Proverbs with opposite meanings
By Judy Evans
November 22, 2021 3:04am CST
The photo has nothing to do with the discussion. It’s just a pretty azalea. MyLotter Vicki (@1creekgirl) mentioned in a discussion ‘Who was it that said, "Man plans and God laughs". A similar saying I know is ‘Man proposes and God disposes. This got me thinking about proverbs which contradict each other. Here is a couple I came up with. Can you suggest others that have opposite meanings? Too many cooks spoil the broth BUT Many hands make light work Absence makes the heart grow fonder BUT Out of sight, out of mind. I’m sure there are more but these are the only ones I could come up with in a hurry. Can you think of more?
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We have exactly the same ‘Man proposes and God disposes" (l'uomo propone e Dio dispone). Some that comes to my mind You’re never too old to learn. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Look before you leap... He who hesitates is lost. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Clothes make the man.
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• United Kingdom
I would have said that "Man plans and God laughs" and ‘Man proposes and God disposes" have the same meaning, or is that not what you meant? I can't think of any contradictory ones at the moment - or many at all really. Those are good pairs you came up with.
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• Midland, Michigan
No idea but are the two you mentioned with buts in the middle were they said as one or are they two distinct ones that contradict each other? In the kitchen the first might be true while working in the yard or with housework or other tasks might for the other better. So they may not contradict but be meant for different things.
• Surabaya, Indonesia
@JudyEv Yeah i could name one but it's very different from there. "dogs bark the caravan goes by" Which means; let them ridicule or gossip about us, but stay focused on our goals so that we will be successful in the future.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
Very lovely azaleas. Yep, here are some If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Don’t beat your head against a stone wall. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Out of sight, out of mind. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it.