As a kid growing up, I heard "Bought wit is better than told…" often. I had no idea what it meant. I only know that it was used whenever someone did something they had been warned against doing.
I can still hear it to this day, "bought wit is better than told." It rings loud and clear whenever my gut says not to do something.
That reminds me of a story I read a while back about a man who was bitten and seriously injured when he tried to kiss a turtle goodbye. Ouch, that hurt! The first thing that came to mind was how stupid that was. Then, I had to remind myself that people kiss their pets all the time.
Just because I’m not a pet kisser doesn’t mean I get to go around judging people who do kiss animals as stupid. So, he wanted to kiss his turtle goodbye…to each his own.
I do know one thing though. He bought himself a fine lesson and, he paid a dear price for the lesson in the process. This is a prime example of that old saying I often heard growing up… “Bought Wit Is Better Than Told.”
When someone is warned against doing something, they rarely get the whole picture. Warnings don’t always work.
On the other hand, if I do something I should not be doing and something bad happens to me. I learn a valuable lesson, the hard way. Thus, the old saying…
“Bought Wit Is Better Than Told”!