Good workmanship depends no more on the quality of the tools than it does on the way in which they are used, so to blame the tools for the bad workmanship... more →
The blacksmith has a piece of iron which he wishes to make into some useful article. For this purpose he puts it in a bed of burning coals, which we kept alive and glowing by a huge pair of bellows. The iron, after awhile, becomes so hot that it is as soft as lead, and is easily hammered into any shape that is desired. The blacksmith now draws it from the fire with his tongs, places it on his anvil, and while it remains hot, strikes with his hammer upon it as fast as he can, as it grows cooler and. harder every moment it is out of the fire. Whatever is done, must be done while the iron is hot, otherwise all his hammering will prove of no avail. Read More →
Speaking plainly and to the point, saying exactly what you mean and using the simplest terms. In Arnold Bennet’s novel, The Card, published in 1911,... more →
This cynical proverb suggests that life is bound to be so bad that no living person can ever be happy.
Care is the load on the mind. If it killed a cat, which has nine lives – or so ’tis said – it will kill you, who have only one life. So,... more →
This piece of optimism is based on the weather in Britain, where early-morning rain sometimes gives way to fine weather later in the day. The proverb is... more →
A sarcastic way of saying: ‘That’s old news. I heard that weeks ago.’ The death of Queen Anne was officially hushed up for a while. News... more →
It is also the art of hoping. We must be patient and not despair.
Do it yourself. Don’t always expect others to help you. Be self-reliant.
Choose the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. ‘When compelled to chose one of two evils,’ wrote Socrates, ‘no one will chose the... more →