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Society, Law, & Politics - Authority & Leadership

Discover how English proverbs like "everyone loves a lord" and "if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys" depict authority and leadership in English.

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Society, Law, & Politics
it is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general
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used to imply that it is easier to find people who are willing to follow and do the work, but it is much harder to find someone who has the skills and qualities to lead a group effectively
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an army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep
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used to imply that effective leadership is more important than size or strength, as a skilled leader can inspire a weaker group to triumph over a stronger one with poor leadership
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when the cat is away (, the mice will play)
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used to suggest that people will often take advantage of the absence of authority or supervision to do things that they wouldn't do if they were being watched
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in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
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used to say that in a situation where everyone else is ignorant or inexperienced, even someone with limited knowledge or abilities can be considered superior or an expert
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fish (always) rots from the head (down)
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used to imply that when there are issues or wrongdoing within a group, it is often due to a failure of leadership or a lack of accountability at the highest levels
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a nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool
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used to imply that even a small gesture is enough to satisfy a naive or foolish person who is easily impressed by those in positions of power or influence
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better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
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used to suggest that it is preferable to have some control or authority over a small organization than to be under the control of a larger and more powerful one
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everyone loves a lord
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used to imply that people are attracted to those with higher social or economic status and overlook their negative traits in order to be associated with them or benefit from their power and influence
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good masters (always) make good servants
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used to imply that treating subordinates with kindness, respect, and fairness leads to loyal and hardworking employees
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uneasy lies the head that wears the crown
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used to imply that those in positions of power or authority often face great responsibilities and many challenges, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping
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if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
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used to imply that if one offers low wages, one is likely to attract and retain workers who are of lower quality, have less experience, or are less motivated to do their job well
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