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Ten foreign quotes ganged up on me…

rocks on beach

The beach: My favorite place for philosophy. Image courtesy of rikahi, Morguefile.

In this blog, I’ve often featured quotes from various people. However, I’ve noticed that a lot of these quotes are American. This has made some foreign quotes get upset with me. They want equal time on this worldwide stage I call my blog.

These foreign quotes gave me pouty faces and threatened quote discrimination, and I fear I’m in danger of being dangled from the nearest participle. (NO! NO! NOT THE PARTICIPLE!!! GAAAAAHHHHH!) So for tonight, I’m rescuing myself from deadly dangle danger and giving you my personal top 10 list of best foreign quotes I’ve ever found. Have fun.

France: “No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the mistake is to do it solemnly.” (Michel Eyquem de Montaigne)

India: “There are seven deadly social sins: Politics without principle. Wealth without work. Commerce without morality. Pleasure without conscience. Education without character. Science without humility. Worship without sacrifice.” (Mahatma Ghandi)

Germany: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Italy: “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Holland: “Try to put well in practice what you already know, and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.” (Rembrandt van Rijn)

China: “A book holds a house of gold.” (proverb by an unknown author)

Japan: “Can you imagine all I would do if I could do all I can?” (Sun Tzu)

Chile: “Write what should not be forgotten.” (Isabel Allende)

Portugal: “In adversity is when friendship is proven.” (proverb by an unknown author)

Egypt: “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” (Naguib Mahfouz)


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