Browse by letter

Strike while the iron is hot

Strike while the iron is hot

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 →

Recently Updated

Things done cannot be undone

See What’s done cannot be undone.

Think not on what you lack as much as on what you have

This teaches contentment. Count your blessings, not your wants.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

The lesson this proverb teaches is that people whose own conduct is open to criticism should not criticise the conduct of other’s who may retaliate by... more →

Those whom the gods love die young

This springs from a belief in an after life that is better than this life. On this assumption a person who dies young is luckier than one who dies old. The... more →

Through hardship to the stars

Here ‘stars‘ is synonymous with fame or renown. It is a translation of the Latin proverb, Per aspera ad astra, and means that the road to fame... more →

Through obedience learn to command

We must learn to obey orders before we are qualified to give them. This means the same as He that cannot obey cannot command.

Throw out a sprat to catch a mackerel

If we use a small fish as a bait, we shall shall catch a large one. It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. A present to a rich... more →

Time and tide wait for no man

Do not delay taking action. If you wish to put to sea, do not miss the tide. Neither tide nor time will tarry for you. In a wider sense, if an opportunity... more →

Time flies

This comes the Latin, Tempus fugit. It means that time goes so quickly that it is difficult to keep pace with it.