Old Sayn’s

I’m a lover of old sayn’s.  There is such truth in them. We think that all we’ve been through is so unique and old sayings are just there to reassure us that for hundreds of years – it’s much of the same trial, turmoil, and turbulence that we all go through.  I also tend to believe in these old sayings and apply them to my life.  They are also known as idioms.

Idiom: a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have (rarely complete sentences) a “figurative meaning” meaning, they basically work with “pictures”.

Some are regional proverbs but these old sayings make so much sense:

  • Life is a journey, not a destination.      — Cliff Nichols,
  • Life is what you make it.      — Grandma Moses (1860-1961)
  • Live and let live.      — Dutch Proverb    A closed mouth gathers no feet. – Sam Horn  *One of my all time favorites*
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same.      — Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)
  • What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.      —John Ray
  • You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.      — John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
  • You have to take the bitter with the sweet.
  • Don’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched
  • Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps everyone away. – Cassandra Chatfield
  • Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
  • Do what you think is right in your heart. You’ll be criticized anyway. –
  • A penny for your thoughts
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Add insult to injury
  • An arm and a leg
  • At the drop of a hat
  • Back to the drawing board
  • Ball is in your court
  • Barking up the wrong tree
  • Beat around the bush
  • Best thing since sliced bread
  • Bite off more than you can chew
  • Blessing in disguise
  • Burn the midnight oil
  • Can’t judge a book by its cover
  • Cross that bridge when you come to it
  • Cry over spilt milk
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Hit the nail on the head
  • Let sleeping dogs lie
  • Let the cat out of the bag
  • Method to my madness
  • Not playing with a full deck
  • Piece of cake
  • Put wool over other people’s eyes
  • See eye to eye
  • Speak of the devil!
  • Take with a grain of salt
  • To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth
  • Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?
  • Be careful who you hang around with, if you lie with dogs you’ll get fleas
  • All’s well that ends well
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Do you know a few more to add to the list?  What are some old sayings that you find yourself using around the house or in everyday life?  Please add to the comments…….



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