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81 Cantonese proverbs in one image.

This cartoon by graphic designer and cartoonist 阿塗 (Ah To) contains 81 Cantonese proverbs and idioms in one image. It was originally published on the Hong Kong website Passion Times, and was inspired by a 1559 oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder called Netherlandish Proverbs. [more inside]
posted by Corinth on Feb 26, 2014 - 17 comments

A cat may look at a king.

English proverbs and their origins. [more inside]
posted by Brian B. on Apr 2, 2011 - 22 comments

A woman's heart sees more than men's eyes.

Never marry a woman with big feet. | A husband at home is like a flea in your ear. [more inside]
posted by Substrata on May 18, 2010 - 55 comments

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

The Gecko Wears A Tiara [via mefi projects] Sumarian proverbs. Compare those with the 1600BCE Ashubanipal proverbs and Proverbs From the Ancient Egyptian Temples and indeed, modern Iraq and Arabic more generally. Enjoy, culture geeks. [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Nov 6, 2009 - 32 comments

No island is a man.

Proverbs which also work the other way around.
posted by signal on Aug 18, 2006 - 31 comments

somos indios?

El Indio in Hispanic proverbial speech "The proverbial speech of Hispanic America preserves, even today, numerous traces of the interaction between explorers, conquerors, or settlers and the native populations they found in the various regions of the so-called New World"
posted by dhruva on Jul 11, 2005 - 6 comments

Yemeni Proverbs for All Occasions

Yemeni Proverbs for All Occasions : "He who has no job should search for a camel.", "A destroyer can defeat thousands of earthenware makers." and "My daughter, as long as you keep quiet, much money will paid for your marriage." Clever these Yemenese.
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 17, 2001 - 5 comments

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel. what?!?!
posted by ggggarret on Oct 27, 2001 - 5 comments

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