We cease to worry about anything that can no longer be seen. This includes people. Absent friends are soon forgotten. This is the opposite of Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Proverbs starting with letter O
There are considerable risks attached to being in debt, for a man without money is so defenceless. Once he has paid of his debts and has begun to build up a balance at the bank, he is in a much safer... Read more →
Don't try to be too funny at other people's expense. Your jokes make pain them or give offence.
Each succeeding generation has its own way of life and standard of behaviour.
Another proverb tells us that Fortune knocks at least once at every man's gate, but that does not necessarily mean that it will knock a second time, so when an opportunity to do a thing on which you... Read more →
If you leave articles of value lying about, you are asking for them to be stolen. The temptation may be too great for a person who would not otherwise have thought to steal, so your carelessness has... Read more →
A guilty secret is hard to bear; it has a bed effect on us. The more we try to forget it, the more we are reminded of it. But once we have openly confessed it and brought it out into the open, we are... Read more →
No one except he who is experiencing it knows the cause of a trouble or difficulty. His behaviour is not understood by other because they are unaware of the motive behind it. For example, a man... Read more →
Here 'pressed' means 'compelled to serve in the armed forces.' The modern term is 'conscripted' or 'called up'. A volunteer joins of his own free will and so is much more likely than a pressed man to... Read more →
In general usage this proverb means that the show of a fundamental human emotion, or even human weakness, often has the effect of bringing people closer together. The quotation comes from... Read more →