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Old Adages that prehaps we should bring back and live by

(38 Posts)
Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:25:49

'The world doesn't owe you a living'

'You have to work twice as hard to get half as far'

'Red sky at night, the barn's on fire'

any more?

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:27:27

There's no such thing as a free lunch

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:28:21

Anything that can go wrong, will

Cammelia Sun 16-Sep-07 09:28:53

Why the pessimism Twig ?

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:29:12

Spare the rod, spoil the child

<ooo, now that's fair put t' cat amongst t' pigeons>

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:29:53

it takes a village to raise a child

<yes, yes, yes!>

PrincessGoodLife Sun 16-Sep-07 09:30:06

Do as you would be done by

early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise

laughter is the best medicine

Don't mend what isn't broken

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:30:26

Twiglett's off on one again

<is that an adage? if it's not perhaps it should be>

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:31:31

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

PrincessGoodLife Sun 16-Sep-07 09:33:15

happy wife, happy life?

edam Sun 16-Sep-07 09:34:36

If you fall off and break your leg, don't come running to me.

If the wind changes, your face will stick like that.

edam Sun 16-Sep-07 09:35:31

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:37:43

actually edam ol' cheese, I have never been known to cast a clout before June so patently that one still rings true

WideWebWitch Sun 16-Sep-07 09:37:50

The older I get the more often I hear thsi kind of thing coming out of my mouth

"Don't be a busy fool"
"if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all"
"all's well that ends well"
"discretion is the better part of valour" (I've actually SAID this at work a bit recently! blush)

Twiglett Sun 16-Sep-07 09:39:27

"if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all"


wasn't that Thumper in Bambi?

WideWebWitch Sun 16-Sep-07 09:45:36

#no idea twig!

edam Sun 16-Sep-07 15:46:38

Doesn't clout = vest, though, from the days when people used to cover themselves in goosegrease under a vest, to keep the cold out?

Slubberdegullion Sun 16-Sep-07 15:51:21

Never judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes.
(Bit boring on MN mind)

Men on the go need Y-Fronts.

Pruners Sun 16-Sep-07 15:54:01

Message withdrawn

themoon66 Sun 16-Sep-07 15:54:07

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

That might be difficult if you need a mortgage though hmm

nightshade Sun 16-Sep-07 15:55:00

those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

TheApprentice Sun 16-Sep-07 16:00:14

Live and let live

TheApprentice Sun 16-Sep-07 16:02:06

Aah, this reminds me of a poster I had when i was little that i used to LOVE - it was a huge "busy" picture with lots of different proverbs illustrated on it. I used to look at it every night before I went to sleep....

mytwopenceworth Sun 16-Sep-07 16:04:19

Maybe not all good to live by, but all good to remember!...

Good fences make good neighbours
Beauty is only skin deep
Beggers can't be choosers
A closed mouth catches no flies
A friend is easier lost than found
Hatred is as blind as love
He who wronged you will hate you
Grumbing makes the loaf no larger
Only a fool speaks all his mind
Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it

etc
etc
etc

themoon66 Sun 16-Sep-07 16:11:46

Empty vessels make the most sound

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