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    Quotes and opposite quotes: Two sides of the same coin

    Most of us are attracted towards quotes that are inspirational, motivating, encouraging, philosophical etc. Some of us use it as a mail footnote too. But did you realise that there are many quotes that (on the same topic) contradict each other. For instance

    Don't burn your bridges Vs Burn every bridge so that there is no going back.

    The early bird always gets the worm Vs The second mouse gets the cheese ( the first one gets caught in the mouse trap).

    Attack is the best form of defence Vs Discretion is the better part of valour.

    The more the merrier Vs Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    Silence is golden Vs The crying baby always get the milk.

    There would be many more, you are welcome to add on. I think, if someone wants to be smart and uses a quote to make an point, then he/she should also remember that a counter quote can be made by the opposite person too.

    (Just a light hearted thread, let's not get too serious)
  • #666425
    Never judge a book by its cover - Clothes maketh a man
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - Practice makes perfect
    A good beginning makes a good ending - It's not over till it's over
    Wise men think alike - fools seldom differ
    Cross the bridge when you come to it - Dig the well before you are thirsty
    Out of sight out of mind - Absence makes the heart grow fonder
    You can't teach an old dog new tricks - It's never too late to learn
    Time and tide wait for no one - All good things come to those who wait

  • #666437
    Very interesting pairs of quote by both the members. It is really amazing to see how they are almost opposite to each other in their meaning and we are using them time and again in our writings. Interesting thread.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #666440
    Yes. There are many such contradicting quotes in other languages also. I think people use these quoted based on the situation. As mentioned by the author when we use a quote the other person may quote another contradictory quote as a reply. Tit for tat.
    always confident

  • #666445
    Here are some more –
    Good things come in small packages – The bigger the better
    Don't beat your head against a stone wall - Try and try again
    Opposites attract – Birds of a feather flock together
    Piece of cake - Long row to hoe/hard as hell
    Silver lining - Every rose has its thorns
    Silence is golden – The squeaky wheel gets the grease
    Haste makes waste - Early bird catches the worm
    A stitch in time - Good things come to those who wait

    One man's meat is another man's poison – What's good for the goose is good for the gander
    Eyes and ears may be deceiving – Seeing is believing
    Save for a rainy day – One day at a time
    If you can't beat them join them – Lying down with dogs will get you fleas

  • #666505
    A very good thread with quotes and opposite quotes, we all use them and in writings. Quotes given by Author and Juana madam are really quite interesting to read. And there are so many quotes like these and there will be a successful example for each quote and counter quote.

    Every quote has its own identity in its context and no quote or counter quote is wrong.


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