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Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
Today we talk about (1). A proverb is a short, well known saying that (2) a common truth or (3). Proverbs are found in most (4) and are often very old.
In American history, Benjamin Franklin was (5) for his proverbs. Franklin lived in the
(6). He was a leader of the American Revolution (7) English rule. He was also a scientist, (8) and writer.
For many years, Franklin (9) a book called"Poor Richard's Almanac."He included many proverbs that he had (10) or created. Some of them are still (11) today. Like this one:"Early to (12) and early to (13) makes a man healthy, wealthy and (14)."
Franklin is also (15) for other proverbs like,"A penny saved is a penny (16)."This means that money should not be (17).
Here are other (18) of proverbs that Americans use. The first (19) are about love. Some people say,"All is (20) in love and war."They mean that anything you do in a relationship or in (21) is acceptable.
Another proverb about love is,"(22) makes the heart grow fonder."This means you love someone even more when he or she is (23) away. But other people say,"Out of (24), out of mind."You may not even think about that person when he or she is not with you. Which of these proverbs do you think is most (25)?
Another proverb says"Love is (26)."In other words, when you are in love with someone, you may (27) to see anything bad about that person.
Here is another popular saying about love:"The way to a man's heart is through his (28)."Some people (29) that a woman can win a man's love if she (30) his favorite foods.
Some people are only (31) in having a relationship with someone who is very good-looking. You might tell them that"Beauty is only (32) deep."Your girlfriend may be (33) to look at, but she may also have some bad (34). Or the opposite may be true. Your boyfriend is a (35) person, but not good-looking. So what a person (36) like is not really important.
Another (37) is true in love and war or other situations:"(38) speak louder than words."It means that what you do is more (39) than what you say.
Sadly, we have no more time for this program. So we must say,"All good (40) must come to an end."
This VOA Special English program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Barbara Klein. Tell us about your favorite proverb. You can send an e-mail Include your name and where you live. And you can find more WORDS AND THEIR STORIES at

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