●The Big Leap Two frogs fell into a deep pit, and though they tried very hard they could not hop out. Their comrades peered down from the top and croaked in sympathy.“We feel for you,” they shouted, “ but there’s no way you can get out from there!”On hearing this, one of the frogs lost heart, and died of fear. The other frog was deaf. He thought his comrades were shouting encouragement. Emboldened by their faith in him, he gathered up all his reserves of energy in one great jump that landed him out of the pit.————————————————Donkey who didn't help A dog and a donkey were going to the market with their master. It was a very long walk across a mountainous path. At noon, the master ate the little food he had brought along, unloaded the donkey, and settled down under a tree for a nap. The donkey began to eat the grass growing there, but there was nothing for the dog to eat.“There are some loaves among the load you were carrying,” said the dog to the donkey. “Let’s take one and share it between ourselves.”“Wait till the master gets up!” said the donkey, tersely. “He’ll feed you then.”Just then a ravenous wolf came into view.“Help me, help me, dog!” pleaded the donkey, quavering in fear.“I’m so hungry I don’t have the strength to do anything,” replied the dog. “Wait till the master gets up. He’ll certainly help you.”——————————————–The Boastful Crow A flock of geese flew down to a beach where a solitary crow was hopping around. The crow watched them with disdain."How gracelessly you fly!" he said to the swans. "All you know is how to flap your wings. Can you glide? Can you somersault in the air? No, that's beyond you. Let's have a flying competition. I'll show you what flying really is!"One of the swans, a young, sturdy male, took up the challenge, whereupon the crow flew up and began to display his flying prowess. He flew in circles, swooped down like an arrow, and performed a variety of acrobatics in the air. Then he flew down, cawing triumphantly.Now it was the swan's turn. He launched himself into the air and began flying over the sea. The crow flew after him, making all sorts of derisive comments about his manner of flying. On and on they flew till finally the land was lost to sight. Water stretched endlessly on all sides. The crow's comments became less and less frequent and finally, stopped altogether. He had begun to tire. Eventually he became so tired that he found it hard to stay in the air. He had to struggle to keep from falling into the water.The swan, pretending to be unaware of his plight, said, "Why do you keep touching the water, brother? Is that another flying manoeuvre?""No," squawked the crow, the fight completely gone out of him. "I'm in trouble… a curse on my boasting! If you do not come to my aid, I'll drown…"The swan had pity on him and taking him on his shoulders flew back to the shore.
问题补充：找一篇英语的谚语故事 要一个谚语的由来 不是要一句话.是一个故事!!!
●我给贴谚语，由来你可以照着汉语找A bad beginning makes a bad ending.不善始者不善终。 A bad thing never dies.遗臭万年。 A bad workman always blames his tools.不会撑船怪河弯。 A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.一鸟在手胜过双鸟在林。 A boaster and a liar are cousins-german.吹牛与说谎本是同宗。 A bully is always a coward.色厉内荏。 A burden of one's choice is not felt.爱挑的担子不嫌重。 A candle lights others and consumes itself.蜡烛照亮别人，却毁灭了自己。 A cat has 9 lives.猫有九条命。 A cat may look at a king.人人平等。 A close mouth catches no flies.病从口入。 A constant guest is never welcome.常客令人厌。 Actions speak louder than words.事实胜于雄辩。 Adversity leads to prosperity.穷则思变。 Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.逆境出人才。 A fair death honors the whole life.死得其所，流芳百世。 A faithful friend is hard to find.知音难觅。 A fall into a pit, a gain in your wit.吃一堑，长一智。 A fox may grow gray, but never good.江山易改，本性难移。 A friend in need is a friend indeed.患难见真情。 A friend is easier lost than found.得朋友难，失朋友易。 A friend is never known till a man has need.需要之时方知友。 A friend without faults will never be found.没有十全十美的朋友。 'After you' is good manners.“您先请”是礼貌。 A good beginning is half done.良好的开端是成功的一半。 A good beginning makes a good ending.善始者善终。 A good book is a good friend.好书如挚友。 A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.一本好书，相伴一生。 A good conscience is a soft pillow.不做亏心事，不怕鬼叫门。 A good fame is better than a good face.美名胜过美貌。 A good husband makes a good wife.夫善则妻贤。 A good medicine tastes bitter.良药苦口。 A good wife health is a man's best wealth.妻贤身体好是男人最大的财富。 A great talker is a great liar.说大话者多谎言。 A hedge between keeps friendship green.君子之交淡如水。 A joke never gains an enemy but loses a friend.戏谑不能化敌为友，只能使人失去朋友。 A leopard cannot change its spots.积习难改。 A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.说谎者即使讲真话也没人相信。 A light heart lives long.静以修身。 A little body often harbors a great soul.浓缩的都是精品。 A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.一知半解，自欺欺人。 A little pot is soon hot.狗肚子盛不得四两油。 All are brave when the enemy flies.敌人逃窜时，人人都成了勇士。 All good things come to an end.天下没有不散的筵席。 All rivers run into sea.海纳百川。 All roads lead to Rome.条条大路通罗马。 All that ends well is well.结果好，就一切都好。 All that glitters is not gold.闪光的不一定都是金子。 All things are difficult before they are easy.凡事总是由难而易。 All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.只会用功不玩耍，聪明孩子也变傻。 A man becomes learned by asking questions.不耻下问才能有学问。 A man can do no more than he can.凡事都应量力而行。 A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.一心不能二用。 A man is known by his friends.什么人交什么朋友。 A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.光说空话不做事，犹如花园光长刺。 A man without money is no man at all.一分钱难倒英雄汉。 A merry heart goes all the way.心旷神怡，事事顺利。 A miss is as good as a mile.失之毫厘，差之千里。 A mother's love never changes.母爱永恒。 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.一天一苹果，不用请医生。 A new broom sweeps clean.新官上任三把火。 An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.以眼还眼，以牙还牙。 An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.一日之计在于晨。 An old dog cannot learn new tricks.老狗学不出新把戏。 An ounce of luck is better than a pound of wisdom.聪明才智，不如运气。 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.预防为主，治疗为辅。 A rolling stone gathers no moss.滚石不生苔，转业不聚财。 As a man sows, so he shall reap.种瓜得瓜，种豆得豆。 A single flower does not make a spring.一花独放不是春，百花齐放春满园。 A snow year, a rich year.瑞雪兆丰年。 A sound mind in a sound body.健全的精神寓于健康的身体。 A still tongue makes a wise head.寡言者智。 A stitch in time saves nine.小洞不补，大洞吃苦。 A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe.身正不怕影子斜。 A wise head makes a close mouth.真人不露相，露相非真人。 A word spoken is past recalling.一言既出，驷马难追。 A year's plan starts with spring.一年之计在于春。 A young idler, an old beggar.少壮不努力，老大徒伤悲。 Bad news has wings.好事不出门，坏事传千里。 Barking dogs seldom bite.吠犬不咬人。 Beauty lies in the love's eyes.情人眼里出西施。 Be swift to hear, slow to speak.听宜敏捷，言宜缓行。 Better late than never.不怕慢，单怕站。 Better to ask the way than go astray.问路总比迷路好。 Between friends all is common.朋友之间不分彼此。 Birds of a feather flock together.物以类聚，人以群分。 Blood is thicker than water.血浓于水。 Blood will have blood.血债血偿。 Books and friends should be few but good.读书如交友，应求少而精。 Business is business.公事公办。 Business is the salt of life.事业是人生的第一需要。 By reading we enrich the mind, by conversation we polish it.读书使人充实，交谈使人精明。 Cannot see the wood for the trees.一叶障目，不见泰山。 Care and diligence bring luck.谨慎和勤奋才能抓住机遇。 Caution is the parent of safety.小心驶得万年船。 Cheats never prosper.骗人发不了财。 Children are what the mothers are.耳濡目染，身教言传。 Choose an author as you choose a friend.择书如择友。 Come what may, heaven won't fall.做你的吧，天塌不下来。 Complacency is the enemy of study.学习的敌人是自己的满足。 Confidence in yourself is the first step on the road to success.自信是走向成功的第一步。 Constant dripping wears away a stone.水滴石穿，绳锯木断。 Content is better than riches.知足者常乐。 Count one's chickens before they are hatched.蛋未孵先数雏。 Courtesy on one side only lasts not long.来而不往非礼也。 Creep before you walk.循序渐进。 Cry for the moon.海底捞月。 Custom is a second nature.习惯是后天养成的。 Custom makes all things easy.有个好习惯，事事皆不难。 Diamond cuts diamond.强中自有强中手。 Do as the Romans do.入乡随俗。 Do as you would be done by.己所不欲，勿施于人。 Doing is better than saying.与其挂在嘴上，不如落实在行动上。 Do it now.机不可失，时不再来。 Do nothing by halves.凡事不可半途而废。 Don't claim to know what you don't know.不要不懂装懂。 Don't have too many irons in the fire.不要揽事过多。 Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.不要小题大做。 Don't put off till tomorrow what should be done today.今日事，今日毕。 Don't put the cart before the horse.不要本末倒置。 Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.不要自找麻烦。 Don't try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.不要班门弄斧。 Do well and have well.善有善报。 Each bird love to hear himself sing.孤芳自赏。 Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.早睡早起身体好。 Easier said than done.说得容易，做得难。 Easy come, easy go.来也匆匆，去也匆匆。 Eat to live, but not live to eat.人吃饭是为了活着，但活着不是为了吃饭。 Empty vessels make the greatest sound.实磨无声空磨响，满瓶不动半瓶摇。 Envy has no holidays.忌妒之人无宁日。 Even Homer sometimes nods.智者千虑，必有一失。 Even reckoning makes long friends.亲兄弟，明算账。 Every advantage has its disadvantage.有利必有弊。 Everybody's business is nobody's business.人人负责，等于没人负责。 Every day is not Sunday.好景不常在。 Every dog has his day.谁都有得意的时候。 Every door may be shut, but death's door.人生在世，唯死难逃。 Every heart has its own sorrow.各人有各人的苦恼。 Every little helps a mickle.聚沙成塔，集腋成裘。 Every man for himself, and the devil takes the hindmost.人不为己，天诛地灭。 Every man has his faults.金无足赤，人无完人。 Every man has his hobbyhorse.萝卜青菜，各有所爱。 Every man has his weak side.人人都有弱点。 Every man is the architect of his own fortune.自己的命运自己掌握。 Every minute counts.分秒必争。 Every mother's child is handsome.孩子是自己的好。 Every potter praises hit pot.王婆卖瓜，自卖自夸。 Everything is good when new, but friends when old.东西是新的好，朋友是老的亲。 Example is better then percept.说一遍，不如做一遍。 Experience is the father of wisdom and memory the mother.经验是智慧之父，记忆是智慧之母。 Experience must be bought.吃一堑，长一智。 Fact speak louder than words.事实胜于雄辩。 Failure is the mother of success.失败是成功之母。 False friends are worse than bitter enemies.明枪易躲，暗箭难防。 Far from eye, far from heart.眼不见，心不烦。 Far water does not put out near fire.远水救不了近火。 Faults are thick where love is thin.一朝情意淡，样样不顺眼。 Fear always springs from ignorance.恐惧源于无知。 Fields have eyes, and woods have ears.隔墙有耳。 Fire and water have no mercy.水火无情。 Fire is a good servant but a bad master.火是一把双刃剑。 First come, first served.先来后到。 First impressions are half the battle.初次见面，印象最深。 First think and then speak.先想后说。 Fools grow without watering.朽木不可雕。 Fool's haste is no speed.欲速则不达。 Fools has fortune.呆人有呆福。 Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from fools.愚者不学无术，智者不耻下问。 Forbidden fruit is sweet.禁果格外香。 Fortune favors those who use their judgement.机遇偏爱善断之人。 Fortune knocks once at least at every man's gate.风水轮流转。 Four eyes see more than two.集思广益。 Friends agree best at distance.朋友之间也会保持距离。 Friends are thieves of time.朋友是时间的窃贼。 Friends must part.再好的朋友也有分手的时候。 Genius is nothing but labor and diligence.天才不过是勤奋而已。 Give a dog a bad name and hang him.众口铄金，积毁销骨。 God helps those who help themselves.自助者天助。 Gold will not buy anything.黄金并非万能。 Good for good is natural, good for evil is manly.以德报德是常理，以德报怨大丈夫。 Good health is over wealth.健康是最大的财富。 Good medicine for health tastes bitter to the mouth.良药苦口利于病。 Good watch prevents misfortune.谨慎消灾。 Great barkers are no biters.好狗不挡道。 Great hopes make great man.伟大的抱负造就伟大的人物。 Great minds think alike.英雄所见略同。 Great men have great faults.英雄犯大错误。 Great men's sons seldom do well.富不过三代。 Great trees are good for nothing but shade.大树底下好乘凉。 Great wits have short memories.贵人多忘事。 Greedy folks have long arms.心贪手长。 Guilty consciences make men cowards.做贼心虚。 Habit cures habit.心病还需心药医。 Handsome is he who does handsomely.行为漂亮才算美。 Happiness takes no account of time.欢乐不觉时光过。 Happy is he who owes nothing.要想活得痛快，身上不能背债。 Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others.吸取他人教训，自己才会走运。 Harm set, harm get.害人害己。 Hasty love, soon cold.一见钟情难维久。 Health is better than wealth.健康胜过财富。 Health is happiness.健康就是幸福。 Hear all parties.兼听则明。 Heaven never helps the man who will not act.自己不动，叫天何用。 He is a fool that forgets himself.愚者忘乎所以。 He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.背后说好话，才是真朋友。 He is a wise man who speaks little.聪明不是挂在嘴上。 He is lifeless that is faultless.只有死人才不犯错误。 He is not fit to command others that cannot command himself.正人先正己。 He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.自嘲者不会让人见笑。 He is wise that is honest.诚实者最明智。 He knows most who speaks least.大智若愚。 He laughs best who laughs last.谁笑到最后，谁笑得最好。 He sets the fox to keep the geese.引狼入室。 He that climbs high falls heavily.爬得越高，摔得越重。 He that will not work shall not eat.不劳动者不得食。 He who does not advance loses ground.逆水行舟，不进则退。 He who makes constant complaint gets little compassion.经常诉苦，没人同情。 He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.想不犯错误，就一事无成。 He who risks nothing gains nothing.收获与风险并存。 History repeats itself.历史往往重演。 Honesty is the best policy.做人诚信为本。 Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.抱最好的愿望，做最坏的打算。 I cannot be your friend and your flatterer too.朋友不能阿谀奉承。 If a man deceives me once, shame on him, if he deceives me twice, shame on me.上当一回头，再多就可耻。 If you make yourself an ass, don't complain if people ride you.人善被人欺，马善被人骑。 If your ears glow, someone is talking of you.耳朵发烧，有人念叨。 If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.脚踏两条船，必定落空。 If you sell the cow, you sell her milk too.杀鸡取卵。 If you venture nothing, you will have nothing.不入虎穴，焉得虎子。 If you want knowledge, you must toil for it.要想求知，就得吃苦。 Industry is the parent of success.勤奋是成功之母。 It is better to die when life is a disgrace.宁为玉碎，不为瓦全。 It is easier to get money than to keep it.挣钱容易攒钱难。 It is easy to be wise after the event.事后诸葛亮好当。 It is easy to open a shop but hard to keep it always open.创业容易守业难。 It is hard to please all.众口难调。 It is never too old to learn.活到老，学到老。 It is no use crying over spilt milk.覆水难收。 It is the first step that costs troublesome.万事开头难。 It is the unforeseen that always happens.天有不测风云，人有旦夕祸福。 It is too late to grieve when the chance is past.坐失良机，后悔已迟。 It never rains but it pours.不鸣则已，一鸣惊人。 It takes three generations to make a gentleman.十年树木，百年树人。 Jack of all trades and master of none.门门精通，样样稀松。 Judge not from appearances.人不可貌相，海不可斗量。 Justice has long arms.天网恢恢，疏而不漏。 Keep good men company and you shall be of the number.近朱者赤，近墨者黑。 Kill two birds with one stone.一箭双雕。 Kings go mad, and the people suffer for it.君王发狂，百姓遭殃。 Kings have long arms.普天之下，莫非王土。 Knowledge is power.知识就是力量。 Knowledge makes humble, ignorance makes proud.博学使人谦逊，无知使人骄傲。 Learn and live.活着，为了学习。 Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.好人越学越好，坏人越学越坏。 Learn not and know not.不学无术。 Learn to walk before you run.先学走，再学跑。 Let bygones be bygones.过去的就让它过去吧。 Let sleeping dogs lie.别惹麻烦。 Let the cat out of the bag.泄漏天机。 Lies can never changes fact.谎言终究是谎言。 Lies have short legs.谎言站不长。 Life is but a span.人生苦短。 Life is half spent before we know what it is.人过半生，方知天命。 Life is not all roses.人生并不是康庄大道。 Life without a friend is death.没有朋友，虽生犹死。 Like a rat in a hole.瓮中之鳖。 Like author, like book.文如其人。 Like father, like son.有其父必有其子。 Like for like.一报还一报。 Like knows like.惺惺相惜。 Like mother, like daughter.有其母必有其女。 Like teacher, like pupil.什么样的老师教什么样的学生。 Like tree, like fruit.羊毛出在羊身上。 Little things amuse little minds.小人无大志。 Look before you leap.摸清情况再行动。 Lookers-on see more than players.当局者迷，旁观者清。 Losers are always in the wrong.胜者为王，败者为寇。 Lost time is never found again.岁月既往，一去不回。 Love at first sight.一见钟情。 Love cannot be compelled.爱情不能强求。 Love is blind.爱情是盲目的。 Love is full of trouble.爱情充满烦恼。 Love is never without jealousy.没有妒忌就没有爱情。 Love me, love my dog.爱屋及乌。 Make hay while the sun shines.良机勿失。 Make your enemy your friend.化敌为友。 Man is the soul of the universe.人是万物之灵。 Man proposes, God disposes.谋事在人，成事在天。 Many hands make light work.众人拾柴火焰高。 Many heads are better than one.三个臭皮匠，赛过诸葛亮。 Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.有心栽花花不发，无心插柳柳成荫。 Measure for measure.针锋相对。 Misfortunes never come alone.祸不单行。 Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.患难见真情。 Money isn't everything.钱不是万能的。 Murder will out.纸包不住火。 My son is my son till he has got him a wife, but my daughter is my daughter all the days of her life.儿子婚前是儿子，女儿终生是女儿。 Nature is the true law.天行有常，不为尧存，不为桀亡。 Necessity is the mother of invention.需要是发明的动力。 Never fish in trouble water.不要混水摸鱼。 Never judge from appearances.不可以貌取人。 Never say die.永不言败。 Never too old to learn, never too late to turn.亡羊补牢，为时未晚。 New wine in old bottles.旧瓶装新酒。 No cross, no crown.不经历风雨，怎么见彩虹。 No garden without its weeds.没有不长草的园子。 No living man all things can.世上没有万事通。 No man can do two things at once.一心不可二用。 No man is born wise or learned.没有生而知之者。 No man is content.人心不足蛇吞象。 No man is wise at all times.聪明一世，糊涂一时。 None are so blind as those who won't see.视而不见。 None are so deaf as those who won't hear.充耳不闻。 No news is good news.没有消息就是好消息。 No one can call back yesterday.昨日不会重现。 No pains, no gains.没有付出就没有收获。 No pleasure without pain.没有苦就没有乐。 No rose without a thorn.没有不带刺的玫瑰。 No sweet without sweat.先苦后甜。 No smoke without fire.无风不起浪。 Nothing brave, nothing have.不入虎穴，焉得虎子。 Nothing dries sooner than a tear.眼泪干得最快。 Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it.世上无难事，只怕有心人。 Nothing is difficult to the man who will try.世上无难事，只要肯登攀。 Nothing seek, nothing find.没有追求就没有收获。 Nothing is so necessary for travelers as languages.外出旅行，语言最要紧。 Nothing is to be got without pains but poverty.世上唯有贫穷可以不劳而获。 Not to advance is to go back.不进则退。 Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.不懂世故，幼稚可笑。 No way is impossible to courage.勇者无惧。 Obedience is the first duty of a soldier.军人以服从命令为天职。 Observation is the best teacher.观察是最好的老师。 Offense is the best defense.进攻是最好的防御。 Old friends and old wines are best.陈酒味醇，老友情深。 Old sin makes new shame.一失足成千古恨。 Once a man and twice a child.一次老，两次小。 Once a thief, always a thief.偷盗一次，做贼一世。 Once bitten, twice shy.一朝被蛇咬，十年怕井绳。 One boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, three boys no boy.一个和尚挑水喝，两个和尚抬水喝，三个和尚没水喝。 One cannot put back the clock.时钟不能倒转。 One eyewitness is better than ten hearsays.百闻不如一见。 One false move may lose the game.一着不慎，满盘皆输。 One good turn deserves another.行善积德。 One hour today is worth two tomorrow.争分夺秒效率高。 One man's fault is other man's lesson.前车之鉴。 One never loses anything by politeness.讲礼貌不吃亏。 One swallow does not make a summer.一燕不成夏。 One's words reflect one's thinking.言为心声。 Out of debt, out of danger.无债一身轻。 Out of office, out of danger.无官一身轻。 Out of sight, out of mind.眼不见，心为静。 Patience is the best remedy.忍耐是良药。 Penny wise, pound foolish.贪小便宜吃大亏。 Plain dealing is praised more than practiced.正大光明者，说到的多，做到的少。 Please the eye and plague the heart.贪图一时快活，必
●Tom threw a piece of butter out of his window. What did he see the next moment he threw it.Guess a word.
●1、The Wolf and the Lamb A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf, "You feed in my pasture." "No, good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf, "You drink of my well." "No," exclaimed the Lamb, "I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying,"Well! I won't remain supperless, even though you refute everyone of my imputations." The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny. 2、The Bat and the Weasels A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped. It is wise to turn circumstances to good account. 3、The Lion and the Mouse A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness." The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaim "You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion." 4、The Father and His Sons A FATHER had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons' hands, upon which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in these words: "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks." 5、A CHARCOAL-BURNER carried on his trade in his own house. One day he met a friend, a Fuller, and entreated him to come and live with him, saying that they should be far better neighbors and that their housekeeping expenses would be lessened. The Fuller replied, "The arrangement is impossible as far as I am concerned, for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again with your charcoal." Like will draw like.
●Happy as a sand boy是一条英国谚语，其起源可以追溯到19世纪初期。其实sand boy不一定专指卖沙子的“小男孩”，因为在过去，boy多为对社会地位较低的成年人的爱称，因此sand boy多半指代那些为谋生计，挨家挨户叫卖沙子的成年人。卖沙子今天听起来有些好笑，但在19世纪确实是一项有利可图的买卖，人们需要沙子来打磨地板，吸收水渍，很多小酒馆还流行用沙子来铺地，营造一种舒适浪漫的效果。 那么这些卖沙子的穷人为什么这么快乐呢?一种可能是:他们贩卖的货物是不需要多少本钱的，只要找到一块干净的沙地，就有了充足的免费货源，因此他们每赚到一点钱都非常开心。另一种理论来自一种传说:卖沙子的人对酒精有特殊的偏好。19世纪的英国著名现实主义小说家查尔斯·迪更斯在他1841年的小说《老古玩店》(The Old Curiosity Shop)中描写了一个叫“The Jolly Sandboys”的酒馆，门口挂着一个标志牌，上面画着三个卖沙人举着大杯啤酒开怀畅饮，看上去非常开心。 然而，到了19世纪中期，锯屑逐渐取代了沙子，成为酒馆和商店风行的铺地用品，所以sand boy们就无法再像以前那么开心了。“to let the cat out of the bag”，它的意思是“揭露一个秘密”，尤其是很重要、关键的那种。关于这个词组的记载可以追溯到1760年，但据说此前一两百年就有这种说法了。