Colective wisdom

You show me the man, and I’ll show you the rule.
Rules change depending on how powerful the person likely to be affected by the rules is.
You do not fatten a pig by weighing it.
This proverb is quoted by opponents of too much testing. Weighing a pig won’t fatten it. Altering its diet would. Similarly, testing kids in school multiple times won’t improve their performance in a particular subject. What’s required is an elaborate system to work on students’ weak areas.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
People who have long been used to doing things in a particular way will not abandon their habits to learn something new.
You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.
It is hard to achieve something important without causing unpleasant effects.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
If you have your cake and eat it too, you get two things that are normally impossible to get simultaneously.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
You can show people the way to do things, but you can’t force them to act.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
It’s easier to win people to your side by persuasion and politeness than by confrontation and threats.
Words must be weighed, not counted.
Word count doesn’t matter. What matters is how effective they’re.
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Sometimes, you have employees for specific job, but someone else ends up doing that job. That’s a waste.
Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap?
Why take the trouble of investing in a cow and then maintaining it when you can simply buy milk far cheaply? You should avoid buying unnecessary assets when you can do with far cheaper options.
While the cat is away, the mice will play.
Without supervision, people will do as they please, especially in disregarding or breaking rules.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
If there are rumors or signs that something is true, there must be some truth in it.
Where there’s will, there’s way.
If you are determined enough, you can find a way to achieve what you want, even if it is difficult.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
When conditions become difficult, strong people take action.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When visiting a foreign land, follow the customs of local people.
When a twig grows hard, it is difficult to twist it.
A person can be moulded when young but not when he has grown up. So, one should inculcate good values in children while they’re still young.
What can you expect from a pig but a grunt?
What can you expect from a bad character but foul and rough language?
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
You shouldn’t harm a person who has harmed you, even if you think that person deserves it.
Two heads are better than one.
Two persons have a better chance to solve a problem than one.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When too many people work together on a project, the result is inferior.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Many take up a job or project they later hate, wasting precious years. This can be avoided if you ask few who’ve undertaken the same job or project about their experience.
Time and tide wait for no man.
You’ve no control over passage of time; it’ll keep slipping. So don’t procrastinate, don’t delay things.
The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet tall.
We should avoid foul, inconsiderate language because it can leave lasting scars and dent relationships forever.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
People who complain the most are the ones who get attention or what they want.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Good intention doesn’t not matter if a person’s actions lead to bad outcomes.
There is truth in wine.
People when drunk speak truth, often unwittingly.
There is no time like the present.
The best time to do something is right now. So, act now.
There are more ways than one to skin a cat.
There is more than one way to reach the same goal.
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
We all want peace and happiness in life, and there are multiple ways of achieving this goal. However, many get so tunnel-focused that they fail to see paths other than their current job, which may ironically be hurting their pursuit of happiness. So, once in a while, take a step back and reflect.
The proof of pudding is in eating.
You can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used, or experienced it.