Wisdom of the World

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Post#1 » Thu Jun 02, 2005 10:54 am

We now have several games about English proverbs, but I would like this thread to include the rest of the world too.

I want you to translate sayings, quotes or words of wisdom from your (or any) country and languages into English and post them here for all to enjoy.

To start you off, I will ask for sayings about stars. Change the topic when you feel like it. :)

Don't complain under the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.

From a poem of Henrik Wergeland, Norway

Next! :wiggle: :wiggle:
"Don't complain under the stars
about the lack of bright spots in you life."
Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian writer

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Post#2 » Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:43 pm

"Sin mi, no vas a encontrar nunca
Con quien mirar las estrellas
alguien que pueda bajarte con un beso
una de ellas"

"Without me, you'll never find
someone to watch the stars with
someone that with a kiss can bring
one down for you"

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Post#3 » Sat Jul 02, 2005 9:23 pm

stars are beutiful, so is life, war destroys life so this is about stars

when the elephants fight, it is the grass that gets hurt.

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Post#4 » Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:08 am

The day I die, a star will be my bride.

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Post#5 » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:19 am

"Shoot for the moon; if you miss will still land among the stars..."

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Post#6 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:40 am

Shouldn't that be "Reach for the stars and you might hit the moon" ?

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Post#7 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:58 am

They seem to be the same thing just said in different ways although one could imply you'd get something anyway if you try hard enough and the other implies you could get something better.

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Post#8 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:16 pm

yes, but, assuming one is standing on Earth, it makes more sense to shoot for the stars and land on the moon if you can't get quite far enough for a star. Besides, who says the moon is better or worse than the stars?

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Post#9 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:08 pm

'Shoot for the Moon' has always meant go for the highest goal as the Moon used to be unattainable. Now we have been there, 'Reach for the stars' having the same conatation, has replaced it. This has all come about due to the shrinkage of the world by technology. And if your escape velocity is high enough, and you miss the Moon, you might reach a star, while if you shoot for a star, the odds are quite high that you will never hit the moon; especially as your celestial navigators will ensure the Moon will not be in that part of sky so that its gravity doesn't interfere with your trajectory.
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Post#10 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:03 am

Hey, this saying was the one that hung in my old grade one classroom! Ah, poor Mr. Gagnon...

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