Aphorisms from around the globe

The following text is originally lifted from the trivia section of The Jakarta Post dated Friday, 16 November 2007.

~Compiled from various sources~

  • If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
  • Public before private and country before family.
  • Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.
  • Wait for a rabbit to hit upon a tree and killed in order to catch it.
  • Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.
  • Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.
  • Once on a tiger’s back, it is hard to alight.
  • A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off.
  • No wind, no waves.
  • Talk doesn’t cook rice.
  • If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
  • There are always ears on the other side of the wall.
  • Steal a bell with one’s ears covered.
  • Virginity like bubble – one prick all gone.
  • Man who runs in front of car gets tired.
  • Man who runs behind the car gets exhausted.
  • Man with hand in pocket feels cocky all day.
  • Foolish man gives wife grand piano, wise man gives wife upright organ.
  • Man with one chopstick goes hungry.
  • Man who scratches ass should not bite fingernails.
  • Baseball is wrong; man with four nails cannot walk.
  • War doesn’t determine who is right, war determines who is left.
  • Wife puts husband in doghouse soon find him in cat house.
  • Man who fights with wife all day gets no piece at night.
  • It takes many nails to build crib but one screw to fill it.
  • Man who drives like hell bound to get there.
  • Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.
  • Man who lives in glasshouse should change clothes in basement.
  • Man who fishes in other man’s well often catches crabs.
  • Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  • Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  • An oral contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
  • If we do not succeed, we run the risk of failure.
  • You can’t have everything, where would you put it?
  • The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
  • The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  • Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
  • Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  • No one is listening until you make a mistake.
  • Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.
  • When everything’s going your way, you’re driving in the wrong lane.
  • Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
  • The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  • If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
  • Perspective is the eye of the beholder.
  • The shortest distance between two points is how far apart they are.
  • Free advice is worth what you paid for it.
  • If you lend send someone $20, and never see that person again … it was probably worth it.

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