This is the penalty of greatness. None are completely wretched but the great, Superior woes superior stations bring; A peasant sleeps, while cares awake a... more →
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 →
Good clothes can make a man look more impressive than he really is. The other proverb that comes immediately to mind is Never Judge by appearance, yet it... more →
This piece of optimism is based on the weather in Britain, where early-morning rain sometimes gives way to fine weather later in the day. The proverb is... more →
A sarcastic way of saying: ‘That’s old news. I heard that weeks ago.’ The death of Queen Anne was officially hushed up for a while. News... more →
It is also the art of hoping. We must be patient and not despair.
Do it yourself. Don’t always expect others to help you. Be self-reliant.
Choose the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. ‘When compelled to chose one of two evils,’ wrote Socrates, ‘no one will chose the... more →
This idea was first expressed by Plutarch as early as the first century AD and is much quoted today. It means that any natural deficiency tends to be made... more →
Don’t do anything in too much of a hurry.