It is only when we have been deprived of something that we appreciate the true value of it. One illustration of this is, of course, the other proverb: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Proverbs starting with letter W
The inefficient or lazy worker is the one who does all the complaining.
We say this in a resigned tone when we find ourselves in an awkward or difficult situation, or when we have to put up with something less than we expected. 'The butcher hasn't delivered the joint '... Read more →
Just as we are not always lucky, so we are not always unlucky. The colloquial phrase is: 'Better luck next time.'
A sharp tongue wounds. This means the same as The tongue is not of steel, yet it cuts.
Once you have said a thing, it is too late to regret having said it. We find the following in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward FitzGerald: The Moving Finger writes; and, having... Read more →
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 verbum sat sapienti, but we usually omit sat (enough)... Read more →
A nine day's wonder is an event that attracts much attention, but is soon forgotten. Dr Brewer divides the nine days into 'three days' amazement, three days' discussion of details, and three days'... Read more →
We soon believe what we want to believe. In World War II we called it 'wishful thinking', which is defined in The shorter Oxford English Dictionary as 'n illusory state of mind towards events which... Read more →
It is better to keep out of trouble by not repeating the foolish behaviour of others than it is to do as they did and suffer in the same way.