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Persian Proverbs and Old Persian Sayings

 

Epigrams succeed where epics fail.

The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.

 

If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he does not know how wide it is, he will jump, and six times out of ten he will make it.

 

One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
Doubt is the key to knowledge.
He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.

He who knows he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.

 

It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it.
There are four things every person has more of than they know; sins, debt, years, and foes.
Luck is infatuated with the efficient.
Treat your superior as a father, your equal as a brother, and your inferior as a son.
The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.
When the tide of misfortune moves over you, even jelly will break your teeth

Risk -- If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn't know how wide it is, he'll jump and six times out of ten he'll make it.

 

Do little things now; so shall big things come to thee by and by asking to be done.

 

The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
The drowning man is not troubled by rain.


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