English Proverbs – Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

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It is natural for people to imagine a good fortune, but it is not necessary that such imagination should become a reality because the future is uncertain. It is foolish to believe that all the eggs on which a hen is sitting will become chickens. Some of them may not hatch. It may even happen that all those eggs get spoiled. One who makes plans about those eggs will be disappointed. So we must not depend too much on something which is uncertain. We must wait till the uncertainty regarding the matter ends. This is a sign of wisdom and intelligence. Our policy should be to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This proverb can be clearly explained with the story of the milkmaid. Once a milkmaid put a pot of milk on her head and went to market to sell it. On the way she began to imagine the good fortune she would be getting by selling the milk. In her imagination or dream, she became the owner of a large house with plenty of cattle and many servants. Her mind was dancing with joy. She mused over the plan and unknowingly tossed her head. The pot of milk fell down and that was the end of all her dream. In short, we can be hopeful, but not too hopeful about the uncertain future.

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