Proverbial Wisdom, Child-Style

wisdomWe came across a fill-in-the-blank exercise to finish proverbs at Crooked House, and were instantly hooked.  We dutifully turned to the child sages in our own homes, and asked them to complete the proverbs listed below.  We’ve finished the  traditional sayings in italics for your reference, and apparently for mine because I had to look up a couple (“Don’t teach your Grandma to suck eggs?”).

But we hope you’ll agree that children present quite wonderful twists on these cliches, possibly more memorable than the originals.  Join us this week and, of course, try it yourself with the little people in your midst!  


A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A good man is hard to find.

A leopard can’t change its spots.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A poor workman always blames his tools.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A watched pot never boils.

A woman’s place is in the home.

All good things come to an end.

All that glitters is not gold.

All you need is love.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Ask a silly question and you’ll get a silly answer.

You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.

Beauty is only skin deep.

Behind every great man is a great woman.

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.

Boys will be boys.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Don’t teach your Grandma to suck eggs.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Everything comes to him who waits.

He who laughs last, laughs longest.


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