Points to speak on ‘Rolling stone gathers no moss’:

  • This is an old proverb. The literal meaning of this proverb is ‘moss doesn’t grow on a stone which is always on the move’. Mosses are very small plants that usually grow in wet areas.
  • The proverb’s meaning is – the person who does not stay in one place cannot form long-term relationships, wealth etc.
  • Although the old proverb is in a negative sense, the modern versions of the proverb modified it into a positive sense. One of the modern versions is – A rolling stone that gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish. It means that a person who does not settle down in mediocre life, learns new things, archives success and will always be creative.
  • Moreover, in the present times, there is no need to stay in one place permanently to establish long-term relationships.
  • It can also be applied to politicians. A few politicians change parties frequently. They rarely get loyal followers.
  • It can also be applied to friendships. People who stick to their friends can establish long-term relationships, whereas people who change friends frequently can rarely form true friendships.
  • Many people change careers. But a few people change careers frequently, which can make them a jack of all trades and master of none.
  • A person who is in one business for a long time can become perfect in that business, unlike people who always switch businesses.

Conclusion:

‘Rolling stone gathers no moss’ means the person who does not stay in one place cannot form long-term relationships, wealth etc. One of the modern versions is – A rolling stone that gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish, which means that a person who does not settle down in mediocre life, learns new things, archives success and will always be creative.

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