Man used his fingers for eating before forks were invented. The proverb is quoted as an excuse for eating anything in one's fingers instead of... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter F
This is another way of saying that Actions speak louder than words. High-flown declarations and airy promises are useless substitutes for... Read more →
The chaffinch is much more than colourful and attractive than the house of sparrow, yet they are of the same family; they are both finches, and... Read more →
If this were taken as a general principal, it would be morally and legally wrong, but we must have a sense of proportion. To pick up a purse in... Read more →
If you have done something wrong and you admit it, you have gone a long way towards putting things right again.
Familiarity means 'close acquaintance'. In human relationships it may lead to undue intimacy, as when a master treats his servants with so much... Read more →
Beauty fades and is gone. Here is a verse from The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald: Oh, come with old Khayyam, and... Read more →
These are words of encouragement to shy suitors. They recommend boldness, for none but the brave deserves the fair and fortune favours the bold.