The descendants are usually very much like the ancestors. Children grow up to be similar to their parents and people who know the parents will... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter A
Everyone wants success, but many lack the self-discipline to become successful. They might hope in luck, but fortune favours the bold.
The proprietor of a fair ground does not mind running his swings at a loss if his roundabouts bring him in a handsome profit. He can afford to... Read more →
A person who asks a lot of questions will waste no time in passing your answers on to other people, however confidential they may be.
This is often the reply of parents to children who ask too many awkward questions. It means that if you ask many questions about things you... Read more →
You will be punished or rewarded according to whether you have led a virtuous or a sinful life. The source of the proverb is Galatians, v, 7:... Read more →
Should you make your bad badly, you will probably have an uncomfortable night, for which you will have only yourself to blame. In much the same... Read more →
In olden times a person found guilty of sheep-stealing was sentenced to death because stealing a lamb was as great a crime as stealing a sheep... Read more →
This proverb is frequently misunderstood. It does not mean: 'Human life is short, but art goes on forever.' Its real meaning is: 'There is so... Read more →
Our neighbour's apples may be no longer and riper than our own, but always appear to be so. Even on our own tree the best apples seem to be... Read more →