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Proverbs

Quotations to stir heart and mind.
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THE BEST TIME to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
Chinese proverb

IF YOU are planning for a year,
sow rice.
If you are planning for a decade,
plant trees.
If you are planning for a lifetime,
educate people.
Chinese proverb

IF YOU can talk, you can sing;
if you can walk, you can dance.
African proverb

TELL ME who's your friend, and I'll tell you who you are.
Russian proverb

A JOY that's shared is a joy made double.
John Ray, English Proverbs

WORRY often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Swedish proverb

MAN plans; God laughs.
Yiddish saying

WHEN elephants fight, the grass always is the one that suffers.
Swahili saying

AS A NAIL sticketh between a door and a hinge, so sticketh sin between buying and selling.
Anabaptist saying

WHEREVER the heart is, the feet don't hesitate to go.
Togo saying

WHEN YOU were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Indian proverb

VISITOR'S footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.
Bantu proverb

NO SNOWFLAKE ever falls in the wrong place.
Zen saying

THE DEATH of an old person is like the loss of a library.
African proverb

MONEY IS a good servant but a bad master.
H. G. Bohn, Handbook of Proverbs

DANGER and delight grow on one stalk.
English proverb

WHEN "Do no evil" has been understood, then learn the harder, braver rule, "Do good."
Arthur Guiterman, A Poet's Proverbs

THE BEGINNING of health is to know the disease.
Spanish proverb

IT IS PART of the cure to wish to be cured.
Latin proverb

A GOOD LAUGH and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Irish proverb



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Past Reflections columns include:

Summer (June 27, 2006)
Philosophers' Potpourri (June 9, 2006)
Ponder These Things (May 17, 2006)
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