Worldly Wise
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Proverbs from around the world:

  • Choose your neighbor before your house and your companion before the road. (Arabic)
  • Forgiving the unrepentant is like making pictures on water. (Japanese)
  • God gives the grain, but we must make the furrow. (Bohemian)
  • There are two good men: one dead, the other unborn. (Chinese)
  • Give a loan and buy a quarrel. (Indian)
  • Law is a flag, and gold is the wind that makes it wave. (Russian)
  • Doubt is the key of knowledge. (Persian)
  • Death does not recognize strength. (African)
  • If the beginning is good, the end must be perfect. (Burmese)
  • Hunger increases the understanding. (Lithuanian)
  • Haste is the mother of imperfection. (Brazilian)
  • True happiness consists in making happy. (Hindi)
  • Experience is a precious gift, only given a man when his hair is gone. (Turkish)

(From The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs, second edition, 1983.)