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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Words of Wisdom?

I don't know what to make of adages and proverbs. They are, it is said, simple sayings which express a general truth. But they seem to contradict each other much of the time. For instance, these two popular ones:

Carpe diem (Seize the day)
Take time to stop and smell the roses. (or "good things come to those who wait"... either one)

Or (put another way):
A humble life with peace and quiet is better than a splendid one with danger and risk.

How about:
A man who represents himself has a fool for a client.
Yet... Speak for yourself, John.

Clothes make the man (or dress for success, make a good first impression).
But Don't judge a book by its cover.

Done is better than perfect.
Measure once, cut twice... measure twice, cut once.


He who hesitates is lost.
But, also, haste makes waste.

I always thought this one was simply weird:

Like finding a needle in a haystack.

Why would you look for a needle there? I keep needles with my sewing kit. If you take a roll in the hay, I can almost guarantee you'll find any needle in there.

And this one just plain confuses me:

A friend in need is a friend in deed (or, it could be "indeed").

Who's in need? The friend or you? There are times I thought it sarcasm and times I thought it was similar to the Golden Rule.


Joanne Noragon said...

I always took the last to mean a friend in need will let you know he's a friend. Indeed he will.

My dad always said: It will be the last place you look for it.

Douglas said...

Joanne, I still wonder which one is "in need", the friend or yourself? If I am in need and a person helps me, he is indeed a friend. If it is the friend who is in need then the "a friend indeed" is sarcasm. Or is it an admonition to be a friend to those in need? And I remain confused.