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25th Nov 2006, 16:05
I was at a conference last Thursday when one of the speakers (Sir Digby Jones) used an old proverb as an example.

It went something like "The person who says it can't de done, should not interupt the person doing it".

Which got me wondering about other proverbs and their truth.

Any comments?

25th Nov 2006, 16:20
I like the proverb.

"The man that never made a mistake, never made anything"

That seems to ring true for me as I must have made loads of things:ooh:

25th Nov 2006, 16:31
"Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach."

Two's in
25th Nov 2006, 16:48
Red sky at night, Shepherds delight,
Red sky in the morning, Shepherds warning,
Minced meat and mashed potatoes, Shepherds Pie.

25th Nov 2006, 17:06
Red sky at night, Shepherds delight,
Red sky in the morning, Shepherds warning,
Minced meat and mashed potatoes, Shepherds Pie.

'Red sky at night, the Renault's alight'
Heard after the riots in Paris a couple of years ago.

'Measure twice, cut once'
An old joiner's saw (pun intended!), damned difficult to remember to do it though (in joinery and everything else).

'Plan the dive, dive the plan'
As a mate who used to do recreational 'salvage' diving used to repeat in earnest tones pre-dive in the boat, soon as he hit the bottom he, and the plan, disappeared in a cloud of silt as 'brass fever' took over.

25th Nov 2006, 17:31
"If you're skating on thin ice, you're likely to get your fingers burnt."

"You can't let sleeping dogs lie if the cat's out of the bag."

B Fraser
25th Nov 2006, 17:33
What goes around......

......lands better

tony draper
25th Nov 2006, 17:34

25th Nov 2006, 17:45
"Never do today, what can be put off until tomorrow."

"Murphy was an optimist."

"If it can go wrong, it probably already has."

"Never run when you can walk,
never walk when you can ride.

Never stand when you can sit,
never sit when you can lay down.

Never stay awake when you can sleep."

"If it is conceived by man, designed by man, built by man, it will fail when you need it the most and expect it the least."

"The most perfect battle plan becomes worthless when the first shot is fired."

How am I doing so far? :p

25th Nov 2006, 17:48
An old KGB one:

Any fool can commit murder. Only an expert can commit suicide........

25th Nov 2006, 17:52
An old man dying is like a library burning down.

Politeness costs nothing.

Cornish Jack
25th Nov 2006, 17:56
Where there's a will, there's a relative!!

25th Nov 2006, 18:24
A mind is like a parachute: it only works when open.

If you have nothing to say, say nothing.

25th Nov 2006, 18:28
"It is better to remain silent and be thought to be a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

25th Nov 2006, 18:39
Every silver lining has a cloud

(Mel Brooks I believe, Movie movie)

25th Nov 2006, 19:01
"Woman who fly upside down have crack-up". (Confucious)

25th Nov 2006, 19:28
Ancient Chinese proverb:

He who go to bed with itchy bum wake up with smelly finger.

"Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach."

Those who can't teach, teach the teachers!

tony draper
25th Nov 2006, 19:40
He who does not know, and knows he does not know,he is a child ,teach him.
He who does not know,and does not know he does not know, he is a fool shun him
He who knows but does not know he knows,he is asleep,wake him.
He who knows and knows that he knows,he is a wise man, follow him.

Thank you Mr Masterman

Sir George Cayley
25th Nov 2006, 19:49
Bungee jumping without a cord.......

A once in a lifetime experience!

Sir George Cayley

25th Nov 2006, 20:10
"Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach."
"Those who can, were taught........."

25th Nov 2006, 20:11
Confucious also say: Man going through airport turnstile sideways is headed for Bangkok....

blue up
25th Nov 2006, 20:13
The light at the end of the tunnel is the runaway train that is gonna crush your sorry ass.

Never S**T where you eat.

When you have a hard decision to make in flying, always ask yourself what the lawyer will say tomorrow

Never P*55 off the person who handles your food.

Never board an aeroplane flown by two training captains


25th Nov 2006, 20:14
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer with his buddies all weekend.

As one door shuts another one closes.

25th Nov 2006, 20:18
There are more ways of killing a cat........
....than fu*+ing it to death.

25th Nov 2006, 20:29
Don't plan ahead, plan by the foot, it's cheaper

or leaner

25th Nov 2006, 21:30
Some things in life don't matter much... and the rest don't matter at all!

25th Nov 2006, 22:02
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

26th Nov 2006, 00:51
Give a furriner a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a furriner to fish and he'll come over and lay waste to the Grand Banks.

Capt. Queeg
26th Nov 2006, 01:13
No matter how good-looking she is, somewhere in the world there's a guy who's tired of putting up with her shit...

26th Nov 2006, 01:41
Experience is what you have just after you needed it.


Learn from the mistakes of others, you won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

26th Nov 2006, 02:08
You learn more from your mistakes than you do from doing it right the first time.

26th Nov 2006, 02:09
A pilot starts with a full bag of luck, and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to exchange one for the other.

Aircraft fly due to Bernoulli, not Marconi. Never drop the controls to grab the mike.

Taxi so slow that, if you ever are involved in a collision, everyone will say, "But isn't that the guy that goes so slow?"

26th Nov 2006, 07:22
The person who says it can't de done, should not interrupt the person doing it.

Sounds like an excellent summary of:

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

I also like...

Have a plan, execute it violently, do it today.

General McArthur

26th Nov 2006, 08:43
If at first you don't succeed ...

That's skydiving for you! :uhoh:

26th Nov 2006, 09:01
Never do the Gay Gordon without a condom
- Kenny Everett

Farmer 1
26th Nov 2006, 09:44
Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticise.

Don't swim in lumpy water.

Don't eat yellow snow.

You can take a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead. (Stan Laurel.)

26th Nov 2006, 10:11
A Friend in need is a pain in the arse.

If at first you don't succeed then it's two with the feet and one with the heed(Glasgow spelling).

26th Nov 2006, 10:38
My Finance Director once told me ....

Money isn't everything ..... your health is the other 5% :)

Sweet Magnolia
26th Nov 2006, 10:55
A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.

Everybody laughs in the same language.

26th Nov 2006, 11:51
The trouble with jogging is, by the time you realise you're not up to it, it's too far to walk back.

Woody Allen

26th Nov 2006, 15:22
I hate quotations.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wenn man dir gibt -- nimm!
Wenn man dir nimmt -- schrei!
-- my grandmother

26th Nov 2006, 15:36
Good judgement comes from experience - experience comes from bad judgement.

Don't kick a gift horse in the teeth.
-my mother-in-law

26th Nov 2006, 15:53
“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.” ----- Damon Runyon

"They told him the thing could never be done
But he just smiled and went straight to it.
He TACKLED 'the thing that couldn't be done'.
And couldn't do it." ---- Anonymous

galaxy flyer
27th Nov 2006, 03:24
Nothing is impossible to man who doesn't have to do it!
[I]GF, many moons ago[I]

Atlas Shrugged
27th Nov 2006, 03:33
"Never do today, what can be put off until tomorrow."

or Don't put off until tomorrow what you can get someone else to do for you today.

27th Nov 2006, 11:11
The early worm gets eaten by a bird.

Every silver lining has a cloud.

Experience is what you think you've got until you get more of it.

27th Nov 2006, 11:22
Money can´t buy you happiness; but it makes living in misery a damn sight easier...

27th Nov 2006, 11:26
Never pass a toilet on the way to an aircraft.

Never waste an erection even if you are alone.

:E :\

27th Nov 2006, 11:33
Music soothes the savage beast..

I know a few people with ipods I´d like to experiment on that one with at the zoo.......

27th Nov 2006, 13:04
... and those who cannot teach teachers sit on education committees !

Umm ... 'He who laughs last is thick'.

And, seriously now folks, a favourite of mine .. 'You hate most those to whom you have done the most wrong' - Confucius.

27th Nov 2006, 13:13
Man like smell of own fart - Ancient Chinese proverb.

27th Nov 2006, 13:20
Man like smell of own fart - Ancient Chinese proverb.
...and wife should be made to enjoy it too in a game of Dutch Ovens - Charles Laughton!



27th Nov 2006, 13:25
'You hate most those to whom you have done the most wrong' Confucius.And of course......

"No good deed ever goes unpunished."

27th Nov 2006, 17:22
More a toast than a proverb...

'Here's to the kisses I've snatched - and vice versa'

27th Nov 2006, 17:22
Those who can - do.
Those who can't - teach.
Those who can't teach - teach PE.


The early bird catches the worm.
The second mouse gets the cheese.

Suppers Ready
27th Nov 2006, 17:38
If at first you don't succeed, pretend you never tried

brain fade
27th Nov 2006, 18:07
Gland in Hand.....Bland

Gland in Gland.....Grand!

27th Nov 2006, 20:17
When you get past forty, everything hurts.

Or, if it doesn't hurt it doesn't work.

27th Nov 2006, 23:06
Related to me by a rather tall fellow, who had a rather short girlfriend:

Nose-to-nose, toes goes in.
Toes-to-toes, nose goes in.

28th Nov 2006, 11:29
Make a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.

Set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life....:E

28th Nov 2006, 12:00
We're not happy until you're not happy!

French "customer service" :rolleyes:

30th Nov 2006, 14:58
Tits are like train sets.

They're intended for the children, but it's always the dads end up playing with them.

30th Nov 2006, 15:03
Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he'll sit by a river for a week ignoring his personal hygiene

30th Nov 2006, 15:09
Related to me by a rather tall fellow, who had a rather short girlfriend:
Nose-to-nose, toes goes in.
Toes-to-toes, nose goes in.
Erm, I'm having trouble working that out.

Now if she was tall and he was half her size...

30th Nov 2006, 15:12
Rule number two of life - You're always in the sh!t, it's only the depth that varies.:E

30th Nov 2006, 15:16
An old ram and a young ram were on top of a hill.
Said the young ram: “See that field of sheep down there? Let’s run down the hill and f**k some of them”
Said the old ram: “Tell you what, let’s walk down the hill and f**k all of them”

30th Nov 2006, 15:30
Give me a child until he is eighty and he is mine for life.

(Sol Weinstein).

30th Nov 2006, 15:34
And a lesson for all:

If you're being chased by a police dog, try not to go through a tunnel, then on to a little seesaw, then jump through a hoop of fire.

They are trained for that.

30th Nov 2006, 17:43
They are trained for that.

NOW you tell me!

30th Nov 2006, 17:56
Those who can - do.
Those who can't - teach.
Those who can't teach - teach PE.

Those who can - do.
Those who can't - teach.
Those who can't teach - manage. :E

(Told to me by my manager, when I was a teacher.)

30th Nov 2006, 18:00
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

30th Nov 2006, 18:33
Nothing succeeds like a toothless budgerigar

30th Nov 2006, 18:38
White man build big fire, sit far away.
Indian build small fire, sit close.

(Not certain what is the moral here, beyond energy conservation.)

30th Nov 2006, 18:47
I'll never forget the woman who drove me to drink. I only regret that I never had a chance to thank her. (or similar, W C Fields)

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.

Sturgeon's Law: Never ascribe to malice, what can adequately be explained by stupidity.

sled dog
30th Nov 2006, 18:55
Joe Stalin

It is not important who votes, what is important is who counts .

30th Nov 2006, 19:49
A stitch in time is worth two in the bush.

Too many cooks make light work.

Many hands make the most noise. (Hey, that one works)

A bird in the hand gathers no moss. (Because it's trapped!)

Why leave until tomorrow what spoils the broth? (Indeed, why would you?)

Remember remember the 5th of September, April, June and November.

A woman's place is thicker than water.

Don't count your chickens until they are in one basket. (Makes life much easier)

Don't cut off your nose to make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

You scratch my back, and I'll look a gift-horse in the mouth.

That's it for now, I'm sorry, I know that time could have been used more wisely for both of us.

30th Nov 2006, 20:06
Hung like Einstein

Brains of a Donkey

30th Nov 2006, 22:38
Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back. ;)

30th Nov 2006, 23:25
Given a 50/50 chance you'll be wrong 90% of the time.

cessna l plate
1st Dec 2006, 11:51
A man has to beleive in something. I beleive in having another drink!
WC Fields

slide blower
1st Dec 2006, 12:41
"you dont know what your doing but look like you know what your doing"
my first boss.
"if the fires to hot,the smoke to thick or the water is to deep then get the hell out"
my first sep teacher

1st Dec 2006, 18:14
slide blower
Where did your English teacher go in between times?
The Ancient Mariner
PS Only teasing - it's been a long day on the road.

blue up
1st Dec 2006, 21:37

I think it went....

Indian build small fire, keep warm by fire.

White man collect lots of wood, built BIG fire, keep warm by walking miles searching for wood.

2nd Dec 2006, 18:34
Negative expectations lead to negative results, whereas positive expectations lead to negative results.

2nd Dec 2006, 20:10
you can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think.

It is what it is.

If you think the solution is simple, you probably don't understand the problem.

Telling people to not be distracted is like asking someone to tell you when they are asleep.

When asked what you want in the next contract, the easy answer is "MORE!"

2nd Dec 2006, 20:23
What doesn't kill you is lunch.
~ NYC axiom

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
~ Woody Allen

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
~ Yogi Bera

Loose rivets
2nd Dec 2006, 21:37
Music soothes the savage beast..

I was looking for an excuse to say breast. Breast! There, one feels better now.

Gland in Hand.....Bland
Gland in Gland.....Grand!

Unless of course you're Chinese. :8

Talking of the Orient. Confucius say, woman that cooks cabbages and pees in the same pot, very unhygienic. :ooh:

3rd Dec 2006, 15:39
Nappies and politicians must be changed often, and for the same reason

3rd Dec 2006, 16:27
One should not wear ear muffs in the land of the rattlesnake.

There is a huge difference between doing the locomotion and pulling a train.

3rd Dec 2006, 16:31
He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

I.e. you can't escape your destiny!

3rd Dec 2006, 16:40
A maxim, not a proverb, by Jean Paul Sartre,

'Hell is other people'

3rd Dec 2006, 19:24
With reference to Airborne Airtist's post, the only real problem with politiciens is that they are supposed to be (legally) dead before you're allowed to bury 'em.

But three's always something heartwarming about droping them off at the incinerator to join their old friends.:}

4th Dec 2006, 00:38
Q. How can you tell a soprano's at your front door?

A. Simple. She doesn't know when to come in.


5th Dec 2006, 02:08
If you can keep your head while all others around you are losing theirs, you probably don't understand the situation.

5th Dec 2006, 02:30
You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.

Loose rivets
5th Dec 2006, 05:48
You flippin' can you know....Bach's evenly tempered scale does fine.

I know...I know. I'll end it before it begins.

I'll say it in European. Fin.

5th Dec 2006, 07:50
Piety and decency can be mutually exclusive properties.

He is so dense that light bends around him. - Unk

Expat Country Member
5th Dec 2006, 08:17
"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved a tall woman." Ernie Wise ??