Your faults are not excused by the faults of somebody else. ‘Jack often travels on the train without a ticket, so why shouldn’t I? ‘Just... 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 →
While two persons are disputing over something, somebody else takes advantage of the fact that their attention is distracted. For example, there was only... more →
It is an advantage to confer with somebody else before reaching an important decision. ‘I’ve got a problem on my mind, Harry. Give me the... more →
This is sometimes quoted as ‘Two’s company, three’s a crowd.’ Two friends often agree well on their own; but the presence of a third... more →
Two people on the same trade, in the same field, that have the same interests are both too envious, each imagining that the other is cleverer or better off... more →
Your faults are not excused by the faults of somebody else. This means the same as Two black do not make a white.
To ‘go to the wall’ is to be thrust aside. In the battle for survival it is the weak who suffer most.
This is a play on words. Wedlock is the married state, in which you are imprisoned as if by a padlock. There is no escape.
If you start a thing badly it takes a long time to finish it, because the bad start seriously affects the later work. But if you make a good start,... more →