Aphorisms – Letter W

–  Aphorisms – Letter W  –


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.

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  • “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”.)  –   Read the Full Post Here


  • “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)

“Take an opportunity while it is still available.”

…Because often-times, when people hesitate, the opportunity can be missed.  This phrase comes from the art of black-smithing (iron-working).  When the metal is red-hot then it is soft and easy to work with.  Once the metal cools, it hardens and is much more difficult to work with.  The word “strike” is verb which means:  To hit/pound/kick/etc..  So Idiomatically, if one “Strikes While The Iron Is Hot” then it will be much easier to take that opportunity…  but if one waits, the opportunity will be gone – just like the possibility to shape cold metal.  –  (Note Also: that the article “the” is not necessary, but is grammatically more proper.)


  • “The Best Revenge Is Living Well – This is an Aphorism a Saying, and a Proverb which can also be used as an Interjection to express that one should not think about getting “revenge” against someone, but instead to “live well”  –  To find out more, read the whole blog post…   Read Full Post Here

  • 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. –   Read Full Post Here

  • We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It” This Idiomatic Aphorism is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying, which is used when someone is discussing or worrying about something (situation/condition/etc.) for-which nothing can be done at the moment (just like, one can not “cross a bridge” until he or she has first gotten there.)  And so, talking or worrying about that “something” in the present, is in-no-way beneficial – and, ultimately, is a complete waste of energy…  “So many people spend so much energy worrying about what we will do when the aliens finally invade, but obviously there is nothing we can do about it now…  *We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it*.”  –   Read the Full Post Here

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