– Proverbs – Letter S –
An alphabetical collection of common and not-so-common Proverbs. Since many Proverbs (often-times referred to as, “Sayings”) have slightly different forms depending on who is saying them, they are organized by either the Noun or Verb in the sentence. If you do not find the Proverb that you are looking for, try the search box. If that doesn’t work, let me know in the comments below… I’ll add it for you.
- “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining” – This Idiomatic Proverb can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, and a Saying, to express that… every “bad” or un-pleasant situation has an aspect of something beneficial or advantageous. This phrase is usually used to describe a situation which is happening or has already happened – or as a reminder to someone who is experiencing (or is about to experience) an un-pleasant situation – so that the person can perceive the circumstances with a more optimistic attitude. –
- “Strike While (the) Iron Is Hot” – This Idiomatic Proverb is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, a , and a Saying, and is used to express that one should:
“Take an opportunity while it is still available.”
…Because often-times, when people hesitate, the opportunity can be missed. This phrase comes from the art of black-smithing (iron-working). When the metal is red-hot then it is soft and easy to work with. Once the metal cools, it hardens and is much more difficult to work with. The word “strike” is verb which means: To hit/pound/kick/etc.. So Idiomatically, if one “Strikes While The Iron Is Hot” then it will be much easier to take that opportunity… but if one waits, the opportunity will be gone – just like the possibility to shape cold metal. – (Note Also: that the article “the” is not necessary, but is grammatically more proper.)
- “Think Before You Speak“ – As all proverbs are very literal, this proverb is advising one to think about the words that one says and whether those words will be appropriate in the situation that that person is in. This is usually given as advice to not say something which will get them in trouble or in an otherwise unwanted situation.
– ( Proverbs in English ) –