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A barking dog is often moe useful than a sleeping tiger.

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The tiger, if awake, would eat a burgler, but the dog will warn you when the burglar has come. Power is useless if it is not activated.

PS: Is this an English proverb?
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I don't know. It was in a quote list.

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1. There are lessons to be learned from a stupid man.
2. A bird is known by its note, a man by his talk.
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(1) We can learn something from everyone; don't be too proud to try to learn from anyone.

(2) What a person says is an accurate measure of the sort of person s/he is.
Hello MM,

I have one more question relating to quote. I was writing an email to my friend and I had used a quote "There is always a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man"

Following is the paragraph from that mail.

*** was shocked to hear that you faught with your Dad. Though it is your personal matter but never trust what your ears hear. Truth always lies at the bottom of the well. There is a quote, "There is always a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man". That corner might have triggered the anger, you had shown. Hope my e-mail will not trigger off any agner for me.***

I personally feel that something is wrong grammatically. Words are not flowing here. Please help me writing it more impressive.

Thanks MM
Looks pretty good, Newbie. My rewrite:

'I was shocked to hear that you fought with your Dad. Though it is your personal matter, I would like to suggest that you never trust what your ears hear. Truth always lies at the bottom of the well. There is a saying: "There is always a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man". That corner might have triggered the anger you showed. (I hope my e-mail will not trigger off any anger toward me!)'
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Can I use these kinds of Quotes or Saying while speking english? Do they make spoken english more effective?

"A Load of books does not equal one good teacher"

and I have found my teacher, the one and only, Mister Micawber.

MM please tell me what does it mean....

"The clearest mirror cannot show the back."
Some people are more adept at inserting proverbs and sayings appropriately into their conversation than others are. Such adages are often effective in communicating an opinion, but they should not be overused, or they quickly become boring. Using one once a day is sufficient.

I like 'The clearest mirror cannot show the back', but I'm not sure I can explain it better than it explains itself. 'There are some truths we cannot perceive' perhaps represents part of it.
MM, I have found one more, I am not comfortable with ..

"Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when they are old"
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