"All's well that ends" and other anti-proverbs

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Light a man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day
Set a man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.

  • Sir Pterry
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Many hands make light work.

So does a switch.

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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese?

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana

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Time wounds all heels

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A friend in need is best avoided.

Accidents will hippo

Modern politician’s proverb: An ounce of prevention costs too much more than kicking a can down the road

(Too much) Familiarity breeds babies

Brexit/Covid proverb: There’s no business…

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derry-girls-sister-michael-christ

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

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A rolling stone gathers momentum.

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My son has a shirt that says:

I never finish anyth

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We’ll burn that bridge when we get there.

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Birds of a feather flock together and shit all over your car.

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I’ve always said “We’ll burn that bridge when we find it.”

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Absence makes the heart go wander.

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The road to hell is 95 South.

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It takes a village to raise an idiot.

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my old counter to “early bird gets the worm” is “and the night owl gets the mouse”

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Opportunity never knocks

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Conflicting Proverbs:

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Six dozen of one, half of another.

Interestingly, I don’t really see much of that list as in conflict. They seem complementary to me. e.g. Knowledge is power but ignorance is bliss, ergo power will not bring you happiness.

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