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Conflicting Proverbs - Who is right?

Updated on April 21, 2011

Conflicting Proverbs


They say that wise men always think alike and fools seldom differ. But that really doesn’t sound true always. Wise men don’t think alike but they act according to the situations. And for these wise men, our ancestors have left a number of proverbs through which they provide justice to their actions. Our ancestors have left so many proverbs that many of them are contradictory to one another. It so happens that each wise man quote whichever proverb is suitable for him in the particular situation. Just thought of situations where two people might be contradictory but both seem to be proverbially right. Can you guess who is right???


  • Teacher says knowledge is power. Student thinks ignorance is bliss
  • A married guy warns his friend look before you leap. The bride’s friend motivates her to strike while the iron is hot.
  • The employer addresses his employees that the only thing constant is change. But the employees feel that the more things change the more they stay the same.
  • Wife on her birthday expecting a gift feels that the bigger; the better. Husband comes with the small gift stating the best things in life come in small packages.
  • Mobile buyers always repent after buying a mobile that all good things come to those who wait. Time and tide waits for none is the statement of buyers who look for sale.
  • A coach coaches with the attitude that practice makes a man perfect. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy says the tired kid.
  • Grandma asks their grand children to teach computer with the idea that never too old to learn but the grandchild says that one can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • Lovers feel that absence makes the heart grow fonder but the married couple realizes that out of sight; out of mind.
  • A designer always takes the pride as clothes make the man but a writer insists that don’t judge a book by its cover and a goldsmith says that all that glitters is not gold.
  • An astrologer predicts what will be will be, a philosopher says life is what you make it.
  • Wife feels that two heads are better than one when making a budget for the family. But the husband is quiet confident that if you want something done right, do it yourself.
  • An adventurist feels nothing ventured, nothing gained. But a firefighter thinks better safe than sorry.
  • An ornithologist says birds of same feather flock together but a scientist says opposites attract.

 The contradiction continues…. and true that birds who love proverbs flock together to read the attractions that lie in the meaning of these opposite proverbs.


Do you believe in proverbs?

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      Vernon Coupe 5 years ago

      Those were really contradictory. And its not always that contradictory statements make You laugh.

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      sankari.nayagam 6 years ago

      Thanks somethgblue for reading my hub and leaving such an elaborate comment! Really sorry for the delayed reply!

      I appreciate your longing for learning new tricks every day!

      Your ideas on the proverbs do sound great!

      Hope and wish I will improve my writing and wish that you will keep commenting on my hubs!

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Any student that thinks ignorance is bliss is not a true student, by definition.

      Having just graduated from college at age 48 I can honestly say that my HS education thirty years ago was ten times better and free!

      I believe in some proverbs and others I do not perhaps another option in your poll would have allowed me to vote.

      Only God is perfect the best we can hope for is progress, but by all means aim for perfection.

      I'm living proof you can teach an old dog new tricks!

      However Knowledge Speaks and Wisdom Listens!

      Nothing ventured nothing gained, so by following me you actually gained a reader . . .

      Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all, better safe than sorry is a proverb for mice not men!

      I'll have to read more hubs before I commit, but so far so good!

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      sankari.nayagam 6 years ago

      Thanks Minima for your comment!

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      MINIMA 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yeah you are so true about these contradictory proverbs. But yes they do give us a direction in life.