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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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Nine times out of ten they begin by making promises to pay on a certain
day when it is certain they have nothing to pay with. They are as bold at
fixing the time as if they had my lord's income; the day comes round as
sure as Christmas, and then they haven't a penny-piece in the world, and so
they make all sorts of excuses and begin to promise again. Those who are
quick to promise are generally slow to perform. They promise mountains
and perform mole-hills. He who gives you fair words and nothing more
feeds you with an empty spoon, and hungry creditors soon grow tired of
that game. Promises don't fill the belly. Promising men are not great
favorites if they are not performing men. When such a fellow is called a liar
he thinks he is hardly done by; and yet he is so, as sure as eggs are eggs,
and there's no denying it, as the boy said when the gardener caught him up
the cherry-tree.


Our friend will cut more than he will eat, and shave oft something more
than hair, and then he will blame the saw. His brains don't lie in his beard,
nor yet in the skull above it, or he would see that his saw will only make
sores. There's sense in choosing your tools, for a pig's tail will never make a
good arrow, nor will his ear make a silk purse. You can't catch rabbits with
drums, nor pigeons with plums. A good thing is not good out of its place. It
is much the same with lads and girls; you can't put all boys to one trade, nor
send all girls to the same service. One chap will make a London clerk, and
another will do better to plough, and sow, and reap, and mow, and be a
farmer's boy. It's no use forcing them; a snail will never run a race, nor a
mouse drive a wagon.

"Send a boy to the well against his will, The pitcher will break, and the
water spill."

With unwilling hounds it is hard to hunt hares. To go against nature and
inclination is to row against wind and tide. They say you may praise a fool
till you make him useful. I don't know so much about that, but I do know
that if I get a bad knife I generally cut my finger, and a blunt axe is more
trouble than profit. No, let me shave with a razor if I shave at all, and do

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