For me this proverb means that you must be careful to use fire wisely and under control so that it will not hurt you . Eg sentence : 'Don't play with the candle flames, children since the fire is a good servant but a bad master' SMKAS Johore , Malaysia :)
Fire is a good servant but a bad master is a phrase that best describes fire. When it is controlled it will serve the purpose very well but when it is out of control it can cause serious destruction.
Your question is an altered version of something that has been said about fire, that it is a good servant but a bad master. Science is certainly a good servant, and a good teacher as well. We have learned a lot from science.
If this phrase, "Fire is a good servant but a bad master", is meant metaphorically and not literally, then consider substituting "drugs" for fire, and write an essay on the many wonderful uses of drugs in the cure and prevention of diseases (penicillin, antibiotics, vaccines) and the horrible devastation that results when drugs become the master (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines).
It isn't a good servant because it doesn't listen to commands and it isn't a good master because it doesn't order
Surely this is rhetorical. Fire can be useful but, if not treated with great care, it can do much harm. Am I missing something?!
yes it is
i agree that money is a good servant but a bad master because if money acts as servant it gives us every comfort of our life but if money becomes our master it make us do illegal things to gain it and teaches us to be lazy as it can do anything so it is certainly a dangerous master.
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Fire is a good and helpfull thing when your using it to cook or warm yourself but when it is doing something like burning your house down it isn't that helpfull By Sophie-Lee and Hannah Room 24 M.I.S
Money is a good servant because it can get you almost anything you want, but a dangerous master, because money might become the most important thing in your life, and that you would do anything for it.