Sometimes we fail to realize that life is full of contradictions. For example, we come accross a nice proverb, and decides to pin it on the wall  for everyone to gawk at. Nice sounding perhaps, it becomes some sort of a mantra we resolve to follow.Of course, as an added bonus, it does not hurt a bit that anyone who happens to pass by and glance at our wall may well think that one is  indeed profound.

But this darned proverbs are sometimes contradictory. James Barnet (The Peoples Almanac #2) at has compiled a few sayings that are contradictory. Lesson? One has to make up his or her own mind and not to rely on others opinions. You go to one friend and the advice would be totally different from that of another.

Well, here’s the collection of contradictory proverbs from James Barnett:

  1. Look before you leap.
    He who hesitates is lost.
  2. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
    Don’t beat your head against a stone wall.
  3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    Out of sight, out of mind.
  4. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
    Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it.
  5. Two heads are better than one.
    Paddle your own canoe.
  6. Haste makes waste.
    Time waits for no man.
  7. You’re never too old to learn.
    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  8. A word to the wise is sufficient.
    Talk is cheap.
  9. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  10. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
  11. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
    Nice guys finish last.
  12. Hitch your wagon to a star.
    Don’t bite off more that you can chew.
  13. Many hands make light work.
    Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  14. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
    Clothes make the man.
  15. The squeaking wheel gets the grease.
    Silence is golden.

And to this I will add:  Although it is said “seek and ye shall find” but remember also that “curiousity killed the cat“! lol.


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