Paradoxical Proverbs


1. Look before you leap but remember, he who hesitates is lost.

2. Absense makes the heart grow fonder, but then, out of sight, out of mind.

3. Seeing is believing but don't forget the hand is quicker than the eye.

4. The squeaking wheel gets the grease but silence is golden.

5. Opposites attract but birds of a feather flock together.

6. A picture is worth a thousand words but it took only seven words (and no picture) to express that idea.

7. Two heads are better than one but too many cooks spoil the broth.

How Can Lame Walk & Blind See?

The lame which lacks the means to go
is carried on the blind man's back,
So mutually between the two
The one supplies the other's lack:
The blind to lame doth lend his might,
The lame to blind doth yield his sight.

The Genius

"His hair ill cut, his robe, that awkward flows,
Or his large shoes, to raillery expose
The man you love; yet, is he not possessed
Of virtues with which very few are blest?
And underneath this rough, uncouth disguise
A genius of extensive knowledge lies."

The Poet

"Is there a man whom real genius fires,
Whom the diviner soul of verse inspires,
Who talks true greatness? let him boldly claim
The sacred honours of a poet's name.
He alone can claim this name who writes
With fancy high, and bold and daring flights." -- Horace

The Magnet

Obscure, unprized, and dark, the magnet lies,
Nor lures the search of avaricious eyes,
Nor binds the neck, nor sparkles in the hair,
Nor dignifies the great, nor decks the fair.
But search the wonders of the dusky stone,
And own all glories of the mine outdone,
Each grace of form, each ornament of state,
That decks the fair, or dignifies the great." -- Claudian


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