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.
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 →
Even when things seem at their very worst, they may shortly improve.
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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 →