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New Twists on Old Proverbs!

An elementary school teacher gave each child in her class the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Their insight may surprise you! And if you would like to try to guess the correct ending of the proverb, just type it in or remember it, and then click on the answer block to see how well you did.

As you shall make your bed so shall you ... mess it up.
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As you shall make your bed so shall you lie there.

Better to be safe than ... punch a 5th grader.
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Better to be safe than sorry!

Strike while the ... bug is close. Type the correct ending here:

 

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Strike while the iron is hot!

It is always darkest before ... daylight savings time.
It is always darkest before ... I open my eyes.
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It is always darkest before the dawn.

Never underestimate the power of ... termites.
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Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed. And you also frequently hear: Never underestimate the power of a woman.

A rolling stone ... plays the guitar.
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A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A bird in the hand is ... a real mess.
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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

It is better to light one candle than to ... waste electricity.
It is better to light one candle than to ... light an explosive.
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It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

You have nothing to fear but ... your principal.
You have nothing to fear but ... homework.
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You have nothing to fear but fear itself.

If you can't stand the heat ... don't start the fireplace.
If you can't stand the heat ... go swimming.
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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The squeaking wheel gets ... annoying.
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The squeaking wheel gets the grease.

To err is human ... to eat a muskrat is not.
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To err is human, to forgive, divine.

I think, therefore I ... get a headache.
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I think, therefore I am.

Early to bed and early to rise ... is first in the bathroom.
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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a ... blister.
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

There is nothing new under the ... bed.
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There is nothing new under the sun.

The grass is always greener ... when you leave the sprinkler on.
The grass is always greener ... when you put manure on it.
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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Don't count your chickens ... it takes too long.
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Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

You can lead a horse to water but ... how?
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You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

Don't bite the hand that ... looks dirty.
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Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

No news is ... impossible.
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No news is good news.

A miss is as good as a ... Mr.
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A miss is as good as a mile.

You can't teach an old dog new ... math.
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You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll ... stink in the morning.
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If you lie down with dogs, you'll rise with fleas.

Love all, trust ... me.
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"Love all, trust few, do wrong to none." -Shakespeare

The pen is mightier than the ... pigs.
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The pen is mightier than the sword.

Where there's smoke there's ... pollution.
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Where there's smoke there's fire.


(Learn About the Dangers of Smoking from Mama Didn't Know)

Happy the bride who ... gets all the presents.
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Happy the bride who the sun shines on.

A penny saved is ... not much.
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A penny saved is a penny earned.

Two's company, three's ... the Musketeers.
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Two's company, three's a crowd.

Don't put off 'til tomorrow what you ... put on to go to bed.
Never put off 'til tomorrow what you ... should have done yesterday.
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Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Don't count your chickens ... it takes too long.
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Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you,
cry and ... you have to blow your nose.
Laugh and the world laughs with you,
cry and ... someone yells, "Shut up!"
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Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.

Children should be seen and not ... spanked or grounded.
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Children should be seen and not heard.

If at first you don't succeed ... get new batteries.
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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

You get out of something what you ... see pictured on the box.
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You get out of something what you put into it.


New Twists on Deep Thoughts!

The following responses were received during a newspaper contest in which contestants from ages 4 to 15 were asked to provide their own "Deep Thoughts" (like those prepared by Jack Handey).

  • I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life? --Age 15
  • Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot, and a great big bag of money. --Age 13
  • It sure would be nice if we got a day off for the president's birthday, like they do for the queen's. Of course, then we would have a lot of people voting for a candidate born on July 3 or December 26, just for the long weekends. --Age 8
  • Democracy is a beautiful thing, except for that part about letting just any old yokel vote. --Age 10
  • Home is where your house is. --Age 6
  • For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. That's what happens to cheese when you leave it out. --Age 6
  • As you make your way through this hectic world of ours, set aside a few minutes each day. At the end of the year, you'll have a couple of days saved up. --Age 7
  • Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. --Age 15
  • It would be terrible if the Red Cross Bloodmobile got into an accident. No, wait. That would be good because if anyone needed it, the blood would be right there. --Age 5
  • Think of the biggest number you can. Now add five. Then, imagine if you had that many Twinkies. Wow, that's five more than the biggest number you could come up with! --Age 6
  • The only stupid question is the one that is never asked, except maybe "Don't you think it is about time you audited my return?" or "Isn't it morally wrong to give me a warning when, in fact, I was speeding?" --Age 15
  • If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started. --Age 15
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