People Break Down Common Sayings That Actually Have A Second Part Everyone Ignores

People Break Down Common Sayings That Actually Have A Second Part Everyone Ignores
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Please try not to be too salty when you reach the end of this article and realize how many times these "common sayings" have been chopped up and taken out of context so they can be used to manipulate you.

I said try. Nobody is going to blame you...

Reddit user "RedditCredits" asked:

"What sayings have a second part that everybody ignores?"

... so, like, does anybody else notice how the meaning is often changed by the rest of the phrase?


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"Like, 'Jack of all trades, master of none...' "

"There's more to that phrase. The rest goes "is often times better than a master of one.' " - redditcredits

"This one is especially curious case, because the original phrase started not even as a saying, just a description of a person. As in 'John is a real Jack of all trades' (i.e. John can do many things)."

"Then someone decided to append with their personal judgement that specializing is better - basically being shady by saying if he's good at lots of things then he can't be GREAT at anything."

"So we got 'Jack of all trades, master of none' "

"And then someone else added their personal judgment that being well-rounded is better so we got 'Jack of all trades, master of none, if often times better than a master of one.' "

"Soon, it will be: 'Jack of all trades, master of none, better than master of one, but not really, but yes really, but not if you think about it, but especially if you think about it...' " - suvlub


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" 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...'

" The second part: 'That mediocrity can pay to greatness.' "

"That last clause really drives home a slightly different point than we might be used to." - ZombieSquirrel

"So basically that quote is a roast? Damn." - justwalking_683

"Didnt know about this second part, definitely changes how I look at the quote. Thanks for sharing." - SmilingWatermelon

Great Minds

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"Great minds think alike - but simple minds seldom differ" - DGDadbod

"What's the point of this phrase? It's set up as a differentiation between great and simple minds, but ends up saying they're the exact same." - 00PT

"It's saying that consensus isn't a guarantee that your idea is a good one."

"The first half 'great minds think alike' is usually used to suggest that consensus means your idea is good."

"For instance, I believe we should get ice cream and so does my friend, we're thinking alike, great minds think alike, thus we have great minds and getting ice cream is a good idea."

"However the second half indicates that consensus is meaningless if the people involved are stupid."

"For instance I'm drunk and think we should go try to fight that cop, and my buddy is drunk and thinks we should go try to fight that cop, we have consensus, but we're both simple drunk idiots, so that consensus doesn't matter. Still a bad idea." - finance_n_fitness

The Love Before The Fury

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" 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' "

"William Congreve a 17th century playwright had this become his most famous quote. However, the actual line from his 1697 play, The Mourning Bride, goes:"

" 'Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.' " - SlapDaBacon

"It's all about the 'love to hatred turned' part."

"The way I interpret it is if if you wrong a stranger they'll be pissed off, but not dramatically. If you wrong somebody you're close to, who loves you, the anger can be much greater because of the betrayal." - pineapplespy

"If you betray a woman who loves you, she can possess anger more powerful than any found in heaven or hell. She had to love you first."

"It was never meant to be about the girl you only went on one date with." - shastaxc


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"A lot of people say 'there's a (few) bad apple(s)' but they forget that they 'spoil the whole bunch.' "

"I've heard it used more and more to defend against regulation, particularly in the financial and law enforcement sectors." - GundamMaker


"When a cop is caught doing something atrocious, they always say 'he was just one bad apple.' But the point is that when the police force tolerates those bad apples and hides their misdeeds, it corrupts the whole force."

"The bad apple spoils the bunch and needs to be removed proactively!" - poppop_n_the_attic

"This is the one that gets used the most without the second half and it drastically changes the meaning." - AltharaD

"To be clear, this is how apples really work. When an apple goes bad, it releases a gas that makes other nearby apples also go bad."

"So literally if you have a bunch of apples and one of them goes bad, it will taint all the others if it's not caught and removed immediately. If it's allowed to stay, the whole bunch is ruined and dangerous."

"That's what the saying is meant to convey." - Oudeis16

Money = Evil?

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"People usually think it's money itself that's evil, so you'll commonly hear 'Money is the root of all evil.' "

"But the actual phrase is saying that it is the love of money that's the root of all evil." - PuzzledInside123

"The context around the quote, from 1 Timothy:"

" 'But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.' "

" 'For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.' " - jalabi99

"Money itself isn't good or evil; it's just an inanimate object. But love of money -- i.e., a person obsessed with money… well, I hope that's obvious." - brndm

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Carpe Diem


" 'Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero' "

"Translation: 'Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.' "

"People generally take it as meaning live for the moment, where as the quote was to inspire the taking of every opportunity to work hard to ensure your future is stable, so not living for the moment, but planning for the future" - cpsutcliffe

"The translation from Latin is closer to 'pluck' the day (as in pick fruit while it is ripe.) Basically, stop and smell the roses while you can because the future isn't guaranteed no matter how hard you work today." - EducatedDeath

About Hipocrisy

" 'Judge not that you be not judged.' "

"Everyone takes this to mean that you should never, ever, under any circumstances, judge someone. So they ignore atrocious behavior like 'Yes that other person could be cheating on their spouse, but we can't judge. Not our place.' "

"The second half of the verse says, 'for by what standard you judge, you will be judged.' "

"The entire warning is about hypocrisy. In another words, don't judge your neighbor for being an adulterer if you happen to have a side piece of your own."

"If you judge your neighbor for something then be ready to be judged by that same standard." - agreeingstorm9

A Little Knowledge

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" 'A little learning is a dangerous thing' "

"It's the first line of a poem by Alexander Pope. The rest of the first stanza is: "

" 'Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring' "

" 'There shallow draughts intoxicated the brain' "

" 'And drinking largely sobers us again.' "

"The poem is criticizing superficial knowledge (reddits speciality...) Not actual education. Btw the Pierian spring is from mythology and source of knowledge." - ikonoqlast

Opium's Not Necessarily Always Bad, Though...

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" 'Religion is the opiate of the masses' "

"The full text is more like: 'Religion is the opium of the people. It is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of our soulless conditions.' "

"Today, opium is regarded as a stupefying narcotic, so most people interpret it as 'religion makes people dumb,' but that's not what Marx meant."

"In his day, opium was the only real pain-killer there was. In other words, religion was the thing that helped oppressed people tolerate their oppression."

"Marx meant as a criticism of religion, since it forestalled what he felt was a necessary overthrow of their oppressors."

"His issue was that he felt religion allowed people to be complacent and accepting of oppression, not that it made people unintelligent." - jemenake

Human Mistakes

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"In Latin: 'Erare humanum est,' which means: 'to make mistakes is to be human.'

"But the second part of the phrase is 'Perceverum Diabolitas,' which roughly translates to 'to continue making them is devilish' everyone forgets the second part!"

"I hear a version of it in English that ends with 'to forgive is divine' but it dismisses any accountability. The original phrase does not, it's all about the accountability of not making that 'mistake' again." - Antorac

Weave A Better Web

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" 'Oh what a tangled web we weave...' is a phrase I hear often. I sometimes hear it with the second half of the line: 'When first we practice to deceive' "

"But the next part is so often omitted that most people don't understand the whole meaning:"

" 'But how vastly we've improved our style / When we've practiced for a while.' "

"Yeah, it's basically saying we get better at lying with practice." - bp_516


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" 'Eat, drink, and be merry' "

"The rest of the sentence is: 'for tomorrow we die.' which is a major buzzkill, not a warm holiday greeting." - miraakthecasbah


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"People are familiar with the expression, 'Ignorance is bliss.' However, the full sentence is:"

" 'Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.' "

"In other words, it's not that it's good to be uneducated; rather, there's not always a benefit in knowing certain disturbing pieces of information."

"From the 1742 poem 'Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College,' by Thomas Gray." - ChannelingWhiteLight

Toxic Honey

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" 'Revenge is sweet' "

"It comes from this:"

" 'Revenge is sweet, a toxic honey that corrodes the soul.' - Sun Tzu. It's not, at all, supposed to celebrate revenge." - Al-Alecto

Does knowing the rest of these phrases change anything about how you've understood them? Sound off.

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