In 100 mile-an-hour winds, even turkeys can fly.
As I was driving into work this morning with a smile on my face and a song in my heart, I was listening to the National Public Radio (NPR) when someone being interviewed said something I'd never heard before that I found to be really catchy and that stuck in my mind. This pithy nugget of knowledge was as follows:
If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always get what you've always got.
Good grief -- isnít it amazing how synchronicity seems ever-ready to pop up and wave a cheery "hello"? While I was penning the above, in a comment to my column Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?, EE Times community member Elizabeth Simon just posted a note saying that one of her favorite quotes is "In 100 mile-an-hour winds, even turkeys can fly." Well, you canít argue with facts like that. This is another good one I'll be using myself in the not-so-distant future.
Now, I've always enjoyed sayings like "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," especially the fact that they often seem to come in contradictory pairs, such as "Great minds think alike" and "Fools seldom differ," or "Many hands make light work" and "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
Having said this, I must admit to being a tad confused as to the difference between proverbs, adages, aphorisms, axioms, dictums, epigrams, and maxims. How would you class the "If you always do..." offering above? Is this a proverb or is it a beast of a different color?
Furthermore, irrespective of what we call it, do you know of any other sayings like this -- something that's fun to voice and that's a tad different to the well-worn "...bird in the hand..." type of saying?
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting