Sayings – Letter H

–  Sayings – Letter H  –


A collection of common and not-so-common Sayings starting with the Letter “H”  –  Organized by SubjectObject, or however it logically makes sense. 😉


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  • “Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure” – This Saying can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, or a Proverb, which is used to mean that:  if one does something quickly and without caring about the quality or outcome (to act in haste), then he or she will feel very bad or entirely un-satisfied about it later (repent in leisure) and will most likely have to do “it” over.  –  (See Also:  Haste Makes Waste) –  Read the Full Post Here

  • “Build The House From The Ground Up” – This Idiomatic Saying can also be classified as an Aphorism, 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.  – Read the Full Post Here –  (See Also:  “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)

  • Haste Makes Waste” – This is a Saying which can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, and a Proverb – 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)

  • (to be) Neither Here Nor There – This an Idiomatic Adjectival and Adverbial Phrase which can also be classified as a Saying, and is used when a person is speaking but makes reference to something which is not necessarily realted to the main point that the person is making – and it used as a way of getting back to the main point by saying:

“What I just said is not completely relevant to what I am endeavoring to express so I will get back to my main point.”

For example:  If a person where making some point about a lesson that he or she learned from his or her grandparent, but then while trying to make a point got sidetracked and started talking about the beautiful garden at the grandparents’ house (which had nothing to do with the main point) – he or she could then stop and say…

“…and it was such a lovely garden.  But that is neither here nor there.  The important thing that I learned was…”


“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”)


“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.)


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