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Many wells many buckets? A proverb goes "Many wells, many buckets." What can I infer from this proverb? I mean, is it a metaphor of something?
Jun 27, 2015 2:11 PM
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It probably means that every person has their own opinion, each one is slightly different than the other.
June 27, 2015
I've never heard of it before. I looked it up on the Net and I found some references to the phrase in very old books but none of them made it clear what the meaning was. If I had to guess, I'd say it meant something like there are many different ways to live or do things and none of them are better than any other. Perhaps it's a response when someone is believes strongly that something should be done a certain way but they should really be more tolerant of differences. It might be common in places outside the UK so I'd like to see others' opinions.
June 27, 2015
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