Do not blow an ember that has no fire in it



Do not blow an ember that has no fire in it

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Irish Proverb

Do not blow an ember that has no fire in it. –Irish Proverb


Means one should not invest time, energy, money in the task has no potential.


It is truly said in the proverb—Do not blow an ember that has no fire in it. Wood is being used as a primary source of energy, before, the extraction of natural gas and other types of flammable gases used for the purpose of heating and cooking; though in some villages and remote areas still this wood is used. In order to continue firing the wood one must blow some air into burning wood. Due to this vital process, today’s proverb may be formed at that time. If you don’t blow extra air to the ember it goes out, and whole left unburnt.  

How it relates to life?

In our day-to-day activities we do a lot of unnecessary actions that have not outcomes or minimal outcomes; in the same, as said in his proverb. Those kinds of liveliness we should stop blowing air into those activities. I put social media in this category for example. If one using it extensively, it will not be advantageous. Use as more as possible for no reasons such as—counting likes, dislikes, comments, etc.


ember (Noun)

a piece of wood or coal, etc. that continues to burn after a fire has no more flames

Blow (Verb)

to move and make currents of air, or to be moved or make something move on a current of air

Irish (Adjective)

belonging to or relating to Ireland, its people, or its language

(Vocabulary meaning from CambridgeDictionary)


1: 'Jack you should not invest in that company even when you knowing that there is no benefit in doing so'. Well, I think you should not blow an ember that has no fire in it.

2: Sister, there is no purpose of continuing with your maid. Don't blow an ember that has no fire in it.

3:  Tina was giving worthless suggestions during the meeting and suddenly boss yelled and said don't blow an ember that has no fire in it.

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