Proverbs – Letter W

–  Proverbs – Letter W  –

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.



  • “Haste Makes Waste – This is a Proverb which can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, and a Proverb – and it used to express that:  If one does something quickly (in “Haste”), and without caring how well he or she does it (usually because he or she don’t enjoy doing it, or just wants to finish as quickly as possible), then that person will usually end-up with an un-satisfactory result or, will have to re-do “it”…  This ultimately means that one will have “wasted” even more time and energy (by having to do it again), than if that person would have “taken his or her time” to do it correctly the first time.  –  (In trying to find a video about saying, I came across This One, which has a HORRIBLE description of the phrase!  First of all, because it is not an Idiom at all!  It means exactly what it says.  BUT, because the speaker goes SO fast that it is almost impossible to understand anything of what he is saying it is actually a perfect EXAMPLE of the phrase rather than a description of it.  The speaker was acting in such “Haste”, that the video was almost completely…  “A Waste” 😀  –  (See Also:  “Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure” Above)

“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.)

  • “The Best Revenge Is Living Well – This is a Proverb an Aphorism, and a Saying, which can also be used as an Interjection to express that one should not think about getting “revenge” against someone, but instead to “live well”  –  To find out more, read the whole blog post…   Read Full Post Here

  • We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It” – This Idiomatic Proverb can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, and a Saying, which is used when someone is discussing or worrying about something (situation/condition/etc.) for-which nothing can be done at the moment (just like, one can not “cross a bridge” until he or she has first gotten there.)  And so, talking or worrying about that “something” in the present, is in-no-way beneficial – and, ultimately, is a complete waste of energy…  “So many people spend so much energy worrying about what we will do when the aliens finally invade, but obviously there is nothing we can do about it now…  *We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it*.”  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens” – This Idiomatic Proverbs is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Aphorism, and an Interjection, and implies that…  when one opportunity or situation (“door”) ends or is no longer available (“closes”) – then there is, almost always, another situation or opportunity (“door”) which is, or soon becomes, available (“opens”).  As an Interjection, this phrase is used in order to “cheer up” someone who is upset about the loss of some opportunity.

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