The greater our knowledge, the greater our influence on others. The phrase implies that with knowledge or education one's potential or abilities in life will certainly increase. Having and sharing... Read more →
Those who get money without effort usually squander it. 'Young Willis inherited ten thousand pounds less than two years ago, and now he hasn't a penny. Easy come, easy go.'
Here 'credit' means 'acknowledgement of merit' and nothing to do with money. The proverb means that we should acknowledge the good points of even those we dislike or disapprove of. 'Mark you, I... Read more →
Wherever it is, and however far you may travel from it, There's no place like home.
Unity is strength. As long as we stick together we shall be safe. If we begin to quarrel among ourselves, our opponents will strike us down one by one.
Be careful what you say and where you say it. There my be someone lurking on the other side of the wall, or, to bring the proverb up to date, there my be a hidden microphone in the wall.
It is also the art of hoping. We must be patient and not despair.
Here 'Jack' is a name for a general labourer, one who does odd jobs and can turn his hand to anything. A 'trade' in this sense is a occupation - the trade of a carpenter, the trade of a bricklayer,... Read more →
It is what we do that really matters, not just what we say. In Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, Hiawatha answers the mighty and bragging Megissogwen: 'Big words do not smite like... Read more →
We feel more affection or our relatives and friends when we are parted from them. A proverb that says just the opposite is Out of sight, out of mind.