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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS MAKE LEMONADE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; RESOURCEFULNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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JESUS HELPS THOSE THAT HELP THEMSELVES

ONE DAY JESUS WAS TAKING A WALK WITH PETER DOWN AN OLD
ROAD. THEY SAW A MAN WITH A DONKEY BY THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD, THE DONKEY GOT STUCK IN THE MUD. THE MAN FELL DOWN
ON HIS KNEES AND HE STARTED PRAYING, "GOD, OH GOD, PULL
MY DONKEY OUT OF THE MUD." BUT JESUS JUST KEPT WALKING
BY. AS HE KEPT WALKING, ANOTHER MAN AND DONKEY WERE
STUCK IN THE MUD. BUT THE MAN WAS CUSSING, SWEARING,
SAYING, "YOU DAMN BASTARD MULE." AS HE SWORE HE WAS
PULLING AND PUSHING THE DONKEY. JESUS WENT DOWN AND
HELPED HIM.
AFTER, PETER ASKED JESUS, "WHY DID YOU HELP THIS MAN
WHO CUSSED, AND NOT THE MAN WHO PRAYED?" JESUS SAID
THAT HE HELPED HIM 'CAUSE HE WAS HELPING HIMSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL TALE RESOURCEFULNESS REWARDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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Retort

I'll consider the source.

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Usually said in fun in reply to soemthing said that is not agreed with.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Source ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Money is the root of all evil.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Corruption ; EVIL ; GREED ; Maxim ; MONEY ; PROVERB ; Source ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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