Adages, the oral transfer of knowledge between generations
Here you will find a list of over seven hundred adages people use everyday to improve their lives. An adage is a short saying that transmits wisdom. Before people knew how to read and write, they passed knowledge by word of mouth. The word adage comes from Latin adagium (saying), formed by the prefix ad- (to, toward, about) and agium (from the verb agio, I say).
- A man's eyes are always bigger than his stomach. (Thank you: Jerry JonesJones)
- A man's work is from sun to sun, a woman's work is never done. (Thank you: Joy)
- A mind changed against its will is of the same opinion still. (You can't force others to believe in what you want them to believe. - Thank you: Jim Ference)
- A mind too open may fall out.
- A nod is as good as a wink to a blind bat. (Thank you: penguinstein)
- A one eyed man is a king among the blind. (Thank you: G.E. Castillo)
- A pair of shoes fits well, if you forget about your feet.
- A pencil used is an opportunity not wasted.
- A penny saved is a penny earned. (Thank you: Debbie and Sharon H)
- A picture is worth a thousand words (A picture can describe something better than words.)
- A politician is a mathematican who multiplies (Thank you: Shanker Suman)
- A rising tide raises all boats. (Thank you: Dr. Bob)
- A secret's only worth keeping, if it's worth telling.
- A ship in port is safe, but that is now what ships are built for.
- A smart man knows a band aid only hides his wounds. (Thank you: Penguinstein)
- A soft tongue can break hard bones. (Thank you: Benjamin Ojukwu)
- A son is a son until he takes a wife, A daughter is a daughter the rest of her life.
- A sound mind lives in a sound body.
- A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down. (Thank you: Jerry)
- A stitch in time saves nine. (Fix something as soon as it needs repair or it will only be in need of many more repair with time. - Thank you: Mary)
- A string of facts does not add up to the truth.
- A superior can make or break your career.
- A three-legged stool cannot wobble. (Thank you: Dan Smith)
- A tree is only as old as the wood in it.
- A verbal agreement is only as good as the paper it is written on. (Thank you: Paul)
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