This first saying, from our current American oral tradition, as well as an educator’s book of quotations, was generously given to us by our good friend, Virginia Riser.

Dr. Riser retired from an exemplary career as a teacher and school administrator, which included sixteen years of work for our St. Cloud School district. Her most recent position has been the Talahi Grade School principal.

Her positive impact on the lives of students, teachers, administrators, staff and our entire community is too profound to capture in words, so we will simply extend our thanks and well wishes to Virginia for all she has done and continues to do to enrich all of our lives. Being in her presence is ‘permanently enriching’ for all of us who have the good fortune to know her.

– Richard & Bonnett Chandler
A way of saying its time to drop the subject…

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It’s just not permanently enriching.

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Arab Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

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Irish Proverbs

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

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French Proverbs

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

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American Proverb

He that marries for money will earn it.

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Proverbs of Unknown Origin

A thief believes everybody steals.

All a steer can do is try.

It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

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“The gem cannot be polished without friction.”

“Talk does not cook rice.”

     – Chinese Proverbs

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“Eyes that do not cry, do not see.”

“The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.”

– Swedish proverbs

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“If you have only two pennies left in the world, with the first penny, you should buy rice to feed your family. With the second penny, say the wise Japanese, you should buy a lily. The Japanese understand the importance of dreaming…”

– Japanese proverb

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“It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion.”

– African proverb

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“There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.”

– Irish Sayings

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“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

– African Saying

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 “Absentmindedness is looking for the horse you are riding.”

– Russian Proverb

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“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.”

– Italian Proverb

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“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”

– Indian proverb

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What would really change if we won the ‘Enlightenment Lottery’?

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

– Zen saying

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The teachings of the philosopher and sage Confucius were so pragmatic, wise, advanced and successful in their application to bringing harmony into the society; they were the foremost education precepts used in China for more than 2,000 years.

“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.”

– Confucius, (551-479 B.C.)

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“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”

– Chinese proverb

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Two quotes about human relationships from the Chinese philosopher Confucius, who said something very akin to ‘The Golden Rule’ almost 1,500 years ago…

“Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

– Confucius (551 – 497 BC)

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Two quotes from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu, whose name literally means ‘old master’. Here are two quotes from the ‘Tao Te Ching’.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

“The Way of the Sage is to act but not to compete.”

– Lao Tsu  (6th Century B.C.)

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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

– Unknown author

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“It doesn’t work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps.”

– African proverb

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“If the rich could hire the poor to die for them, the poor would make a very nice living.”

– Jewish proverb

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Personality opens doors, but only character can keep them open.

– author unknown

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A friend of ours had this on a T-shirt

“Think Globally and Drink Locally.”

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