[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 11 18:40:20 EST 2016


The bear hunts/gets/eats you only if you run slower than your hunting companion.

Joel


      From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
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I was sent a request to examine the saying in the subject line which I
think can be grouped together with some other statements:

1) Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.
2) Sometimes you hunt the bear, and sometimes the bear hunts you.
3) Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.

This topic was mentioned on this list in 2004 and 2010. There is an
entry in the DMP and on Barry Popik's website. The QI website now has
an entry with supplementary information:

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/11/10/bear-eats/

[Begin acknowledgement]
Great thanks to Sandra Ikuta whose inquiry led QI to formulate this
question and perform this exploration. Thanks to the 2004 mailing list
discussants including: Barry Popik, Wilson Gray, Susan Yerkes, Rima
McKinzey, and Laurence Horn. Thanks to the 2010 mailing list
discussants including: Arnold Zwicky, Laurence Horn, Mark Mandel, and
Charles Doyle. In addition, thanks to Doyle et al for the entry in
"The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs", and thanks to Doyle for verifying
the 1939 citation. Also, gratitude to Barry Popik for his further
valuable research.
[End acknowledgment]

http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/sometimes_you_eat_the_bear_and_sometimes_the_bear_eats_you

Feedback welcome,
Garson O'Toole

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