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A traditional saying that provides in a shorter way and includes a moral theme is called a proverb. It is a short phrase, an aphorism, a comprehensive maxim, a wise word in which is collected the result of a long experience about every day’s life expressed in a metaphorical, suggestive and descriptive way.

The proverbs are concise, express the truth, have moral and bring a smile on our lips, because some of them have humor, even if it is a bitter one. They may correct straightening, wrong beliefs and conducts better than one hundred words.

Proverbs may be considered operating strategies in communities to generate their experience in the way each community perceives life. These beautiful words represent different forms of communication. In the didactic activities proverbs are used with success, they also

serve as evidence of peace and reconciliation, as a tool for learning languages and in our everyday life to avoid doing the same mistakes that past generations have done. These verbal entities may be considered the most interesting things about human communities. The proverbs will always be good instruments for thinking and speaking, not only for the sake of it their beauty, but also because they serve as the way that generations perceived life.

Proverbs represent the experience of past centuries, a treasure of wisdom that must be kept holy to help us pass through life more easily. Proverb is a short statement, which is a combination of a good truth feel, based on the rich experience that people have and expresses itself ideas and beliefs in general. Any popular language and any popular literature preserved proverbs in the oral tradition. Often, the same proverb is known in many different countries of the world, and this proves the eternal credit of teaching axiological.

The proverb is anonymous, general objective that expresses the subtleties of persistence of the everyday life of the universe truth. The argumentation of proverbs indicates an indefinite past and it gives some kind of authority revealed from the wisdom of our grand-grandparents. In addition to the archaic character, the proverbs mean the truth eternal values that are always used in the present time.

Some English paremologists gave a very interesting definition to the proverb: is a short and challenging statement that expresses practical wisdom in a colorful language. In international terminology, the proverb is named by others pudo or paremia. More linguistics agreed to the fact that the proverbs might be considered as forms of literary creation, forms of primitive or popular knowledge and as linguistic expressions.

A few centuries ago the term “saw” was synonym for “proverb”. Proverbs can have different meanings depending on the situations in which people are. Proverbs are fundamentals and are commonly used to describe with very few words, situations, things which may needed thousands words, and through a proverb it's a way of doing/explaining things more easy.

Proverbs contain the truths expressed in the same way or even along with different people in the vast geographical area,  not only proving  the connection of human thought in many fields, but also prove the approach of human spirit in cooperation with other nationalities.

Besides everything they say about proverbs, a thing that could be annoying is when people around butcher the sense and the meaning of such beautiful wise and true words. Some of such interesting words full of meaning and wisdom have been written and spoken since Solomon's times.

Cultural contexts promote the study of the proverbs, but sometimes proverbs can be theoretical far from their origins and to what it teaches. The aims of proverbs are not far from their origins because mental properties exist which is defined on the basis of the same principles of doctrine.

A difference should be made between popular proverbs and the ones that are called learned proverbs.  The popular proverbial saying is the one that has unknown origins, and it is not known the author of the saying being transmitted orally, later it was written down.

Some examples of popular proverbs could be: “AFTER the feast comes the reckoning”, “all’s WELL that ends well” and “A SHORT horse is soon curried  ”.

In Western Europe proverbs became dominant during the Middle Ages and culminated in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. English literature of this period of time is rich in proverbial wisdom. It is said that including them in literature, drama, music etc. working, analyzing the proverbs you work with wisdom itself. The Middle Ages is one of the richest in creating and at the same time in collecting proverbs.  

Proverbs were reflecting the tensions and conflicts of the feudal society or were evoking rivalries between regions. Because of the fact that proverbs are malleable, the classics were always re-launching them.

With the Renaissance in the development of the modern spirit, langua

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