Phrase Around The Edges

A good name is better than precious ointment.
Which makes me wonder why they went to market with the name “Unguentine®.”

A just man falls seven times, and rises up again.
Falls, trips, is pushed — whatever; get up already ‘cause you’ve got four more tumbles to go.

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
I’m not sure – what’s the difference between flame resistant and flame retardant?

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Isn’t this like telling someone the solution to food anxiety is: Eat something?

Don’t run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
That’s why you should never leave home without your bus pass.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Yet I would sooner receive a smooch from my nemesis than have my buddy show me his appendectomy scar.

He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
You can straddle both worlds by wearing glasses while keeping an eye on the exits.

Let no man deceive you with vain words.
My wife, however, has me wrapped around her little finger using this approach.

Many are called but few are chosen.
Even fewer are given speaking roles.

Open rebuke is better than secret love.
But you’ll never see a Lifetime movie entitled “Open Rebuke.”

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
But digging into a tub of cookie dough ice cream all by yourself late at night is shameful.

Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
How many times do I have to tell you this?

There are three things that are too amazing for me; four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
On the bright side, I’ve got three conversation starters lined up if I ever go on another date.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
So why is free-range parenting so controversial?

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Agreed. That’s why I always eat dessert first.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
I find this distinction confusing, since every time I gave a wrong answer Sister Mary Joseph rapped me across the knuckles with a ruler.

An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.
An inheritance claimed too late will be tied up in probate forever.

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
And yet we have “Happy Hour.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
In all fairness, we should also mention it can be costly to maintain.

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