Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language
© copyright 2003 Wayne Roberts. All rights reserved.
Revising some idioms of speech
—aphorisms are catchy, sometimes dangerous. Here the author revises a few.
- He who hesitates is lost, perhaps, and on rare occasions.
(But he who never hesitates is most certainly a fool.)
- Look before you jump
(Now you see, that validates the qualification of aphorism # 1)
- A rolling stone gathers no moss
...until it hits rock-bottom
- Prevention is better than cure
(unless prevention is impossible, then cure is better.)
- Two heads are better than one
...so long as you're not of two minds
- A prophet's never accepted in his own country
because they don't believe in prophets any more
- Safety in numbers
(and danger too; BIG danger)
- There is nothing new under the sun
except that which is the Oldest.
- A mule may be wiser than one wasn't led to believe.