Friday, August 11, 2006

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones

Say what?
Those who are vulnerable should not attack others.

The proverb has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' (1385). George Herbert wrote in 1651: 'Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.' This saying is first cited in the United States in 'William & Mary College Quarterly' (1710). Twenty-six later Benjamin Franklin wrote, 'Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.' 'To live in a glass house' is used as a figure of speech referring to vulnerability." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

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Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too. See the link below for more info.


William Clukey Jr said...

Obama says this comes from the Bible! Lol

John Payne said...
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MyThoughts said...

I idea - while not the idiom itself - is found in the Bible at John 8:7. The story of the women who the people wanted to stone & Jesus told them that those without sin should throw the first stones.

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Jagdish Gangolly said...

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Mathew 7:3.
King James Version

Brenda McAnear said...

Dorothy McGuire said it in the movie A SUMMER PLACE..I have never forgotten the quote or the movie. I saw it when I was 15 yrs old