Popular sayings – Where There’s Muck There’s Brass
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
9 people like this
• 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.
• 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!