This teaches contentment. Count your blessings, not your wants.
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 →
The lesson this proverb teaches is that people whose own conduct is open to criticism should not criticise the conduct of other’s who may retaliate by... more →
This springs from a belief in an after life that is better than this life. On this assumption a person who dies young is luckier than one who dies old. The... more →
Here ‘stars‘ is synonymous with fame or renown. It is a translation of the Latin proverb, Per aspera ad astra, and means that the road to fame... more →
We must learn to obey orders before we are qualified to give them. This means the same as He that cannot obey cannot command.
Time is as valuable as money. To waste time is as expensive as to waste money. Neither should be squandered.
However great our grief or disappointment may be, in the course of time it will lessen. In this sense our ‘wounds’ heal with time.
What was true or valid at a time in the past is not necessarily so today because circumstances change. The proverb encourages us to keep up to date and... more →
We are all liable to make mistakes. The saying dates back to classical times. We find it, for instance, in Seneca: ‘Humanum est errare.’... more →