Riddle: A word to the wise is sufficient. What is the contradictory proverb? Let’s look the solution.
If you are wise and heed a warning or a piece of advice, even if it is very brief, you then think that “a word to the wise is sufficient”. For example, you heard about a terrible traffic jam on the news, so you avoid the highway based on that information… just like a wise person would do. As a side note, the shorter-phrase, “a word to the wise,” is more commonly used.
However “Talk is cheap” means something a bit different. It means that it is very easy to talk about what one is going to do or what the correct course of action is, but it is much harder to puts those words into action. So if you believe that “talk is cheap”, then you might be more skeptical to believe and act according to a small piece of information.
Answer: Talk is cheap.
Riddle: It’s better to be safe than sorry. What is the contradictory proverb? Let’s guess …
When you say ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry,’ you advise somebody to take action now to avoid possible unpleasant consequences. So even if it seems unnecessary to do so, there is no harm in being cautious. Imagine your boss asking you to check the numbers on a report fort he 58th time…
In contrast to this cautiousness, some people believe that one has to take risks to accomplish something, like leaving their jobs, packing up, and going on a road trip, saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Well, maybe you need to lay your neck on the block sometimes or you’ll be checking the numbers for the 1000th time.
Answer is: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Riddle: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. What is the contradictory proverb? The solution is below.
What does “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” mean in the first place? It is said to advise someone not to refuse something good that is being offered. So if you get something nice from someone, don’t suspect and just accept it. Don’t investigate the “horse’s teeth” and try to find out how old he is.
However “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” advises not to trust enemies who bring presents to you. They could very well be playing a trick on you, couldn’t they? Check out Laocoon’s words in Trojan horse story where this proverb is adapted from.
Answer: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Riddle: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. What is the contradictory proverb? Let’s look at the solution.
The first proverb’s meaning is pretty clear, right? It advises treating other people with the care and compassion that you would like them to show to you. This saying is also referred to as The Golden Rule. On the other hand, “Nice guys finish last” indicates that people who act in a fair and friendly way would not prevail in a competitive situation since our culture promotes aggressive people more.
So instead of being a nice and compassionate person as the first proverb suggests, people must be sly or aggressive in order to be successful and happy in life.
Answer: Nice guys finish last.