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Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Thoroughly enjoying Angela's Ashes.

Meanwhile, here are my favourite proverbs:


All sunshine makes a desert. (Arab)
The ruins of a nation begins in the homes of its people. (Ashanti)
Grumbling & carping are the muscles of the weak. (Afghan)
Copying everyone else all the time, the monkey one day cut his throat. (African)
When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house someday. (African)
If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips. (African)
Better a handful of dry dates & be content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel. (Arab)
The earth does not shake when the flea coughs. (Austrian)
After 3 days without reading, talk becomes flavourless. (Chinese)
A fire can't be wrapped with paper. (Chinese)
If you don't drive in sleet in the woods singing, you have to drive crying. (Czech)
He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. (Danish)
It's easier to cover our feet with sandals than to cover the earth with carpets. (India)
Only one who does nothing makes a mistake. (French)
When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him. (Hindu)
Everyone is wise until he speaks. (Irish)
To a quick question, give a slow answer. (Italian)
A knife doesn't recognize its owner. (Mongo)
Be diligent when there's time. (Burmese)
Talk to your children while they're eating; what you say will stay even after you are gone. (Nez Perce)
Children & fools tell the truth. (Romania)
The wolf will hire himself out very cheaply as a shepherd. (Russian)
Wisdom can be found travelling. (Sri Lanka)
Go often to the house of a friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. (Swedish)
Authority is in generosity. (Tumbuka)
A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity. (Yiddish)
If you can't bite, don't show your teeth. (Yiddish)
Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out. (Yiddish)
He who puts up with insult invites injury. (Yiddish)
If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come. (Chinese)
To be praised is to be lost. (Kikuyu, Kenya)
When an elephant combats, it is the grass that suffers. (Kikuyu)
It is better that) trials come to you in the beginning (and you find peace afterwards) than that they come to you at the end.(Luganda, Uganda)
A generous man must eat if he wants to continue being one. (Nilotic)

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