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Strike while the iron is hot

Strike while the iron is hot

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 →

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Strike while the iron is hot

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He that Is warm, thinks all are so

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Where there’s a will there’s a way

Given sufficient determination, we can accomplish what set out to do. The mountain ridges tower up to the sky, And seem all human labor to defy, But when... more →

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

We feel more affection for our relatives and friends when we are parted from them. A proverb that says just the opposite is Out of sight, out of mind.

Accidents will happen in the best-regulated families

Used by Sir Walter Scott in 1823 and still in common use in modern times, this proverb has a general application and means that even the most efficient... more →

Actions speak louder than words

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... more →

Bad news travels fast

By this we mean that bad news nearly always reaches as more quickly than good news. The old version of the proverb is Ill news comes apace.

A bad penny always comes back

If we try to get rid of a counterfeit coin by passing it off upon somebody else, sooner or later it will find the way back into our pocket. Figuratively a... more →

A bad shearer never had a good sickle

Good workmanship depends no more on the quality of the tools than it does on the way in which they are used, so to blame the tools for the bad workmanship... more →