– Aphorisms – Letter F –
An alphabetically arranged collection of common and not-so-common Aphorisms in English. Many Aphorisms (commonly referred to as known as “Sayings”) have slightly different forms and interpretations, depending on region, back-ground, and who is saying them, the ones here are listed in the most commonly used forms or where added by request.
- “Build The House From The Ground Up” – This Idiomatic Aphorism can also be classified as a Saying, and can be turned into an Interjection and a Phrasal Verb – and is used to express the advice that: When one is involved in some process or working on some project, that he or she needs to do things in the proper order, and start with the basic (referring to the “base” or foundation) necessities before doing other things which (though they may be more interesting) can only be beneficial after the foundational elements are firmly in place. – – (See Also: “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)
- “Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail.” – This Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying – and can be used as both advice and/or as a warning (as most aphorisms are) – by saying that if one “fails” to “prepare” for something (in other words, if does NOT prepare), then there is a very good chance that “failure” is exactly what the person will achieve… Thus the action of NOT preparing actually IS preparing… “to fail”.
- “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart” – This Idiomatic Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, A Proverb and a Saying, and can be turned into a Prepositional Phrasal Verb. It is very similar in meaning to the Idiomatic Aphorism: (to) “Build The House From The Ground Up” – both of which mean:
“to do things in the proper order”
But, this phrase is less focused on the “foundational” elements of a process, and is used more to say something like:
“Do steps 1, 2, and 3, before moving on the step 4.”
This is indicated by the fact that one must “put the horse in front of the cart” before that one can expect to get the cart moving anywhere.
(See Also: “Build The House From The Ground Up”)
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