What Are Some Old Time Sayings?


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Some old time sayings are, "Wisdom is to live in the present, plan for the future and profit from the past," "You have to take the bitter with the sweet," and "Out of sight, out of mind." A saying may come from many sources, including as a proverb used in a particular country or a quote from a famous author. Some maxims are only attributed to the source "anonymous."

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Some old time sayings are attributed to the people of certain countries. An ancient Chinese aphorism is "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever." The well-known expression "Live and let live," is ascribed to the Dutch.

Other platitudes have known authors. Alphonse Karr is quoted as saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." American statesman Benjamin Franklin was responsible for creating many famous sayings, including, "A place for everything and everything in its place."

Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, provided many popular morals in his fables to teach a lesson. Some morals from these tales include, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," "Might makes right," and "Look before you leap."

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