A stitch in Time saves Nine.

A stitch in Time saves Nine.  

Expansion of Ideas School & College Section. 

On the surface, the proverb says that a thing that needs mending ought to be mended before it assumes serious proportions.


Take for example a cloth that is a little torn. It can be easily mended with a single stitch. But if it is neglected, it requires more stitches. Further neglect may also make it useless.


By extension, the proverb means that timely action helps us in overcoming problems. Prompt action at an early stage prevents serious trouble in future.


Take for instance, the breach in a dam in Gujarat. It was not repaired in the early stages. This resulted in the bursting of the dam. A water sheet of twenty feet high ran across the village and thousands of people died in Marui, a beautiful city, in three minutes. It is a case of delay and ‘delays are dangerous’.


Same is the case of a student who falls into the habit of procrastination. He must read his lessons regularly. He must not postpone them. If he neglects to study in time he will have to strain before the examinations. He will have to ‘burn the midnight oil’. It may spoil his health and in addition there is every danger of forgetting whatever he has read. He becomes a victim of tension and fear.


A boy stole a pencil from a classmate and showed it to his grandmother. Instead of questioning him about it she kept quiet. The boy’s thefts went unchecked until one day he was arrested. If the boy had been corrected in time, he would not have become a thief. Timely action would have prevented him from falling into the wrong ways. Thus the saying advises us to take timely action for ” a small hole, if neglected, will sink a big ship”.



Expansion of Ideas


A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing.

A Rolling Stone Gathers no Moss.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

All That Glitters is not Gold

An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

Birds of a feather flock together.

Books - our Best Friends

Burning the midnight oil

Charity begins at Home.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cut your Coat According to Your Cloth

Empty vessels make the most sound

Examination: A Necessary Evil

Example is Better Than Precept OR 

Practice What You Preach OR 

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Experience is the best teacher

God Helps those who Help Themselves

God made the country and Man Made the Town

Green City ; Clean City

Health is Wealth

Home Sweet Home

Honesty is the best policy

Impossible is a word in the Dictionary of Fools

India: Unity in Diversity

Industry is the mother of prosperity

Is having a Hobby / Leisure Time activity helpful?

Is Plastic Bad for the Environment?

Knowledge is Power

Looking on the bright side

Manners Maketh Man

Neither a Borrower nor a Lender be

Nothing succeeds Like Success

One Good Turn Deserves Another

Perseverance is the key to success

Pollution: Earth’s enemy number one

Practice Makes Perfect

Prevention is Better than Cure

Pride Goes Before a Fall

Procrastination is the thief of time

Science and Modern inventions: A Blessing or a curse?

Service to Man is Service to God

Slow and Steady wins the race

Speech is silver, Silence is Golden

Strike While the Iron is Hot Or 

Make hay while the sun shines

The Hand that rocks the cradle Rules the world

The world has enough for every man's need, But not for every man's greed

Things of Beauty is a joy forever

To err is human, To forgive Divine

Travel broadens the mind

Trees - Nature’s Gift to Man

Unity is Strength

We are a part of Nature, Not Apart from Nature


Work is Worship