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Inspirational Proverbs

Knowledge is power

The greater our knowledge, the greater our influence on others. The phrase implies that with knowledge or education one's potential or... Read more →

Judge not, that ye be not judged

Think before you criticize others, for you may be criticized yourself in return. The source is Matthew, vii, 1. It is part of the sermon of the... Read more →

Necessity is the mother of invention

Here 'mother' means something that gives rise to something else. If we do not really need a thing, the lack of it does not trouble us, but when... Read more →

The pen is mightier than the sword

The written word is more to be feared than the physical force. 'Tyranny has not enemy as formidable as the pen,' wrote William Cobbett , and... Read more →

Take not a musket to kill a butterfly

Don't take extreme measures to get rid of something quite trivial. Don't exaggerate your difficulties. We owe the following to an unknown... Read more →

Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves

This teaches wise economy. Concentrate on saving small amounts and in time you will have a large amount.

Variety is the spice of life

Life becomes very monotonous without some break in the daily routine. William Cowper wrote in his long poem, The Task: Variety is the very spice... Read more →

Patience is a virtue

It is also the art of hoping. We must be patient and not despair.

Of two evils choose the lesser

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 greater... Read more →

The darkest hour is that before the dawn

Even when things seem at their very worst, they may shortly improve.