Good Proverbs | What is a proverb
What is a proverb? Examples of proverbs
A proverb is a short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice. This is the dictionary definition. For example:
- Haste makes waste
- Where there is a will there is a way
The study of proverbs is called paremiology. Good proverbs are found in many parts of the world, some parts have a richer store of them than others. While each culture may have its own store of proverbs, proverbs are often borrowed across languages, cultures, geographies and time periods.
Typical features of a proverb are its shortness (the average proverb has only about seven words) and the fact that the author is unknown. (If the author were known it would be a quotation)
Why use a proverb?
Sometimes you can use some good proverbs to say something in an indirect and softer manner, rather than directly appearing to advise or direct someone. Since you are just putting forth a general proverb, the listener need not misunderstand it to be a direct attack or criticism.
For example if you sense that John is too impatient, is expecting immediate result for some endeavour, whereas ideally he should give it some time; instead of directly telling, "John! You are always in tearing hurry, you can't expect results overnight. You must learn to have some patience."; you could merely say, "John, as the famous proverb goes, 'All good things comes to he who waits'".
Often using some good proverbs in your speech might enhance your reputation as a speaker
Using a proverb gives weight to your argument/discussion/point of view since you are backed by some authority.
Some interesting proverbs
Some proverbs are contrary, for eaxmple
'All good things comes to he who waits' and 'Time and tide wait for no man'
'You are never too old to learn' and 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'
Proverb humour and anti-proverbs
Proverb humour is proverbial! And most often seen on t-shirts.
For example: 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again' , is a proverb traced back to an eighteenth century maxim aimed at encouraging American children to do their homework
The 'anti-proverb' on a t-shirt reads, 'If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!'
Another example: 'Where there's a will there's a way'
is humorously made as 'Where there's a will there is a relative'
The best proverbs - well known proverbs
Of course no one can really make a universally accepted list of the best proverbs, because it is of course a subjective decision, a matter of opinion as to which are the best proverbs. But here are a few well known proverbs and old sayings, that I found good. These include proverbs bout life, proverbs about friendship and so on.
A friend in need is a friend indeed
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
A penny saved is a penny earned
A stitch in time saves nine
All good things come to he who waits
Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
Empty vessels make the most noise
Forgive and forget
Half a loaf is better than no bread
Haste makes waste
Honesty is the best policy
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try to try again
It is better to give than to receive
It’s no use crying over spilt milk
Many hands make light work
Necessity is the mother of invention
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Prevention is better than cure
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
The early bird catches the worm
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
Time is money
Tomorrow never comes
Two wrongs don’t make a right
Waste not want not
Where there’s a will there’s a way
A person is known by the company he keeps
A place for everything and everything in its place
Actions speak louder than words
Better safe than sorry
Do unto others as you would have then do to you
Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it
Fortune favours the brave
God helps those who help themselves
He who hesitates is lost
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone
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