However great our grief or disappointment may be, in the course of time it will lessen. In this sense our ‘wounds’ heal with time.
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 →
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 →
We should not behave as if this were the last day. There is always another day tomorrow, and always the hope that things will get better. Sufficient unto... more →
Tomorrow is always the day after today. If today is Thursday it will be yesterday tomorrow, and Friday will be today. The saying is used as a worning that... more →
Similarly do our thoughts keep on coming back to something that is worrying us.
A sharp tongue wounds. If you do not wish to hurt people’s feelings, do not speak too harshly. As it says in the Apocrypha: ‘Many have fallen by... more →
Although many hands make light work there should be only one cook in a kitchen. If there are several of them they will disagree with each other, get in each... more →
It doesn’t do to be too curious or inquisitive. The proverb is a quotation from The Lucky Chance, a play by Aprah Behn. The reference is, of course,... more →