Thursday, October 28, 2010

Justify anything a.k.a/via Contradictory proverbs

Its real funny, surprising and amusing that you can always reason out why you want to do something or why others should do something. Like for example: if you prefer to do something patiently and with a lot of thought and carefulness, and somebody asks you why are you doing it so slowly, you answer back "slow and steady wins the race". On the other hand if we were the other person getting bugged by the slowness, we argue "time and tide wait for none".
It is surprising that almost every proverb we know has an opposite proverb matching it.
Once we see the other side of things and appreciate the logic, you will come to the only conclusion "There is no real one right thing for anything"
Go ahead, read these contradictory proverbs:

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 things 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 food 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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