Quotes of the Day for 7 May 2003 – Proverbs
A couple of times in the past I've run a set of proverbs. The trick is getting it down to a dozen from some 370 in my database. I cut out anything I'd used in the last year, then cut it down to one per country, and then tossed out half of those by whim. I hope you enjoy what's left.
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
- Bulgarian proverb
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
- English proverb
An old error is always more popular than a new truth.
- German proverb
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
- Greek proverb
Man plans and God laughs.
- Hebrew proverb
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
- Irish proverb
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
- Italian proverb
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
- Maori proverb
I murmured because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
- Persian proverb
Beauty will not season soup.
- Polish proverb
You are the master of the unspoken word; once spoken, you are the slave.
- Russian proverb
Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
- Swedish proverb
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