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An Archive Of Helpful Adages

Adage - A Stitch in Time

A stitch in time saves nine.

Experience teaches that this advice is both figurative and literal. Consequently every well equipped household should include a sewing machine, and people who know how to use it.

Adage - Better to be hated

It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for who you are not.

(most people are hated by someone regardless though)

Adage - Better to be unaccompanied

It's better to be unaccompanied than to be badly accompanied.

Adage - Better to Walk Alone

It is better to walk alone, than to walk with a crowd that is going in the wrong direction.

Adage - diamond versus pebble

It is better to own a diamond with a flaw than to own a pebble without one.

Adage - Don't dine where you defecate

Don't dine where you defecate! 

Adage - Don't Swat Flies With Sledgehammers

Don't swat flies with sledgehammers!

Adage - Eat Dessert First

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

Adage - Free people aren't beholden to anyone, and are only accountable to themselves.

Free people aren't beholden to anyone, and are only accountable to themselves.

Adage - Having Enemies

Having enemies is the excellent consequence of having stood up for something, sometime, in life.

Adage - it doesn't rain every day

It doesn't rain every day.

Adage - It is Good to Know

It is good to know, how not to know, how much one is knowing.

Adage - Lies Travel Fast

A lie can travel half way around the world before the truth has had time to get its underwear on.

Adage - Never Expect Empathy

Never expect empathy, understanding, or compassion, but welcome it; if, when, and where you may find it.

Adage - Never Let Them See You Sweat

Never let "them" see you sweat!

Adage - Pessimism, Optimism

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

Adage - Stepping Forward

One can only step forward from where one stands right now.

Adage - Success is not final

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

Adage - the splendor of the jade

A single flaw cannot obscure the splendor of the jade.

Adage - Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone

Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone.