Harvest of sayings

Moisson de dictons

Sommaire en Français avec quelques didtons français, à la fin

 In February 2012 I asked my Xanga friends to send me some sayings . I received about 140 sayings and I thanked the senders whom the user name is after every  saying 

At first I had to decipher the meaning of those English sayings . Not obvious for me ..Afterwards I made a attempt to classify them . But in using what criteriums . I had to make  a choice .
This entry is completely in English ( excepted this summary) since I received only English sayings.

This may be completed.

Appearance and realities. Words and acts.

a1  Beauty is only skin deep!    @ZSA MD
a2″Pretty dishes don’t guarantee a good meal.”  @Murisopsis
a3 beauty is as beauty does’.                          @spinner_mom   
a4 Black eyes are liars, green eyes are traitors as mine are brown are prettierand honest”  @xXxlovelylollipop                          
a5 It’s not what you say that counts, it’s what you do. @priorities
a6 The eyes are the window to the soul. priorities
a7 Two peas in a pod.  priorities
a8 You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover  priorities
a9 You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”   murisopsis

a10 Actions speak louder than words”@Donnalou  
Fauquet 2009

 f1  Cold hands, Warm heart                          @tempguestbrief
f2 “A joy, to be fully appreciated, has to be shared.”  @judyrutrider
f3 how about ” a wet nelly ”    @englishjuls (from Liverpool )
f4 I used to cry because I had no shoes, until I saw a man with no feet. priorities
f5 Sure as God made little green apples” priorities
f 6 Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it (works when complaining).  @Thistlepatch
f7 Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: priorities
f8 Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone. @Josaju
b9 “Laughter is the closest distance between two people” (Victor Borge); Donnalou

h1 Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration.L Erickson @WildWomanOfTheWest
h2  Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me. priorities
h 3 it’s really 6 of one, half dozen of the other” @tumbling Dice
h4 once bitten, twice shy”. tumbling Dice
h5 Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.  priorities
h6 If hopes and wishes were loaves and fishes, we’d never go hungry again.  priorities
h7 If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas. priorities
h8 Onions protect because people naturally keep their distance from you    p Philip
h9 don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things”! tumbling Dice
h10″He who laughs last…..is slow to understand the joke”   tumbling_dice 
Life love 
l1 You can’t get blood from a turnip.  priorities
l 2  live and let live”.                @Grannys_Place         Donnalou
l 3 Not by age, but by disposition, is wisdom acquired. @AgainstTheWind
l 4 Let go and let God”;  Donnalou
l 5 Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” @babs430
l 6 The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference  Donnalou
l 7 When you feel far from God — guess who moved”.   Donnalou
l 8 A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.  AgainstTheWind1
l 9 As honest as the day is long.   priorities
l 10 Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  priorities
l 11 He who laughs last, laughs best.  priorities
l 12 If some is good, more is better and too much is just enough. @Babs430
l 13 Large oaks from a little acorn grow; primrozie
l 14 One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. priorities
l 15 Smile, it makes everyone wonder what you’re up to. priorities
l 16 Still wet behind the ears.  priorities
l 17 The fruit does not fall far from the tree. carlo
l 18 When I was knee high to a grasshopper.  Priorities  @fwren
l 19 You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet .  priorities
l 20 You’re never too old to learn. Prioritiesl 21 We get too soon old and too late smart’.      mcberry
Money , business 

m1 A fool and his money are soon elected  priorities
m2 A fool and his money is soon coveted by others.                 PPhilip
m3 A penny saved is a penny earned.   Priorities          primrozie
m4 Never be a borrower,or lender.”    Riding Hood
m5 Penny wise, pound foolish.     priorities
m6  What?  do you think money grows on trees?    Thistlepatch

m7 A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush                       @mlbncsga

m8  There’s no free ride             @Banyuls 

 p1  Be careful what you wish for. You just might get priorities
p2 It is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  (A. Lincoln);  Donnalou
p3 Trust God, but keep your eye on your donkey” (Middle Eastern proverb); Donnalou
p4 Better safe than sorry.  priorities
p5 ‘Caster ne’r clout till May’s out’ – don’t take off your vest until the end of May.   @lesley_redd
p6 Don’t build on the low side of the road    priorities
p7 It’s like walking on egg shells. prioritiesp8 Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. priorities
p9 Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket: priorities
p10 He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves. priorities
p11 If you can’t beat them, join them. Priorities

p12 Look before you hasten to make light work in doubt on the road to hell. @Aloysus son

 t1  A watched pot never boils.  priorities
t2  one day at a time”           Grannys_Place
t3  This too shall pass.       @TheSunnyC   Grannys_ Place  @Thistlepatch
t4 The more things change, the more they stay the same.  priorities
w1   “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”              @lightnindan
w2  “Measure twice, cut once”                          @buddly 47
w3  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”      @Iloveholiday
w4 “a stitch in time saves nine”. Primrozie  spinner mom
w5 “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, how are you ever going to find time to do it over?”    buddly 47 
w6 A stitch in time depends if the right thread and needle is handy.        P philip
w7 Let me get my ducks in a row.  priorities
w8 Make hay while the sun shines. priorities
w9 Measure twice, cut once. priorities
w10 Tracers work both ways.  @AgainstTheWind1
w11 Walk softly, but carry a big stick  @AgainstTheWind1
W12 Too many cooks spoil the broth; @primrozieW13 insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”@Grannys_Place

wea1  Red sky in morning – sailor take warning.Red sky at night – sailor’s delight.  @guypithecus
wea2 It’s raining cats and dogs. priorities
Sommaire en Français:

 En Février 2012 j’ ai demandé à mes amis de Xanga de m’ envoyer des dictons .J’ai reçu environ 140 dictons et je remercie les expéditeurs dont le pseudonyme figure après chaque dicton que j’ai choisi 
Pour commencer j’ ai eu à en déchiffrer le sens . Pas évident pour moi.
En outre le langage est ici très spécial.
  Ensuite, j’ai fait une tentative de les classer. Mais avec quels crières ? J’ai dû faire un choix.

Cette entrée est entièrement en anglais (sauf le présent résumé) puisque je n’ ai reçu que des dictons anglais.
Mais mes lecteurs français peuvent m’ envoyer leur dictons pour compléter.En voici quelques un: Sil vous plaît, continuez

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88 Responses to Harvest of sayings

  1. loristrawn says:

    “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Or, in your case: “When life gives you a chopped hat, think of it as ventilation for the summer months!”

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    A nice collection of sayings and memories from old Xanga friends, Michel!

    Much love to you, Janine and the family, ❤

  3. How fun to see some Xanga names I remember.

  4. Many good ones here, Michel. Here’s one of my favorites about time: Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

  5. Such a fun post. Love it. 💙

  6. murisopsis says:

    I remember that time so long ago! Ten years have passed and so many of the old Xanga crew are missing… Those were good days. I’m thankful that you are posting this happy memory!

  7. blb1 says:

    know most of them.

  8. saintvi says:

    Aloysius_son was messing with you. When my mom got angry she used to say, “Shoot fire almighty and little bitty fishes!”

  9. Rachel says:

    What a collection! You do amaze me with having access to so many people. We did have a special thing going at Xanga. I do miss it! Thank you for sharing it all, Michel. 🌹

  10. Susan Joos says:

    I am surprised at how many of these I don’t remember running across before.
    People are so clever to think of them!

    The Xanga days were the best!

  11. mrswrangler says:

    Lots of wonderful sayings.

  12. Gayle says:

    Very cool Michel !

  13. Carole says:

    On.va se creuser un peu 🤔 quel vent aujourd’hui
    Bonne soirée à vous deux on vous embrasse carole

  14. Caro says:

    Rien ne sert de courir il faut partir à point…..

  15. Caro says:

    Qui ménage sa monture va loin😉

  16. Wonderful collection of sayings, Michel! Some of my fave sayings AND beloved Xangans are in your list! 🙂 The photos you included are wonderful, too! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤

  17. PS…Today I would add..

    “Don’t save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion.” – Thomas S. Monson
    “Use your best china. Burn the candles. Wear your fancy clothes. Life is too short to wait for the special occasions.”

  18. cocosangel says:

    I love those sayings.
    I was surprised that I had not contributed to any of it. 😦
    Take care~

  19. whyzat says:

    Wow, these are all oldies that still apply today! I like, ” what goes around, comes around.”
    Thanks for the list and the appearance of old Xangans! I can’t believe it’s been ten years! That’s a lot of water under the bridge!

  20. Oh wow dear Michel.. So many sayings I see here I have used…. So much detail and time you have taken with this post my friend..
    I will add to you a local one of the district I lived in while growing up.. In the County of Derbyshire..
    The saying we had in the Derbyshire Dales was not always complimentary.. But it often used… The saying was
    ” Derbyshire Born, Derbyshire bred, Strong in the Arm, but weak in the head…”…..

    But as you can see not all of us born in Derbyshire are weak in the head.. LOL…. Hope that made you smile…
    Sending HUGE hugs my friend…. Happy Gardening and hope ALL our weather warms up soon.. ❤

    • Besides , Sue, Derby lets its name in sports . For instance my oldest daughter Carole aka “the duchess” would be happy to run the Derby d’Epson ! 🙂

      • Yes there is the Horse racing for sure … lol…. Then there is the Football club… Derby County… 🙂 Not as good now as in its hay day with Brain Clough in charge way back when….
        Thank you Michel…. Sending love and Hugs to you and your wife and daughter…. 🙂 ❤

      • Thanks, Sue . I add Derby gave its name about macth between teams of the same area . Frinally Derby is well known in the world !!! 🙂

      • 👍 it is… Big smiles 🥰💕😘

  21. sherazade says:

    Tutte sentenze spesso acute e interessanti.
    Grazie Michel et bonjour 🌹🍵🍵

  22. Zakiah says:

    What a fun post Michel. So many xangans and where are they now?

  23. Marion says:

    I love all those sayings, and yes, unless English is your first language they can be difficult to work out. 😀

    • I confess it was not always easy to translate to comprehend but this was a first resultat that may be completed . . Could you send a saying from Australia, Marion ? Thanks ❤

  24. calmkate says:

    you and your friends have made much effort to compile this amazing list … some well known. Thanks for sharing Michel!

    Just read this quote on Rupali’s post, my most favourite for now!
    “Life is full of temporary situations, ultimately ending in a permanent solution ~Rodney Dangerfield”

  25. Julie says:

    Its a wonderful list of sayings from all your wonderful friends 😉 very pleased that my ” wet nelly ” made the list 🙂

  26. puffpop says:

    Amazing. It was quite a task for you to collect all of these “sayings” interesting. I believe I have heard each of them at one time or another. Much wisdom here. If you read Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, there are many many there in scripture. From Proverbs 3:13 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding.”

  27. Sartenada says:

    Hello Michel.

    Wow. Big thank you. I think that similar ideas are said differently in other countries. One example:

    a1 Beauty is only skin deep! We say: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Another: m8 There’s no free ride. We say: There are no free lunches.

    Today was my publishing day.

    Have a great day! Amitiés,

  28. marica0701 says:

    I love all of those sayings! Thank you for sharing them again here!

  29. suester7 says:

    What a nice collection of sayings!

    Let me add some Chinese ones, translated into English:

    “Don’t fear moving slowly, only fear stopping” – It is okay if you progress slowly, the danger is if you stop altogether.

    “When the horse dies, the rider has to walk” – When one option is no more, find another way of doing things.

    “I’ve eaten more salt than you have eaten rice” – I have more life experience than you.

    • Thank you for your chinese sayins translated in English , Suzy. I like them and found their corresponsant in French . For instance the first is saidd in Franch ” Lentement mais sûrement ” 🙂 <<3

  30. maidyk says:

    “Il ne faut jamais remettre à demain, ce que l’on peut faire le jour même !”
    mes grands-parents me disaient toujours cela, mais parfois il vaut mieux réfléchir avant !
    bises du soir !

  31. LGail says:

    lessons can be learned from all this advice and sayings.

  32. Anne-Marie says:

    Je me sentais responsable de la beauté du monde.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar

  33. Resa says:

    This is a very enjoyable post! Thank you, Michel! xo ❤

  34. Nancy Clark Hislop says:

    What a wonderful collection of sayings!

  35. Doug Thomas says:

    I was unaware there were so many sayings. Some are Biblical, others based on experience.

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