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Human Relationships - Help & Support

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Human Relationships
a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle
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used to imply that helping others or sharing knowledge and resources does not diminish our own abilities or resources, and can lead to mutual benefit and growth
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the sun loses nothing by shining into a puddle
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used to suggest that sharing one's resources or knowledge with others does not diminish one's own value or worth
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(when) you help someone / somebody, you help everyone
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used to say that one should never stop helping others or being kind to them as one's actions, no matter how small, can make the world a better place for others
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you scratch my back and I will scratch yours
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used suggest that if one does a favor for someone, they will be more likely to reciprocate that favor in the future
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claw me, and I will claw thee / you
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used to suggest that people may be inclined to respond to aggression or hostility with aggression of their own, leading to a cycle of violence or animosity
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two in distress makes sorrow less
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used to suggest that sharing one's troubles with someone who is going through a similar experience can help to ease the burden of sorrow or hardship
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company in misery makes it light
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used to suggest that sharing one's problems with others who are going through similar experiences can make those difficulties easier to bear and provide comfort and support
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grief divided is made lighter
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used to suggest that when people come together to share their grief, they can help one another through the difficult period and find a way to cope with the pain
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company in distress makes trouble less
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used to imply that facing difficulties together with others can provide comfort and support, and can make the situation more bearable
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a trouble / problem shared is a trouble halved
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used to imply that sharing one's problems or worries with others can help to reduce the emotional burden and make them easier to bear
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behind every great / successful man (there) stands a woman
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used to suggest that the success of a man is often due to the support, hard work, and sacrifices of a woman in his life
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the best helping hand is at the end of your sleeve
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used to suggest that the most effective way to get things done is by relying on one's own skills, abilities, and resources, rather than depending on others for assistance
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bring not a bagpipe to a man in trouble
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used to imply that one should not be insensitive or thoughtless by bringing up trivial or joyful matters to someone experiencing difficulty or suffering
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he gives twice who gives quickly
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used to imply that by giving help or support immediately when it is needed, one can have a greater impact and make a bigger difference
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one good turn deserves another
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used to imply that acts of kindness and generosity should be repaid with similar acts, emphasizing the importance of mutual benefit and showing gratitude for the kindness of others
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it is far / way better to give than to receive 
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used to imply that the act of giving can bring greater joy, satisfaction, and personal growth than simply receiving something
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give a man fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
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used to emphasize that temporary aid may solve immediate needs, but teaching skills and knowledge empowers individuals to become self-sufficient and independent in the long term
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