If you keep a seemingly useless thing for a long enough time, you will probably have some occasion to use it during that time. The proverb does not teach us to keep useless things for exactly seven... Read more →
The outlook may be grim and the future dark, yet while we still have life within us there is always the possibility that he situation will improve. We may win the pools!
This is to be found in Lavengro by George Borrow: 'Life is sweet, brother.' 'Do you think so?' 'Think so! - There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all... Read more →
Enjoy life while you can, for you will not live for ever. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
Life is not all fun and games. We have our pleasant time, but we have our serious ones too. As Trilby says in the book by George Du Maurier that bears her names: 'Well, I've got to go back to work.... Read more →
Here 'to mend' means 'to reform, to mend one's ways'. It is never too late to turn over a new leaf and lead a better life.
Here 'bread' refers to food in general, as in the Lord's Prayer ('Give us this day our daily bread') and 'staff' is something that serves as a stay or support. Hence food supports life, and man... Read more →
This proverb is frequently misunderstood. It does not mean: 'Human life is short, but art goes on forever.' Its real meaning is: 'There is so much art to learn and so little time to learn it in.' Art... Read more →
When we are enjoying ourselves, time passes far too quickly , but it passes very slowly when we are bored, or have nothing to do, or we are working on some uncongenial task. Than we can use the other... Read more →
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 of life, That give it all its flavour,