Sunday, October 09, 2005

Cliché: idle hands are the devil's workshop

Meaning: having nothing to do leads to mischief
Rewrite 1: feet with nowhere to go lead to a footpath of trouble
Rewrite 2: twiddling fingers often go hand-in-hand with mischief
Rewrite 3: much evil is due when there’s little else to do (or when there's little to do, much evil is due.)
Rewrite 4: stay busy to stay sane

Comment: I found this one more interesting to rewrite than many others. It almost has a Confucian quality to it. Keep tongue in cheek when it’s wisdom you seek!

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