“Curiosity killed the cat.” とはどんな意味?






Today’s Proverb (今日のことわざ)

“Curiosity killed the cat.”


Origin or Interpretation(起源ないし解釈)

This proverb warns against being too curious or inquisitive, as it can lead to trouble or danger. It suggests that sometimes, it is better to refrain from seeking answers or exploring unknown things to avoid negative consequences.


Example 1(例示1)

He couldn’t resist opening the mysterious package, but as the saying goes, “Curiosity killed the cat,” and he found himself in a mess.


Example 2(例示2)

She decided not to read her boyfriend’s text messages, remembering the proverb “Curiosity killed the cat.”


Example 3(例示3)

When the children asked about the locked door, their parents simply said, “Curiosity killed the cat,” and left it at that.


Short Story

Tommy was always curious about what was inside the old abandoned house at the end of the street. One day, unable to resist his curiosity any longer, he decided to sneak in through a broken window. As he explored the dusty rooms, he heard a loud noise and quickly realized it was the sound of the floorboards creaking beneath him. Panicking, he tried to run back to the window, but it was too late. With a loud crash, he fell through the floor and into the basement below. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt, but he learned the hard way that sometimes, curiosity can indeed lead to trouble.