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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Proverbs Tell About Love, War and Money

作者:Shelley Gollust 发布日期:5-19-2013

Some say all is fair in love and war.
Some say all is fair in love and war.

Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Today we talk about proverbs. A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth or belief. Proverbs are found in most cultures and are often very old.

In American history, Benjamin Franklin was famous for his proverbs. Franklin lived in the 1700s. He was a leader of the American Revolution against English rule. He was also a scientist, inventor and writer.

For many years, Franklin published a book called "Poor Richard's Almanac." He included many proverbs that he had heard or created. Some of them are still used today. Like this one: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

Franklin is also remembered for other proverbs like, "A penny saved is a penny earned." This means that money should not be wasted.

Here are other examples of proverbs that Americans use. The first ones are about love. Some people say, "All is fair in love and war." They mean that anything you do in a relationship or in battle is acceptable.

Another proverb about love is, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." This means you love someone even more when he or she is far away. But other people say, "Out of sight, out of mind." You may not even think about that person when he or she is not with you. Which of these proverbs do you think is most true?

Another proverb says "Love is blind." In other words, when you are in love with someone, you may refuse to see anything bad about that person.

Here is another popular saying about love: "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Some people believe that a woman can win a man's love if she prepares his favorite foods.

Some people are only interested in having a relationship with someone who is very good-looking. You might tell them that "Beauty is only skin deep." Your girlfriend may be lovely to look at, but she may also have some bad qualities. Or the opposite may be true. Your boyfriend is a wonderful person, but not good-looking. So what a person looks like is not really important.

Another proverb is true in love and war or other situations: "Actions speak louder than words." It means that what you do is more important than what you say.

Sadly, we have no more time for this program. So we must say, "All good things must come to an end."

This VOA Special English program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Barbara Klein.

网友的学习评论(11条):
作者:迷惘AMY
5-22-2013 18:26:47
what you do is more important than what you say.
作者:Charles
5-24-2013 1:20:15
I just can't fall asleep tonight , 1:08, i resolve to get up, and do some listening in this website, and find this essay about love , i quite agree on this proverb " the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, my GF did that, although not very tasty, but i felt her loving me ,I love her, she is so cute,so lovely.I will love her forever. But what i really want to do it to try every possible way to make me want to sleep, even i have tried to count numbers from 0 to 1000,
作者:yanwang
5-25-2013 10:41:8
I like the ten words:Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy,wealthy and wise.A penny saved is a penny earned. All is fair in love and war.Absence makes the heart grow fonder.Out of sight,out of mind.Love is blind.The way to a man's is through his stomach.Beauty is only skin deep.Actions speak louder than words.All good things must come to an end.
作者:NAOMI
5-29-2013 6:53:1
Love is blind.
作者:谷俐
5-31-2013 6:42:56
i love these proverb,and try to remember them , and use them later
作者:nancy
6-5-2013 16:26:21
All is fair in love and war.
作者:jsun6338
6-8-2013 22:37:26
All good things must come to an end
作者:Resilence.
6-9-2013 19:49:51
Love is blind,it is a grate word,which let me think of my former GF.At that time ,I even think she was a perfect girl I had never seen in the world.I promise I would love her with my whole life,but you never know what will happen.And now she has gone abroad,maybe I can not see her again in my life...
作者:Allen Iverson
7-15-2013 11:7:4
Actions speak louder than words.
作者:Alumni
8-5-2013 17:35:54
all good things must come to an end, this is a proverb already exisited, and i 'll creat one following the former one: all bad things must come to an end, also.
作者:naturaltime
6-2-2014 19:33:49
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach .
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