This Proverb means that the quality of a tree is known by the quality of the fruits borne by the tree. This literally means that the tree should not be judged by it appearance but buy the fruit which is generated by it. The proverb also literally means...
As is the king so are his subjects.
As is the mother so is the daughter.
If we want to judge a person we have to judge not by his speech, but his actions in times of adversity. There is a story in bible in which two women with a small baby came to King Solomon and said that the baby was their child. King Solomon cannot judge who
the real mother was so he said that he will cut the child into two give them each one a half. The real mother opposed to it and said that she does not want to kill the child because the real mother loved the child truly.
So even if King Solomon cannot choose the real mother he made use of the true inner quality of a mother to resolve. So if we want to judge a person, we should do it from their actions.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
This proverb is from the Greece. One of the oldest civilizations in the world is Greek civilization. Greek civilization has always involved itself in spreading the values of democracy and in encouraging free thinking. This has resulted in the production of
many wise men like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in the world.
Socrates has always insisted honesty as a basic virtue and also in questioning every belief which does not sound rational.
The saying that the greatness of a society is achieved when old men plant trees whose shade they may not make use of… is indicative of the unselfish character of the society. A society becomes great when the people become responsible and unselfish.
When a man plants a tree he always expects to gain something from the tree in the form of fruits and shade. But when an old man plants a tree he knows well that he will not live see the plant grow up to bear fruits, or enjoy its shade, still he does it so that his future generation will be benefited by it. This unselfish behavior is a sign of the greatness of a