How would you modify an old saying to suit your purposes?

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  1. Larry Fields profile image76
    Larry Fieldsposted 3 years ago

    How would you modify an old saying to suit your purposes?

    Here are two examples of originals and newer versions provided by other people:
    Love thy neighbor as thyself.
    Love thy neighbor, but don't get caught.
    This one was provided by an acquaintance from Finland.
    Behind every dark cloud, there's a silver lining.
    Behind every dark cloud, there's another dark cloud.
    Let's think outside of the box -- I mean the dodecahedron!

  2. Radical Rog profile image76
    Radical Rogposted 3 years ago

    Love they neighbour. It's why I became a hermit.
    Behind every dark cloud, comes the rain.
    Let's think outside the box. Don't get into the box in the first place.
    For every expert opinion there are at least two other experts with totally contradictory and opposite opinions.

  3. profile image0
    M Sarthakposted 3 years ago

    An old saying that has been modified by many is:
    Old: Honesty is the best policy.
    New: Hypocrisy is the best policy.

  4. alancaster149 profile image84
    alancaster149posted 3 years ago

    "Behind every silver lining there's a dark cloud"; the pessimist's reason to stay indoors.
    "There are scarecrows over the white cliffs of Dover" (the bluebirds have had their fill of the farmer's crops);
    "An investor and his money are soon parted" (in the aftermath of the 'flash crash' brought about by Navinder Singh  Sarao on his laptop, working in his parents' house in Hounslow);
    "Divorce lawyers are a girl's best friend" (luckily it hasn't happened to me -yet).

  5. UnnamedHarald profile image96
    UnnamedHaraldposted 3 years ago

    This is just as true as the original 'don't just stand there, do something':
    Don't just do something, stand there.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "Do SOMETHING, even if it's wrong!"  (I use this one aloud when people stand in a stupefied daze clogging the grocery aisles!)

  6. kenneth avery profile image81
    kenneth averyposted 3 years ago

    My answer to your delightful question is: "a watched pot just smokes."

  7. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    Do unto others before you are undone.  (Or, a variant, 'before they do unto you.)

    1. kenneth avery profile image81
      kenneth averyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Super job! And remember, "Let sleeping lies, dog."

  8. Larry Fields profile image76
    Larry Fieldsposted 3 years ago

    Thanks one and all. The top answer award went to David Hunt. "Don't just do something, stand there." However this is also subject to modification, in the spirit of HubPages. Don't just do something; write about it!

    I'd like to add one more modified old saying. It's from the late science fiction author, Robert Heinlein. "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."


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