Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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Saswata Dutta said: (Jun 29, 2019)  
To let sleeping dogs lie means 'To leave as they are'. But we cannot let the things as they are because by the time our needs are changing, demand for things are increasing and cost of living a decent life is increasing, we have work more and make others who are bearing responsibility also work more. So we have to interfere.

As we know human have a great tendency to exempt themselves from work. Everyone wants to get more and more output with less work input. Most of the Politicians of our country are lazy and corrupt, they don't do work properly themselves and also don't let others do things the right way and they often try to avoid investigation in their work by misusing their power. So we have to interfere and make them work honestly or remove them, 'we cannot let the sleeping dog just lie'.

Also in every organization, there is always supervision on a person whether he is topmost or lowermost authority to make the organization work efficiently and smoothly. So if you want to progress you have to interfere in most of the cases.

Thank you.

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Snigdha said: (Oct 9, 2018)  
Yeah, maybe you all are correct in your way. But for me you should not let the sleeping dog lie. Because nowadays I have seen my friends in my class who are not interactive in our class sessions but they have very good knowledge than others who are active in our class. And unfortunately partiality begins here. It has become a trend that if you are active then you will get every facilities and attention of the teacher. But in my opinion, every people in class should get some attention from a teacher. Who knows the dumb person would become the proud of your institute. So in my perspective, it should not happen. And no one should be dominated.

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Uday said: (May 11, 2018)  
Hello Everyone!

I partially agree with this statement "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" because of sometimes good things are waiting behind problems. Always, running from problems is not a way to success. So if you think that by taking some problems can be good in future, there is no wrong to awake sleepings dogs.

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Krishna Vivek said: (Sep 29, 2017)  
Hi everyone.

I think the given statement is absolutely correct as everyone in the society are not actively involving with surroundings. As if there is any problem arise in one's life, then the others think in a way that" if I solve it what I will gain ". But for the last few years, it has been diverted to serve the people and gain the love. I hope this will continue further and make a society with love but not with selfishness.

If some or other had helped us when I along with my friends met an accident then the one who lost his life may be alive. So I hope at least respond to surroundings rather than sitting idle.

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Amit said: (Sep 12, 2017)  
Hi friends,

The phrase 'Let speeping dogs lie' means to leave something alone if it might cause the problem to ignore a problem because trying to deal with it could cause an even more difficult situation in one's life.

If one knows that he has done something wrong to other in the past who has now a close friend, then one should let that old memory cone forward which would cause a problem in their relationship i.e., one should let that sleeping dog lie forever. So, if you raise an issue that others have forgotten about, you may have to suffer the consequences.

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Daeny said: (Sep 4, 2017)  
Hi everyone!

Here, the topic of discussion is "let sleeping dogs die" and I totally disagree with it. Sleeping dogs are the persons who are not aware of any situations surrounding them. Being a responsible human in this society, it's our duty to let them know what they are missing by doing so so that we can improvise our society. Sometimes, by waking them up, we may create some trouble in our lives, but as long as we are smart enough to tackle those, we should enjoy waking the sleeping companions and give a wave to activeness and progress.


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Mohammed Jaweed said: (Apr 23, 2017)  
Hello, everyone.

This is Mohammed Jaweed.

In my view, the statement is correct because We all are sleeping and ignoring the truth of our society and culture one thing is that people always think that they are right but they are wrong.

What is happening in and around your surrounding.

Thank you all.

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Msd said: (Feb 19, 2017)  
Sleeping dogs, in my opinion, are the illusion our society like corruption, theft, illiteracy. We all must awaken the sleeping dog in order to guard our nation. A sleeping dog is of no help until he becomes aware of what's happening around him. In other words, we must literate people of our country and make them more aware of the happenings around the world. If the dog is awake then with his alertness and strength he will be able to do great good to society.

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Sony said: (Aug 10, 2016)  
Hello Friends,

I agree with you all to some extent but in my view, we can't let sleeping dogs lie because this modern era is very competitive and to achieve something we all have to run in this race. In every field we know that teamwork leads to a better output so have you ever think that what if we let the sleeping dogs lie or leave the inactive person in the state they want to?

Simply we will get a wide variance between the expected output and the output we got.

So, it's better to motivate the sleeping dogs or the inactive person to actively take part in this race instead of relying on luck.


Becoz in this democratic country every individual is equally responsible for the good and bad condition so small loopholes like inactiveness of individuals can make the country to suffer.

We all know that PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. So, it's better to awaken those sleeping dogs than to lie.

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Hari said: (Dec 31, 2015)  
From reading this thread, it seems that none of you are dog owners. My pet dog is very loving. However, when she is sleeping and I accidentally awaken her, I might end up losing a toe to her startled fangs. This is how the expression "let sleeping dogs lie" began. It does not refer to people who are lazy.

It refers to what might happen to one if one brings up a problematic subject that no one is particularly worried about at the moment or that has already been settled. By reawakening others to an old problem, one might get bitten on the proverbial toe. In other words, one may create more trouble for oneself by bringing up a sore subject then by letting it sleep peacefully as does the dog at my foot- until I accidentally bump that foot into her.

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Gayatri said: (Oct 4, 2015)  
I am with the term let the sleeping dog lie. Because we will get nothing from old conflict. Let the old conflict go to hell and deal with new things and let the dog sleep.

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Arnab Bhowmick said: (Aug 24, 2015)  
"Let the Sleeping dogs lie". Well who wants to invite difficult situations in his/hers life?If you don't then it's better not to interfere in things which escalates your problems. "Sleeping dog" is symbolic of the matters which are not causing you harm presently but it may if you try to open it i.e. awakening the dog from it's deep slumber.

This would simply hamper one's state of mind which would result in hampering of work, health etc, as a disturbed mind disturbs the whole system. One should be always focused in one's work and work hard to make that work perfect so that results are fruitful. We don't need to waste our precious time and energy in something which matters nothing to us at the moment. Just live in your present and work for the betterment of future.

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Ajay said: (Aug 16, 2015)  
"Let sleeping dogs lie" looks as a pretty good topic floated to us for discussion. Lemme begin with explaining my view at this topic. Very frequently we see people fight between each other due to some previous disputes which are left unresolved or might have resolved with a serious disagreement to either one or both the sides.

This topic is generally used by the third person who cools down the conflicts and works at strengthening the relationship between the earlier two groups or individuals by requesting them "let sleeping dogs lie" or in other words let the old conflicts go to hell, do not recall them.

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David Alorwordor said: (Jun 5, 2015)  
To let sleeping dog lie means no interference in matters which does not concerns you of remembering someone of the part which was misunderstanding, to prevent this we say let the sleeping dog lie.

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Surbhi said: (May 29, 2015)  
We should not let the sleeping dog lie. A sleeping dog can also guard us with what is wrong or right if he is experienced.

Ex:- If we are going somewhere and there is a guard dog on our way and he is sleeping, 90% of us will not awake him because we know that he can cause some trouble to us. But what if he is protecting us from going on that path because there is some danger there. If we let that dog sleep then later we can met up with that danger.

So it's good to listen to those who we think can cause trouble to us, may be they give us some good advice.

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Mehak said: (Apr 12, 2015)  
"Let sleeping dogs lie" i.e. let the dispute between the two persons (sleeping dogs) be pacified, let them behave as if they forgot what happened (let them lie). This would be beneficial rather for both the parties.

As recalling the feud would lead to unnecessary stress/tension between them and the feud will not be ended up this way. So, I think one must let go the past matters in order to lead a happy, healthy life.

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Suraj Rizal said: (Aug 10, 2014)  
Hello everyone.

Let the sleeping dog lie says that if the situation is calm down then down let it catch the fire again. For example if I was late for the office and my boss was angry and if he says nothing then let the matter be closed.

I think all the disputes between two people if not growing and its at the stage of fading then one should not go and provoke it to make it fresh.

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Nishtha said: (Aug 6, 2014)  
The idiom let sleeping dogs lie means not to stir up old conflicts or provoke an argument over unresolved issues. It is often better to agree to disagree and move forward rather than trigger hostilities over an ongoing difference of opinion. Let sleeping dogs lie refers to the instinctive behavior of a dog whenever it is awakened suddenly from a nap. Many dogs instinctively lash out at those who try to awaken them without reason, and these natural responses are often quite painful.

One example of the idiom in action would be a heated discussion between a man and wife over an unpaid bill. While the issue itself may be relatively minor, it could bring up painful memories of a previous fight over household finances. Instead of provoking or escalating the argument, both might agree to let sleeping dogs lie and not remind each other of the previous fight unnecessarily. Dredging up a provocative or painful issue from the past would not help to resolve the current situation, so both sides agree not to discuss it.

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Nitin Kumar Sahu said: (Aug 1, 2014)  
Dear friends according to our topic "let the sleeping dog lie" 1st of all we have to understand that why and how this is important to us.

As we know that development is very necessary part of our life to live our life happily.

In this world there is no one is perfect.

So if someone who is inactive in their life, then its our sincerity to encourage and motivate positively them to stand and grow up and develop our society, our company, our politics and our country.


Thanks to all.

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Sathya said: (Jul 31, 2014)  
In this idiom the sleeping dogs are the inactive and lazy people. We are not fit for the survival unless we are active and energetic. So if give a chance to those people who are lazy in a company or political manifesto. There will be a mere destruction in the whole system. Because of their laziness they will not act in the positive way; they will not be capable of maintaining the system. So they must be given the post which will be best suited for their ability.

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Reshmi said: (Jul 14, 2014)  
According to me, this phrase says "we should not dig the problems that already settled". Most people try to burst their bubble and make small issues more complicated. So it is better not to include topics that already have no impact now. Let sleeping dogs lie.

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Prerana said: (Jun 12, 2014)  
I agree with all above statements and opinions. People who are inactive are also in two types, that is some inactive people are always in their own world, while other few ones have destructive mind also. People who are inactive or lazy, they also have strengths but it depends on each individuals that how they can grasp it and use it. So only I want to say that do not let ourselves and others in any certain difficult situations, try to keep our own mind calm.

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Aditi said: (Apr 20, 2014)  
Friends, what I've noticed in this discussion forum is that most of us have taken the meaning of 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie' literally!

This is an idiom which means 'avoiding interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems but may well do so as a result of such interference. '.

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Tappu said: (Apr 14, 2014)  
Well my dear friends, Sleeping dogs refer to common peoples who are lazy, who do not want to get themselves in any kind of work. Always let the sleeping dog lie. Always think let things happen itself. We all know which politician is corrupt. Who should be removed, but we hardly take any initiative to repair our constitution. We only know to dream. But only dreaming will not give the sweet fruit. We have to wake up. And should work together to mend our dream with our own hand. , We should stop letting the sleeping dog lie.

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Shivam said: (Feb 17, 2014)  
According to me,

This statement "let sleeping dogs lie" means here sleeping dogs refers to those peoples who are inactive and lazy, who don't want to do any work. They wants to get more and more output in less input. But I think those people needs to motivation and opportunities. Less opportunities makes people inactive and leads to discouragement. So we should encourage those peoples and provides opportunities to those people it can change their entire life.

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Sarthak Lazarus said: (Nov 2, 2013)  
Let sleeping dogs lie, "let them sleep" unless they don't create Turbulence in our life and while we are talking about our inactive Politicians then don't let them sleep. A simple question arises out from the above statement, "How we bring the change in our country" now don't say guys by voting because either you give your vote or not winning politician do what they want to do but not according to you.

In India after independence still basic amenities are not fulfill by politician. Females are not safe in our country they do not move freely just because of the poor management of our government. Last but not the least India is not 24hrs and I feel pity, when I see other developed countries run their service sector 24*7*365 at night also.

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Tinku Prasad Iitr said: (Aug 6, 2013)  
To let sleeping dogs lie means 'To leave things as they are'. But we cannot let the things as they are because by the time our needs are changing, demand for things are increasing and cost of living a decent life is increasing, we have work more and make others who are bearing responsibility also work more. So we have to interfere.

As we know human have great tendency to exempt themselves from work. Every one want to get more and more output with less work input. Most of Politicians of our country are lazy and corrupt, they don't do work properly themselves and also don't let others do things right way and they often try to avoid investigation in their work by misusing their power. So we have to interfere and make them work honestly or remove them, 'we cannot let the sleeping dog just lie'.

Also in every organization, there is always a supervision on a person whether he is topmost or lowermost authority to make organization work efficiently and smoothly. So if you want to progress you have to interfere in most of the cases.

"We cannot let the sleeping dog just lie".

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Brajesh said: (Jul 22, 2013)  
In my opinion when those persons who cannot do anything and also don't let them others to do by talking nonsense objections should not be give attention and do your own job according to you.

For example some political men nowadays put obligations to the other political parties and wants to gain trust of the people but we should be aware to choose the candidates according to us.

But whenever needed we should also try to stop the misdoing and claim our rights by taking appropriate action against sleeping management.

Conclusion : we should not be disturbed by others and should do our work with concentration.

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Rahul said: (Mar 19, 2013)  
I want to say that Sleeping dogs refer to those kind of people which are inactive, lazy they do not want to do something in his life.

Instead of leaving them, we try to motivate, encourage and try bring out his hidden ideas. Because no one has empty mind, every one have some talent. When he/she will do something its betterment for family, society, and our country.

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Dilshad Ali said: (Mar 10, 2013)  

Sleeping dogs are the people who are inactive by some reasons in their life, I think we should come closer them and try to understand about their reasons and problems for the same, Just try to motivate them with positive thoughts.

They needs our help to active in life.

So guys lets help them.

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Deepiga said: (Mar 4, 2013)  
In the short term it may look beneficial if we just let those who are idle to be so. For instance in a corporate if you find a colleague of yours to be dormant, it might think it to be beneficial within the team as they may not be a competitor for you in terms of appraisal and increment. You may even be appraised higher than your ability because of the comparative performance with someone whose is idle. This will lead to a false impression about your abilities. Thus when you switch jobs or move to other teams, you may find the situation to be different and difficult to cope with if the new team has active, diligent and prudent associates. Unlike the old team where you were considered to be the exemplar, the same may not be the case here as well. Now you may find yourself to be deprived or dejected when you do not get a good appraisal as your team mates are equally competent or even better than you. So it is always better to create a healthy and competent environment at work by encouraging our idle and dormant colleagues and setting a tough goal for ourself.

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Karishma said: (Feb 24, 2013)  
By sleeping dogs I mean people who have not been active in their life and have not achieved something for which they can be recognized. I believe its the moral duty of each individual to help such people by understanding them, the hidden talents in them, and to identify the reason for remaining inactive. It might happen that with a little of encouragement and support they can achieve something great in their lives.

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Rajat said: (Oct 25, 2012)  
I am agree with Mr Usman because no body want his self to become sleeping dog. Continues failure and lack of motivation can make every person sleeping dog, that's why instead of criticize that people, The persons who are more active they can help them. No one can be whole life sleeping dog. Even it my be after facing situation like this sleeping dogs became more active due to some motivation.

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Lucky said: (Sep 20, 2012)  
Sleeping dogs are those peoples which are inactive, and do not want to do any thing.
And this type of personalities are not from their birth.
They become inactive because they always think that:~.
""he/she are not capable to do any work, if they start their work they become irritate and after some they become nagwares any leave those work.
So please help such type of guise and help in improvement of our country.

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Aakash said: (Sep 12, 2012)  
In my opinion sleeping dogs refer to those personalities who are lazy in doing any work, who postpone each and every opportunity (which indeed requires hard work) of their life so that they can pass some more moments of their life effortlessly. So in my view, we should help them to understand, what they are doing and what are its consequences. Rest depends on them. !

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Amit Rai said: (Sep 1, 2012)  
What makes us different from rest of the living creatures is the ability to understand others problems and help them overcome their problems.At certain point of time in their life everyone has felt a state of stagnation.Some people are able to overcome it on their own,some people need a nudge.That's where humanity should come.Don't treat them like sleeping dogs.You might become one some day.

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Usman Zafar Raja said: (Aug 15, 2012)  
Here sleeping dogs refer to the people who are inactive in their life. The statement tells that we should leave those people on their own.

I totally disagree with this. Their may be strong reasons for those people to be inactive. May be they never had enough opportunities in life or they never had been motivated. So instead of letting them sleep, the high achievers or the active people should help those poor souls. Its our moral duty. May be, by a little act of help or motivation can change their entire life.

Achievements come in life by combination of hard work and luck. If the luck is missing then it leads to depression and discouragement and even hard workers can become lazy and inactive. So the cause of discouragement should be identified and the person should be helped out in every possible way.


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Nithish Kumar said: (Jun 25, 2012)  
Sleeping dogs are people who are inactive.
According to Me no one want's to be a sleeping dog in his/her life.
And it's not true that he is going to became sleeping dog through out his life.
So in My point of view we have to guide and support them to became success.

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Sai Durga said: (Apr 17, 2012)  
Hi friends,
Here sleeping dogs means the problems in the past.

I agree with the given statement because it not good for anyone to dig out the past problems and make a way to them to happen in the present. It is not necessary task. Worrying about that is the waste of time. It is a foolish thing of doing so.

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Janane said: (Feb 14, 2012)  
I agree with the points rose by you but instead of blaming the sleeping dogs we could also try and understand their point of view. It is also possible that for them we be the sleeping dogs. So we should maintain gap with them but this gap could be bridged with cooperation and sharp mind.

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Neha said: (Feb 14, 2012)  
According to me, if sleeping dogs have some talent, then they should go to that particular field where they can show off their talent. Why sleeping!Tragedies, failures, unhappiness and sorrows are the inseperable part of lives. Once you come out to face the challenges of the world, these things are surely going to be their. It doesnt mean that you should become a sleeping dog. Morever its the resposibility of a person to be practical and moved on. According to me people in world discourage more than encouraging.

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Murali said: (Jan 21, 2012)  
Be practical in life and its a part of life game 1 2 3 4 5 6. If any drastic situation demands each person become a sleepy dog. Life has to move with a change. "nice person will be always last".

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Itishree Jena said: (Dec 2, 2011)  
Yes it is right to motivate the people who don't show there interest in all field. But we can only give them idea what to do and what not do. It is not in our hand that to make them active. It is their responsibility to be in action. The people who are already habituated to spent time in sleep and lazy, it is very dificult for them to escape from their situation. It is only depend upon the strong will power of a person to show the right path.

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Nancy said: (Aug 16, 2011)  
Hi friends what i feel is we should be proper first.that is we should be active enough to expose our talents and then we should talk about others.Next we should not leave others to suffer if they are not in a active mode.we have take responsibility to motivate and stimulate others so that we can unite and make our nation to shine.lets unite together and support others and make them to shine in the future for our nations dignity.

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Abhijit Anand said: (Nov 19, 2010)  
Here every one is talking about to avoid sleeping dogs or to motivate but the matter is, no one wants to know the main problem behind those kinds of person. On earth god gave birth in the similar pattern to all but not provided the same opportunity to grow. May be the reason behind those sleeping dogs are some sort of tragedy, adversity, unhappiness towards the society in which they live. So as being a part of society or human beings we must make them realise that there are persons who can also help them. Thus come out from this situations and lead a better respectful life.

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Ramki said: (Aug 15, 2010)  
Yeah!, I agree with pravin even sleeping dogs have some hidden talen but they use their intelligence to doing abuse and harmful things. It is not safe to try to stop to do so.

Because sometimes we have to sacrifice our time and even our valuable life for them. So, its not better to try change them completely.

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Pravin said: (Aug 13, 2010)  
Even sleeping dogs have some hidden talent in them.... Instead of simply blaming or ignoring them, we can try to motivate them to do something constructively.

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Rahul said: (Aug 10, 2010)  
I agree with the points rose by you but instead of blaming the sleeping dogs we could also try and understand their point of view. It is also possible that for them we be the sleeping dogs. So we should maintain gap with them but this gap could be bridged with cooperation and sharp mind.

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Abhijeet said: (Aug 9, 2010)  
I agree with the points rose by you but instead of blaming the sleeping dogs we could also try and understand their point of view. It is also possible that for them we be the sleeping dogs. So we should maintain gap with them but this gap could be bridged with cooperation and sharp mind.

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Shiv said: (Aug 9, 2010)  
I agree with Mr Karen that we must not disturb an inactive problem creator, who will unnecessarily consume our precious time. However it is much easy to eliminate a problem creator while he is inactive. Once you solve this puzzle you will need not to worry about him anymore. Otherwise he will keep on bothering us and one day he may bite us as well. If you are sure you can over can that problem creator, then I suggest you to go ahead and execute and if you are are not capable of doing that, then friends let the sleeping dog lie.

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Jina said: (Aug 7, 2010)  
They can cause trouble for you if you do the same to them.

Hence I agree with the statement as to leave them on their own as long as they are not troubling you.

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Karen said: (Jul 29, 2010)  
Sleeping dogs are people who cause trouble but inactive at the moment..
I support the statement because if we provoke the sleeping dog we are bound to fall in trouble that we have self invited.. So its always better to leave the trouble makers to themselves, completely unaware of your presence so that you don't have to waste your time in dealing with them uselessly..

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