Proverb Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

Lao Tzu
“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
Lao Tzu, Te-Tao Ching

Benjamin Franklin
“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”
Ben Franklin

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”
Adelaide Hoodless

Leigh Bardugo
Yuyeh sesh. Despise your heart. Ni weh sesh. I have no heart.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Libba Bray
“There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“When someone is counting out
gold for you, don't look at your hands,
or the gold. Look at the giver.”
Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, The Masnavi, Book Two

Frank Herbert
“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Lao Tzu
“Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.”
Lao Tzu

Benjamin Franklin
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Benjamin Franklin

Chinua Achebe
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Chinua Achebe (Author)

Elizabeth Gilbert
“Plant an expectation; reap a disappointment." (Quoting an old adage)”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Lisa Shearin
“Whoever said ignorance is bliss must have died a horrible death with a really surprised look on his face.”
Lisa Shearin, Armed & Magical

Michael Crichton
“Praise not the day until evening has come, a woman until she is burnt, a sword until it is tried, a maiden until she is married, ice until it has been crossed, beer until it has been drunk.”
Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead

Mercedes Lackey
“To treat a person like a carpet, it is necessary that one do the walking, and one allow himself to be walked on.
--Shin'a'in saying”
Mercedes Lackey, Owlflight

“In Shoshone, there's a saying. It's a long one, and it doesn't have an English equivalent, so bear with me.

Sutummu tukummuinna. It means, I don't speak your language, and you don't speak mine. But I still understand you. I don't need to walk in your footsteps if I can see the footprints you left behind.”
Rose Christo, Why the Star Stands Still

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The most upsetting thing about Society’s attitude towards disabled people is that many millions of disabled people became disabled while trying to please Society, the very same bitch that secretly regards them as subhuman.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“Civilize The Mind, But Make Savage The Body.”
Ancient Chinese Proverb

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