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Quote Counter Quote

  1. Apr 23, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I thought it might be interesting to see how many counter quotes can be found to respond to a given quote.

    For example, one that hit me some time ago was that of reasonable people.

    Quote: "The reasonable man adapts to the world around him, while the unreasonable person tries to change the world to suit him. Conclusion: Change only occurs because of unreasonable people."

    As a counter quote: The Chinese have a saying that goes something like, "the weed that stands out the most is the one that gets knocked down first"

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    Q: "To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. . . . [They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."-- The Confucian Analects, bk. 17:6

    CQ: Nice guys finish last.
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2007 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    In fact, why not make it a game like What was it - provide a counter quote and then a quote for the next person.

    Q:Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow! -- Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] 65 – 8 B.C. Odes, bk. I [23 B.C.], ode xi, last line
     
  4. Apr 23, 2007 #3

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    Old wise man once say every proverb has an opposite, even this one!
     
  5. Apr 23, 2007 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    There is but one truth
     
  6. Apr 23, 2007 #5
    the sqeeky wheel gets the grease

    can't think of anything to counter that?
     
  7. Apr 23, 2007 #6

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    Silence is golden.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2007 #7
    speak now or forever hold your peace.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2007 #8
    An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. ~Walter Bagehot
     
  10. Apr 23, 2007 #9
    Actions speak louder than words.
     
  11. Apr 23, 2007 #10

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    The pen is mightier than the sword.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2007 #11
    Two heads are better than one, and, indeed, many hands make light work, but only so long as it's not a case of too many Chiefs and not enough Indians, because too many cooks spoil the broth.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2007 #12
    aah that one's hard... all I can think of is:

    "The more the merrier—ALWAYS!"

    ... but I kind of cheated...

    here's mine:

    "This proverb has no opposite." --- muahaha there's no way out of that one!
     
  14. Apr 23, 2007 #13
    Yeah there is: it's not a real proverb. You just invented it.
     
  15. Apr 23, 2007 #14
    One shouldn't bother with broth anyway, as an apple a day is much better at keeping the doctor away.
     
  16. Apr 23, 2007 #15
    Well someone has to. All the proverbs are so old, nobody's making new proverbs now a days. I say you don't have to be ancient and chinese or greek to write a proverb! and I think that's a good candidate for being a proverb!
     
  17. Apr 23, 2007 #16
    say what you mean and mean what you say
     
  18. Apr 23, 2007 #17
    There is an opposing Japanese proverb "The nail that sticks up gets hammered down."
     
  19. Apr 23, 2007 #18
    Two nails in the hand are worth one in the board.
     
  20. Apr 23, 2007 #19
    Of what use is it that the cow gives plenty of milk, if she upset the pail.
     
  21. Apr 23, 2007 #20
    Try counter quoting this one :

    Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
    - Albert Einstein (Don't know if he really said it)
     
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