Reality Sayings and Quotes

The palest ink is brighter than the best memory
Chinese saying. Thanks to Martin C Wojtkiewicz

Anything with scales counts as a fish.
Malay (on appearance and reality)

Appearances are deceptive.
Italian Proverb

Carve the peg by looking at the hole.
Korean (on appropriateness)

Change is inevitable
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Circumstances alter cases.
T. Rymer (1678)

Cutting off a mule’s ears doesn’t make it a horse.
Creole (on authenticity)

Easier said than done.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Even monkeys fall out of trees.
Japanese Proverb

Even the best laid plans go awry.

Every man has to seek his own way to make himself more noble and to realize his own true worth.
Albert Schweitzer

Expect the worst, but hope for the best.

Froth is not beer.
Dutch (on appearance and reality)

Give up the ghost.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

In a crisis, give help first and then advice.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

It is useless attacking the insensible.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

It never rains but it pours.

Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Looks can be deceiving.

No man can lose what he never had.
George Herbert (1593-1632)

No one goes through life unscathed.

Nothing is black or white.

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Seeing is believing.

Sometimes, it’s too little, too late.

Sometimes, less is more.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
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The price of your hat is not always the measure of your brain.
African American (on appearance and reality)

The rain falls on every roof.
African Proverb

The teeth that laugh are also those that bite.
Hausa tribe of West Africa (on appearance and reality)

What goes around, comes around.

What goes up must come down.

What is true by lamplight is not always true in sunlight.
French (on appearance and reality)

What you see is what you get.

What’s done is done.
Early 14th Century French Proverb

When the music changes, so does the dance.
Hausa tribe of West Africa (on appropriateness)

Wherever you go, you can’t get rid of yourself.
Polish (on basic truths)

Worrying never changed anything.

You can’t beat a dead horse.
Richard Trench (1807-1886)

You can’t build a relationship with a hammer.