Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wisdom II

Part II of Wisdom

"Religion is the opium of the people" Except perhaps in Afghanistan . In Afghanistan, Opium is the opium of the people, being - as it is - the biggest producer of Opium in the world.

"Pot calling the Kettle black" Now, I am not sure if, to me as a person of color, the primary problem with the Pot's criticism of the Kettle is - its hypocrisy.

1000 monkeys typing for 1000 years may not generate Shakespeare, but at least we may get the screenplay for Transformers 4

All roads lead to Rome. If you are in Rome though, you are kind of fucked.

I read a quarter page ad in a daily with a very high circulation that said - "Penis mighter than sword" an ad for a sexual enhancement product.

I recently learned that "A good man is hard to find" is a legitimate proverb. That is by far the worst coined proved I have heard of. Why not have proverbs that go - "One should not procrastinate" or "Be satisfied with what you have" and not bother getting in to figurative language.
Since when did explicit commonplace whining become proverbs? 1918 apparently. Thats when.

"Accidents will happen" it seems that's a proverb
"Meaning: The meaning of this proverb is self evident" Well then its not much of a proverb, is it?

"Love thy neighbour [sic] thyself" but make sure gloves are okay.

"Speak softly and carry a big stick". Its not good advice to give to people who are entrusted with the job of riding cattle-drawn carriages
I don't think cattle respond well to softly spoken words

Marry in haste, repent at leisure and make up with dumb proverbs and anti-woman jokes.

Many a true word is spoken in jest. The rest are spoken in all seriousness and in archaic language. I am just kidding!

The sixth sheikh's sixth sheep is sick. Why does a sheikh have a sheep? Sheep aren't meant to live in the hot climes of arabia.
But may be the sheik is a Palestinian refuguee living in Australia, in which case I wonder why he is not sick.
or may be he is and he gave the sheep the sickness. Is monitoring these delinquent immigrant sheikhs [racism alert!] and their flocks?. No wonder it is sick.
Or maybe the sheep is just sick of the sheikh. May be its seeking citizensheep.

Early bird that catches the worm. Ring worm. Never reach early.

All's well that ends well. That kind of redefinition of wellness is almost tautologous.

Strike while the iron is hot. Strike the iron, that is not something else. For there is no point otherwise in waiting or heating.

Strike while the iron is hot. What did the working class do before the invention of the electric iron?


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Ann Joseph said...

It was indeed a nice view on the proverbs we used to hear. That reminded me the diversity of proverbs in various cultures. Sites like has a nice collection of such proverbs. Eg: Sayings on food, depressing proverbs, Idioms on etiquette and manners etc.