Posted by Bruce Taylor on May 11, 2005
In Reply to: Conflicting Wisdom. posted by Bruce Kahl on May 10, 2005
: : : : "Watch the pennies and the pounds take care of themselves". Could you explain the meaning?
: : : If you're careful over the small things in life, then the big things will come to succesful outcomes on their own. Sadly, not quite true, but a reasonable guide! The 'pounds' here are, of course 'pounds stirling' and not 'pounds weight'.
: : There is also an old expression "Don't be penny wise and pound foolish." which seems on first glance to read somewhat the opposite. I have often wondered if anyone has collected a list of these sayings that seem to be pairs of conflicting wisdom.
: Actions speak louder than words. The pen is mightier than the sword.
: Look before you leap. He who hesitates is lost.
: Many hands make light work. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
: A silent man is a wise one. A man without words is a man without thoughts.
: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
: Clothes make the man. Don't judge a book by its cover.
: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Better safe than sorry.
: The bigger, the better. The best things come in small packages.
: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Out of sight, out of mind.
: What will be, will be. Life is what you make it.
: Cross your bridges when you come to them. Forewarned is forearmed.
: What's good for the goose is good for the gander. One man's meat is another man's poison.
: With age comes wisdom. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings come all wise sayings.
: The more, the merrier. Two's company; three's a crowd
All the idioms contradicting each other just proves that the exception proves the rule