A pudding is intended for only one purpose; to be eaten. Only by eating it can we prove its excellence – or lack of it. In the same way, we... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter P
That is the trouble with promises; so often they are made and never kept. 'A man apt to promise,' wrote Thomas Fuller, ' is apt to... Read more →
To procrastinate is to delay, to put off doing something. Procrastinating – deferring things from day to day – wastes a lot of time and... Read more →
It is better to take precautions against a thing happening than to have to repair the damage after it has occurred. For example, if a bicycle... Read more →
Flattery does not fill the belly, and when people speak kindly of what you have done, it is of no real advantage to you unless they show their... Read more →
Praise is encouragement, so to praise a good man is to encourage him in rectitude, and to praise a bad man is to encourage him in wickedness.
Here 'practise' means 'carry out in action'. The moral is: Behave in the same way as you advice others to behave. Do not recommend early rising... Read more →
Only by doing a thing again and again can you attain skill or efficiency. A professional juggler does not learn to balance three billiards balls... Read more →
It is not a crime to be poor. That, however, does not make it any easier to put up with. 'Poverty is no disgrace to a man,' said Sydney Smith,... Read more →
If you wish to pacify someone who has lost his temper, don't say anything that it's likely to make them even more angrier.