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Famous Quotations Started

Can any of you all share how some famous quotations were started?

Like: It will cost you an arm and a leg.

Or he got a square meal.

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 ---Nicole_Lacey on 7/11/19
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I've heard the expression "old/er as/than dirt" and "as dumb as a box of rocks".

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/2/19

I've tried to find it. All I,could find is dumb as dirt vs dumber than dirt. Dumb as dirt is really dumb, but being dumber than dirt is even dumber than that...which is funny, because what's dumber than dumb?

Wherever it came from probably came from where many of these came from.

I think it came from someone who Is allergic to stupidity and breaks out in sarcasm with sayings like that.
---kathr4453 on 8/2/19

Kathr: I personally like the quote : "DUMBER THAN DIRT"//

Okay, but can you tell how that phrase got started?

That would be interesting to know.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/1/19

I personally like the quote :
---kathr4453 on 8/1/19

Kathr: just for the record, Nicole changed the subject here to LENT.//

Yup! And guess who allowed me to change the subject?

The Moderator!!!!

Yet, always respond?


//Pick up YOUR CROSS, OR PICK UP HIS CROSS. Which one ? You have two sentences contradicting one another.//

All Crosses are His. Act 9:4-5

//When I died with Christ..ALA being Crucified with Christ, our whole life 24/7/364 is Denial of self//


According to you that doesn't give you any time to SIN.

We both know you have sinned and will sin tomorrow.
In denial is right, but not in a good way.

You RESUSCITATE yourself daily.

That's why JESUS said to pick up your cross DAILY Luke 9:23
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/31/19

Quite right, JS.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/24/19

"Spare the rod and spoil the child."

Misquote from Proverbs..
---JS1234 on 7/23/19

The theatrical wish, "Break a leg," is short for, "May you bow so low you break a leg."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/22/19

- Caught red handed -

Origins Scotland

Caught with blood on hands from poaching - or murder

( I thought it was from old west for rustling cattle )
---RichardC on 7/16/19

StrongAxe: Google doesn't measure truth. All it does is index web sites. You should look at many sources and make up your own mind to determine which are credible or not.//

Yes, I agree. That's why I am asking people on CN.

I got the 'It will cost you an arm and a leg' from someone else and his answer wasn't in Google.

I also want all kinds of answers from wise people on CN. Including you. :D

---Nicole_Lacey on 7/14/19


Google doesn't measure truth. All it does is index web sites. You should look at many sources and make up your own mind to determine which are credible or not. This is one reason I like Wikipedia, because on of their primary rules is that they are forbidden to source their own information. They are required to only quote information from other sources, which they include in the footnotes - so DON'T trust Wikipedia - just follow the articles they reference.
---StrongAxe on 7/13/19

Samuel, good ones.

Sure StrongAxe, but even Google makes mistakes, or has another version.

Square meals came from George Washington for his men in battle.

He demand enough food that filled up a square box.

I am sure everyone knows this one:

'Don't make me the scapegoat' came from the Bible:

'a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16)'-- Online Dictionary
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/12/19

You can try entering each phrase into a search engine (like Google), in quotation marks. There are often plenty of sites that will explain the meaning and origin of such phrases.
---StrongAxe on 7/12/19

Cluny, could you tell us how those phases came about?

I heard that 'it cost you an arm and a leg' was from that most Painters couldn't draw digits well.

Only good one were capable so it cost more. Most paintings had only busts of people.

They said George Washington's whole body painting cost a lot.
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/12/19

Rule of thumb. I man could not beat his wife with a stick wider than his thumb.

Half cocked. When the old Musket was at half cocked it could not fire.

Flash in the pan also came from muskets. If the powder in the pan just flashed and didn't set off the gunpowder in the gun. It as a worthless result.

Have a nice weekend.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/12/19

There was a series of books about the origin of these sayings by either Wagnall or Funk (of the dictionary company).


Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/11/19

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Out of difficulties, danger or trouble, as in We're through the worst of the recession-we're out of the woods now, or That pneumonia was serious, but Charles is finally out of the woods. This expression, alluding to having been lost in a forest, dates from Roman times, it was first recorded in English in 1792.
---JS1234 on 7/11/19

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