As any experienced conversationalist can tell you, ambiguity is the key to winning any argument. Here are a few popular proverbs and counter-proverbs that will allow you to turn a conversation in any direction you want. Who can argue with the wit and wisdom of our forefathers, or even our five fathers?
Actions speak louder than words.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.
Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Clothes make the man.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.
The bigger, the better.
The best things come in small packages.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Out of sight, out of mind.
What will be, will be.
Life is what you make it.
Cross your bridges when you come to them.
Forewarned is forearmed.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
With age comes wisdom.
Out of the mouths of babes come all wise sayings.
The more, the merrier.
Two’s company; three’s a crowd.