Monday, 28 November 2011

What is a proverb? (Part 3)

A proverb is a short saying or sentence that is generally known by many people. 
The saying usually contains words of wisdom, truth or morals that are based on 
common sense or practical experience. It is often a description of a basic rule 
of conduct that all people generally follow or should follow. 
Proverbs can be found in all languages.

~~Examples of proverbs~~

Spare the rod and spoil the child
A child who is not punished and showed the error of his ways
will become unruly.

Speech is silver, silence is golden
Talk may be beneficial, but sometimes acquiescence may be
 the best option to take.

It takes two to make a quarrel
Both parties in a quarrel should share the blame or take responsibility for it;
 no one can start a quarrel all by himself.

Strike while the iron is hot
Seize a good opportunity as quickly as possible.

Still waters run deep
One who is usually silent and goes about his business quietly may be a very wise person.

Look before you leap
Avoid acting hastily, without considering the possible consequences.

Necessity is the mother of invention
When a person is in great need of something, he will find a way of getting it.

Honesty is the best policy
Being honest is believed to be the best route to take.

One man's meat is another man's poison
No two persons are alike - everyone has his own preferences,
likes and dislikes.

Practice makes perfect
It is believed that if one practices a certain skill often, he will excel in it.

Prevention is better than cure
It is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem
after it has arisen.
Rome was not built in a day
Any great plan or big dream cannot be achieved overnight or easily.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul
(this is quoted when one takes another loan to pay off an earlier loan )
 taking from one to give another.

Once bitten twice shy
If a person has been tricked once he will more be careful
and alert the next time.

Like father, like son, like mother, like daughter
(used to describe a child's behavior when he or she acts
 like the father or mother )

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