Like "Seeing [first] is believing" From the LOA we know "Believing is seeing."


You must work very hard and very long hours to get ahead.


asked 11 Jun '12, 20:49

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Dollar Bill

edited 12 Jun '12, 05:09

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@Dollar Bill

Every so called "wise" saying has an opposite "wise" saying. Duality's at work all the time.

All good things come to those who wait. -vs- Time and tide wait for no man

The pen is mightier than the sword. -vs- Actions speak louder than words.

Wise men think alike. -vs- Fools seldom differ.

As to where do they come from, my assumption would be they are derived from a longer sentences or paragraphs which actually provided more explanation and sense on a certain subject. Shortened they only imply the meaning instead of explaining it.

And why they persists, because they are easy to use and apply, appear fancy and wise. And as such appeal to many.


answered 12 Jun '12, 02:07

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Very interesting I never took all these wise saying and compared them but now looking at them could any be called wise or more just saying that influence us?

(12 Jun '12, 10:58) Wade Casaldi

@Wade Casaldi, I used to think they are wise, until I realized their wise opposites. Then I got puzzled and dropped the wise label, and started to view them as a nasty tool to influence opinions and ways of living. Many people are unaware of this duality and if you throw a "wise" saying at them, they usually agree. Imagine raising kids like this. It's very dangerous and manipulative, because you can always find an example which will confirm their validity. And people choose them as they please

(13 Jun '12, 04:10) CalonLan

and see fit. Only awareness can help one to stay away from its influential power.

(13 Jun '12, 04:11) CalonLan

This is an area I have never given much thought to or the influence it has on me but yes that is an excellent observation I agree.

(13 Jun '12, 09:54) Wade Casaldi

who live by the sword will die by the sword. you should have stay in the beguinning and you would have know they end.

(26 Jun '12, 19:15) white tiger
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Benjamin Franklin said most of it. This should not come as a surprise because Benjamin Franklin had the first printed books. I think he had the first Farmer's Almanac, since this was among the first printed material everyone had to have it like today with the newspaper. So his sayings became popular because it was in his Almanac that everyone wanted to read every page of. So because of this his saying caught on big time and exist to this day.

A penny saved is a penny earned. A fool and his money will soon be parted. The early bird gets the worm. Early to bed early to rise makes the man wealthy, healthy and wise. Patients is virtue. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Time and tide wait for no-one. Time is money. Measure twice, cut once. Life stinks and then you die.

I am pretty sure Benjamin Franklin said all this stuff and more, every saying you ever heard probably came from him.


answered 11 Jun '12, 23:10

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Wade Casaldi

edited 12 Jun '12, 10:54

He might have printed them, hardly he ever said most of them.

Btw, it's "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me".. doesn't make sense other way around. ;)

(12 Jun '12, 01:47) CalonLan

@CalonLan ahh thanks I'll change it, I was looking at it more as "If you fool me twice, I'm going to have to teach you a lesson!" I don't think he was a violent man though so yes it makes more sense the other way around.

(12 Jun '12, 10:53) Wade Casaldi

truly wise saying come from our
elder brothers as they had been
shown by their teachers
though many turned to myths

so called smart saying were
no doubt fashioned by conceited
intellectuals with minimum intuition
gaining notortiety from like admirers


answered 12 Jun '12, 19:23

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