Proverbs in English add meaning to a plain conversation. There is mirth, emotion, vengeance and also the fun element in the proverbs. It would be a nice idea to introduce the subject to little kids. Most fables and moral stories have the punch line as a proverb. It is amazing the proverbs have been influenced with several cultural styles and yet retain their uniqueness. To make a subject emphatic, at get togethers and reunions, proverbs offer much solutions when emotions are to be expressed the highest.
The common proverbs that is of conversational use is, ‘A stitch in time saves nine. If a tear is mended at the right time, it does not expand to become a useless piece of cloth’.
‘Birds of a feather flock together’ and ‘ Like minds think alike’ have similar notations.
‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ is a common saying which talks about the determination required to surmount problems.
Healthy eating habits can be mentioned, ‘ An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’. It is in ones best interests to realize an opportunity and grab it. This is highlighted in ‘Time and tide wait for none.
Another common phrase is, ‘ Call a spade a spade’ wherein the frankness and genuine nature of a person is emphasized.
If there are avoidable situation there is no merit in proving your courage, which is seen in‘ Discretion is the better part of valour’.
‘Do not put all eggs in one basket’ is true when you are just happy in mere collection of items rather than looking for other interests.
‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ is a great proverb to cheer someone who has lost interest in the zest of life while facing hardships.
‘Penny wise pound foolish’, is another proverb which mentions careless spending and poor financing powers of a person.
The quality of sharing and giving is learnt in a family. Before teaching the child to give to others, make sure that they understand the importance in ‘ Charity begins at home’.
‘Empty vessels makes the most noise’ is better explained in another proverb like,‘Idle mind is devils workshop’.
A bad situation is expressed in ‘ From the frying pan to the fire’ where the current phase is worse than the earlier one.
‘Out of sight is out of mind’ is a perfect proverb to have forgotten the people whom we do not meet often.
‘Two is company, three is crowd’ is another proverb that hints at limiting your close contacts.
Finally the truth of life is seen in understanding the proverb, ‘ You cannot have a cake and eat it too’.