December 7, 2004 Volume 4 Issue 30
Books & Proverbs
Philosophy and history were my majors at the University of Alabama.
Part of the learning from these subjects are wise things said by others. Many of the more meaningful quotations come from deep thinking (philosophy) and during major happenings (history).
The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less) have been pulled together by John M. Shanahan. I've had a grand time reading the nearly 300 pages ... and decided a good way to look toward 2005 is to share with you a selection. My choices are all proverbs and sayings from countries and cultures around the world.
Okay, here goes;
"He who can lick can bite."
"If you can't bite, don't show your teeth."
"A guest sticks a nail in the wall even if he stays but one night."
"Don't buy the house; buy the neighborhood."
"When the mouse laughs at the cat there's a hole nearby."
"Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker."
"Truth is the safest lie."
"Visits always give pleasure - if not the arrival, the departure."
"There is no such thing as a pretty good omelet."
"He is outside his door already has the hard part of his journey behind him."
"The devil's boots don't creak."
"May you have a lawsuit in which you know you are in the right."
"The scaled dog fears hot water, and afterwards, cold."
"If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice how he acts when he loses money."
New England Proverb
"To want to forget something is to think of it."
"Rich man down and poor man up - they are still not even."
"What is said when drunk has been thought out beforehand."
"Who lies for you will lie against you."
"If you speak the truth have a foot in the stirrup."
"People count up the faults of those who are keeping them waiting."
"If I try to be like him, who will be like me?"
"When a man say him do not mind, then him mind."
"When a proud man hears another praised he feels himself injured."
"Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf"
American Indian Proverb
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you."
"Luck never gives, it only lends."
"He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive."
"He who fondles you more than usual has either deceived you or wants to do so."
"What was hard to endure is sweet to recall."
"A wise man hears one word and understands two."
"Before borrowing money from a friend decide which you need most."
"It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands."
"It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock."
"God does not pay weekly, but he pays at the end."
"In a small house God has His corner; in a big house He has to stand in the hall."
"Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water."
"There is one who kisses and the other who offers the cheek."
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
"He that falls by himself never cries."
"It is an easy matter for a stingy man to get rich - but what's the use?"
"A rich man is either a scoundrel or the heir of a scoundrel."
"If the camel once gets his nose in a tent his body will soon follow."
Saudi Arabian Proverb
"You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge."
"Beware the tyranny of the minority."
"It is better to wear out one's shoes than one's sheets."
"Many become brave when brought to bay."
"The man who can't dance think the band is no good."
"'For example' is not proof."
"Luck is infatuated with the efficient."
"Men can acquire knowledge but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men."
"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism it's just the opposite."
"A good spectator also creates."
"An army of sheep led a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep."
"A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year."
"Fortune favors the bold but abandons the timid."
"It takes taste to account for taste."
As you march into the new year take the thoughts with you that you know you will need.
The book is available on line through Barnes & Noble and probably other sources. www.harpercollins.com is the publisher.
As we continue through the holiday season this thought - something I believe in strongly;
"If all my friends were to jump off a bridge,
Seasons Greetings to you.
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