15 Pairs of Contradictory Proverbs
James Barnett, The People’s Almanac #2, p. 1121.
- Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Don’t beat your head against a stone wall.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it.
- Two heads are better than one.
Paddle your own canoe.
- Haste makes waste.
Time waits for no man.
- You’re never too old to learn.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
- A word to the wise is sufficient.
Talk is cheap.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
- Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Nice guys finish last.
- Hitch your wagon to a star.
Don’t bite off more that you can chew.
- Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Clothes make the man.
- The squeaking wheel gets the grease.
Silence is golden.
Keith Petersen suggests: A stitch in time saves nine / If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (2005-12-23)