Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language
© copyright 2003 Wayne Roberts. All rights reserved.
Revising some idioms of speech
—aphorisms are catchy, sometimes dangerous. Here the author revises a few. A lighthearted aside..
- He who hesitates is lost, perhaps, and on rare occasions.
(But he who never hesitates is most certainly a fool.)
- Look before you jump
(..validating the qualification of aphorism # 1)
- A rolling stone gathers no moss
...until it hits rock-bottom
- Prevention is better than cure
(..unless prevention is impossible, then cure is better.)
- Safety in numbers
(and danger too)
- There is nothing new under the sun
(except that which is the Oldest).
- Yes and No are not the only possibilities.
Nor are black and white the only shades of grey.
- Reduction ad absurdum:
as a method of proof, works only in a reductionist direction.