Pearls of Wisdom.

This is my final Pearls of Wisdom post and today it is all about chickens. #11: The Chickens Come Home To Roost. The idea of chickens coming home to roost goes as far back as Geoffrey Chaucer, born 1342/43- died October 25, 1400 (www.britannica.com/biography/Geoffrey-Chaucer) who in his work, The Parson’s Tale, 1390, writes that curses […]

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#10: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Well, this is another old proverb which has been around since the mid 1500s. Its original meaning is to juxtapose silk, something considered to be refined and superior, with a sow’s ear; the ear of a pig, which was considered unclean, definitely unrefined […]

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#9 Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise Below is the image of a empty oyster shell; sadly no pearls of wisdom; it is empty! Empty vessels make the most noise is a very old saying, actually is goes back to Plato, the Greek Philosopher, 428/427 BCE to 348/347 BCE who said, An empty vessel makes […]

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#8 The Mill Cannot Grind with the Water that is Past. This was one of my mother’s sayings. It comes from a poem written by Bishop Reginald Heber; an acknowledged copy is provided below. It is a beautiful poem and a section of it was written in my mother’s autograph book. My mother would recite […]

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#4: If the cap fits; wear it. This is another old British saying, in America, apparently they would say, If the shoe fits; etc. Whichever one is used, the idea behind the saying is that if someone levels a criticism at another, that person should just suck it up and accept the criticism by wearing […]