Friday, 11 January 2008



A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.

Please complete the proverb.

1. A bird in the hand is_______________. (worth two in the bush.)
2. A crowd is_____________________. (no company.)
3. A drowning man ________________. (will catch at a straw.)
4. A full purse ____________________. (never lacks friends.)
5. All that glitters__________________. (is not gold.)
6. Blood is _______________________. (thicker than water.)
7. New broom_____________________. (sweeps well.)
8. No smoke______________________. (without fire.)
9. Where there is a will ____________. (there is a way.)
10. Well begun is ___________________. (half done.)

Please complete the proverb.

1. ________________ needs no paint. (A good face........)
2. ________________ has no legs. (A lie has .............)
3. ________________ is the devil’s workshop. (An idle brain .....)
4. ________________ so is the son. (As is the father ,..)
5. ________________ so we reap. (As we sow ,..........)
6. ________________ than never. (Better late...........)
7. ________________ next to Godliness. (Cleanliness is.....)
8. ________________ according to your cloth. (Cut your coat .....)
9. ________________ stone walls. (Hunger breaks ...)
10. ________________ not built in a day. (Rome was ...........)

Read these proverbs:

1. A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
2. A cracked bell can never sound well.
3. A stitch in time saves nine.
4. A penny saved is a penny gained.
5. An ounce of practice is worth tons of theory.
6. Beggars must not be choosers.
7. Conversation teaches more than meditation.
8. Dead men tell no tales.
9. Drink nothing without seeing it, sign nothing without reading it.
10. Empty vessels make more much noise.
11. Experience is the mother of wisdom.
12. Familiarity breeds contempt.
13. Give neither counsel not salt, till you are asked for it.
14. Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
15. He who would climb the ladder, must begin at the bottom.
16. Idleness is the root of all evil.
17. Jack of all trades is master of none.
18. Keep your mouth shut and eyes open.
19. Life is half spent before we know what it is.
20. Make hay while the sun shines.
21. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
22. Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
23. Adversity is the touching stone of character.
24. Failures are stepping stones to success.
25. Penny wise and pound foolish.
26. Procrastination is the thief of time.
27. The true university of these days is a good collection of books.
28. Where there is a will there is way.
29. Prevention is better than cure.
30. What sculpture is to a piece of marble, education is to the soul.

1. Rome was not built in a day

Rome, the greatest city of the ancient world, did not achieve its glory all of a sudden. It took several years to build Rome, and bring it to the state of pomp and splendour. The same is true of every great achievement. When we with to do a great thing, we cannot expect success in a moment. We should carry on our work with patience and perseverance. Achievements of great moment cannot be accomplished without patient perseverance and a considerable interval of time.

2. A friend in need is a friend indeed

When a man is wealthy and prosperous, he usually has numerous friends, but all of them are not true friends. Most of them love him only to gain their selfish ends. They desert him the moment he loses his wealth and prosperity. True friends are those who continue to keep close to a man when his fortunes have turned over. A real friend sympathises with us in our troubles and helps us in adversity.

3. Strike while the iron is hot

A blacksmith should strike the horse-shoe while the iron is red hot, or he cannot mould it into shape. That is to say, we should act while the impulse is still fervent. The man who puts off till tomorrow what he should do today can never do it. We should avail ourselves of the opportunities that come our way. If we allow an opportunity to slip away, we cannot get it back. Therefore, we should do what we wish to do at the right time.
(Courtesy : Rapid Review of English Grammar by NDV Prasad Rao)

Our Motto

"Practice makes a man perfect."

1 comment:

"கருவெளி" said...

Very useful collection sir...

Thank you very much for the same