An intelligent person can readily take a hint. Whoever is speaking to him knows that he does not need a long explanation. The Latin version is... Read more →
People are judged by what they do. The sources are Matthew, xii, 33 and Luke, vi, 44. Here is the second of these as given in the New English... Read more →
A sharp tongue wounds. If you do not wish to hurt people's feelings, do not speak too harshly. As it says in the Apocrypha: 'Many have fallen by... Read more →
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 →
This proverb teaches prudence on money. If your father promises to give you 500 dollars on your twentieth birthday, which is in six months... Read more →
Love has such power that it will overcome all difficulties. This means much the same as Love laughs at locksmiths.
This means much the same as Love will find a way. The source is Venus and Adonis, the long poem by Shakespeare: Were beauty under twenty locks... Read more →
What has happened once is liable to happen again. The phrase derives from the works Thucydides, the Greek historian. 'I shall be content,' he... Read more →
The successful people in life are those who have the courage to try. The lesson the proverb can be given in three words: 'Have a go!'
It has been said that experience is the best teacher, but that the school fees are high. This is another way of saying that although we... Read more →