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Slow and steady wins the race


  • Slow and steady wins the race 
    is a proverb with roots in ancient times. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram, or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools or figures of speech that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself because these common phrases and popular sayings are so well known. Certain phrases may be a metaphor or a quotation; but if it is a proverb, it is often-used and has a figurative meaning. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never; early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise; an apple a day keeps the doctor away; don’t cry over spilt milk; actions speak louder than words; haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth; and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb slow and steady wins the race, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

     

    Slow and steady wins the race means that methodical work that involves careful planning and steady, consistent progress will result in success more quickly than a scattershot, quixotic approach that involves fits and starts and mistakes that must be corrected. The expression slow and steady wins the race comes directly from a fable written by Aesop in the 500s B.C. The fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, tells the story of a race between the two animals. The hare starts off quickly and is soon so far ahead that he stops to take a nap before he finishes the race. While the hare sleeps, the tortoise continues to diligently plod toward the finish line. Though the hare has more talent suited to racing, the tortoise wins the race because of his unwavering progress toward his goal.

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    Examples

    For entrepreneurs, slow and steady wins the race (Arabian Business)

    Then there is the anecdote I turned to as a child whenever I felt overwhelmed — “ slow and steady wins the race” — which helped me overcome many an obstacle. (Maui Magazine)

    For Mitsubishi, slow and steady wins the race as it debuts the redesigned Eclipse Cross (Globe & Mail)


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