Meaning of proverb

Posted by ESC on November 16, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning of proverb posted by Harold on November 16, 2003

: : : Literacy homework, to find the meaning of some proverbs, not known the meaning of people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, can you help? please

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: : people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.. - Marilyn Getty 07/26/03
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: : people in glass houses - masakim 07/26/03

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: There is an equally valid proverb which is: People in Grass houses shouln't stow thrones. This was first aired on a British comedy radio programme and alludes to that fact that thrones - being heavy and often carved from marble or cast in gold - cannot be easily, or safely, stowed in the roofs of grass houses.

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES - "Those who are vulnerable should not attack others. The proverb has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' . George Herbert wrote in 1651: 'Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.' This saying is first cited in the United States in 'William & Mary College Quarterly' . Twenty-six later Benjamin Franklin wrote, 'Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.' 'To live in a glass house' is used as a figure of speech referring to vulnerability." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).