Aphorisms – Letter B

–  Aphorisms – Letter B  –

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”.)  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • “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”…

If this advice is not heeded, the outcome may not be terrible, but it certainly will not be optimal.  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • 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.  – Read the Full Post Here –  (See Also:  “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)

  • “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

  • “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 – Idiomatically – 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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