Proverbs and their opposites

Mon19Sep11

Newton’s third law states:
Every action has an equal and an opposite reaction.
so it would stand to reason that every proverb has an equal and opposite proverb.

All good things come to those who wait.
v/s
Time and tide wait for none.

Pen is mightier than the sword.
v/s
Actions speak louder than words.

Wise men think alike.
v/s
Fools seldom differ.

Best things in life are free.
v/s
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Slow and steady wins the race.
v/s
Time & tide waits for none.

Look before you leap.
v/s
Strike while the iron is hot.

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

Birds of a feather flock together.
v/s
Opposites attract.

Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them.
v/s
Forewarned is forearmed.

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
v/s
Faith will move mountains.

Great starts make great finishes.
v/s
It isn’t over till it’s over.

Practice makes perfect
v/s
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.

Silence is golden
v/s
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

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

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

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
v/s
Out of sight, out of mind.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
v/s
Many hands make light work.

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

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
v/s
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

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3 Responses to “Proverbs and their opposites”

  1. sittingpugs Says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    vs.

    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
    – Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.


  2. I guess this goes to show that even proverbs arent one size fits all and can be adapted to whatever situation you find yourself in!

  3. hathiwala Says:

    thanks sittingpugs, have added your suggestion.
    thanks Stephanie


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