Useful phrases for colorful characters: A blog by Warren Bull
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When I lived in North Carolina many years ago and when I lived in New Zealand more recently, I loved listening to the local idioms. Some made their way into my writing so I thought I would share a few here. When I know the attribution, I will share it.
Madder than a box of frogs. – James Carville AKA Snakehead
About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm. – Kurt Vonnegut
Cuter than a speckled puppy barking in the rain.
That’s tainted money – taint yours and taint mine.
There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t.
Even a bad excuse is better than none.
Dumber than a box of rocks.
A mill cannot grind with water that is past.
A friend to everyone is a friend to no one.
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what a ship is for.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind – Mahatma Gandhi
The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
It’s better to wear out than to rust out.
Coffee and love taste best when hot.
Do not keep a dog. Bark yourself.
Do not sympathize with those who cannot empathize.
Even from a foe you can learn wisdom.
It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
If you cannot be good, be careful.
If you cannot live longer, live deeper.
It’s like juggling sand. – Ian Murray
It will be the same a hundred years hence.
Learn a language and you will avoid a war.
Don’t try to milk the bull.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt
You might as well throw water into the sea as to do a kindness to a rogue.
Shiny are the distant hills.
Sometimes we are the student. Sometimes we are the master. And sometimes we are merely the lesson – Jaclyn Smith
Talk of angels and hear the flutter of their wings.
There is no shame in not knowing. The shame is in not finding out.
Well done is better than well said.
You cannot push a rope.
Blacker than two midnights in a jug.