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#56137 - 02/09/02 11:06 PM words to live by
of troy Offline
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Emanuala pointed out in another thread
about 2 for the money we say;
prendere due piccioni con una fava:
to catch two pigeons by means of (just) one broad bean (used as a bait).

and i let it drop.. but in english, the closer expression to match the italian would be:
To kill 2 birds with one stone..

before you've killed them, you better not count on them..
Don't count your chickens before they have hatched.
and a sure thing is always best
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

for every saying, it seems, there is one contrary--
Absences make the heart grow fonder.. or is it
Out of sight, out of mind!

which are your favorite little maxims.. and do you know the opposite? or a different language version?

my other obsession

#56138 - 02/10/02 03:05 AM .
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#56139 - 02/10/02 08:33 AM Re: words to live by
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Out of sight, out of mind!

Not necessarily so opposite. When the object of our affections is out of sight we forget the bad things remembering only the good and become fonder.

#56140 - 02/10/02 09:30 AM Re: words to live by
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My favourite little max I'm.

Stunning use of anastrophe you provide!

#56141 - 02/10/02 11:04 AM Re: words to live by
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My favourite little max I'm.

That's more than GREAT, that's MAX!

#56142 - 02/10/02 11:17 AM Re: words to live by
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Everything comes to him who waits.

Then Thomas Edison's take on the same:

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Best regards,

#56143 - 02/10/02 11:57 AM Re: words to live by
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Everything comes to him who waits.
Words my personal physician lives by: Everything waits who comes to him.

#56144 - 02/10/02 06:40 PM Re: words to live by
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My favourite little max I'm.
This was great--you're mine, too!

#56145 - 02/10/02 07:28 PM Re: words to live by
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Everything comes to him who waits.

Not he who waits on tables!

#56146 - 02/11/02 12:50 AM Re: words to live by
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Maxims and opposites:

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. - You're never too old to learn.

Look before you leap. - He who hesitates is lost.

A penny saved is a penny earned. - Penny wise, pound foolish.

But as for favorites, ahem. The ones below aren't time-honored, but they certainly Sound maxim-ish!

In the beginning, there was order. Random order.

You can't tell which way the train's gone by looking at the tracks.

Tsyganka, who finds that a bird in the hand is usually messy

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