Thursday, September 07, 2006

Automatic Sayings Generator

Never tell all that you know; for he who tells all that he knows, often tells more than he knows.

Never spend all that you earn; for he who spends all that he earns, often spends more than he earns.

Never guarantee all that you undertake; for he who guarantees all that he undertakes, often guarantees more than he undertakes.

Never discuss all that you hear; for he who discusses all that he hears, often discusses more than he hears.

Never eat all that you can; for he who eats all that he can, often eats more than he can.

Ran across this one once upon a time in an old puzzle booklet from the 1930s. A long, long list of sayings like these, and more, all constructed on the same pattern: Never x all that you y... Odd, they all more or less made sense: it was a funny sort of "sense," a fortune-cookie sense; but I got the impression that it could have been extended indefinitely.



Blogger The Tetrast said...

I used to like to play a game where I'd combine opposite sayings like "Look before you leap" and "He who hesitates is lost" into "He who hesitates to look is lost before he leaps." I can't remember the others.

Thursday, September 07, 2006 10:18:00 PM  

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