Classic style presents the author’s individual insights and perceptions, so classic style rarely employs the clichéd common wisdom found in proverbs and maxims. The classic writer may, however, re-write a cliché or a maxim in a way that produces new insights.
Here are some examples:
cliché: “pure and simple truth”
Oscar Wilde: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
maxim: “Seeing is believing.”
Mark Twain: “Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.”
Ralph Hodgson: “Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
Choose at least four of the following maxims and rewrite them as classic style insights.
|One man’s meat is another man’s poison.||Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.|
|Let sleeping dogs lie.||Better safe than sorry.|
|Time heals all wounds.||Silence is golden.|
|War is hell.||Love is blind.|
|Sometimes, you can’t see the forrest for the trees.||Look before you leap.|
|God helps them who help themselves.||Haste makes waste.|
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