Friday 30 May 2014

Quietist Proverbs, Part 4

We mustn’t ever get upset, or complain.

Anger is a stone cast at a wasp’s nest.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. (Possibly makes more sense in a world of Montagues v. Capulets.)

Every minute I spend angry or resentful is 60 seconds of my life I just wasted.
Flaming burns the flamer not the flamed.

If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.
If you lose your temper, you’ve lost the argument.

If you love somebody, you will let them go. (Look, he’s not leaving me – the rat! – I’m letting him go! Isn’t that lovely?)

If you sit by the river long enough, the body of your enemy will float by.
If you’re angry, you’re wrong.

Judge not, lest you yourself be judged.
Living well is the best revenge.

Neglect will kill an injury sooner than revenge.
No reply is best.

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Revenge never repeairs an injury.
Revenge only hurts the avenger.

Take no offence where none was intended.
The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. (Confucius)
The noblest vengeance is to forgive.

The remedy for injuries is not to remember them.
There’s always an off button.
Turn the other cheek.

Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.
Violence never solved anything.

And they want us to shut up.

A wise old owl lived in an oak.
The more he heard,
the less he spoke.
The less he spoke.
The more he heard.
Let’s imitate that wise old bird.

If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. (US historian Will Durant)

Silence is a woman’s best garment.
Speech is silver, silence is golden. (Jewish proverb)
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

More here, and links to the rest.

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