A small leak will sink a great ship.

A small leak will sink a great ship.

As clear as crystals.

This proverb instructs us to acquire knowledge thoroughly and expose the cleverness as clear as crystals to others. One should be clever enough so as to expose it in a way to make others get understand what one exposes and get enlightened.

This statement is a privy which compares one with another for obvious understanding. This is a useful proverb for students and those who aspire to acquire knowledge and also for those who aspire to show cleverness to guide others or solve problems of others. The clear cleverness enables one to tackle a complex situation skillfully and makes him manipulate in adverse situations. One who possesses cleverness wills to counsel others and guide them to solve their complexities. Cleverness makes a man to attain honours and praise. A clever person thinks more and more and systemizes his undertakings before entering a project. The cleverness of a man shows no physical energy but his mental energy saves him from crucial situations. The real cleverness makes one to seek the reality and facts of the things. He doesn’t take any rash and reckless steps which can prove to be harmful to others. His decisions and even speeches will benefit others.

King Solomon was noted for his cleverness. The queen of Sheba wished to test his cleverness. She came to Solomon’s court and showed two garlands one in her right hand and the other in the left. Of those two, one garland was real and the other was artificial, but both the garlands looked the same. She asked Solomon to find out the real garland. The courtiers were puzzled. Solomon did not say a word. He looked the garland keenly for a while and ordered to open the windows. A number of bees flew into the hall and settled on the garland in her right hand.

“The garland in the right hand is real," said Solomon and the queen were greatly impressed by his cleverness.

Thus the clear cleverness helps one to unravel any puzzle.

A small leak will sink a great ship.

A ship is a very huge in general sometimes weighing tonnes and is made of very good quality of steel and designed in such a way that it can travel long distances carrying heavy load. But in the sea sometimes when there is a small hole or some small damage to the ship, it sinks. The size of the hole in the ship is very small compared to the size of the ship.

This is comparable to the characters of people where a small fault in the character causes their downfall.

Shakespeare has written a number of plays where he has shown men of excellent character who have fallen because of small vices in their characters. The character Macbeth in his novel was a very brave and honest general who served the king with loyalty.

But his over ambition to become the king and his wavering mind caused his downfall and his death in duel. Similarly in Hamlet the attitude of the protagonist in postponing things i.e., procrastination leads to his own death. Had he acted in time he would have killed his enemies and lived. Thus allowing any drawback or fault in character will lead to natural downfall.

A small leak will sink a great ship.


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