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A little learning is a dangerous thing

The central meaning of this famous proverb is that it is only a man of poor knowledge who boasts of his learning and its result is harmful. It is said of Newton that shortly before his death he remarked that he was like a child gathering pebbles on the sea-shore, while the vast ocean of truth lay unexplored before him. And this is from the mouth of one of the greatest scientists of all times. But it is just like what a really learned man feels. In fact, the more his knowledge increases, the more does he feel how little this knowledge is in comparison with what remains to be known. Only a man of little learning boasts of his knowledge. The harm that this does is incalculable. We all know what great harm a quack does to his patient. His treatment generally results in making the case worse if not in death. A half-trained electrician or mechanic may cause great damage to the machines he handles and may even lose his own life. Naturally, their knowledge is limited, but they think that they know enough. Thus the effect of inadequate knowledge is disastrous.

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An idle brain is the devil’s workshop

Human brain never remains vacant. It always works on some thoughts or others. The thoughts that occupy a man’s brain guide him to action. If these thoughts are good, the man performs good deeds. But if evil thoughts capture his brain, he bound to tread the path of the evil. The evil thoughts are the incarnation of the devil. When the brain is not filled with good thoughts and it becomes idle with no thought to work upon, evil thoughts crowd into the brain as it can never remain idle. Thus keeping the brain idle is very dangerous. The man who keeps his brain idle paves the way for all sorts of mischievous and devilish ideas to crowd into it. When such ideas turn round and round in his brain it becomes a workshop of the devil and the man virtually becomes the devil’s agent. These ideas instigate the man to go about doing all kinds of misdeeds which not only bring about his own ruin but also spell disaster in the society. Thus we should invariably keep our brain filled with noble thoughts; otherwise, it will become idle and give way to evil thoughts which will induce us to undertake evil programmes.

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Better reign in hell than serve in heaven

Everybody wants freedom but when someone gets all the needs of life by way of serving another he misses the taste of freedom at that time rather thinks of the facilities given by his master. He is then used as a doll of his master’s hand. He cannot do anything according to his will. On the contrary, a man who lives a free life getting fewer facilities of life is happier than the subservient rich one. In this context, we can refer to the poem ‘The Happiness of Freedom’ written by Rajanikanta Sen. In the poem the poet compared the life of a sparrow that lives in the brick-built house and thus safe from sun, rain, and storm. When the sparrow talks of its facilities in the building and the sufferings of the tailor-bird in its nest, the tailor bird replies that it suffers in its own house. It is her pride that she lives in her own house. But the sparrow lives in other’s house and the owner of the house may get her out anytime. So it is better to live free getting some pain than to live comfortably depending on others’ mercy.

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Cowards die many times before their deaths

The cowards live in constant fear of death. Everybody knows that death is inevitable however one may try to avoid it and that it can come only once in life. Still fear of death is the greatest fear of man. Some are so much afraid of it that they dare not face risks of any kind. They allow wrongs to continue and even work against their conscience for fear of death. They are cowards and extremely miserable is the life of such cowards. They become the slaves of their fear and in trying to avoid the pangs of death, they only suffer them repeatedly. There are persons, however, who are not afraid of death. They bravely face risks for a noble cause even at the cost of their lives. They are the heroes of the earth – pride and glory of mankind. They feel that since there is no escape from death, it is better to die nobly than to live basely.

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Civility Costs Nothing

Civility means modesty. It implies good manners or courtesy. It is a great virtue. It has no exchange value. We are not required to incur any expenditure in order to obtain it. It stands for a code of conduct which conforms to the norms of etiquette that weave a behaviour pattern which is becoming of a gentleman. Thus it has to be cultivated in one’s character from an early age. Though it does not call for any pecuniary expenditure, it earns a great dividend. A man who is devoid of civility catches trouble at every step and makes a misery of his life. On the other hand, one who has added civility to his conduct is loved by every individual of society. He can get on smoothly and easily through all the thick and thin of life. Therefore, we should possess this invaluable virtue which cannot be reckoned in terms of monetary value.

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