Proverbs, Sayings, Songs, & Religious Comments

For lo! The winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Bible, Song of Solomon, II. 11, 12

He that ruleth over men must be just.
Bible, II Samuel, XXIII

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Bible, Proverbs 23:7

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks:
nation shall not lift up sword against nation
neither shall they learn war any more.

Bible, Isaiah II. 4

Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest;
whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all.

Bible, Mark 10:43-44

High places have their precipices.
Swiss Proverb

It may be a fire today, but tomorrow it will be only ashes.
Arabian Proverb

We do not inherit the earth from our parents;
we borrow it from our children.

Native American Indian Chief, Northwest Territory, Contributed by Jeff Richardson, December 1991, Possible Dutch proverb?

Caveat emptor (Let the buyer beware)
Latin Proverb

Carpe diem. (Seize the day)
Latin Saying

Justifying a fault doubles it.
French Proverb

In nature there are neither rewards or punishments;
there are consequences.
Chinese fortune cookie

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
Chinese fortune cookie

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is today.
Chinese Proverb Contributed by Eileen Dolan-Heitlinger

And when he fell in whirlwind, he went down as a lordly cedar,
green with boughs goes down with a great shout upon the hills,
and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.

We are so grateful to your expressions of love for our family in this time of great sorrow.
The John C. Dezelan Family

Copied from the Holy Cross Church office bulletin board, December 1988

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité! Cry of the French Revolutionaries, 1793

African Parable
One day a scorpion approached a frog along a river bank.
The scorpion asked, "Froggie, please give me a ride across this wide river."
The frog responded, "I would be a fool to do that. You will sting and paralyze me."
Said the scorpion, "Ridiculous! If I stung you then we would both drown."
Trusting the scorpion's logic the frog agreed and allowed the scorpion onto his back as he swam out into the river.
In the middle of the river the scorpion stung the frog.
As the frog convulsed from the scorpion sting and began to slip beneath the waters he looked back at the scorpion and said, "Why? Why?"
The scorpion answered, "Because I am a scorpion, and it is my nature."

American saying:
Never attempt to teach a pig to sing
because you will ultimately be unsuccessful
and you will irritate the pig.

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow,
for babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow . . .
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep . . .
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

Cut from a magazine by Eileen Dolan-Heitlinger circa 1985

With drums and guns, and guns and drums,
The enemy nearly slew ye.
My darling dear, you look so queer,
Oh, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are the legs with which you run,
When you went to carry a gun?
Indeed your dancing days are done--
Oh, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.
Irish folk song, Stanzas 1 & 3


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