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Lost in Proverbialization

August 3, 2010 by admin

There’s a Chinese saying, “if the eyes are the window to one’s soul, then the brows are the crown molding”.

Not really, I just made that up.  Growing up my mother spoke mostly in sayings, “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”, “money doesn’t grow on trees”, “so if you’re friend jumped off a cliff would you do that too??!”.  When you have a civilization dating back more than 5,000 years you’re going to have a collection of many wise people saying many wise things.  Lord, I bet those Chinese mothers can go on and on and on…

Par example:

“Give a fish to a man; he has food for a day.
Teach a man to fish; he learns a skill for life”

“Good luck seldom comes in pairs but bad things never walk alone”.

“Men should worry about fame just as pigs about being fat”.

“Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a riceless pantry” (I would have to replace “riceless” with “olive oilless”).

Oh, and by the way, never sign your name with red ink, you will get slapped hard.  I don’t know why you can’t, but I know it’s really bad because I tried to do it the other day.

Here’s a photo I took in Beijing of a water calligraphy artist, he’s probably painting something wise but I will never know…



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