Paradoxical Proverbs

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
but...
Out of sight, out of mind.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
but...
Don't cross the bridge until you come to it.

Don't judge a book by its cover.
but...
Clothes make the man.

You're never too old to learn.
but...
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

A word to the wise is sufficient.
but...
Talk is cheap.

Look before you leap.
but...
He who hesitates is lost.

It's better to be safe than sorry.
but...
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
but...
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
but...
Silence is golden.

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

The pen is mightier than the sword.
but...
Actions speak louder than words.

Posted December 15, 2006

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