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16-01-2020, 14:51   #1
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Unusual "wise" sayings?

I've always put a lot of stock in common sayings/perceived wisdom. There's a reason they've lasted through the ages.

It's interesting when you hear one that's new to you.

A little while back I was talking about the price of something, dismissing something like an extra 20 quid by buying in one place versus another.

Anyway, bloke tells me "it's not a lot of money, but it's lot when you don't have it!"

Now, whether this even counts as a "saying" or not, I think it's very clever.

It's easy to say 5 euro isn't a lot of money, but try buying something for a fiver less in a shop and you'll find out sharpish how important they think it is

"it's a lot when you don't have it". Nice! Makes you think twice about wasting money, even small amounts.

Any others that mightnt be well known?
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When I was in the Soviet Union back in the early 1980s I heard that whistling indoors will bring you poverty. It's stuck with me ever since.
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A Russian one I heard recently, eat breakfast alone, eat lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy
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There's strange things done in the midnight sun...
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“One in the belly, is two in the toilet”, be careful what you eat, or drink for that matter.
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A man I knew used to say

"you can't teach experience"

Ive never heard anyone else saying that but it is one of the truest sayings I've ever heard.
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Wanton waste leads to woeful want

Yerman (A boring/ tedious person) would put hair on an egg.
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Another old Kerry one: Anyone burning him for a fool would have wise ashes.
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16-01-2020, 15:01   #9
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When I was in the Soviet Union back in the early 1980s I heard that whistling indoors will bring you poverty. It's stuck with me ever since.
Strange ring of truth: I was working in call centre way back when (not my team's pc company) outsourcing team at low volume inbound call periods would start whistling like a choir.

Lowered the tone of the whole open plan office. Gateway are gone years as a pc manufacturer
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A Russian one I heard recently, eat breakfast alone, eat lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy
What is wise about that?

I don't want a well fed enemy while i go hungry!
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When I was in the Soviet Union back in the early 1980s I heard that whistling indoors will bring you poverty. It's stuck with me ever since.
Have the Russians something against whistling?

I worked (in a skivvy capacity) for one our former supermarket moguls

When it became obvious that the iron curtain was going to fall and there were huge opportunities in Russia, he went to check the lie of the land.

One night he and his wife went to the ballet. Standing in a queue on the street he began whistling. Door right beside him opened and huge head appears right beside him and said in perfect English "stop whistling"
I asked him what did he do and he just said "I stopped whistling"
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A closed mouth catches no flies.

It's better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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The mug is always on the left
Pull away on the long docket
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What is wise about that?

I don't want a well fed enemy while i go hungry!
don't overeat is the moral here
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