Tuesday, December 28, 2010

English Duelling Proverbs

We  all know that every action has an opposite reaction or that there are two sides of the same coin, similarly we can say that every proverb has an equal and opposite proverb.  Contradictory proverbs can be used positively or negatively. Here is a list of some duelling proverbs that have been reported in my book.
1.    1.Birds of a feather flock together    but    Opposites attract.
2.     2.The early bird catches the worm          but    It’s never too late.
3.      Nothing ventured, nothing gained        but    Better safe than sorry.
4.      You can’t teach an old dog new tricks  but    You are never too old to learn.
5.      Absence make the heart grow fonder    but    Out of sight out of mind.
6.      It’s the thought that counts                    but    Actions speak louder than words.
7.      Too many cooks spoil the broth             but    Two  heads are better than one.
8.      Best things in life are free        but    There is no such thing as a free lunch.
9.      The more the merrier                             but   Misery loves company.
10.  Wise men think alike                              but    Fools seldom differ.
11.  A penny saved is a penny earned           but    Penny wise, pound foolish.
12.  Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it   but    Forewarned is forearmed.
13.  Opportunity never knocks twice on the same door    but   If one door shuts another opens.
14.  Divide and rule         but         United we stand, divided we fall.
15.  Strike while the iron is hot     but       Haste makes waste.

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