Opposites Attract

A collection of paired proverbs, adages, and quotes with opposite meanings.
There is officially nowhere to turn for accurate advice (though if you were relying on proverbs for life guidance I imagine you need a lot more help than just advice right now). 🙂

  • Opposites attract
  • Birds of a feather flock together


  • Forgive and forget
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold

  • Ignorance is bliss
  • Knowledge is power
  • (These can both be true if we make the elementary logical leap that therefore knowledge is not bliss.)
  • A jedi gains power through understanding and a Sith gains understanding through power.-Palpatine, Star Wars


  • Look before you leap
  • He who hesitates is lost


  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder


  • Too many cooks spoil the broth
  • Many hands make light the work
  • (Both can be true if we assume that a shitty soup is easy to make. Seems fair.)


  • Don’t judge a book by its cover
  • The clothes make the man
  • (We should probably judge men and books with different criteria anyway.)


  • Beware Greeks bearing gifts
  • Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
  • (The Trojans made an idiotic mistake, let’s leave them out of this proverb business altogether).


  • The pen is mightier than the sword
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • (Ergo: written word>sword>spoken word ?)


  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
  • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result-Einstein
  • (Haha, you fail and you’re crazy)


  • You’re never too old to learn something new
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks


  • It’s better to be safe than sorry
  • No pain, no gain


  • Turn the other cheek
  • He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue-Malone, The Untouchables


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