Proverbs with opposite meanings

@JudyEv (259163)
Rockingham, Australia
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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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
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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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Those are good ones. The only 'pair' I can think of are 'Time and tide wait for no man' and 'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread'.
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
@Fleura This is a very good one that I had never heard.
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@thelme55 (73569)
• Germany
22 Nov
@LadyDuck I have not heard it either.
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
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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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Yes, they mean the same but thinking about them got me thinking about proverbs that are opposites.
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• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Bit sexist! In my experience it’s often man plans and woman laughs anyway.
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@Orson_Kart What is sexist, the 'man' bit? I took that to mean 'mankind'.
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@Joshael (221)
• Nigeria
22 Nov
Heres one: Haste makes waste. Time waits for no man.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Yes, that's a good one too.
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• China
22 Nov
I think the two have opposite meanings: silence is golden,the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Yes, they fit the bill nicely.
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@cacay1 (65399)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Nov
It's thrilling, I'll share mine: 1. Blow your own trumpet 2. Barking up the wrong tree 3. Head over heels and 4.Bend over backwards
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Thanks for the suggestions.
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• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@cacay1 Are they contradictory? Can you bend over backwards?
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
@Orson_Kart We're not going to get too hung up with the technicalities.
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@askme123 (838)
22 Nov
Stitch in time saves nine
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
So now we need another proverb that means the opposite.
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@BarBaraPrz (34049)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
22 Nov
@JudyEv "Don't be too hasty"
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
@BarBaraPrz Good one!
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• India
22 Nov
How about practice makes a man perfect and little knowledge is a dangerous thing LOL although they are different ,we can combine these
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Yes, that pretty much hits the target.
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• India
23 Nov
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@just4him (257855)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Nov
Those ones are good. Not at the moment.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Several have come up with some but it's not that easy.
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@just4him (257855)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Nov
@JudyEv No, it's not easy.
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@arunima25 (67817)
• Bangalore, India
22 Nov
Few just pop up in my mind 1. Slow and steady wins the race...Time and tide waits for none 2. Opposites attract... Birds of a feather flock together. I might come with more.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Those are good. There are more and more appearing that I hadn't thought of.
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@Nawsheen (28418)
• Mauritius
22 Nov
I am still thinking about it. Will come back later on
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@cacay1 (65399)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Nov
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@Nawsheen (28418)
• Mauritius
22 Nov
@cacay1 I discussed this with my colleagues and this is what we came up with - Look before you leap But Strike while the iron is hot
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@cacay1 (65399)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Nov
@Nawsheen, perfect
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Nov
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.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
They are two separate proverbs (in each line) which contradict each other. And you're right. It depends on the circumstances which works better.
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@BarBaraPrz (34049)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
22 Nov
"A stitch in time saves nine" vs "Don't be too hasty"
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Yep, they're opposites.
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@RebeccasFarm (54874)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
22 Nov
At this minute my brain is asleep..let me wake up more Okay I thought of one. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. ..Mama and Granny RIP
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• United Kingdom
22 Nov
You need two to pass Judy’s test. Guess what, you failed!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
You do need two that contradict but that's okay. There is no pass or fail despite I'm OK's (@Orson_Kart) comment.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
@Orson_Kart BEHAVE!!
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@Chakimmm (929)
• Surabaya, Indonesia
22 Nov
Sorry I haven't found such contradicting proverbs, because the proverbs here are very different from there, maybe I'll think about it first.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
That's okay. I know other countries have their own proverbs which don't always translate, I'm sure.
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@Chakimmm (929)
• Surabaya, Indonesia
23 Nov
@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.
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@Vree0937 (3958)
• Indonesia
23 Nov
@Chakimmm You're translating "anjing menggong, kafilah berlalu?" Thats not caravan in english. They had idioms for that, but cant remember for now.
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@RasmaSandra (48927)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Nov
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.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Nov
Those are good ones. There is quite a few, isn't there?
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@RasmaSandra (48927)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Nov
@JudyEv very many if you search online
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@Orson_Kart (5625)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Great minds think alike Fools seldom differ
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Those are good - you pass!
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• United Kingdom
23 Nov
@JudyEv Phew!
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@wolfgirl569 (51907)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Nov
Right now I cant.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
I could only think of the two but I knew there were more.
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@wolfgirl569 (51907)
• Marion, Ohio
23 Nov
@JudyEv I read comments and seen several.
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@GardenGerty (140478)
• United States
22 Nov
Anna did well. All of you guys are sharper than I am today.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
I could only think of my two and I wondered if maybe there weren't so many after all but you have all proved me wrong.
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@askme123 (838)
22 Nov
Once a man twice a child
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Thanks for joining in.
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@LindaOHio (79057)
• United States
22 Nov
I love azaleas. Can't think of any contradicting proverbs.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
I thought there were lots of them but now I can only think of a few.
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