The enthusiasts for revolutionary methods overlook the truth of the adage that the best is often the enemy of the good.
On the whole I have always agreed with the old adage that horses were dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
It's an old adage but it's one that the people of Newry and Mourne are ignoring.
It all goes to demonstrate the old adage that statistics can be used to prove anything, provided you jiggle them properly.
This is a book which confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.
As the old adage says, nothing that comes from a coconut tree is ever wasted.
The old adage is true, there are plenty of other fish in the sea - it's just that they are not particularly pretty.
Her daughter described her as a warm, fun-loving person who lived by the old adage that hard work never hurt anybody.
The old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics springs to mind.
It's scant consolation but the old adage there is always someone else worse off than yourself can help banish the blues.