Paroemia (pa-ri’-mi-a): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adage, apothegm, gnome, maxim, proverb, and sententia.
“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”
― George S. Patton
If you want to be somebody in life, you have to maintain your ideals and fight for them, either with arguments or violence. If your opponent argues, you argue back. If your opponent fights, you fight back. Don’t chicken out. If you do, you’ll have to argue or fight again with this person in the future: “A bad penny always shows up.” Chances are you will cross paths again: “Nip it in the bud” now and you’re done. If you get killed or injured, so be it—that’s the risk you take when you won’t compromise. However, you can always “walk away and live to fight another day.” But when will that “another day” come? Will you be ambushed on your way yo the mall? Will you be assaulted while you’re mowing your lawn? Will your house be burned to the ground? These examples are drastic, but think, have they ever happened where ideals were at stake?
Learn to compromise. As long as your opponent is willing to compromise too, you can live together in peace. “Peace” is an ideal worthy of striving for, as long as you don’t give up your basic values.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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