Proverbs often preserve a weight of common experience, but they tend to fit only one kind of circumstance and not another. It’s thus an interesting application of the Middle Way to trace how far the proverb is applicable to our lives, and to consider how to avoid absolutisations of the wisdom in the proverb. This series of blogs by Robert M Ellis aims to discuss a variety of proverbs in this way.

Proverbs 1: A proverb never lies: it’s only its meaning which deceives

Proverbs 2: A bad workman blames his tools

Proverbs 3: Many a mickle makes a muckle

Proverbs 4: Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness