Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Making hay while the sun shines...

Is this an example of making hay while the sun shines?  (Not the two workers, but the two at the back of the picture enjoying each other & the shade of the haystack.) The expression dates back many centuries, and has changed little in form.

Meaning - Make the most of one's opportunities while you have the chance.

Origin - This proverb is first recorded in John Heywood's "All the Prouerbes in the Englishe Tongue"  1546:

Whan the sunne shinth make hay. Whiche is to say.
Take time whan time cometh, lest time steale away.

Many proverbs exist in other languages, but this one doesn't, and it's a reasonable surmise that the phrase is of English Tudor origin.