– Aphorisms – Letter O –
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.
- “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”…
- “When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens“ – This Idiomatic Aphorism is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying, and implies that… when one opportunity or situation (“door”) ends or is no longer available (“closes”) – then there is, almost always, another situation or opportunity (“door”) which is, or soon becomes, available (“opens”). As an Interjection, this phrase is used in order to “cheer up” someone who is upset about the loss of some opportunity. –
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