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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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#7: The Pot calleth the Kettle Black This is another old saying which goes back to the early 17th Century. Cooking was done over an open fire and cooking pots and kettles were made of cast iron and since both were put in the coals, subsequently both were blackened. Later as cooking moved into wood …

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#6 What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. This is another old proverb which dates back to around the 17th Century. Other versions state; what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander or another version; as deep drinketh the goose as the gander (https://en.wiktionary.org). So we can see that the …

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#5: Wilful Waste makes Woeful Want. This was one of my mother’s sayings. She was born a few years before WW1 exploded, remembered The Great Depression of the early 30s and was a young mother during WW2. She knew all about ration coupons, food shortages, stretching money and resources and making do; cheerfully. But this …

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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 …

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Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve; it gets rubbed off too easily there. Since it is St. Valentine’s Day I thought it appropriate to write a blog about hearts and this saying which warns not to wear your heart on your sleeve is an oldie. To wear your heart on your sleeve means to …

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Pride comes before a Fall. This is an old and common saying; it is anchored in Biblical writings and is as true today as ever. Now pride has two sides; there is the wholesome pride which demonstrates itself in enough self pride to dress and present ourselves in a respectable manner, to take pride in …