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Quotes of the Day for 18 March 2002 – Proverbs

Last November I ran a selection of a dozen proverbs which was well received. A reader reminded me of how much fun those were, so I'm repeating the process today. Like last time, I did a quick search, eliminated any that I had used before, cut it down to one per country, and tossed about half of those, leaving us with this dozen. Remind me again in a few months - I've got plenty left.

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The quotes:

On the subject of singing, the frog school and the lark school disagree.
     - Chinese proverb

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
     - Hungarian proverb

A calamity that affects everyone is only half a calamity.
     - Italian proverb

Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
     - Dutch proverb

Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting water.
     - African proverb

It's a wise man who lives with money in the bank; it's a fool who dies that way.
     - French proverb

It's not that age brings childhood back again, Age merely shows what children we remain.
     - German proverb

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
     - Greek proverb

Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.
     - Icelandic proverb

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.
     - Japanese proverb

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
     - Nigerian proverb

Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
     - Polish proverb

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