Since there is no "Off Topic" section, as is usually the case in political forums, perhaps the mods will indulge an off-topic thread here. I've always been fascinated by proverbs - usually they encapsulate compact wisdom, as intended. Sometimes they are contradictory, as in "look before you leap" and "he who hesitates is lost". Some of my favorites are "Sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind." - the Bible (all-time favorite) "A jest is half a truth." - yiddish proverb "Before setting out on an errand of revenge, dig TWO graves." - chinese The chinese have lots of good proverbs, one is a nonfeminst tribute to women: "Women hold up half the sky." We had a swiss exchange student stay at our house, and I liked to talk to her and compare proverbs. Turns out there are swiss versions of most american ones, eg: US: "I'm not holding my breath" (indicating disbelief in a asserted future event) Swiss: "A lot of water will flow down the Rhine" (before that happens) US: "No use in crying over spilled milk." Swiss: "That's snow from yesterday."