A proverb is a short fluent saying that is used to express a specific situation based on the cumulative experience of the nations. Ask about famous proverbs, their meanings and origins here.

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Fables and Folklore

What are the fables that teach the reader a universal truth?


The Bible
Jehovah's Witnesses

Is this in the bible charity begins at home and spread abroad?

Probably not.

This version:

"Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world, yet is every man his greatest enemy, and as it were, his own executioner. "

was written by Sir Thomas Browne (19 October 1605 - 19 October 1682) in his book Religio Medici (1642).

Other similar quotes:

"Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door."

Charles Dickens, "Martin Chuzzlewit"

"Charity begins at home, but should not end there."

Thomas Fuller

Word and Phrase Origins
English to Scottish Gaelic and Irish (Gaelic)

What is the Irish for 'good luck'?

Ádh mór ort / Go n-éirí leat (singular)

Ádh mór oraibh / Go n-éirí libh (plural)

Answer"Adh mór ort" - aw Moore urt

Also, "An t-ádh leat" pronounced 'an taw lat'

Herbs Spices and Seasonings
Cooking Techniques

What can you do if you add too much curry to a dish?

If there's a way to "get some of it out" before it's stirred in, do so. Usually one doesn't find out about the overage until the stirring is done, though. Then it's time to dilute or cover the taste. It might be possible (if there is time) to put a couple of thickly sliced potatoes in the curry and let them cook there and absorb some of the seasoning. If not, find a way to dilute the mixture, perhaps with instant potato mix and water. Certainly you'll want to do this a bit at at time. The theory is that you can always add more, but it's kinda hard to get out that which is mixed in. Oh, sorry. You already knew that. A bit of brown sugar will sweeten and deepen the flavor, if you can get away with it in the recipe.

Bon appétit!

You can always add a bit of plain yoghurt or if you don't have that a bit of sour cream will do the job just a s well

Takamo Added:

There are so many answers that incorporate a potato as a remedy to over "something".

In the question of salt, yes, a potato will pull the salt out of just about anything, but nothing else.

As with curry or pepper, this is not a "potato remedy". To understand curry, you first have to know that curry, by definition, is not a spice, rather a mixture of spices that make curry. The true Indian curry is much spicier in "heat" than curry found in your local grocery store. Americans, as a whole couldn't palate the true curry.

Now, if your curry dish is as Chicken Curry, or Shrimp Curry, then this would mean that your main content is a sauce, usually a cream sauce made with milk, Half & Half or heavy cream. In this case, add additional cream and reduce it until you obtain the consistency you desire. Thickening can also be achieved with cornstarch or a simple water/flour roux. This will effectively reduce the curry flavor. I have used a pinch or two of nutmeg as well to pull off the curry flavor when my hand got "curry heavy". It adds a great flavor and effectively reduces the over powering curry.

If your dish is not of a cream nature, then adding a cup of water, off of the heat source, is a good remedy. Here's how. Remove your pan off of the stove. Let it sit for a minute or two, and add a cup of tap water. Stir it in and let it sit for another minute. Then, next to the sink, tilt the pan to allow the water to collect in a pool. Using a large table spoon or ladle, pull the water off until you get most of it. (the oil or fat used will have most of the spices used in it and the water causes it to rise to the top). Return the pan to the head and reduce the mixture until the water evaporates. Only the Meat, or fish or what ever will have the flavor and you can reconstitute the sauce, as it were, to taste.


Give the expansion of the proverb-slow and steady wins the race?

slow and steady wins the race

The Bible

What is your definition of Proverbs chapter 8 versus 35? The context is speaking of a lady called 'Wisdom'. She offers life if you listen to her. There are a number of ways that this can be taken. That is what is wonderful about the word of God. To give a little background Proverbs was written by King Solomon the wisest man that ever live according to the bible. He was addressing this to his son a young man just coming of age as an adult. These sayings were to guide and instruct the young man to go through life and not get in trouble. The life being offered first is this life we now have to be trouble free and full. Only Christ can offer eternal life. Wisdom can be seen as a type of Christ in that everything that he offers to us is for our good. In the Nag Hammadi, Sophia is the lowest æon, or anthropic expression of the emanation of the light of God. She is the syzygy of Jesus Christ (i.e. she forms a unity with Christ, being cojoined with him), and Gnostics believed that she was the Holy Spirit of the Trinity. Sophia is depicted as the creator of the material universe in On the Origin of the World. Furthermore, the planet Earth and everything on it was indeed created by the Jewish God Yahweh, but he is depicted as fundamentally corrupt. Because Sophia created the material universe and its god (also known as Yaldabaoth, Samael, and Demiurge) either without her syzygy Jesus Christ or, in another tradition, because she tried to breach the barrier between herself and the unknowable Bythos.

Mice and Rats

What does the proverb When the cat's away the mice will play mean?

When people are left unsupervised, they will misbehave.


When the person is in charge is away, the subordinates will take advantage of the situation
Cats are a predator against mice; cats will track mice down and play or kill them. So when no cats are around, the mice do whatever they want. Therefore, the meaning of "when the cats are away the mice will play" is that when there is no one in authority or someone who can cause difficulty is around, people who answer to that person are more likely to goof off.

Famous Quotations

Who wrote all that glitters is not gold?

The correct phrase is - all that GLISTERS is not gold, originated before the 12th Century. But, made popular by William Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice

Past Tenses

What is the past tense for does?

The past tense of "does" or "do" would be "did" or "done", depending on the format of the sentence.

Example: Present - Past

I do - I did, I had done

You do - You did, You had done

She/he does - She/he did, S/he had done

We do - We did, We had done

They do - They did, They had done

Old Testament
Famous Quotations
Literary Devices and Figures of Speech

What are some examples of Proverbs?

A proverb is something that is rhetorical, and means something deeper than what it says. Some proverbs include:

  • "Love conquers all" - Love can transcend all difficulties and problems
  • "The heart that loves is always young" - Love keeps a person mentally sharp and devoted
  • "Desperate times call for desperate measures" - More difficult problems need more complex solutions.
  • "Everyone is a thief in his own craft"
  • "You can take a horse to water, but you can't force it to drink" - A stubborn person will not change his mind to do something just because it it put in front of him.
  • "Blood is thicker than water"- Family connections are worth more than friendship.
  • "The early birds catches the worm" - Advantage goes to the first person who arrives.
  • "Actions speak louder than words" - A person's will and intent are better understood by what he does (which is an honest historical account) than his words (which may be empty).
  • "All's well that ends well" - A successful resolution makes the previous circumstances irrelevant.
  • "April showers bring May flowers" - What seems undesirable today brings positive outcomes later. Also there is the literal meaning.
  • "Beggars can't be choosers" - When you don't have much, take what you are given.
  • "Better late than never" - It's better for someone to show up late or in less than perfect condition than to just avoid a situation.
  • "Better safe than sorry" - Take caution.
  • "Truth is stranger than fiction" - Literal meaning. Real history is very odd.
  • "Whatever will be, will be" - Don't plan for the future, but adapt as it comes.
  • "Where there's a will, there's a way" - If you persevere, you can achieve.
  • "One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel" - One bad person in a group spoils how others see the group.
  • "Barking dogs seldom bite" - People who make a lot of noise are usually full of fluff.
  • "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" - Do not betray a woman because they can be vindictive.
  • "A penny saved is a penny earned" - Not spending preserves more money for future use.
  • "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" - Handle money well.
  • "Haste makes waste" - Doing things quickly often results in inadequacy.
  • "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" - Having useful and tangible things is worth much more than things beyond your grasp.
  • "Cleanliness is next to Godliness"

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" or "Too many cooks in the kitchen"

    "Actions speak louder than words"

    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

  • "Beauty is only skin deep."
  • "Children should be seen and not heard"
  • "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
  • "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"
  • "Out of sight, out of mind"
  • "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach"
  • "Cold hands, warm heart"

    "Make hay while the sun shines"

  • "Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today"
  • "He who hesitates is lost"
  • "A watched pot never boils"
  • "Many hands make light work"

    "A stitch in time saves nine"

  • "A leopard never changes its spots"
  • "A rolling stone does not gather moss"
  • "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises"
  • "Contentment makes the poor men rich while discontentment makes the rich men poor"
  • "Better face a danger once than be always in fear"
  • "Better bread and water in peace than cake and ale in fear"
  • "You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
Old Testament
Comparative Religions and Denominations

What are 10 proverbs dealing with health?

# "He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything" - Arabian Proverb

# "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book" - Irish Proverb

# "Fresh air impoverishes the doctor" - Danish Proverb

# "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" - Franklin

# "A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tool" - Spanish Proverb

# "Before healing others, heal yourself" - Gambian

# "Better ten times ill than one time dead" - Yiddish Proverb

# "Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound" - Latin Proverb

Old Testament

Meaning of proverb look before you leap?

Plan ahead. Consider what the consequences of your actions will be.


If practice makes perfect and nobody's perfect why practice?

This is an idiom which is not meant to be taken literally. It is simply stressing that repeating an action will eventually lead to greater success.

Books and Literature
Old Testament

What are some proverbs?

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A watched pot never boils.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

The early bird gets the worm.

The second mouse gets the cheese.

Laugh and the world laughs with you but cry and the world laughs at you.

Silence is Golden.

Look before you leap.

He who hesitates is lost.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

A new broom sweeps clean.

A change is as good as a rest.

Make hay while the sun shines.All work and no play make jack a dull boy.


Is it worth have a washing machine repaired today or buying a new one I'm beginning to think most appliances are throw-away items today?

Depends on what is wrong.
Washing machines have a belt that you can replace yourself. There are actually quite a few parts you can replace if you are at all mechanically inclined and have a little time on your hands.
On the other hand, if you have a fairly old model, I would consider replacing it just for the fact that today's models are way more efficient than older ones.

Hope this helps!

Dog Behavior

How much does 9 go into 72?

Exactly 8 times


What is the proverb Time flies like an arrow mean?

That saying means that time elapses so fast it is like an arrow which flies through the air at a fast rate of speed. But, I believe that saying has a second part to it which is "fruit flies like a banana." It is supposed to be a play on words, because flies in the first part is a verb and flies in the second part is a noun.

Old Testament

What is the main message found in Proverbs 27v5?

"Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden."

1) The simple meaning is that bottled-up feelings may accomplish nothing. Open rebuke might bring a positive result, while hidden love will remain just what it is.

2) A deeper meaning (Metzudoth commentary) based upon the flexible Hebrew preposition, is "An open rebuke is good if it stems from hidden love," even if the receiver of the rebuke is embarrassed, because the rebuker has loving motives.

One of the things that the second meaning (above) alludes to is the vicissitudes that the Jews have been subject to in their 2000 years of exile. The good in these tribulations lies in the fact that they are based on God's love for us (Amos 3:2).

The above two meanings are two examples out of hundreds. Each verse in Proverbs has hundreds of meanings and lessons (midrash Shir Hashirim Rabbah 1).

The Bible
Rhyme Schemes

Explanation of the rain by W H Davies?

In this poem the poet has pointed out the divisions in our society. The poet says that rich people are getting all of things they need and they pass unwanted things to the poor or when their appetite has been fulfilled give a small amount of alms to the poor. Poet is of the hope that there would be equality in the society just like the sunshine which spreads all over the world giving its shine to everyone even to a dark round drop of rain hidden under a thick and rich green leave.

Libraries and Library History
Filipino Language and Culture

What are unique non tagalog proverbs?

Examples of common western Proverbs:

  • Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.
  • Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free.
  • Two heads are better than one.

What is the proverb all that glitters is not gold?

everything that is attractive on the out side may not be really valuable inside

Short Stories
Middle School/Junior High

Story on the proverb when there's a will there's a way?

Little girl Arati was perfectly alright till yesterday. But there was a sudden change in her speech since morning. She had developed stammering. It was brought to the notice of her mom and dad.

"What happened to you my dear Arati? Why are you speaking with stammering?" Mom asked. She was unable to give a reply. "We are very much worried to see your change in the speech." Dad asked her.

She was unable to give reply to her dad.

Most of the known residents of the neighborhood wanted to know about the sudden change of speech with her. Some of her friends came to see her. She had undergone medical treatment with a specialist doctor. After all the tests were over, the doctor gave his report. Every thing was normal in her condition of health. The doctor had clearly reported that since the defect did not exist at the time of the birth and occurred very recently, the stammering will go automatically after some time and advised to continue treatment.

She was not only brilliant in school but clever in dealing with the household activities. Her classmate Maya was happy because she would take her place as a topper in the school. The school had decided to enact a drama on the occasion annual day of the school. Arati was asked to take up a prominent role as a challenge. She refused the offer due to her stammering. But all persuaded her to accept the role. Ultimately, she agreed to act in the drama.

Rehearsal was in full swing. Arati's role was not only prominent in the drama but involved tremendous talent. She had to memorize by heart some Sanskrit dialogs.

It was a well known fact that the words of Sanskrit language cannot be pronounced easily. To pronounce them correctly, it requires thorough practice. Initially she felt they were very difficult to pronounce, but her determination and firm conviction had resulted in success. In the process, she pronounced all the dialogs correctly, regained her correct speech and became normal girl. This was good news not only to her parents but also to all of her friends and teachers. She began stammering, because she wanted to know how a person spoke with stammering. Children at this age do not know the repercussions.

"Where there is a will there is a way" appropriately applies to Arati.


What is the plot of Dead men's path about?

tradition versus modern-day views. the protagonist modern-day views versus his community's traditional values and beliefs.

Acronyms & Abbreviations
Old Testament

How do you abbreviate Proverb?



Give the expansion for the proverb 'Haste makes waste'?

If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.


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