Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Dueling Aphorisms February 19, 2014

Filed under: Funny,Neat,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Sometimes, aphorisms oppose one another:
Look before you leap,” yet “He who hesitates is lost.”
The early bird gets the worm,” yet “Good things come to those who wait.”
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” though “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
A leopard can’t change his spots,” but “The only constant in life is change.”
You’re never too old to learn,” but “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

And my personal favorite:
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” but “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.”

How can you tell an aphorism from an idiom? An aphorism, when translated into another language, will still make sense; while an idiom will not (for example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” will befuddle foreigners if translated literally.)

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