This refers to rumours, the argument being that all rumours are based on fact; that although some may doubt the accuracy of a report that is ... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter W
You can earn good money if you don't mind dirtying your hands. Another version of this proverb is Muck and money go together; 'bras ' is a... Read more →
If knowledge brings unhappiness it is better to be ignorant. The proverb comes from Thomas Gray's Ode an a Distant Prospect of Eton College. The... Read more →
If thieves are squabbling among themselves, they are too busy to rob honest men. The phrase 'come by their own' means 'keep what belongs to... Read more →
Once we have said it, we cannot get it back. This proverb has the same meaning as A word spoken is past recalling.
The 'wolf' is poverty. When a young couple marry without enough money to keep them in a manner to which they have become accustomed, this is... Read more →
This is a very old proverb, dating back to the sixteenth century. It means that when the person in authority is away, those under him will take... Read more →
Failure should not deter us, for there are always other opportunities.
If you are away from home, adapt yourself to your surroundings and to the local customs. Don't expect the people there to alter their way of... Read more →
This advice applies particularly to writers who are either not sure of their facts, or cannot make up their minds whether or not to include a... Read more →