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AUTOGRAPH BOOK ENTRY

IT'S HARD TO TELL WHAT MAKES A FRIEND
IT ISN'T LOOKS OR STYLE
JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN
THAT MAKES THEM SEEM WORTHWHILE.

ISN'T ANYTHING THEY SAY
OR ANYTHING THEY DO
BUT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A FRIEND
I'VE FOUND IT ALL IN YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; PARADOX ; RHYME ABCB ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Friendship

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AN ADULT IS ONE WHO SCOLDS HIS CHILDREN FOR ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE
REALITY, WHILE HE ORDERS HIS THIRD MARTINI.

Data entry tech comment: SONNY ELIOT IS A LOCAL TV WEATHERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; HYPOCRISY ; LIQUOR ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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OLD JEWISH SAYING

ASK FOR A WOMAN'S ADVICE AND DO THE OPPOSITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY ; PARADOX ; SEXISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

BEER ON WHISKY, PRETTY RISKY,
WHISKY ON BEER, NEVER FEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS PROVERB FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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PROVERB

BECOME OLD EARLY IF YOU WISH TO STAY OLD LONG.

Submitter comment: FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

COME RIDDLE ME, RIDDLE ME,
RIDDLE ME.
NONE ARE SO BLIND
AS THEY THAT WONT SEE.'

Submitter comment: ORIGIN? GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.600
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

THE CRUELEST LIES ARE OFTEN TOLD IN SILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; SIN OF OMISSION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

THE DESIRE TO APPEAR CLEVER OFTEN PREVENTS OUR BECOMING SO.

Data entry tech comment: MR. DILES IS A LOCAL RADIO AND T.V. PERSONALITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WXYZ RADIO ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; AFFECTATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-12-1969

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PROVERB

DOING THE RIGHT THING DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DOING THE BEST THING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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PROVERB

DON'T LOOK FOR SOMETHING UNLESS YOU'VE LOST IT.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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POLISH PROVERB

DON'T STIR IT AND IT WON'T STICK.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED IT FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SCATAL (?)OGICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; PARADOX?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

DON'T TALK TOO MUCH -- THE MORE YOU SAY THE LESS PEOPLE REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CONVERSATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 12-25-1969

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PROVERB

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING BECAUSE NOTHING'S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): SEMANTICS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; IRONY ; PARADOX ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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PROVERB

DO WHAT I TELL YOU, BUT DO NOT DO WHAT I DO.
(ITALIAN)
FATE QUELLO CHE VI DICO IO, MA NON FUTE QUELLO CHE FACCIO IO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DRINKING SAYING

TO SAY THAT ONE DRINKS LIKE A FISH IS A FALLACY BECAUSE FISH DRINK
VERY LITTLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FISH

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GERMAN PROVERB

THE DUMBEST FARMER HAS THE BIGGEST POTATOES. (TRANSLATION)
DIE DUMMSTER BAURN HAM DIE GROPTEN KARTOFEL. (GERMAN)

Submitter comment: MORE LUCK THAN BRAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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ARABIAN MAXIM

BE WARY OF SOMEONE YOU HELP OR CARE FOR, FOR HE MAY SOME DAY BE
WELL ENOUGH TO CAUSE YOU HARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CYNICISM ; PARADOX ; SUSPICION ; TREACHERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

THE BIG FOLKS GET THE PORK CHOPS AND THE LITTLE FOLKS GET THE GRAVY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): INJUSTICE ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX ; SIZE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-24-1968

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PROVERB

CENSORSHIP IS LIKE AN APPENDIX. WHEN INERT IT IS USELESS, WHEN
ACTIVE IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; EPIGRAM

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DON'T CARRY OR ACCEPT A TWO-DOLLAR BILL - IT BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: (MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS FROM HER COUSIN AS A CHILD.)

Where learned: HOME ; LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PARADOX

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two

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