Just like everything else in life, languages change over time. New words come up, different interpretations are adapted, and some aspects are lost in translation. As such, there are some famous quotes/sayings that you probably use every day but don’t know they have/had an extended version. For example, did you know the saying “curiosity killed the cat” doesn’t end there? Keep reading to find out how it ends and plenty more!

1. Curiosity Killed the Cat

The full version of this saying is, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” The popular version warns against “wanting to find out more,” while the extended version encourages it.

2. Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Adapted into English in the 16th century, the medieval French proverb has different versions, including, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it burned in one.”

3. Power Tends to Corrupt; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Popularized by Lord Acton, this quote looks complete as it is. However, reading the subsequent sentence adds more critical information to it. It says: “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

4. Gild the Lily

It is often thought that this cliché was adapted from a phrase used by Shakespeare in one of his plays. It means it’s not exactly useful to add unnecessary ornamentation to something already good-looking in its own right. The whole saying is: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily.”

5. The Early Bird Catches the Worm

This phrase’s extended version is, “The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse catches the cheese.

6. Blood is Thicker than Water

This saying mainly shows the importance of an individual’s family bond. However, its extended version is probably the opposite. It goes: “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”

7. Ignorance is Bliss

Originally by Thomas Gray in his poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Elton College” (1742), the quote says: “Ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.”

8. An Eye for an Eye

Usually, this saying is used to refer to the downsides of revenge. It was coined by Gibran Khalil and was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi. The extended phrase reads: “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world go blind.” There is also a biblical version that says: “Though shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”

9. Winning Isn’t Everything

Winning isn’t everything; it is the only thing.

10. When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Alexander Graham Bell, a former Scottish-Canadian inventor and scientist, is credited with this quote. However, it doesn’t end there; the whole saying goes: “When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

11. Birds of a Feather Flock Together

People use this saying to insinuate that solace thrives where the same individuals are gathered. Looking at its complete version, you might have a different opinion: “Birds of a feather flock together until the cat comes.”

12. Now is the Winter of Our Discontent

Its extended version is, “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York.”

13. Jack of All Trades, Master of None

People often use this saying to emphasize the need to “specialize” in one field. However, reading the full version gives a different perspective. It says: “Jack of trades, a master of none, though oftentimes better than the master of one.”

14. Great Minds Think Alike

This phrase’s extended version is, “Great minds think alike, though fools seldom differ.”

15. My Country, Right or Wrong

Often, this saying is used in a disciplined force setting. The extended phrase reads: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right, and if wrong, to be set right.

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Last Update: December 14, 2023