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Sun Mar 11 2001 at 7:19:01
Better to walk than grow angry with the road
At the bottom of
there is heaven.
is the pillar of the world.
It is the heart that carries one to hell or to heaven.
He who travels
A blind man does not show the way to the blind.
The surface of water is beautiful, but it is not good to sleep on.
Nobody wars with
would attack, it simply extends its web.
The young cannot teach tradition to the old.
Ashes fly back in the faces of those that throw them
Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him.
Calamity has no voice: true
Alone, wisdom destroys you; with another, you destroy wisdom.
Defend us from the wrath of the meek
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
Wit and Wisdom from West Africa
(London: Tinsley, 1865), 332p. Burton spent several years throughout Western and Central Africa (what is now the Sudan, Ethiopia and Nigeria) looking for the source of the Nile at the behest and under the patronage of
the Royal Society
(a story well portrayed, incidentally, in the film "Mountains of the Moon"). These translations of proverbs are exhaustively footnoted in Burton's text, with reference to other cultures' similar tenets, particularly those of
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French West Africa
The Song of the Shirt
egg for chicken
Fish from the sky
Amadou & Mariam
Cultural discrimination in cookery
The turkey, he faint
Catching water in Port Harcourt
Screaming for Water
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories
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