"Sometimes you eat the bear..." (1904); "Tools of Ignorance"

Kim & Rima McKinzey rkmck at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jun 4 00:22:50 UTC 2004

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>Poster:       "Yerkes, Susan" <SYerkes at EXPRESS-NEWS.NET>
>Subject:      Re: "Sometimes you eat the bear..." (1904); "Tools of Ignorance"
>How about "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the
>fly/bug"? Surely that's a much later, but parallel phrase.

I've heard more frequently, "Sometimes you're the bird, sometimes
you're the statue."  I don't remember when I first heard it, though.


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