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Proverbs starting with letter P

A problem shared is a problem halved

Here 'shared' means to tell your problem to someone else. The process of verbally sharing what is bothering you gives you a sense of... Read more →

A promise made is a debt unpaid

When you make a promise to someone, it is as if you take a debt from them. The 'debt' you owe to the person is not paid until the promise is... Read more →

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

Absolute monarchies are those in which all power is given to or, as is more often the case, taken by, the monarch. Examples of absolute power... Read more →

Put the saddle on the right horse

Blame those who deserve it, not those who don't. An author's new book had been reviewed unfavourably in a literary weekly. He said to an... Read more →

The purse of the patient protracts the disease

If a doctor receives a fee for every visit, and should the patient have plenty of money, the doctor may be temped to ensure that the patient... Read more →

Punctuality is the politeness of kings

It is very important to be punctual and it is very rude to be unpunctual. Sometimes 'princess' is used instead of 'kings'. The above was the... Read more →

Providence is always on the side of the big battalions

This means the same as God is always on the side of the big battalions, which is also referred to under Might is right.

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them

It is not until a rich man has come down in the world that he knows who are his real friends.

A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house

A man's abilities are seldom recognised by his family and others who know him well. The source is Matthew, xiii, 57. Here is the story as told... Read more →

The proper study of mankind is man

Taken from Pope's Essay on Man (1733), this means that our thinking and study should be devoted primarily to understanding and improving the... Read more →