“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may—you never know what tomorrow will bring. Youth is a fleeting thing, so gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” From “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, by Robert Herrick.
I love idioms, pithy sayings that communicate, not via literal meaning, but through symbolism and metaphor. Herrick, for example, wasn’t literally encouraging anyone to pick flowers, but to do what’s important now, to seize the moment because he knows from experience that everything has a time and season.
I believe in the power of idioms to illuminate important principles that can serve us well should we pay attention. In fact, I’ve begun collecting idioms and would love to hear your favorites. Will you share one or two along with their meanings below in the comments?
I’ll get us started.
“Wish in one hand, spit in the other.” The Professor and I use this saying to express that something we’d really like to happen just ain’t gonna.
“Everybody likes you when you aren’t doing anything.” In life and politics you may be very popular when you aren’t trying to disturb the established status quo. Stay quiet and you could live to run another race.
What are your favorite idioms?