Skip to comments.Shakespeare, Aesop, or King James? Which of the following phrases are from the K J Version? posted
Posted on 07/29/2011 7:31:14 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
1 "There is method to my madness."
2 "Love is strong as death."
3 "In the twinkling of an eye."
4 "A plague on both your houses."
5 "Gave up the ghost."
6 "We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
7 "The wisdom of Solomon."
8 "As pure as the driven snow."
9 "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
10 "O ye of little faith."
11 "A cloud of witnesses."
12 "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
13 "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
14 "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
15 "When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."
16 "Seek, and ye shall find."
17 "Go, and do thou likewise."
18 "God helps those who help themselves."
19 "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
20 "Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it."
21 "What goes around, comes around."
22 "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
23 "It is easy to despise what you cannot get." (The origin of the idiom "sour grapes.")
24 "There is no new thing under the sun."
25 "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
So, who wrote these passages? The answers are at the link.
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I knew all the ones that came from Scripture, but not so sure of who said the others.
The “sour grapes” saying is in Jeremiah 31:29 as well as Ezekiel 18:2.
1 “There is method to my madness.”
2 “Love is strong as death.” Song of Solomon 8:6
3 “In the twinkling of an eye.” I Corinthians 15:52
4 “A plague on both your houses.”
5 “Gave up the ghost.” Genesis 25:8; Genesis 25:17; Genesis 35:29; Lamentations 1:19; Mark 15:37; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:46; John 19:30; Acts 5:5; Acts 12:23
6 “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.”
7 “The wisdom of Solomon.” I Kings 4:29; I Kings 4:30; I Kings 4:34; I Kings 7:14; I Kings 10:4; I Kings 10:23; I Kings 11:41; II Chronicles 1:11; II Chronicles 9:3; II Chronicles 9:22; II Chronicles 9:23; Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31
8 “As pure as the driven snow.”
9 “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
10 “O ye of little faith.” Matthew 6:30; Matthew 8:26; Matthew 16:8; Luke 12:28
11 “A cloud of witnesses.” Hebrews 12:1
12 “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
13 “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
14 “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
15 “When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
16 “Seek, and ye shall find.” (minus comma) Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; John 7:34; John 7:36
17 “Go, and do thou likewise.” Judges 9:49
18 “God helps those who help themselves.”
19 “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
20 “Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.”
21 “What goes around, comes around.”
22 “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
23 “It is easy to despise what you cannot get.” (The origin of the idiom “sour grapes.”)
24 “There is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
25 “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”
Pretty cool ,Thanks for the thread.
#1 is an altered version of the actual Shakespeare quotation, which is Polonius saying of Hamlet,
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”
[Polonius in an aside pondering how Hamlet seems insane yet has a rational purpose (perhaps) in what he is up to]
TNX, I did not spend time trying to find the non-Biblical quotes.
Might have missed one of those too.
14 is Matt. 26:41—but I missed #2
Yes, Jeremiah 13:23. Amazing how much in the Bible is used in common language.
Long time since grade school but I’m pretty sure #25 was Aesop.
Reminds me of a photographer who visited a haunted house. The ghost who lived there was a vain fellow and agreed to pose for a picture, but unfortunately there were problems with the equipment.
It seems that the spirit was willing, but the flash was weak.
In the twinkling of an eye.
I bet I can guess more than you.
People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.
I missed one out of 11 of the Bible quotes, got all the Shakespeares and Aesops, but was confused by some of the others because they didn’t say there were other sources.
KJV: 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 24.
Shakespeare: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 13, 18, 20, 21, 22
Aesop: 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 25.
"And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women."14 The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Sorry, the title was poorly worded. It should have included “etal”. The link goes to the correct answers.
Got it, thanks. I knew that several didn’t seem to fit any of the (apparent) choices.
You know what’s really annoying, though, is that the writer had to refererence the phrase “sour grapes,” apparently on the assumption that the readers were too dim to understand the original wording of Aesop’s moral.
Sorry. Guess I was not cautious enough. Probably pasted the search results on the wrong line.
Any way it was an opportunity to get more familiar with the Xiphos Bible search software I install on my Xubuntu linux machine.
Are you familiar with Biblegateway.com? They have many different translations in many different languages and a pretty good search feature.
I had previously used their data with a TCL search interface.
Pretty amazing stuff.
Years ago I had a KJV bible in text format that would fit on a 3-1/2” floppy. (has been a while)
I got all the Shakespeare ones and most of the Bible ones. Although without references to actual books of the Bible. I knew which ones the Shakespeare came from, which suggests that I spend far too much time reading. Perhaps I should make it easy on myself and get a college degree in English Lit or something.
The Aesops I kept confusing with the Bible, oddly enough.
Both Aesop and Proverbs are very common-sensible. I could place the Bible citations in their books, or at least “in one of the Gospels.”
The problem with English lit is that unless you go somewhere like University of Dallas or Steubenville, it will all be anti-Western and gay.
I’ve been living in Seattle for two years. I think I can handle gayness.
Besides, I’m good at writing, so I should be able to get by with disagreeing on everyone else’s opinion. I got an A+ for that ten-page paper I wrote about how secondhand smoke is possibly a myth.
Yeah, but why pay money to be annoyed by liberals, when you can pay to avoid them.
It’s the government’s money, not mine.
Besides, archeaology would be more fun and gives me a chance to show off my Hermione Granger-esque knowledge of everything. Also I can continue to visit more crappy foriegn countries on somebody else’s dime. That way, I can spend all my money going to Ireland, and make some goverment grant institute pay to send to to Israel and dig holes in the ground.
It seems foolproof.
You should read the new biography of Lawrence of Arabia. He excavated Hittite Carchemish, now in Iraq, with shootings and explosions. Ireland has a climate like Seattle, but the castles are seriously cool.
Just don’t fall for a clunk like Ron, unless you want your children to be mindless minions of their Uncle Pat.
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