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Sandy hands

Date added: 16/01/2017 >>

“What is learnt is a handful of sand, while what is unknown is the size of the world.”

(Avvaiyar, Ancient Tamil Poet)


In Tamil: கற்றது கைமண் அளவு, கல்லாதது உலகளவு (ஔவையார்)


Transliteration: kattradhu kaimann alavu, kallaathathu ulagalavu



Shine a Light

Date added: 13/01/2017 >>

'It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.'

Chinese proverb.



Sharing is Caring

Date added: 28/09/2016 >>

'Shared joy is a double joy: shared sorrow is half a sorrow.'

Swedish proverb.



The joy of reading

Date added: 08/09/2016 >>

Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.


Moroccan proverb.



Sunny thought

Date added: 08/09/2016 >>

When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.


Cuban proverb.



Going Home

Date added: 16/08/2016 >>

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing though. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love...and then we return home."

Australian Aboriginal saying.



Know your (lack of) limits

Date added: 10/08/2016 >>

"If you look up, there are no limits."

Japanese proverb.



Fancy a cuppa?

Date added: 02/08/2016 >>

"If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."

Japanese proverb




Date added: 28/07/2016 >>

You are made of stars.


Serbian proverb.



What language barrier?

Date added: 21/07/2016 >>

Laughter is a language everyone understands.


Chadian proverb.



Seeing the truth

Date added: 12/07/2016 >>

Lord! Give us weak eyes for things which are of no account and clear eyes for all Thy truth.


Sören Kierkegaard. Quoted at the beginning of a Japanese work of Christian theology.



God's Love

Date added: 08/07/2016 >>

God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.

Saint Augustine.



What is truth?

Date added: 05/07/2016 >>

灯不拨不亮,理不辩不明 dēng bù bō bù liàng, lǐ bù biàn bù míng.

An oil lamp becomes brighter after trimming, a truth becomes clearer after being discussed.



From small beginnings...

Date added: 10/06/2016 >>

Ukakhala mwana mphanje umayambira pa mchenga.

When you are a child you start a garden in the sand.



Outside the pool

Date added: 10/06/2016 >>

Mwana wa ng'ona sakulira dziwe limodzi.

The child of a crocodile does not grow up only in one pool.



Had enough?

Date added: 10/06/2016 >>

Kadziwa mwini mkhuto wafulu.

'Only the tortoise itself knows whether it has eaten to the full.'




Strength in Numbers

Date added: 20/05/2016 >>

'If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'

African proverb


What Price Peace?

Date added: 16/05/2016 >>

'Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.'

Kenyan proverb


Looking and seeing

Date added: 09/03/2016 >>

He is blind in both eyes who does not look with the heart.

English Anglo-Saxon proverb translated by Eleanor Parker.


Les absents ont toujours torts

Date added: 27/08/2015 >>

'Les absents ont toujours torts' (French proverb)

'Those who don't turn up for meetings are always wrong [because they cannot contribute their points.]'


'In manussiya magparuparu, sagawa’ Tuhan in magbaya.'

Date added: 27/08/2015 >>

'In manussiya magparuparu, sagawa’ Tuhan in magbaya.'

(Tausūg, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in parts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.)

'Man plans, but God decides.'


Haba na haba hujaza kibaba

Date added: 28/08/2015 >>

'Haba na haba hujaza kibaba' (Kiswahili proverb)

'Little by little fills the tin'.


Doing what you say

Date added: 09/03/2016 >>

Gyf þu well sprece, wyrc æfter swa.

‘If you speak well, act accordingly’. 

English Anglo-Saxon translated b Eleanor Parker. 


Little by little...

Date added: 09/03/2016 >>

Betere byþ oft feðre þonne oferfeðre.

'Better to be often loaded than overloaded.'

English Anglo-Saxon proverb translated by Eleanor Parker.


Not too soon

Date added: 09/03/2016 >>

Ne sceal man to ær forht ne to ær fægen.

‘One should not be too soon fearful, nor too soon joyful’.

Anglo-Saxon proverb, translated by Eleanor Parker.


Lempar batu sembunyi tangan.

Date added: 27/08/2015 >>

'Lempar batu sembunyi tangan.' (Indonesian proverb) 'The hand that throws the stone is hidden.'


Changing the World and Changing Myself

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."

Iranian proverb, one of the Rumi's, offered by Sara Afshari.


Rat race

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'The only trouble with the rat race is that if you win it, you are still a rat.'

English proverb via Sam Gibbs


Kenyan traffic sign

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'Better late in this world than early in the next.'

Kenyan traffic sign.


Slow down

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'Pole, pole, ndyio mwendo.' (Kiswahili proverb)

'Slowly, slowly is the way to go.' i.e. 'Slowly, gently, unhurriedly, is the best way to proceed.'


Those who wander

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'Not all of those who wander are lost.'

J R R Tolkien


Hurry - no blessing

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'Haraka, haraka, haina baraka.' (Kiswahili proverb)

'Hurry, hurry, no blessing.' ie 'There is no blessing to be found in hurrying.'

[not, 'if you hurry the hyenas will be blessed...though that may also be true!']


Travelling fast or travelling far?

Date added: 20/09/2015 >>

'If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel with others.'

N'gambai proverb, from The Gambia.


Mvumulivu hula mbivu

Date added: 12/08/2015 >>

'Mvumulivu hula mbivu' (Kiswahili). 'The patient persevering person gets to eat something that is perfectly ready and ripe.'  Tweeted by Sam Gibbs


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