Proverbial contradictions

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gearce
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Proverbial contradictions

Postby gearce » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:12 am UTC

From http://tww.id.au/proverbs/proverbs.html

A proverb is a popular saying, expressing a truth or common fact. However this has led to some proverbs being a direct contradiction of another.

We have listed these together for you to enjoy the conflicting wisdom.

Spoiler:
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Actions speak louder than words.
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Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
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You're never too old to learn.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
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Ask no questions and hear no lies.
Ask and you shall receive.
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Variety is the spice of life.
Don't change horses in midstream.
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Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
Forewarned is forearmed.
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Silence is golden.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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Clothes make the man.
Never judge a book by its cover
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The best things come in small packages.
The bigger, the better.
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A miss is as good as a mile.
Half a loaf is better than none.
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Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.
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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Don't beat a dead horse.
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The early bird gets the worm.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
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Derek
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Re: Proverbial contradictions

Postby Derek » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:48 am UTC

Yeah, I certainly noticed a lot of these when I was growing up. When you bear in mind that 1) None of these is meant as a universal statement, and 2) Different people have different opinions, it's easy to see how they can coexist.

leady
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Re: Proverbial contradictions

Postby leady » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:49 am UTC

Most of those aren't contradictions, they are just taken out of context

for example :

A miss is as good as a mile.
Half a loaf is better than none.

Is clearly a conflation of a binary outcome with a continuous one

gearce
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Re: Proverbial contradictions

Postby gearce » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:45 pm UTC

leady wrote:Is clearly a conflation of a binary outcome with a continuous one


Not going to argue about that :|
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speising
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Re: Proverbial contradictions

Postby speising » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:55 pm UTC

i always liked:

opposites attract
birds of a feather flock together

brenok
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Re: Proverbial contradictions

Postby brenok » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:02 am UTC

speising wrote:i always liked:

opposites attract
birds of a feather flock together

Well, not technically a contradiction. They're both compatible with (neutral/average/undecided) repel.


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