I’ve mentioned before how I was enchanted by words at a young age. And for good reason. Words magically evoke and convey. They capture imagination and inspire. As symbols in language, words transform a nebulous idea born in our minds to something that can be shared with the world.
My recent posts, excluding the Sneak Peek on Sunday, have been all about colloquialisms and proverbs. These perfect-in-the-moment and occasionally profound thoughts are so ensconced in our language, we forget that someone said them first to convey their particular thought. Funny how we now use them to convey ours.
If you’re here for the first time, scroll back to previous posts to find Americanisms and proverbs, as well as Nautical, Biblical, and Shakespearean additions to the tapestry of thoughts, insights, and cultural input that make up our speech.
Today, I’m adding more to the proverbs. No doubt you’ll find one or two that you’re familiar with.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone * Laughter is the best medicine * Least said, soonest mended * Less is more * Let bygones be bygones * Let not the sun go down on your wrath * Let sleeping dogs lie * Let the buyer beware * Let the dead bury the dead * Let the punishment fit the crime * Let well alone * Life begins at forty * Life is just a bowl of cherries * Life is what you make it * Life’s not all beer and skittles * Lightning never strikes twice in the same place * Like father, like son * Little pitchers have big ears * Little strokes fell great oaks * Little things please little minds * Live for today for tomorrow never comes * Look before you leap * Love is blind * Love makes the world go round * Love thy neighbor as thyself * Love will find a way * Make hay while the sun shines * Make love not war * Man does not live by bread alone * Manners maketh the man * Many a true word is spoken in jest * Many hands make light work * March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb * March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers * Marriages are made in heaven * Marry in haste, repent at leisure * Might is right * Mighty oaks from little acorns grow * Misery loves company * Moderation in all things * Money doesn’t grow on trees * Money is the root of all evil * Money isn’t everything * Money makes the world go round * Money talks * More haste, less speed * Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
Today begins my regular posting day. I’m talking about inspiration and a little TV-watching terrier named Maggie. Come on over. I’ll be there throughout the day to answer questions and reply to comments.