there is a famous proverb in Nepal, i.e. कागले कान समात्यो भन्दैमा म कागको पछि लग्नु. The meaning of this proverb to believe other blindly. For example: "The man said someone that the crow grabbed his ear, and he without checking his ear chases the crow."

The moral is we should not believe what other people say immediately. And I want proverb in this.

Is there some PROVERB in English related to this scenario? Thanks 🙂

  • Is believing others blindly a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it about the ability of the crow to make the man follow? I understand the actions described, but not the meaning behind the actions. What's the so-called moral of the story? Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 14:59
  • Maybe something like this quote from Edgar Allan Poe: Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 15:57
  • @JasonBassford Its a bad thing.
    – madan
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 16:36
  • @TinfoilHat good one. Is there any other too? :)
    – madan
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 16:37
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    @HotLicks A nice variant I've seen as a bumper-sticker is "Don't believe everything you think."
    – user888379
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 17:59

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How about Trust, but verify? From Wikipedia:

Trust, but verify is a rhyming Russian proverb. The phrase became internationally known in English when used by President Ronald Reagan on several occasions in the context of nuclear disarmament discussions with the Soviet Union.

It means don't "take at face value," which is another idiom expressing the idea that one shouldn't blindly accept what others say without looking into it first.

  • help me with this question too please. please Richard please. I need your help. english.stackexchange.com/questions/542167/… Though it not the platform to make such question but I'm forced because it is very urgent and important to solve this. please help me
    – madan
    Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 12:36

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