Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 23, 2008 at 16:52:
In Reply to: Mind over matter etc. posted by Neil Wattison on March 23, 2008 at 15:01:
: Do you know the meanings of 'mind over matter' and 'too many irons in the fire'?
1. "Mind over matter" means that mental force is more powerful than physical matter. For a brief intro, look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_over_matter
2. The metaphor "irons in the fire" refers to pieces of iron being heated in a blacksmith's forge. The earliest known use of it is in a play by the Jacobean dramatists Beaumont & Fletcher, "It is always good when a man has two irons in the fire" the idea being that while one was heating up the blacksmith could be hammering on the other, and thus not waste time. If you have *too many* irons in the fire, you have too many plans or projects on the go all at once. (VSD)