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Contradicting proverbs , Interesting…!

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2007 by Arun Tagged: , , , , , , ,

All good things come to those who wait.
BUT
Time and tide wait for no man.

The pen is mightier than the sword.
BUT
Actions speak louder than words.

Wise men think alike.
BUT
Fools seldom differ.

The best things in life are free.
BUT
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Slow and steady wins the race.
BUT
Time waits for no man.

Look before you leap.
BUT
Strike while the iron is hot.

Do it well, or not at all.
BUT
Half a loaf is better than none.

Birds of a feather flock together.
BUT
Opposites attract.

Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them
BUT
Forewarned is forearmed.

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
BUT
Faith will move mountains.

Great starts make great finishes.
BUT
It ain’t over ’till it’s over.

Practice makes perfect.
BUT
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Silence is golden.
BUT
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

You’re never too old to learn.
BUT
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
BUT
One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
BUT
Out of sight, out of mind.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
BUT
Many hands make light work.

Hold fast to the words of your ancestors.
BUT
Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them.

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  5. Cool, man… Definitely things are as u see it… No question.

    Lifez as u see it… So I vote for having a view point of ur own and not let some other person’s views affect urs… Listen to all, Hear thine own voice…. 🙂

  6. A superb compilation of thoughts. We all heard it umpteen number of times, mostly in our morning assemblies! But it didnt cross the mind that our wise-men were controdictory! But when we go through these proverbs-two schools of thought emerge:
    One that portrays the reality, which is often conservative, sample these-You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, The squeaky wheel gets the grease. et al.

    Second is the more revolutionary thought that is sounds as though destiny is defined by man. Its any thing but conservative. sample these-Absence makes the heart grow fonder, All good things come to those who wait..among others..

    One that is reflective of the reality and hence seems to be a caution. The other is reflective of something that is unique to we humans- a damn die-hard desire to improve, innovate, and succeed in life!..and to never give up!

    i see these two schools to be complementary, than contridictary, for one stops us from error, cautions us against misjudgement while the other gives a ray of hope in despair, shows the other alternative, and helps us to go on. If reality seems cruel take refuge in the ‘alternative’ If the alternative seems farfetched, then stay put in reality!

    So our wise men weren’t that poles apart…may be they were just enemies in the field of literature…never ever agreeing!!

  7. awesome man, its quite an eye opener of sorts. Whole life we study and idealize such sayings only to later realize that so many of them contend each other. I was smiling all the way as I kept reading it. thumbs up to your keen observation, i am all praises.

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