Thursday, May 27, 2010

Italian proverbs- il diavolo fa le pentole ma non i coperchi

I like this one, and I think it's generally true. Il diavolo fa le pentole ma non i coperchi. The devil makes the pots but not the lids. It's not immediately intuitive.

It means that when one decides to do something dishonest or evil (like the devil), plans are made, lies are told, people and facts are manipulated. But something always happens to foil the plan. The truth comes out, or the wrongdoer is punished, or the plans fail. It is similar to the saying according to which there is no perfect crime.