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Phrase/word that is a synonym to “Question Everything”

What are some phrase/word synonyms for the phrase 'Question Everything'. My friend came up with nullius in verba, which I really like, and I was wondering what others are out there? Edit (from ...
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What’s a good phrase or id­iom sim­i­lar to “go­ing in blind” or “jump­ing in the deep end”?

A while ago I had a con­ver­sa­tion with a col­league of mine, and we’re talk­ing about an ap­pli­cant who ap­plied for a po­si­tion that he does not have any back­ground knowl­edge of, no ex­pe­ri­...
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Aphorism equivalent to this one

In Russian, there's an aphorism that says roughly this: No matter how many times you repeat the word "sweet", you won't feel sweeter in your mouth Meaning that attempt to deceive oneself into ...
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Catchy phrase: looking at something from several different perspectives

What is the catchy phrase or an aphorism, or a buzzword, or an idiom with the meaning of looking at something from several different perspectives? In particular, I am looking for something that is ...
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“Made a rhyme without effort” in English from Spanish “Hice verso sin esfuerzo”

In Spanish we can say "Hice verso sin esfuerzo", which means something along the lines of "I made a rhyme without effort", whilst rhyming. What would be an English equivalent of this phrase? I've ...
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Similar idioms to “When the cat's away, the mice will play”

I wonder if there is any similar idioms to "When the cat's away, the mice will play." I searched on a few websites (the free dictionary, dictionary.com, and cambridge.) but there was no suggestions ...
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Right Good but Left Bad [closed]

While examining the definition/etymology of the adjective sinister, I noticed its senses of EVIL, ILL-FORTUNE, and general inauspiciousness, as well as explicit references to the noun/adjective LEFT. ...
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Is there a set phrase for being polite to a person only when they are present?

Is there a saying or proverb for when a person or group of people act politely and with respect towards a certain member of a group in front of a person of respect or elder, and then acts with ...
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Good/functional but can do better

I'm looking for an aphorism communicating the thought that "this works, but we can do better". Some high-falutin language like Shakespeare or Blake would be ideal.
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Idioms / Proverbs - forgetting bad things, value of an ordinary life

I've got two questions but they're very similar - looking for English idioms / proverbs. (1) A proverb that means about the same as 好了疮疤忘了痛 (Chinese, lit. to forget the pain after the wound is healed)...