Old Sayings Reworded

There are plenty of old sayings like "waste not, want not", and "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and they're usually composed of rather common words. Well in this puzzle, several old sayings have been reworded using much more complex synonyms. This puzzle has been circulating the Internet for several years, and since I love a good challenge I took it on. After a little brain storming, and a lot of page flipping in the dictionary, I was able to solve them all.

Here's an example of how it works. "Waste not, want not" could be reworded to say, "By failing to emaciate, you shant pine". Of course, unless you're a geeky English major you would never use the latter. So below are a bunch of overly complex sentences that correspond to much more common sayings. Good luck!


01. It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.
02. Scintillate, scintillate, asteroids minified.
03. Members of an avian species of identical plumage congregate.
04. Surveillance should precede saltation.
05. Pulchritude possesses sole cetaceous profundity.
06. It is fruitless to become lachrymose over precipitantly departed lacteal fluid.
07. Freedom from incrustation of grime is contiguous to rectitude.
08. The stylus is more potent than the claymore.
09. Eschew the implement of correction and vitiate the scion.
10. The temperature of the aqueous content of an unremittingly ogled saucepan does not reach 212 degrees.
11. All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.
12. Where there are visible vapors having their prevalence in ignited carbonaceous material there is conflagration.
13. Sorting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.
14. A plethora of individuals with expertise in culinary techniques vitiate the possible concoction produced by steeping certain comestibles.
15. Eleemosynary deeds have their incipience intramurally.
16. Male cadavers are incapable of yielding any testimony.
17. Individuals who make their abode in vitreous edifices would be advised to refrain from catapulting petrous projectiles.
18. Neophyte's serendipity.
19. Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interlude of hedonistic diversion renders John one habitudinous fellow.
20. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of a small bryophyl plant.
21. The person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimal cachinnation.
22. Abstention from any aleatory undertaking precludes a potential escalation of a lucrative nature.
23. Missiles of ligneous or petrous consistency have the potential of fracturing my osseous structure, but appellations will eternally remain innocuous.
24. Persons of imbecilic mentality divagate in parameter which cherubic entities approach with trepidation.
25. Elementary sartorial techniques initially applied preclude repetitive similar actions to square of three.

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01. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
02. Twinkle twinkle, little star.
03. Birds of feather flock together.
04. Look before you leap.
05. Beauty is only skin deep.
06. Don't cry over spilt milk.
07. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
08. The pen is mightier than the sword.
09. Spare the whip, spoil the child.
10. A watched pot never boils.
11. All that glitters is not gold.
12. Where there is smoke there is fire.
13. Beggars can't be choosers.
14. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
15. Charity starts at home.
16. Dead men tell no tales.
17. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
18. Beginner's luck.
19. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
20. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
21. He who laughs last, laughs loudest.
22. Noting ventured, nothing gained.
23. Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
24. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
25. A stitch in time saves nine.