a watched pot never boils

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A process appears to go more slowly if one waits for it rather than engaging in other activities.

Etymology:

  • The origin of the phrase comes from Benjamin Franklin, using his pseudonym of Poor Frank that he used when publishing his annual almanac between 1732 and 1758.
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They say a watched pot never boils, so maybe it's a good thing we now spend so little time worrying about the current account deficit.

Submitted on September 25, 2011

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ஒரு பார்த்தால் பானை எப்போதும் கொதித்தது

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