English Proverbs

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Contents 1 Examples 2 Paremiology 3 Use in conversation 4 Use in literature 5 Sources of proverbs 6 Paremiological minimum 7 Proverbs in visual form 8 Proverbs in advertising 9 Sources for proverb study

Not to be confused with pro-verb.
For other uses, see Proverb (disambiguation).

Chinese proverb. It says, "Study till old, live till old, and there is still three-tenths studying left to do." Meaning that no matter how old you are, there is still more studying left to do

A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated, which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic
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▪ kan mana baala, a’laa gaala (“A leaf at home, but a camel elsewhere"; somebody who has a big reputation among those who do not know him well.)
Internal features that can be found quite frequently include:
▪ Hyperbole (All is fair in love and war)
▪ Paradox (For there to be peace there must first be war)
▪ Personification (Hunger is the best cook)
To make the respective statement more general most proverbs are based on a metaphor. Further typical features of the proverb are its shortness (average: seven words), and the fact that its author is generally unknown (otherwise it would be a quotation). Nimm dich selbst bei der Nase ("take yourself by your nose"). It's also called "Vogel Selbsterkenntnis" (Bird of self-knowledge)
In the article “Tensions in Proverbs: More Light on International Understanding,” Joseph Raymond comments on what common Russian proverbs from the 18th and 19th centuries portray: Potent antiauthoritarian proverbs reflected tensions between the Russian people and the Czar. The rollickingly malicious undertone of these folk verbalizations constitutes what

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