English Proverbs – NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

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Proverb Expansion The proverb means that the urgent need for anything leads us to achieve it by any means. When we do not need a thing, we are not bothered about it. But when we are extremely in need of it, we are forced to find the way of getting it. Man has invented several useful things. Behind every one of these inventions, we can find a necessity for it. In other words, the invention was born out of urgent necessity. So it is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Hundreds of illustrations of this could be given. Man’s necessity to fight with and kill animals made him make sharp-pointed stones. He invented clothes when there was a necessity to cover his body in winter. This then led to the invention of instruments for making clothes such as the spinning wheel and the weaver’s loom. Man also invented the art of building houses to protect him from bad weather. To cross rivers and lakes and seas, boats and ships were made. When the necessity of carrying things from one place to another arose, man invented the means of transport. In the early age of mankind, the necessity of communicating with one another led men to the invention...
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English Proverbs – MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

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Proverb Expansion Money is one of the most essential things that man requires. Most of his needs are fulfilled by means of money. Money is a great blessing if properly handled. We must never forget that money is only a means and not an end in itself. One who loves money tries to accumulate more and more of it. A person who has a lot of money goes after luxuries. This love develops into a sort of infatuation and one may do even the cruelest thing for getting money. Some people think that the be-all and the end-all of life are making money. Such people become so greedy that they will do anything to make money. The love of money prompts men even to kill their own friends, hate their own kith and kin and do a lot of nasty things. It is the desire for money that makes man commit thefts and even murders. The same desire is responsible for profiteering, black-marketing, gambling, speculation, cut-throat competition, and dishonesty of all kinds. Love of money will give little place to moral and spiritual values. When a person becomes too much money-minded, he loses his balance of devoid of sympathetic outlook towards his fellow beings. Hence money is the root...
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English Proverbs – MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES

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Proverb Expansion The proverb means that man is not the ultimate master of his destiny. In other words, man can carry out his plans only with the help and grace of God. We make plans for our future. Our well-laid plans may go wrong sometimes. It is because God has his plan for everyone. He knows what is good for us and gives it to us at the proper time. However hard we try whatever preparations we make and whatever precautions we take, God has to give his blessings to make the attempt success. Some proud and ambitious people are over-confident of their powers. They plan to do big things, but they can succeed only if God is disposed to help them. Man can propose to do things, but it is God who finally decides to favour him or not. Proud men forget God and think that they can do mighty deeds. But they can never succeed if god decides against them. Napoleon and Hitler are good examples in this connection. Napoleon wanted to conquer the whole Europe. So he attacked Russia without any reason but was defeated. That was the beginning of his downfall. The same fate befell Hitler too. God disposed against them and they were defeated....
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English Proverbs – MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

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Proverb Expansion All of us have work to do. There are several factors to be considered before we begin in a piece of work. The time we choose must be suited for the work. Farmers are very happy when the sun is shining brightly. If a farmer misses the chance by sitting idle, he may never again get the sunshine to dry his hay. If the sky is clear and the sun is shining, he must not postpone the business of making hay to the next day.  The metaphorical meaning of the proverb is that we should make use of a favourable opportunity as and when get it. An opportunity once lost it lost forever. We can save a lot of time and labour if we make use of opportunities when they arise. We know that whatever we achieve in life is achieved only through hard and steady work at the proper time. Chances do not wait for any one. Many students weep over their lost chances at the time of the examination, after having idled away their precious time.  A shrewd businessman tries to sell the maximum goods when there is great demand. An efficient industrialist produces more goods according to the demand in the market. Hence, we...
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English Proverbs – LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

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Proverb Expansion Life is full of pitfalls. So it is necessary to be always slow and careful in our actions. The proverb says that before we do any activity, we should be aware of its consequences, both good and bad. If we proceed in this manner, we can avoid the disasters and dangers that happen in our lives. Once a deed is done, it cannot be undone. Therefore, nothing should be done rashly and impulsively. Imagine that we want to jump across a pit. We should first see how deep and wide it is. If it is dangerously wide and deep, we shouldn’t jump across it. Similarly, if we want to jump over a wall, we want assess its height before we jump. It would be good if we also see whether the ground on the other side of the wall is safe or not. If we jump hastily without thought, we may fall and break our neck and legs. Whatever be the nature of the act, haste and carelessness bring about disaster. Carefulness will help us to gain many things while carelessness can cost us a lot. The fund of the human energy is limited. It is to be used economically and should not be squandered away. It...
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English Proverbs – LEND YOUR EARS TO ALL, YOUR TONGUE TO FEW

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Proverb Expansion The proverb means that we can listen to what others say, but we should not reveal our thoughts to others. We should be very careful in the selection of friends. We should not believe others all on a sudden when they try to please us with their good words. The aim of these people may be to get our secrets and to know our weaknesses.  They may then blackmail us with what they know about us. So we should try to identify the wolves in sheep’s skin. If we tell our secrets to a wicked person unknowingly, we are sure to come to grief. The wicked person may try to exploit us later on. He may take way our money and valuables by blackmailing us. Above all, he may spoil our good name in the society. Thus we pay for our own thoughtless action. We should therefore be very choosy about friends, well-wishers and confidants. The best policy is to be a good listener and a tactful speaker. We should listen to all and use our tongue only when it is needed. We should share our views and secrets only with those whom we know very well.

English Proverbs -LEAST SAID, SOONEST MENDED

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Proverb Expansion To mend means to repair. Bad words exchanged between two persons are the main reason for quarrels, fight and misunderstandings. When the quarrel flares up and one of the person’s rages may subside. Thus reconciliation between the two is easy. If the other person also decides to keep quiet, then the quarrel will be mended easily. If both the persons go on arguing, the quarrel becomes worse. It is impossible to mend such quarrel. Only when two hands clap, there is sound.  Long discussions and arguments will not settle misunderstandings. So it is better to say less to solve a quarrel or mend a misdeed. The word mend is used here in the sense of undoing a misdeed. If we want to make repayment for a misdeed, it is better not to say much about it. When we try to apologized or explain more, the other party will be also begin to do the same. This will only make the situation worse. The less we say about it, the more is our chance of getting it amended. To rectify a misunderstanding or heal a quarrel, the best method is to stop discussing the matter too much.

English Proverbs – LEARN TO WALK BEFORE YOU RUN

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Proverb Expansion A child first learns to crawl, then to stand, then to walk, and then to run. It is true that it cannot run before it learns to walk. Nobody can run before he has learned to walk. A child learns to stand up before it walks. It slowly learns to walk. It is only after acquiring the ability to walk speedily that it begins to run. In the same way, learning a new skill and acquiring a new knowledge is a gradual process. We need much patience and constant efforts to master a skill or acquire knowledge. It is only after learning the alphabet gradually that one begins to learn to read. One who hasn’t learnt the alphabet cannot read and write properly.  Similarly, a person who is studying classical music cannot conduct a concern after one month of training. He has to undergo through training in music for years to conduct musical concert. Perfection in any field is attained by slow degrees. Hard work and constant effort are needed to attain perfection. Patience and perseverance are needed for every great enterprise. We cannot reach the highest rung of a ladder without first climbing the lower most. No great scholar, author, athlete or statesman has ever achieved...
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English Proverbs – LAUGH AND BE FAT

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Proverb Expansion The message of the proverb is to be cheerful and be healthy. A smiling man is a healthy man. Smile and laughter are the results of inner happiness. When we attach too much importance to anything in life, it brings only misery. The best thing is to take everything lightly and keep laughing even in the teeth of difficulties are not end of life can have internal happiness and can laugh. Happiness is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with a person’s status in life. Both the rich and the poor can be happy depending on their attitude towards life. Even a beggar can be happy in his miserable life. Even the most unfortunate person can go through the difficulties of life with smile and laughter, without feeling the weight of his misfortunes. He lives in the present and forgets the past and does not worry about the future. He tries to get maximum pleasure from the present moment even in the midst of difficulties. It gives him strength to travel along the road of life. He laughs and lives a healthy life.

English Proverbs – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

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Proverb Expansion Real knowledge gives man some power and real power comes from knowledge. Both power and knowledge are complementary to each other. Knowledge without power and power without knowledge are practically ineffective. To use power properly, knowledge is required. Man is the crown of creation because he possesses intelligence. Using intelligence, he acquires knowledge which helps him to control all forces of nature. In olden days, man was powerless against the forces of nature. That was because his knowledge was limited. When knowledge increased, man conquered his fears of nature and diseases and this added to his comfort, happiness and well-being. Knowledge gives man power while ignorance makes him weak. It is not physical strength that rules the world, but intelligence. Knowledge gained by man enabled him to conquer space and nature. The explosion of scientific knowledge led to invention of ships and planes which in turn helped him to conquer space and time. Man has even split the atom and realized the tremendous energy contained in it, which this can be used either for peaceful or destructive purposes. He has acquired this power on account of knowledge. As knowledge increases, power also increases. A workman, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher or a ruler without proper knowledge...
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English Proverbs- IT IS NO USE CRYING OVER SPILT MILK

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Proverb Expansion The proverb tells us that it is useless to brood over what has happened. The expression says that it is no use crying over spilt milk. Once we split the milk on the floor, we will not able to drink it any more. Once it is spilt, we can’t reproduce it. It is of no use cry over the lost milk because cannot retrieve it.  We could have done a thing at a proper time in life. We might have lost many things in life too. What is the use of crying over such things? So the best thing for us is to learn from our past mistakes so that we will not repeat them. We should be very careful to do things at the right time. When we develop good habits, we won’t lose our wealth, time and energy. When we act negligently, we lose many things. Then there is no use to worry about the loss. One’s life-span is very short. So it is better to make use of the present time and opportunities than to cry over the past.
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English Proverbs – Heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight

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Proverb Expansion We often wonder how the great men of the past and present become famous. Some say they are lucky, others say they are blessed by God, and yet others say that they are geniuses. These opinions are only partly true. The important thing behind their greatness is their hard work. They set goals for themselves and worked hard to reach them. They had to suffer and toil for many years to reach such eminence. No man can reach the top of a mountain without a long, laborious and often dangerous climb. No man has become great and achieved fame and name without great toil, effort and sacrifice. When we see or hear about an achievement, we forget the long years of labour which made it possible. When the companions of these great men were sleeping, they were toiling day and night. Years of hard study is needed for a man to become scholar. The secret behind the success of a statesman is struggles, defeats, humiliations and hard work. No man has become suddenly great. Long years of patient effort and sacrifice generally go before it.
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English Proverbs – Health is better than wealth

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Proverb Expansion Health is greater than wealth. If man is not healthy, he can never be happy however rich he may be. Though a man is poor, he can be happy if he is fully healthy. Real wealth is health. One may be very rich. But if he doesn’t keep good health, his money is of no use to him. He cannot enjoy anything in life though he can buy all the pleasures of life using his money. An unhealthy rich man will have to spend his life in agony and misery even if he has all the facilities of life. He has to suffer from the pain of his disease and also from the mental agony of facing death. But if a man healthy, even if he has no wealth, he can be happy. He can work and earn his livelihood. He has no physical pain or mental agony. He can lead a contented life with what he has. He is freed from the worries of life and can enjoy life. Health increases efficiency. A healthy man is a good worker. The company of a healthy man is very pleasing. An unhealthy man is a burden to himself and to the society. His life is miserable. A healthy...
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English Proverbs – Haste makes waste

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  Proverb Expansion Any hasty or thoughtless action will lead to ruin. Hurry leads to waste. Haste is neither desirable nor advisable. No progress is possible for a hasty person. Before a person undertakes an activity, he has to think twice. He should try to analyse how that action can be implemented and also foresee its consequences. When he undertakes the action after proper thought and care, he is likely to succeed. If a person wants to start a business, he should think twice. He should have a detailed plan about the business which he is going to undertake. If he invests his money hastily, it will be wasted. In hate, one loses direction and sense of thinking and usually makes mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes may be so serious that they cannot be corrected. They hasty action is dangerous to the doer and harmful to the others. A good architect gives enough time for the previous supporting layer to set, before he lays the next layer when constructing a building. If this is done in haste before the supporting bottom layer has set, both will collapse. All the money invested and labour go waste. It will also cause destruction to life and property. Thus the proverb cautions us against...
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English Proverbs – Grapes do not grow on thistles

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Proverb Expansion The proverb means that good cannot comes out of evil. Grapes are a kind of good fruit. But this fruit will not come out of thistles. Thistles are thorny plants. So they stand for evil, grapes stand for good. So the proverb means that good can never come out of evil. Good can come only from good. Only evil will come from evil. Only a good man can spread the message of love, sympathy and concern. He will be an asset to the society. A bad man spreads hatred and apathy. He is an ulcer to the society. He spreads the false message that anything is permissible to make money. Thus such a man can mislead the society. So the society does not expect any good from him. Good actions cannot be expected from such a person, wicked people may make money illegally. But their prosperity is only temporary. They will have no happiness in life. Thus we see that no good can come out of evil deeds. Good can come only out of good. It is permanent, too.