SENTENCE COMPLETION QUIZ #1
“An APHORISM is a short pithy or terse saying expressing or embodying a general truth; a maxim; an astute observation.”
Power tends to corrupt . . . absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried . . . nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Fools rush in . . . where angels fear to tread.
An ounce of prevention . . . is worth a pound of cure.
Better safe . . . than sorry.
Measure twice . . . cut once.
The devil you know . . . is worse than the devil you don’t.
The love of money . . . is the root of all evil.
If the gold rusts . . . what will the iron do?
Time and tide . . . wait for no man.
Neither a borrower . . . nor a lender be.
Keep your friends close . . . and your enemies closer.
The early bird . . . gets the worm.
De gustibus . . . non disputandum est.
Ignorance is bliss . . . where tis folly to be wise.
What goes around . . . comes around.
[All] good things . . . come to those who wait.
You get what you deserve . . . deserve what you get.
Never look a gift-horse . . . in the mouth.
Nihil . . . ex nihilo fit.
A rolling stone . . . gathers no moss.
Beware the green-eyed monster . . . jealousy.
Hell hath no fury . . . like a woman scorned.
Haste . . . makes waste.
Birds of a feather . . . flock together.
Familiarity . . . breeds contempt.
Waste not . . . want not.
Absence makes the heart . . . grow fonder.
Spare the rod . . . spoil the child.
Don’t throw the baby out . . . with the bathwater.
Bonum ex integra causa . . . malum ex quocumque defectu.
Stick and stones may break my bones . . . but names will never hurt me.
A bird in the hand . . . is worth two in the bush.
The enemy of my enemy . . . is my friend.
[Ed. note: in 2016: Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.]
A bird in the hand….will always poop there.
I know where Oklahoma is. Stay safe from earthquake areas.
we have earthquakes here about 3 times a week when the oil companies are active…i have become extremely adept at catching nick-nacks before they hit the floor……..
Watching the Weather Channel in the safety of our Florida home. Please take care. Stay safe!
have a nice storm shelter in the house….we’ll be fine even if the house goes all Dorothy on us! thanks.
Don’t let your mouth write a check your butt can’t cash.
Digging through my old journals, I came upon this handwritten page of sayings. It was a great list that I had begun, based on an article I was reading in some psychology journal. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the friend and bird sayings. We are so familiar with many of them in our English language and in our culture. I always had difficulty understanding the devil one, and the baby-bathwater expression. Most of the others were used around me. A Spanish-teacher friend tried to explain one about spitting into the wind–one I never understood. But it was funny. So I turned this into an exercise here. The second part usually comes rolling off our tongues easily. (BTW: I have a little book of complete Latin sayings, but the few I put here are significant: about taste, about matter, and about perfection.)