future generations will not have to search for new sources of energy. In the same way, we should be careful in spending our money and using our resources. If we spend our money carefully, we will not have shortage of it. We will be then able to get all the necessities of life. Those who do not waste will not be in want. We see around us so many persons who were very rich once, but are now poor and miserable. They have reached such a stage through their extravagance. They spent more money than was needed. In other words, they wasted their money without thinking of the consequences. Time, health, money and opportunities are not to be wasted. If they are wasted, we... read more
Proverb Expansion VIRTUE IS ITS OWN REWARD Man is by nature selfish. The selfishness in him prompts him to do evil deeds. But goodness is also present in man. Life is a mixture of good and evil. Virtue means goodness. A virtuous person is essentially good. His mind is free from selfishness and he does not harm others. Instead, he helps people through his food words and deeds. He is a man of principles. The essential quality of a virtuous person is that he does not expect any reward for his good deeds. The reward that he gets is the satisfaction of having done a good thing. Anyone who expects a reward for his virtuous deed is not essentially virtuous. A person who resorts to foul methods to attain something may not succeed. But a virtuous person’s good deeds will lead him to success. A virtuous person may face some difficulties initially. But he will not give up because he is fully aware that virtue triumphs in the end. Even if dishonest people try to defeat him he will win in the end. The satisfaction that he gets then cannot be equaled by the achievement of something gained by unjust means. A virtuous person always enjoys peace of mind... read more
Proverb Expansion VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE The proverb stresses the need to introduce changes in life to make life more meaningful and enjoyable. Spices are of different flavours and they add to the taste of the food. Different flavours are used for different dishes. If the same spices are used for different dishes, the taste is lost. The variety of spices makes food more palatable. Thus, eating becomes a pleasure. As spices are to food, so is variety to life. The repetition of the same routine makes life dull and monotonous. But variety of things and ideas brings fun and joy in life. Coarse, unbleached cloth is enough to make dress for a man. But there are superfine, bleached cloths also. The wearing of dresses made of such cloths makes us more elegant and acceptable. Variety is needed in every sphere of life. If the same food is served every day, eating becomes unpleasant. If the same routine is followed in a family, life becomes monotonous and less enjoyable. Picnic, shopping, watching good films and engaging in good hobbies provide variety to life. Monotony kills the pleasure of life. But variety of scenes, people, places, food, clothing, art and entertainment can make living a pleasure. Change brings... read more
Proverb Expansion UNION IS STRENGTH The proverb means that there is strength in unity. If we remain united, we will be able to resist the attack of our enemies and overcome our difficulties successfully. If we quarrel among ourselves, our opponents will easily conquer us. Through the story of “The Bundle of Sticks”, the old man was able to teach his quarreling sons that they should stand united if they wished to prosper. We can break a single stick easily. But we cannot break a bundle of sticks. Each stick of the bundle contributes its little strength to the whole, and all the sticks together achieve much strength. A divided family is doomed. A divided country is ruined. If there is unity among the members of a family or a nation, it cannot make any progress. Disunited, their progress is bound to retard; they are doomed to failure and ultimately they would perish. But, a united action will bring them success and honour. There are many instances in history where families and nations have been ruined on the rocks of disunity, but have progressed by united action. India was conquered and ruled by the foreigners because there was disunity. Similarly, in the past workers were exploited by their employers... read more
Proverb Expansion TWO IS COMPANY, THREE IS CROWD Everybody likes friends and friendship. It is always good to have the company of a good friend. A single person always feels lonely. He wants someone to love and to be loved. He wants to share his joys and sorrows with someone. He wants help and encouragement. Only a friend can fulfill all these needs. So he is constantly on the lookout for a company. Two persons make the ideal company. They supplement each other. The qualities of true friendship, namely, mutual understanding, good-will and fellow-feeling, exist among them. They share their sorrows and joys. They try to strengthen and inspire each other. But when a third person enters the company, the balance of friendship is disturbed. The dependence of the two on each other is lost. Each one may try to cultivate friendship with the new comer. A sort of inner fight grows among them. When the number of friends increases, the company turns into a crowd. It may then become difficult to take a decision which is acceptable to all. The larger the number of persons in a company, the more unmanageable it becomes. True friendship cannot exist in a crowd. So, it is said that two is company,... read more
Proverb Expansion TRY, TRY, TRY, AGAIN Success does not come in the first attempt. We have to try and try until we succeed. No one has an unbroken series of successes. On the other hand, everyone has faced several failures. It is only through failures that we can succeed, and we have to try again without giving up hope. Failure is not uncommon. We should not get disappointed when we meet with failure. Every failure will have something to teach us also. Those who are aware of these facts, and act accordingly will realize that failures are the stepping stones to success. It is foolish to give up effort and weep when we fail in our attempt. Instead, we must try again. The lessons we learn from our failures will help us to do better or even succeed in later attempts. None of man’s creations has been made at the first attempt. Inventors, explorers, artists, writers and scientists did not become great through their first attempts in their respective fields. Even today, man is trying to learn more about nature, space and the universe. We hear only the story of man’s achievements in various fields. We do not know about the failures he met with, we learn that he... read more
Proverb Expansion TRUTH IS OFTEN UNPLEASANT It is hard for people to accept truth. Truth is better. It is often unpleasant to speak out the truth. For example, a person does something wrong and it happens to be harmful to the society. But he does not like to be told the truth that his action is wrong. He will not accept the truth. Instead, he will try to justify his action. This is the case with all people. Sometimes, the decision of the government on certain issue may be wrong. Even if it is pointed out by the press, the leader of the government may not be ready to accept the truth. He may try to find out silly excuses to justify the decision. If someone praises us, we feel very happy. But if someone points out our mistakes, we feel annoyed. The criticism raised about us may be correct and we too know that is just. But we consider the man who criticised us as our enemy. Truth is often unpleasant. But we should learn to accept truth. Truth cannot be hidden for long. So the best thing is to accept the truth even is it is unpleasant.
Proverb Expansion THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE This is a statement with reason and logic behind it. There cannot be any smoke without some fire. Similarly, there must be some cause for an action ground for a reaction and also for its effect and outcome. The outcome follows as a result of the occurrence of the cause. It can be seen in all aspects of life. All quarrels and disputes originate from some cause on the part of someone and then that cause leads to some consequences, good or bad. The great revolutions of the world occurred owing to some specific causes. The root causes of the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution were inequality and poverty. Communism and socialism emerged in history because of the exploitation of the labourers by the capitalists. This is true in science also when it asserts that every action has some reaction or that every cause has some effect. It is also true in law when it prescribes that for every crime thee must be some motive behind it. It is equally true in history because every epoch is regarded as a reaction to the past age. Hence, the statement is logical and apt.
Proverb Expansion SPEECH IS SILVER BUT SILENCE IS GOLDEN Oratory is an art. A person with an oratorical skill can attract people to his side. He can even reach positions in life using his skill. It is a pleasure to listen people speaking well on good things. A person having mastery of a particular subject or topic can impress his listeners with his oratorical skill. People manage to achieve a lot by speaking cleverly. But great care is to be taken while speak. We should speak only when it is necessary. When we speak, the words we choose must suit the occasion. We should speak to the point, leaving unnecessary details. Unwise words and hasty utterances do a lot of harm. When it is not necessary to speak, we should remain silent. This is the sign of wise man. He talks only when it is needed. He doesn’t blab. That is why it is said that silence is golden. When a wise man speaks, he chooses and uses the apt words. He limits his speech to the minimum. He knows when to speak and when not to. He cannot be assessed by his listeners because he does not speak out everything that is in his mind. A wise man... read more
Proverb Expansion SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE This is a well-known proverb which stresses the importance of perseverance. We can achieve great things only by perseverance. The man who is in a hurry is likely to commit mistakes and is likely to fail. If we wish to succeed, we should work calmly and patiently. In a long race, it is the man who runs with single-minded attention that wins. The man who runs in a hurry is likely to get tired soon and may not win the race. This is clearly illustrated by the famous fable of the victory. He was confident of reaching the goal and even despised the tortoise for moving slowly. He slept under a tree for some time. The slow but steady tortoise continued his race and reached the finishing point much before the hare. The tortoise won the race because he worked steadily and patiently. The fable teaches us that steady hard work will help us to win even the impossible. There are certain things in our lives which we may think are very difficult to achieve. But if we work slowly and steadily with a firm determination, certainly we will be able to win them sooner or later. Similarly, the student who... read more
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