– Aphorisms – Letter G –
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.
- “A Little Bit (of something) Goes A Long Way.” – This Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection and a Saying, and is used to mean that “something” (friendliness/respect/courtesy/LSD) 😀 demonstrated or given to another will yield great results/benefit/usefulness/etc. in comparison to what is “invested” (or ingested) ;)… For example: If a person wants to gain favor with another person, it has often been demonstrated that, “a little bit of” courtesy and respect “will go a long way” towards making that person demonstrate the same in return. And, as far as some “thing”… if one was at a party, and was passed a joint (only in countries where that sort of thing is legal, of course) 😉 and the person passing it said,
“Be careful. “A little bit goes a long way”…
…Then it could be interpreted as meaning that the contents of the joint were very powerful and it would not take very much to produce the desired or expected result. – (Notice also that when it is understood what the “thing” is, it is not necessary to say the name of the “thing”.) –
- “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”)
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