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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Proverbs About Home and House

There's no place like home
No matter how humble it may be, home is the place where one feels happiest.

Charity begins at home
This proverb is often used as an excuse for not helping those outside the family circle. But that is not the real meaning of the proverb. In its literal sense charity is Christian love of one's fellow men; kindness; natural affection. If children learn to love and help those nearest to them in their early years, they will love and help their fellow men when they grow up. In other words, charity begins at home, but it does not end there.

Curses, like chickens, come home to roost
Here 'come home to roost' means 'recoil upon the originator', just as when a stone thrown up into the air comes down on the head of the thrower. A curse is the utterance of an evil wish, eg.'May you be run over by a bus!' The proverb means that curses are less likely to injure the person cursed than the curser himself -- it is he who is run over by a bus.

East or west, home is best
Whenever it is, and however far you may travel from it, There's no place like home.

The longest way round is the nearest way home
Short cuts can involve one in difficulties. It is better to follow the correct procedure in anything than to try to save time by scamping the work. For example, it may seem quicker to redecorate the sitting room by putting the new paint straight on the old, whereas the correct way -- and in the end the quickest -- is to prepare the work thoroughly before applying the new paint.

Men make houses, women make homes
The husband may buy, or even build, the house, but it only becomes a real home when it is made warm and comfortable by the wife.

The shortest way round is the longest way home
Short cuts can involve one in difficulties.

Who repairs not his gutters repairs his whole house
This teaches the folly of false economy and the effect of small things on greater ones. By not spending the small amount needed to repair the gutters, the owner of the house is liable to pay a much larger sum later on for putting the right the damage caused to the house by water leaking from the gutters.

Burn not your house to fright the mouse away
Don't take extreme measures to get rid of something quite trivial.

An Englishman's house is his castle
He is legally entitled to his privacy. No other person may enter his house without his permission.

A house divided against itself cannot stand
Discord breaks up families.

It is a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock
No home is happy in which the husband is such a weakling that it is his wife who gives all the orders.

A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house
A man's abilities are seldom recognized by his family and others who know him well.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
The lesson this proverb teaches is that people whose own conduct is open to criticism is should not criticize the conduct of others, who may retaliate by accusing their accusers.


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