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Old Sayings That Make You Stop And Think

Updated on May 1, 2010

Old Sayings That Make You Stop And Think, 

I don’t know about you? but do you find that these sayings describe life and people.

  • ·  Where there is a will there is a way       (or relations lol) 

  • ·  All fur coats and no knickers          (meaning snobby people or area)

  • ·  All mouth and no action          (meaning plenty to say but can’t take it back)

  • ·  Mouth like a sewer rat         (meaning swears a lot)

  • ·  Method in your madness     (meaning you know what your doing, even though it looks silly) 

  • ·  You can’t help those, who wont help themselves  (meaning not all people want help or need your help.)

  • ·  Put a beggar on horseback and they will ride to hell (meaning give some one a little power and it will go to their head)

  • ·  You can’t climb a wall of hate, only rise above it  (meaning you can’t fight fanatics only ignore them as its a war that will not be won)

  • ·  If you live long enough, and you wait long enough, you will see more than you want to see happen (meaning if some one has been really nasty etc you wont need to attack as some one else will give them their comeuppance for you and you will feel sorry for that person. 

  •  Mean as cats pee in a cellar (meaning a tight fisted person) 

  • ·  The pen is mightier than the sword (meaning words hurt more than actions)

These sayings have been around for years in all generations their are hundreds more but these ones I have singled out as I seem to use them more and more.


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    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Love them ones alian346

      Laughing at the 'sex is what you put your coal in' love that one :)

      There are hundreds of them - one of my favourites is - Well you know what thought did? It wet the bed and blamed the bolster! Still hysterical - my mum says it and I do now too :)

    • alian346 profile image


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      There are so many of them, Callum!

      My favourite is 'All fur coats and no knickers' or as we say here 'Aw fur cowats and nae nik-kers'!

      Or in a posh area of town here 'sex is what you put your coal in' - geddit? Not really a saying but still funny!


    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you am glad you enjoyed it :)

    • Xenonlit profile image


      7 years ago

      I'd never heard many of these, but have heard the substitutes. Well done and quite enjoyable.

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Taleb80 I have loads of others but am debating about writing another hub? lol :-)

      See you round

    • Taleb80 profile image

      Taleb AlDris 

      7 years ago


      Nice to meet you here.

      Thank you for sharing these sayings.

      I like saying, proverbs & quotes.

      They give us a long others' experiences using short words.

      For example "Where there is a will there is a way" can be supported by this quote "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." ~ T.S. Eliot

      I voted "Awesome"

      See you around

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I agree tom lol :) Sayings do make a big difference like you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink lol :)

      meaning you can show them the way but you cant force someone to do what they dont want to lol :)

    • tom hellert profile image

      tom hellert 

      8 years ago from home

      What about you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish... sorry just my strange tuna obsession showing But I do believe it means that some things can be changed for the better if they are made or allowed to change. In addition to the play on words.


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