This proverb suggests that beauty is unimportant. Beneath the outward appearance people are all much alike. 'When the candles are out,' wrote Plutarch, 'all women are fair.'
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Beware of judging people by appearance. An honest man may give the impression that he is the biggest scoundrel in the world. Good looks do not always go with virtue, or ugliness with sin. All... Read more →
This optimistically suggests that, just as there is inevitably a calm after a storm, there must be something better after every piece of unpleasantness.
Advice is something that wise men don't need and foolish people won't take; and the greater the need for advice, the less likely the foolish person is to heed it - that is, to pay careful attention... Read more →
This tells us that water is the best drink. It is advice against drinking alcohol. 'Adam's ale' is an old term for water.
It is what we do that really matters, not just what we say. In Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, Hiawatha answers the mighty and bragging Megissogwen: 'Big words do not smite like... Read more →
Used by Sir Walter Scott in 1823 and still in common use in modern times, this proverb has a general application and means that even the most efficient organizations are not infallible. It is used as... Read more →
We feel more affection or our relatives and friends when we are parted from them. A proverb that says just the opposite is Out of sight, out of mind.