“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
Formerly intended as a compliment, the phrase means that a person is a generalist rather than a specialist, versatile and adept at many things.
Yet somehow it was warped to make the jack of all trades feel inadequate...
“Great minds think alike.” This is actually a shortened version of a longer quote, of which there are two versions.
For the full quote, you want to say, “Great minds think alike, small minds rarely differ”
“Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ.”
Same idea, different phrasing.
But what does it mean?
Don't be too cocky when someone agrees with your idea. It could be a bright idea... Or maybe both of you might not be as bright as you think eh...
“Blood is thicker than water.”
This is one of many Bible verses that has been mis-adapted for common use, because the word “convenant” doesn’t roll off the tongue in everyday use. However, the real version completely changes the meaning.
The quote comes from: “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”
Although we commonly use it to suggest the strength of family ties, it doesn’t refer to family at all.
It actually means relationships of choice bond people more than just being born within the same family.
A covenant is an agreement or promise. It's kinda like, if I decide that you're my close friend due to our past experiences, good times and bad times. That relationship could be more important than just being born in the same family.
So what's the moral of the story today?
Don't just blindly read and follow everything you hear. Maybe you're learning the wrong thing. Even if it comes from a reputable source. Verify it a bit. Read a bit more. Everyone makes mistakes. Maybe the reputable source also made a mistake.
Think from multiple perspectives.