– Aphorisms – Letter M –
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.
- “All Things In Moderation“ – This Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, or a Saying, which is used as advice to imply that: One should never over-do anything. That those things which are not considered “bad”, when over-done, can become harmful, and that even those things which are often considered “bad” for us, aren’t so “bad” in moderate quantities. –
- “Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew” – This Idiomatic Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying – and can be turned into a Phrasal Verb which implies that… There is only a certain amount that one person can “chew”, and if one tries to “bite off” more than he or she can “chew”, he or she will end up in a difficult situation and/or will end up wasting (whatever it is he or she is chewing) – Idiomatically, it is used to give the advice that:
“One should not accept or take on more than he or she has the capacity and ability to handle at any given moment in time, or in any specific situation”…
- “Haste Makes Waste” – This is an Aphorism which can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying and it used to express that: If one does something quickly (in “Haste”), and without caring how well he or she does it (usually because he or she don’t enjoy doing it, or just wants to finish as quickly as possible), then that person will usually end-up with an un-satisfactory result or, will have to re-do “it”… This ultimately means that one will have “wasted” even more time and energy (by having to do it again), than if that person would have “taken his or her time” to do it correctly the first time. – (In trying to find a video about saying, I came across This One, which has a HORRIBLE description of the phrase! First of all, because it is not an Idiom at all! It means exactly what it says. BUT, because the speaker goes SO fast that it is almost impossible to understand anything of what he is saying it is actually a perfect EXAMPLE of the phrase rather than a description of it. The speaker was acting in such “Haste”, that the video was almost completely… “A Waste” 😀 – (See Also: “Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure” Above)
- “Practice Makes Perfect” – This common Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying. It is very often used as an Interjection when someone makes a mistake or does something “imperfectly”, and is said as a remind that person should not to be concerned about it; that he or she only needs to “practice” more and then “perfection” can/may be obtained.
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