Popular sayings – Where There’s Muck There’s Brass

Preston, England
November 13, 2015 11:04am CST
The phrase refers to a need to get dirty to get rich. It’s impossible to mine coal or diamonds without getting filthy. The reality however is that where there’s muck there’s mostly just more muck. In many cases we dig and find nothing while many get rich hiring us to do the digging for them, paying us an ordinary wage for the riches we find. Metal detectors dreaming of a heap of buried Saxon gold probably mostly dig up rusty tins and landfill junk of no value. There is brass under our feet but a Hell of a lot more muck. Arthur Chappell
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• China
14 Nov 15
Another saying "no cross,no crown ",However not everyone can be crowned.
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• Preston, England
14 Nov 15
Rather a shame, @changjiangzhibin89 as we could do with another King Arthur lol
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@zebra2222 (5157)
• United States
14 Nov 15
Thanks for letting us know the meaning behind the phrase.
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@ria1606roy (2684)
• Kolkata, India
14 Nov 15
It's greed manipulating all that useless work of digging up junk, only in hope for something which maybe priceless. Just utter nonsense. Nothing comes by that easily. A whole excavation went underway in India because some sage has proclaimed there was gold hidden underneath rubble......the government was foolish enough even to try.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 Nov 15
plus hard work does NOT equal riches anymore. you can work hard all of your life and scrape by
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@kizzyB (180)
• United Kingdom
13 Nov 15
I always thought the saying meant if you were willing to clean up muck, you could earn money. Not everyone likes to get their hands dirty. I read of a woman who makes big bucks cleaning up after a murder, once the police have finished with forensics. Rather her than me!
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
13 Nov 15
Metal detectors had a short period of popularity some years ago, as I am sure you already know. Of course the lack of success soon diminished their attraction.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
13 Nov 15
This is life and you are so right many get rich hiring us to do the digging for them.
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@amadeo (65995)
• United States
13 Nov 15
Never heard of this one.
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