Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Proverbs


Some proverbs are directly translated from their native languages. And because there is a limit to how accurately these languages can be translated without losing the original meaning and flavour, they don’t come across as powerful or as beautiful as they would have been if expressed in their own languages. 

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind. - William Rounseville Alger 

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured. - Unknown

Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones. - Unknown

Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at you, you will not be harmed unless you have sore places. - Unknown

Travelling ten thousand miles will enrich you more than reading ten thousand pages. - Unknown

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. - Unknown

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it. - Unknown

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Unknown

The participant’s perspectives are clouded while the bystander's views are clear. - Unknown

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. - Unknown

The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow. - Unknown

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. - Unknown

When the character of the person is not clear to you, look at his friends. - Unknown

Faith is like a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. - Unknown

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. - Unknown

Don’t make use of another’s mouth unless it has been lent to you.- Unknown

2 comments:

Carla M.T. said...

WOW Vincent! These are real jewels!

My favorite one which is the hardest lesson in life:
"When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it."

Thanks Vincent :-)

Netizen101 said...

Hi Carla,

You are most welcomed! :-)