Contradictory "Old Sayings" Lead to Total Confusion

Proverbs and quotes are useful, in telling us what to do,
but choosing exactly the right one, is not always easy for you.

Look before you leap!
Look before you leap! | Source
Are you the tortoise or the Hare?
Are you the tortoise or the Hare? | Source

FAST OR SLOW?:
He who hesitates is lost, but look before you leap.
Remember to strike when the iron is hot.
Which proverb should we keep?

Slow and steady wins the race.
Remember, also, haste makes waste.
Should you quit while you're ahead?
Perhaps you should've stayed in bed.

PATIENCE:
Good things come to those who wait,
so we have been told.
Make haste slowly, don't be late,
too late smart, and too soon old.

PATH:
Always take the road less traveled
(whether it be paved or graveled ),
or straight and narrow, tried and true ,
Might also be the best for you.

POSTURE:

Nose to the grindstone, eye on the ball,
A Stiff upper lip, mind open and all,
Remember to keep on walking tall,
But pride often comes before a fall.

TRUTH:
Though Silence is golden, you should Speak your mind.

The truth often hurts and is not always kind,

So tell always the truth, though it makes someone cry,

Speak only the truth, but let sleeping dogs lie.

TIME:

Time or tide does not wait, it flies when you're having fun.
Never put off for tomorrow... Make hay while it's still in the sun.

Patience is a virtue but time is of the essence.

There's No time like the present except if you Marry in haste, you repent at leisure.

So stop and smell the roses . You are what you eat. Save for a rainy day and Seize the day because Today is the first day of the rest of your life and.. there's nothing new under the sun or ...about old sayings.

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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Clever combination of familiar sayings! My aging mother says, almost daily, "Too soon old and too late smart." I wonder what she would say if I responded, "good things come to those who wait." Might inspire an interesting conversation! Thanks for the humorous hub.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

That was great and so witty. I really enjoyed this creative hub.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Storytellerus. I thought this might have been a total bomb until you gave me a first comment.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

This is just what I was in the mood for tonight. You very cleverly wove these old sayings into a a delightful verse.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and interesting Rochelle. Very interesting food for thought. A very fun article:) Take care.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

That's the thing with proverbs, Rochelle. They can be fashioned to illustrate almost any old concept available. This was very clever. Thank you, my dear. I wrote a hub some time ago about proverbs, too: "Popular Proverbs Interpreted." Take a look if you wish.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Minnetonka Twin... and wannabewriter ...and thelyricwriter ... and drbj. Your comments are very kind. I will look for your proverbs, drbj.


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beelzedug 4 years ago from new york city

all these proverbs it's so confusing.

and mixing them up is sometimes amusing.

which proverb is right is so hard to intuit.

i'll just burn that bridge when i get to it.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you for adding your most fitting verse,

Burning bridges behind you? Better or worse?


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful collection and I think very true.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I guess they all could be true in some situation, even the ones that contradict each other.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

The thing about proverbs is that there's always one to support your positions and to contradict it. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

You are right, of course, ALocsin.... I suppose that is why they are repeated, repeatedly. So much easier than thinking about individual situations.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This was fun to read and so creative.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a clever write!


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

TO JASusan and Audrey Howett-- thank you so much! I don't usually share my older hubs, and think it is a little huberistic to share my own.

It was on the dreaded "ZzZ" list. I was about to unpublish it, but when I read it again, I thought that it wasn't so bad and noticed that several people had left complimentary comments, so I decided to do an unabashed . . . well, somewhat abashed . . . share own my own hub.

Thanks again.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Very cool and quite witty! You have a knack, there. I couldn't do that in a million years.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

You could, you could! A few days of concentration should do it easily-- I seem to have a peculiar useless, non-practical "ap" loaded in my mind. I try to ignore it, but it bubbles up now and then.

Thanks again.


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WriteAngled 4 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Speaking of zzz-ed hubs, do you

let sleeping dogs lie....

or

kill not the goose that laid the golden egg....


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I let some of them lie, change up some titles, attribute photos on some, delete a few, and tweet a few.

I have fewer zzz's, but am not sure what is working and what is not.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

This is wonderful! Absolutely adorable and clever combinations ^_^ I bet my cynical husband would especially enjoy these. Voting up and sharing!


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you Mama Kim 8. It's not very hard to find contradictions for every bit of advice. I appreciate the votes and shares.


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Rob Winters 3 years ago

It's all how you spin it.Lies,damn lies and statistics spring to mind.Interesting observations,nicely put and a most enjoyable read.


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Rob Winters, for your complimentary and perceptive comment.


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Christa Michelle 3 years ago from Fort Myers, Florida

Really impressed with this hub!


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

That's very kind of you, Christa Michelle. It was fun to write .. and it was pretty easy to find contradiction.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Rochelle,

Ooh, ooh, I have one; Why is it that people "Offer their TWO CENTS" but it only costs "A PENNY for your thoughts"?


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

People always think their thoughts are worth more than the person asking for them-- it's like the pawn shop customers..


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Ha ha. At first I thought you were speaking about my contribution to your Hub. I was thinking;"No, No, I loved your hub, maybe I should've made that clear"... but now I getcha, that's too cute. You're quick witted, I love it!


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Much appreciated!


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is very creative and a very enjoyable read. Thanks.


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you very much , rajan jolly. It is not read very often, so your complimentary comment is much appreciated.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Clever play on words. Nicely done.


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for the read.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was truly a clever way to present contradictory sayings. Enjoyable read.


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I appreciate it, PegCole17.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Oh, those are funny. SO contradictory!


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, VL. I'm convinced there is alternate advice for any old saying.


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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home

yes i heard of these old sayings, had been hearing for generations and my school teacher kept rapping them. Voted up and pins


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Rochelle Frank 17 months ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you peachpurple. It seems that old sayings never die.

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