Since all men are mortal and must die, death is as much a part of the natural order of things as life is. The implication is that we should not fear death, as it is natural and inevitable.
Proverbs starting with letter D
But this is only because of the height of the giant is added to his own. In the same way, if a man of little experience can add to it the greater experience of another man, he has the advantage of... Read more →
It is said that a drowning man will clutch at even the smallest thing to keep him afloat. Similarly a person in any desperate position will snatch at any chance, however slender, to save himself from... Read more →
You cannot have it shut and open at the same time. You must have one thing or the other, so make up your mind which you want.
This means the same as THERE IS HONOUR AMONG THIEVES. On the ground that UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL, wrongdoers stick together in their fight against society.
This is much the same advice as A constant guest is never welcome, expect that it has to do with the length of stay rather than the frequency of the visits.
Another way to say this is: 'Dirty linen should be washed at home.' The meaning is that we should not discuss intimate family matters in public, especially if they are of the shameful nature.
Don't give away any damaging secrets. Don't make public anything that should be kept private. The proverb originated among children. To tell tales out of school was to sneak - to try to keep on good... Read more →
Don't offer advice to those who are more experienced than you are. The saying is often used in the form of a retort. 'Be careful how you use that chisel. It's very sharp and may slip.' 'You go and... Read more →
Don't keep on talking about the same thing or bringing up the same subject. Literally 'to harp' is to play the harp; figuratively 'to harp on' is to dwell tediously on a matter.