The swallow is a migratory bird, visiting Great Britain in April and leaving for warmer climes in September. As far as Great Britain is concerned, 'spring' is more accurate than 'summer'. Aristotle,... Read more →
Proverbs starting with letter O
Usage associates heels with running. To take to one's heels is to make a hasty departure. This proverb, therefore, means that it is often better to run away than to stop and fight.
'I'll do one of these days.' This means that you propose to do whatever it is later on. The result is that it is never done at all. Procrastination is the thief of time.
To draw the line is to lay down a definite limit of action beyond which one refuses to go. The decision depends on ourselves, but it must be taken sooner or later. 'My wife and I were getting so many... Read more →
This teaches prudence. It is a quotation from an essay by Montaigne ('Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter') and has much the same meaning as Look before you leap, except that the stress is not on... Read more →
Food that agrees with one person may have an injurious effect on another. In a wider sense one person may like what another hates. 'My sister loves cowboy films on TV, but I can't stand... Read more →
One men does the work and another gets the benefit. A similar proverb is One beats the bush, and another catches the birds.
The telling of the one lie forces us to tell more lies, and so we become more and more deeply involved.
However much you know, there is always more to learn, and whatever your age, you can still increase your knowledge. Cicero refers to 'a zeal of learning, which, in the case of wise and well-trained... Read more →
If someone has done you a kindness, you should do him a kindness in return. A boy was once able to help a circus elephant by stopping another boy from throwing stones as it. A year later the circus... Read more →