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hedy mmm
Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:17:03 PM

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There are many clichés that native speakers use. In AE we probably use more than in BE. I've been asked, quite often, the definitions of the clichés that are familiar to me and I use quite often...and so I wish to share the 10 most popular with fellow TFDer's who have inquired.

"Actions speak louder than words"
In this day and age it seems like most people have the ability to say anything with absolute confidence no matter how untrue or just absurd it may be. Most people will say just about anything to get what they want, so it is more important now to judge people by what they do and not what they say. Anyone can talk a big game, but the truly great let their actions speak for them.

"The grass is always greener on the other side"
When you spend your days chasing a “greener” pasture or just about anything really, you will forget to enjoy the chase. When you’re constantly focusing on how things could be better, or how to make your next step, you never take the time to appreciate all the love and beauty that already surrounds you. The grass you currently occupy is as green as you’ll ever need it to be.

"The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree"
From the moment we’re brought into this world we begin to take in massive amounts of information, and our earliest years are when we are most susceptible to conditioning. We are all products of our upbringings, and often habits that are formed for us before we even have a choice stick with us all our lives. Of course we all grow up to be at least sort of like our parents or whoever may have raised us; their example was the closest and most consistent for us to follow.

"You can’t judge a book by its cover"
People are incredibly judgmental these days. The way someone looks or talks is instantly examined for any sort of flaw. So many people are different from how they present themselves, but with the quickness and severity of judgment present today, these people rarely get a chance to display who they truly are. If people took a little more time to get to know someone before rushing to judgment, the world could be a better place for all.

"You can’t please everyone"
I’ve spent far too much of my life bending over backwards trying to get anyone and everyone to like me. I put so much stock in other peoples’ opinions that I forgot to even form my own. I realized that even if everyone else liked me that maybe I didn’t like myself very much. The truth is that no matter what you do with your life or how “successful” you may be, there will always be people out there that want to bring you down. The only opinion that should really matter is your own.

"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger"
We’ve all gone through some sort of pain or conflict in our lives, and at least for anyone reading this, we’ve all made it out the other side. No matter how much you get hurt it will get better eventually and the world will keep on turning; and everything that we go through in life contributes to the person that we will become. The only way to grow in life and become stronger is to go out and experience life in all its wonders and learn from the inevitable mistakes that we’re all going to make.

"Love is blind"
Most love these days is conditional and based on appearances or circumstances, but real love doesn’t care about any of that stuff. True love is unconditional and given without any expectation of reciprocation. When you really love someone you don’t care what they look like, or what mistakes they may happen to make, you just love them no matter what. But don't be blind, no matter how handsome he is...if he's ugly in the inside...he's ugly.

"Ignorance is bliss"
We spend most of our childhood just wanting to grow up, but then we spend adulthood just wishing we could be a kid again. As kids we are relatively unaware of the world around us and have a very narrow view on the way things are, but with age comes more knowledge and exposure to the world around us. We begin to see just how much is wrong with the world and how helpless we are to do anything about it. We learn that so many of these grown-up things that are supposed to bring us happiness only make things more difficult. Oh to be young and naïve again.

"There’s no time like the present"
This is maybe the only one that is as much a fact as it is a cliché. The present is in fact the only moment in time that we have the opportunity to live in and do anything. We spend so much of our time and energy thinking about the past or future that we can do absolutely nothing about. The past is done with and there’s nothing you can do to change it; and whatever future you’re imagining in your head has a pretty good chance of never coming true. The present moment is the only one that is actually real, and the only one that deserves your attention.

"Better safe than sorry"
I thought it would be interesting to close with one that I completely disagree with instead, so here goes. I’ve spent the better part of my life being safe and sorry so trust me when I say they’re not mutually exclusive. Playing it safe has just as good a chance of making you sorry in the end as taking a risk does. The only way to guarantee failure is not even trying. So go out there and take that leap, because a life filled with failure is not only more desirable, but more honorable than a life filled with regret.
hedy

TheParser
Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:33:41 PM
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Great thread, Hedy.

I was recently shopping at a store.

Some music in the store included the words that went something like: "You can't satisfy everyone, so you might as well satisfy yourself."


Have a great weekend!
NKM
Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 4:43:25 PM

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"Look before you leap"  … but … "He who hesitates is lost"

"Better safe than sorry"  … but … "Nothing ventured, nothing gained"

Ravindra
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 2:23:00 AM
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Thank you Hedy. Thought provoking ones.

At the end of the day
To be honest
110%
Literally
Every cloud has a silver lining

hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 8:25:21 AM

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Ravindra wrote:
Thank you Hedy. Thought provoking ones.

At the end of the day
To be honest
110%
Literally
Every cloud has a silver lining


So beautifully stated Ravindra, it should be its own thread.
...and my every morning is bright sunshine!

Be blessed,
hedy

almo 1
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 8:46:16 AM
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1. Too many cooks spoil the broth
Many hands make light work.

2. He who hesitates is lost.
All good things come to those who wait.

3. Birds of a feather flock together.
Opposites attract.

4. You are never too old to learn
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

5. clothes make the man.
Never judge a book by its cover.

6. The best things come in small pakages.
The bigger, the better.

7. Slow and steady wins the race.
time waits for no man.

8. Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
faith will move mountains.

9. Never put off till tommorrow, what you can do today.
Don't cross the bridge untill you come to it.

10. Its better to be safe, than sorry.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

11. Save for a rainy day.
Tommorrow will take care of itself.

12. Life is what we make it.
What is to be, will be.

13. What good is for the goose is good for the gander.
One man's meat is another man's poison.

14. The more, the merrier
two's companies;three is a crowd.

15. The best thing in life are free.
You get what you pay for.




Next time somebody says a proverb, you can respond with an equal and oppsite proverb.

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hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 7:09:10 PM

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Almo 1 wrote:
6. The best things come in small packages.
The bigger, the better.


Cool Almo 1, I love your list, I particularly like the one above, and it's true that a smaller package usually has the best inside...but I use the proverb a little different...
"Good things come in small packages...and so does dynamite". I'm 4ft. 11in, so whenever I meet new people, they usually comment about my height and would say that I'm a cute small package...now you know my response!

Thanks for sharing...I'm keeping your list....and thanks for the link!

Thanks TheParser, Ravindra & NMK...and I like "Nothing ventured nothing gained." It's so me!

I have two proverbs that I've coined and keeps me in check..."Life is hard, but God is good" and "No expectations, no disappointments"....kinda falls into the same thought as yours TheParser, those lyrics are by Ricky Nelson in his song "The Garden Party", I remember it well....(and you ARE A TEACHER) Whistle

This was fun...
Be blessed, hedy Dancing Applause

NKM
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:14:37 PM

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Sometimes we have to make up our own "adages."

One of mine is: "Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off til next year."

hedy mmm
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:25:51 PM

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NKM I love it! Applause Can I use it? I don't think we travel in the same circles...unless you live in NYC!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:09:47 PM

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Procrastination was her only vice, so she decided to handle it - tomorrow.
hedy mmm
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:16:46 PM

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DragOnspeaker I love it!

The problem with me is that I DO NOT procrastinate ..and that brings me to another cliché...

"Teach me patience Lord, but hurry!"

You guys have a great week....hedy
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:45:25 AM

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I only know that;

"I'm much more me when I'm with you."
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:18:23 AM

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hedy mmm wrote:
NKM I love it! Applause Can I use it? I don't think we travel in the same circles...unless you live in NYC!

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You certainly may use it — it's not copyrighted, and I'm always glad to be quoted (with or without credit).

I'm sure we don't move in many of the same circles, and I'm pretty much a country boy. Corinth is northwest of Saratoga, and well to the north of Albany — comfortably distant from the bustle of NYC.

Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:15:26 PM

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Dear Friends, I am confused.

Can anybody explain ME about 'powerless truths? Aren't all truths POWERFUL?

Is the word 'powerful' redundant here?

If a truth is powerless, it's not truth.

Aren't we hypocrites?

Shouldn't we analyse before posting?
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:03:44 PM
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hedy mmm wrote:


"Actions speak louder than words"






So true!

Many people talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk.



Have a nice day, Hedy!
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