Thursday, January 26, 2012


Fun with proverbs

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • A proverb is defined as a popular short saying with words of advice or warning. On the other hand, proverbs are full of folk wisdom. Be familiar with the following proverbs and use them in your speech and writing.

    1. Diamond cut diamond.

    Diamond is the hardest substance known to us. It can be cut only by another diamond. The proverb is used when two opponents have wit, cunning and strong-mindedness in equal measure.

    2. Discontent is the first step in progress.

    If we are satisfied with what we have, there will be no progress. It is only when we are unhappy that we try to improve the situation.

    3. Discretion is the better part of valour.

    It is good to be a brave man than a coward. However, caution is better than rashness.

    4. Distance lends enchantment to the view.

    At a distance, a mountain appears to be enchanting. However, when you go closer, you will see only ugly rocks and trees. It is a commentary on life.

    5. Do as most men do than most men will speak well of you.

    It simply means that you have to go with the crowd. If you do not do so, you will become unpopular.

    6. Do as you would be done by.

    This is the essence of good behaviour. If we can follow this advice, the world will be a better place to live in.

    7. Do not cast your pearls before swine.

    Do not give any valuable thing to someone who does not appreciate it.

    8. Don’t change horses in mid-stream.

    If you want to make some changes in your activities, choose the right moment.

    9. Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

    You should never be too optimistic about anything. Wait till your difficulties are over before you boast of success.

    10. Don’t cross a bridge till you come to it.

    You should not worry about anything before it happens. Your fears may be groundless.

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