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Proverbs starting with letter S

Spare the rod and spoil the child

It does not improve a child's character if he is not punished when he has done wrong. The source is Proverbs, xiii, 24. 'He that spareth his... Read more →

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

One evil leads to a worse. The source is Hosea, viii, 7: 'For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.'

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees

When we stand in the middle of a wood, we can see only the trees immediately around us, but we know that the wood is there, for if there were no... Read more →

Some are wise and some are otherwise

This is a play on words. It means quite simply that some people are wise and others are not. The proverb is originally a quotation from the... Read more →

A soft answer turneth away wrath

The source of this is Proverbs, xv, 1: 'A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.' If anyone loses his temper and... Read more →

So many countries, so many customs

Every nationality, has its own way of life and standard of behaviour.

Slow but sure wins the race

This refers to the fable of the hare and the tortoise. The race was won by the slow tortoise, which plodded steadily on while the fast hare,... Read more →

Silence is golden

Sometimes it's better to be silent than to speak. See Speech is silver, silence is golden.

Silence gives consent

If a person disagrees with something, or is unwilling to do as requested, he usually says so. If he makes no protest at the time, we assume that... Read more →

The shortest way round is the longest way home

Short cuts can involve one in difficulties.You'd better stick to The longest way round is the nearest way home.