Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Thoughts for the new year

I was looking for the origin of a well known saying and ran across a web site  that had the answer.

Here are a few more I found that surprised me. I had no idea who first said them, nor that they were so old.

Take John Haywood (c.1497-1580)  for example. He was a musician, composer, and playwright and while none of his works have survived, just about everyone has either quoted or heard his sayings.

Of course I am taking on faith the attributions of many of these. 

You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back.      -- Horace (65-8 BC)

You drink out of the broad end of the funnel, but hold the little one to me. Fuller 1732

Easy come, easy go.      -- Chaucer (c.1343-1400)

He who hesitates is lost.      -- Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Dead men tell no tales.      -- J. Wilson (1664)

It is possible to have too much of a good thing.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Leave no stone unturned.      -- Euripides (480-406 BC)

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.      -- Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Willing is not enough, we must do.      -- Johann Von Goethe (1749-1832)

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.      -- Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Good things come in small packages.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC

A penny for your thoughts.      -- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Beggars can't be choosers.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

A rolling stone gathers no moss.      -- John Heywood (c. 1497-1580)

Look before you leap.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790) 

And one of my favorites:
Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.     Mark Van Doren (1894-1972)

Wit that I wish you all a Happy New Year.


  1. Hard to top Walt Kelly's Albert; "He can't pull MY wool over the ice."

    1. Little can top Mr Kelly!
      "I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person."
      Walt Kelly

  2. Awe, I love this. May you have a Happy and Blessed New Year!!

    1. Thanks Susie! And may you also have the same.