Posted by ESC on May 08, 2004
In Reply to: Whats the meaning posted by ESC on May 07, 2004
: : whats the meaning of the phrase:
: : "spilled the water with the baby??"
: : thank you
: : david
: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. (Don't empty out the baby with.) A German proverb of unknown origins, it was current in German at least as early as the seventeenth century, when the astronomer Johannes Kepler included the passage, 'This is a caution.lest you throw out the baby with the bath water,' in Tertius Interveniens' . The saying apparently first appeared in English in the writings of Thomas Carlyle, who reported, 'The Germans say, 'You must empty out the bathing-tub, but not the baby along with it.' George Bernard Shaw used the proverb in the preface to 'Getting Married' , noting, 'We shall in a very literal sense empty the baby out with the bath.'" From "Wise Words and Wives Tales" by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993).
Don't throw the good/the precious out with the bad.