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If you chase two rabbits...

Posted by Baceseras on July 31, 2009 at 15:22

In Reply to: If you chase two rabbits... posted by Smokey Stover on July 28, 2009 at 15:32:

: : Looking for the source of a proverb used on CSI - not sure the correct way to say it. "if you chase two rabbits, you will indeed lose both"

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: You mean it wasn't made up by Gil Grissom? Too bad, then we would know the author. According to one Internet source, it's an "old Russian proverb." Another Website gives it in Rumanian. Mostly it's just an old proverb. So far, I havent seen it attributed to Confucius. I guess I haven't tried hard enough.

: Unless we can capture the original author, which is extremely unlikely, I don't think we can determine a single correct way of stating the proverb. If you chase two rabbits, you'll catc neither. Or you'll lose both. There seems not to be a canonical second clause.
: SS

Laconic is almost an anagram of canonical. The way I've usually heard it, "Chase two rabbits ..." with voice trailing off in ellipsis ....