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[report整理] Words and Their Stories 2009-04-05

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Today we explain more popular proverbs, a proverb is a short well-know saying that expresses a common truth or a belief. Proverbs are popular around the world, many listeners have send us their favorite proverbs, they give it advice about how to live. We begin with two popular proverbs about staying healthy by eating good food. One is ONE APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY. Another is YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

 

Several proverbs are about birds, also give it advice. You may have heard this one. THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM. This means a person who get up early or acts quickly get the best chance of success. Another famous proverbs is A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH. This means you should not risk losing something you have by seeking something that is not guarantee.

 

Here is another piece of advice, DON’T COUNT YOUR CHICKEN BEFORE THEY ARE HATCHED. In other words, you should not think too much about some future event before it really happened.

 

Another proverb warns DO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. This means you should not put all of your resources together in one place because you could risk loosing everything at one time. Many Americans learn this the hard way by investing all their money in stock shares which then lost value.

 

A another proverbs says a fool and his money are soon parted. This means someone who acts unwisely with money with lose it.

 

Here is more advice. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Also, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

 

You might learns that haste makes waste, if you do something so fast resulting in mistakes.

 

Most people would agree with this proverb. Honesty is the best policy.

 

Yet another proverb advice us not to be concerned about something bad that you can not change. It says there is no use crying over spilt milk.

 

Do you agree with the proverb that children should be seeing and not heard? Maybe you have told your children that hard work never hurt anyone. But other people say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. They believe it is not wise to spend all your time working and never having fun.

 

Finally here is one of our favorite proverbs, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. This means you should not criticize other people unless you are perfect yourself.
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