watched pot never boils

watched pot never boils

Prov. Something you are waiting for will not happen while you are concentrating on it. Don't just sit there staring at the phone while you wait for Lucy to call. A watched pot never boils. I'd better do something besides look out the window waiting for Emily to drive up. A watched pot never boils.
See also: boil, never, pot, watch
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WHILE there are some cliches and sayings that are obviously complete nonsense - an apple a day keeps the doctor away, beauty is only skin deep, a watched pot never boils and, my personal favourite, a man tired of London is tired of life (no, he's just seen the light) - others are more accurate, especially where betting is concerned.
Unwatched Pot Redux: We know that a watched pot never boils.
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We discussed Sunday dinners and how a watched pot never boils.
IT MAY be a case of a watched pot never boils, but you'll be able to see when this kettle (below) is boiling.
The adage that a watched pot never boils may have some truth in it after all -- at least in the quantum realm.