Writing Prompts on Contradictory Proverbs

Proverbs are sayings that have been around for a long time, which offer advice or state a general truth. But sometimes proverbs can contradict each other. Here are some examples of contradictory proverbs. Pick a group of proverbs and explain why you believe one over the other. Write out your reasons for why you think the way you do. We suggest these would be best suited for minimum  4th grade and up.

Writing Prompt 1:
– Opposites attract.
– Birds of a feather stick together.
Can you think of a situation where opposites attracted each other and it worked out? Or do you find that having common interests is better?

Writing Prompt 2:
– Money is the root of all evil.
– Money makes the world go round.
Which is true? Why?

Writing Prompt 3:
– Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
– Out of sight, out of mind.
How can both be true? Use an example to explain.

Writing Prompt 4:
– Clothes make the man.
– You cannot judge a book by its cover.
So which is it? Are clothes important to make a good impression to you? Or do you rather not judge a person until you know them better no matter how they appear?

Writing Prompt 5:
– The early bird gets the worm.
– Haste makes waste.
Should you hurry up to get what you’re after or do you think that by rushing sometimes people make costly mistakes and lose out on what they were after in the first place?

Writing Prompt 6:
– Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
– Misery loves company.
Which proverb do you agree with? Why did you pick the one you did?

Writing Prompt 7:
 – Many hands make light work.
– Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Which do you believe? Do projects or tasks shared get done faster because you have many hands to help you? Or does having too many people on one task make it harder because of the conflicting opinions on what needs to be done?