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Proverbs starting with letter S

Sweet are the use of adversity

Misfortunes can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. In Shakespeare's As You Like It, the exiled duke in he forest of Arden finds he has much to... Read more →

The sun is never the worse for shining on a dunghill

Good people are not corrupted by their surroundings.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

Don't add to the difficulties and problems of today by worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. The source is Matthew, vi, 34 ; 'Take... Read more →

Success has many friends

Those who have won big prizes in the pools will doubtless agree with this! From the social rather than the financial angle, a successful man... Read more →

Submitting to one wrong brings on another

If you allow yourself to be victimised once, you will be victimised again.

Strike while the iron is hot

Iron when it is red-hot is more easily bent and moulded than when it is cold. It should be struck before it has had time to cool down. Hence 'to... Read more →

Stretch your legs according to your coverlet

This teaches adaptability. If when you lie full length your lower limbs are not covered by the bedclothes, you must bend your legs in order to... Read more →

The strength of the chain is in the weakest link

A chain is made up of a row of links fitted together. If all the links are strong, the chain will be strong also, but if even one link is... Read more →

A straw will show which way the wind blows

Small events can be a guide to momentous happenings. If the Foreign Secretary tells a taxi-driver at two o'clock in the morning to take him to... Read more →

Stolen pleasures are sweetest

This means the same as Forbidden fruit is sweetest. The things we most enjoy doing are those we know we ought not to be doing, such as watching... Read more →