Your favorite/most useful aphorisms

Mine is “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.” I use it often; it has become past of my personal philosophy. I’ve said it enough times at work that my cow orkers have taken it on: one or another will comment that we have entered singing pig territory, and others will make eye contact and simply say “pig.”

What are some of yours? PS I got curious while writing this, thinking that this sounded like Will Rogers, so I looked it up and it’s from Time Enough for Love. Makes the sense, it does.

Not my circus, not my monkeys.

I dislike them so much, I’d rather list the ones that make me the stabbiest.

Start with “Apples and Oranges”.

Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

“There’s no downside to being an asshole”

(I assume this is the why people become assholes.)

“It can always get worse”.

“If it ain’t broken, fix it 'til it is.”

“The longer you stay, the longer you stay.”

“Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow”.

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

One stumble does not a failure make.

“They can always hurt you more.”

“Life being what it is, one begins plotting revenge.”

I heard it from my uncle ‘Never wrestle a pig. You’ll get dirty, and the pig likes it.’

“I do not want to be a clown in the World which is not a circus.”

“Do onto others as they have done to you”

“Lord loves a workin’ man, don’t trust whitey, see a doctor and get rid of it.”

Necessity is the mother of strange bedfellows.

We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.

Never argue with an idiot. He’ll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

“That which does not kill me only makes me more irritable.”

“Give a little whimper.”