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December 27, 2006
No education in second kick of mule
I'm enjoying reading people's favorite proverbs posted on the Washington Post's global blog. A lot of them come at the expense of President Bush. But there's plenty of wisdom in there for the rest of us too.
A few of my favorites:
From Mark Twain: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
From the U.S. South: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule."
Here's one that must mystify many baseball agnostics: "Never made the first out of the inning at third base." (I consider that less a proverb than good common sense.)
And this from a Latin scholar: "Aquila non captat moscas," which means: The eagle doesn't hunt flies.
I added my own angry bird proverb, in comments: "Cria cuervos y te sacarAn los ojos," which means: Raise crows and they'll pick out your eyes.
On that cheerful holiday note, I think I'll take a nap.
My favorite's from The Aeneid, when Aeneas is trying to cheer up his men after they've escaped from the Cyclops: "haec olim meminisse iuvabit"-- some day we will look back upon this time and laugh.
Posted by: Marilyn Terrell at January 1, 2007 11:57 PM